No one wants to have to deal with a broken boiler. They can become a particular problem during the colder months and when older and vulnerable people are involved.
A boiler service can ensure that doesn’t need to be the case. A boiler service ensures your boiler runs smoothly and works for longer so that you don’t need to pay the expensive costs involved when installing a new boiler.
Thi article will cover what you can expect to pay for a boiler service, factors that affect the cost, plus common questions around servicing a boiler.
Average Boiler Service Cost
We contacted 54 different companies across the UK that offer boiler services. The quotes we received were for a service of a typical gas boiler, however, most companies charge the same for oil and eelctric boilers. Quotes are a one-off price (no annual agreements) and exclude VAT.
|Typical Range||£45 - £98|
Factors That Affect the Cost
Whether Extra Problems are Found
A boiler service doesn’t usually include extra repair work, for example if some defects or worn parts are found. If there is an issue with the boiler, then you will need to pay extra, but the boiler tradesperson who does the work shouldn’t do anything extra without confirmation from yourself first.
If the boiler already has a fault or is not operating correctly, a service may not be needed and you will just pay for the repair work. This will involve a fault diagnosis and rectification work usually at their normal hourly rates (typically £40 – £60 per hour of labour cost + cost of materials). This could be a new fan for example.
Size of Company
We received many quotes from local companies that serve a small region when compared to larger companies. Larger companies will typically charge more because they have higher overheads they need to account for. This could be anywhere from 25-50% higher.
Labour costs in London and the south of England are generally more expensive than elsewhere.
If the contractor needs to travel beyond a certain radius, then they may add an extra fee on top. Unless you live in a very rural location or want to use a boiler servicer that operates further afield, you shouldn’t need to pay extra.
Back Boiler and Fire
This is the price to service any boiler except a back boiler and fire which would be closer to £120.
Boiler Service vs Cover Plan
Boiler services can be done either as a one-off payment to an engineer or via an annual cover policy or insurance. The amount these will cost will depend on things such as the coverage level, type of boiler and any previous claims.
It may be more cost effective to take out a plan that includes other appliances, electrical and gas supplies. It will give you pece of mind and for a boiler of more than 8 years, it is likely to be coming to the end of it’s use with many issues cropping up. Therefore, it could give you your money’s worth.
Boiler cover costs around £9-£13 per month depending on the provider. However, a one-off boiler service is usually quite cheap overall as seen with the prices above.
How Often Should I Service My Boiler?
It’s a good idea to have an annual boiler service to ensure any issues are solved before they become a bigger problem. Many boiler manufacturers require annual servicing as part of their warranty too.
If you do it, then it’s worth having a service done in summer so you can be more confident no problems will occur over the winter months.
What Should I Expect From My Engineer?
You’ll want to ensure that all parts of the boiler are checked. Ask your engineer to confirm there are no leaks and the boiler pressure is normal.
Once serviced, a Gas Safety Certificate should be issued. It should contain the engineer’s name, company, company address and Gas Safety number. These ensure that it’s genuine.
Any issues that were noticed will be recorded including the flue test results. The engineer should make you aware of any safety problems verbally or in writing.
Why Get a Boiler Service?
There are a number reasons to get your boiler service regularly.
- If you need to replace your existing boiler with a new one, this can be very costly. Expect to pay well over £1000 for a new boiler.
- Faulty boilers are less efficient, use more energy and therefore, your energy bills are higher. You may be paying more than you need to.
- Manufacturers usually require you to have an annual service to keep the warranty valid. If you don’t service it, then the warranty could become void and you become liable for all repair costs.
- A service allows you to catch faults early. You’re unlikely to know if anything is wrong with your boiler until it stops working completely. The longer it’s left, the more dangerous and more costly the fault is likely to become.
- It is a legal requirement for landlords. A gas safety record record needs to be provided by the landlord each year so that tenant’s health and wellbeing isn’t compromised.
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