Gas Appliance Servicing – Why Bother?
There are three main reasons
why you should have your gas appliances serviced. These are safety,
reliability, and financial benefits.
– Many people are aware of
carbon monoxide as a killer. Every year
in the UK around 30 people die from gas related incidents. About
20% of these deaths are due to gas explosions and related fires.
The remainder however are attributable to the silent invisible
killer, carbon monoxide. Regular servicing helps to keep your
appliances running and burning properly, and provide peace of mind.
– Often when servicing gas appliances we find faults which have not
developed far enough to cause a problem. If these faults were not
remedied during servicing they would undoubtedly lead to a
breakdown. Similarly some of the tasks during servicing are
“preventative maintenance” which actively prevents faults occurring
in the future. While we cannot guarantee you will never have a
breakdown, the likelihood is greatly reduced.
Open flues and chimneys,
typically on gas fires and some boilers, work every hour of every
day, pulling air (and dust) through the appliances, even when they
are switched off. If you do nothing to deal with this you will have
Benefits – Many
people do not immediately link paying for a gas appliance service
with financial benefits.
Consider these facts:
Regularly serviced appliances run more efficiently and so cost
less to run. You may even recoup the cost of the servicing in
fuel savings alone. For example, a boiler heat exchanger is
made of very thin material, designed to transfer heat from the
gas flame to the water. If this is even a little dirty, a lot of
the heat is not transferred, but instead goes out the flue.
Good for global warming, but not your fuel budget!
reliability increases, the cost of repairs and breakdowns
decrease. As well as avoiding some repairs completely, other
repair costs will be minimised by catching faults early.
The life of
any appliance will be extended if it is running properly.
In line with industry
accepted and proven standards, and all appliance manufacturer’s
instructions, 1st Call Gas and Electric Ltd recommend gas
appliances are serviced annually.
Gas Appliance Servicing
Landords - from £30 each -
General Public - Boilers and Fires -
from £60 each -
If you need more information, or
would like to arrange for any of our services,