When is My First Boiler Service Due?

Once you have bought a new boiler and it has been installed in your property, it can get to work providing you with heat and hot water for years to come. However, with any new boiler, it is important to ensure that it is regularly serviced in order to maintain its performance and help prevent any faults or breakdowns occurring. It is common knowledge that a boiler needs to be serviced, but something that isn’t as widely known is when and how often the servicing needs to take place.

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Servicing as a preventative measure

One of the main reasons that servicing is required is to help prevent serious problems from arising and requiring extensive (and sometimes expensive) repairs. In the Winter months, this is particularly useful, as the colder temperatures can prove to be particularly troublesome for central heating and plumbing systems. One of the most dangerous problems that boilers can face is gas leaks, which can be catastrophic if left untreated. Boiler servicing allows engineers to identify any potential issues and rectify them before they worsen and become a serious risk to health.

Maintaining performance

As well as detecting potential problems, servicing is also used to help prolong the lifespan and maintain the efficiency of the system. Over time, boilers’ performance levels can drop as their components wear down and the system is affected by things such as sludge, rust and limescale build up. Regular servicing allows engineers to monitor these issues and take the correct action where necessary to ensure the efficiency of your boiler is maintained.

When should my first boiler service take place?

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It is generally recommended that the first service for your new boiler should take place a year from the date it is installed, although some manufacturers also recommend 24 months from the installation date is an acceptable time period. This timeframe is the case for all reputable boiler manufacturers, including:

  • Vaillant
  • Potterton
  • GlowWorm
  • Viessman
  • Baxi
  • Ideal
  • Worcester Bosch
  • Keston

Avoid DIY servicing

It can be tempting to attempt to service your boiler yourself, however there are a number of risks associated with DIY servicing. For one, you risk exacerbating any issues that exist or creating new problems in the process of attempting the service, but most importantly you could be putting the safety of you and those around you at risk. It is important that you seek the assistance of a qualified, registered professional engineer to assist you with your boiler repairs.
VHL are proud to offer first class boiler installations, servicing and repairs to domestic and commercial customers alike. If you would like to know more about what we do, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.

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