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Last Updated on January 22, 2021

How Long Does a Boiler Service Take? What Does It Include?

Zac Houghton

Zac Houghton

Construction expert and founder of Loftera.

Did you know that your boiler should be serviced every 12 months, yet hundreds of households across the UK leave it years before actually getting it checked?

Failure to get a boiler service will actually void the warranty, meaning that if it does break down, you’ll be left to pick up the costs of fixing it.

That’s why we are taking a look at how to service a boiler, how long it takes and what it all includes.

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Gas boiler service: What is done?

To start with, you should always get a gas engineer to service your boiler for you, although it’s possible to do it on your own, you need a pro to sign any certificates.

How to service a boiler would all depend on which brand and model that you currently have installed, but usually they take between 30 minutes and one hour.

Once they have completed the service, the engineer will give you a copy of their report to explain what work was carried out and if any further requirements are needed to be taken. You’ll be able to ask any questions at this point, so feel free to check any queries with them before they leave your property.

They are likely to talk you through exactly what they have done, but if you are wondering “what does a boiler service include” then here are a few pointers.

  • General Inspection: The engineer will have a look around your boiler and make sure it is up to industry standards and can meet the requirements that are expected, such as the flame being visibly there. They will also check for any general wear and tear, such as breakdowns or leaks.
  • Boiler Casing Check: They should then make sure that all the boiler components are working properly, which should include them taking off the casing and giving the inside a good clean. They should inspect everything from the heat exchange to the burner and ignition probe.
  • Flue Inspection: The flue area should be correctly fitted and free of any obstructions or debris, your engineer should be able to visibly check this.
  • Pressure Check: It goes without saying, but a simple check of the pressure gauges will ensure that your boiler is working at the right levels.
  • Boiler Is On: It sounds stupid, but before they do any inspection, they should simply check that the boiler is on. If it isn’t this could be a fault in itself, and needs rectifying immediately.

As a general rule, the service should include a selection of safety checks, plus some extra efficiency tests to make sure that everything is working as it should be. One of these checks is for any carbon monoxide leaks, which can be life-threatening if that kind of gas is escaping into your home. 

When Should I Get A Boiler Service?

As we mentioned at the start, you should try to get a boiler service on an annual basis (1) with your first one happening within 12 months of installation in order to meet your guarantee requirements.

Not only will this regularly ensure that your boiler and heating systems are working correctly, but it also helps to make sure any fixes are resolved before they become serious.

Often, we advise any boiler services to be carried out in the summer months, when you are less likely to be using your boiler as much and therefore there is less pressure on it being in action around the clock.

The last thing you want is for a fault to happen in the middle of winter and you be left without any hot water or heating while it’s cold and frosty outside. Heating engineers also tend to be much quieter during the summer, and they may even have discounts with their job being less in demand.

However, if you do come across any problems, regardless of the time of year, then be sure to get in touch with a professional for help and advice on what you need to do next.

How Much Is A Boiler Service?

Unlike a car MOT which tends to have a standard price regardless of the garage, each individual engineer will charge slightly differently for a boiler service.

This all depends on the make and model that you have, but we anticipate that a standard boiler service cost usually falls between £50 and £100, however, if you have a high-efficiency version that you may be looking at a price closer to £150.

Like most things, the price can often change depending on where you live, so if your home is in a major city such as London or Birmingham, then your price may be slightly higher than somebody living in a more rural location.

To help with the cost of a boiler service, you can buy into annual plans, which will cover the costs of a service each year. These tend to average out at about £15 a month, so although they may cost more than just a one off service, they often come with added benefits such as breakdown call outs.

Boiler Service Advice

If you are struggling with anything to do with boiler services then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Loftera.

Our dedicated team is on hand with experience in all forms of home improvements, so rather than sit there suffering, give us a shout!

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