How Often Should a Gas Boiler be Serviced

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Gas Boiler

Gas Boiler Maintenance

To ensure a long life for your gas boiler and natural gas appliances, it is important to have them serviced regularly. Appliance manufacturers recommend that all appliances should be serviced annually.

An annual boiler safety checks and gas boiler service are carried out by a professional RGI service engineer ensures that your boiler is functioning properly. Regular servicing of your boiler is important as it ensures that the boiler is working to the specifications designed by the boiler manufacturer. This will help prolong the life of the boiler as well as reduce the risk of faults and expensive repairs down the line.

Gas boiler services can only be carried out by an RGI (registered Gas Installer) who represents the RGII (Registered Gas Installers Ireland).

The Service Engineer will complete 19 detailed checks and tests when carrying out a boiler service. All Visual Checks and Tests Applied are in accordance with Irish Standards 813:2002 as laid down by the National Standards Authority of Ireland for Domestic Gas Installations.

Here you will find a complete gas boiler service checklist which outlines everything that you should expect/demand from your gas contractor when they are servicing your gas boiler.
Annual Gas Boiler Service Checklist.

Reasons to have your Gas Boiler Serviced Annually

Save money on repairs.
Full-blown boiler problems can often develop from minor faults. An annual service will increase the chance that these are picked up on and fixed before they become a problem, saving you money and future gas boiler repairs.

Reduce your heating costs.
The engineer who undertakes your annual boiler service will make sure that it is running as efficiently as possible. This will go a long way towards making sure that you minimise your heating bills.

Carbon monoxide can kill.
Boilers that aren’t properly installed, maintained or ventilated can produce carbon monoxide. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, drowsiness, nausea, breathlessness and stomach pains. Signs are hard to spot and can be confused with tiredness or a cold. Unfortunately, this silent killer can’t be seen or smelt, so it really is important to make sure your boiler is serviced at least once a year.

If you’re a landlord, it’s the law.
Landlords have a responsibility under Statutory Instrument SI.534 of 2008 Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 to ensure that the gas installation in the house or apartment shall be maintained in good repair and safe working order. The Technical Guidance Document in relation to this Regulation states that a current Declaration of Conformance certificate for an IS.813 Annex E inspection issued by a Registered Gas Installer for the gas installation in the house or apartment will prove compliance with the regulations.

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