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Time to take care of your boiler

Schedule in a home heating check-up before it gets chilly

September is here, so that means autumn isn’t too far off and summer will soon start to fade. Before those cooler, darker nights start drawing in, why not take some time to think about the condition of your central heating and boiler? You might be glad you did.

Avoid boiler breakdowns with a service

No one wants their home to be without heat or hot water during winter, especially if you’re an older person or have younger children. That’s why boilers should be serviced every year, to check for any underlying issues that could result in a breakdown. It only takes around an hour and it’s worth it for the peace of mind you’ll get from knowing everything is working as it should be. Plus, with First Utility Home Services, it’s easy to book an appointment online with a local engineer at a time that works for you.

Think about gas safety

This year Gas Safety Week falls on 18-24 September. As the Gas Safe Register points out, gas safety is vital to our wellbeing all year round. Regular boiler servicing, from an official Gas Safe registered engineer, can reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. In fact, anything that uses gas in your home, like a cooker, will need proper care from professionals when removing, installing or servicing. Although it’s tempting to save a little bit of money by fitting new appliances yourself, hiring an expert can save time and effort.

What else needs to be done?

Air can work its way into your central heating system and stop your radiators from reaching their maximum efficiency. Before it’s time to turn on the heating again, bleed your radiators to get them back up to top condition. Here’s a handy video from Wickes to help you out.

It’s also probably a good idea to keep the number of a trusted engineer in your home, just in case anything does go wrong and you want to get an expert in quickly. Remember, anyone who carries out boiler repairs needs to be legally licensed to do so. You can check an engineer’s credentials on the Gas Safe Register before booking in a visit. If you’re worried about trying to get help out of hours, some boiler cover plans, like this one from the AA, include a 24/7 helpline.

Save money on your bills

Here’s another top reason to get your boiler serviced - a boiler that runs well can save you money on your energy bills. It pays to make it a part of your home’s maintenance routine, as regular upkeep can help avoid more costly breakdowns further down the line, saving you money in the long run.

We’re always trying to make things easier for our customers. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the AA to get you an exclusive rate on boiler and central heating cover. You’ll get an annual service, access to a 24/7 helpline, unlimited call outs, plus all labour and parts are included. And unlike other boiler plans, there’s no age limit on the boiler.

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