Professional Boiler Service in Chichester & West Sussex
A recent survey revealed that as few as 21% of homeowners have their heating equipment professionally serviced once a year (Mirror survey of 2000 homeowners).
As with anything, to book and pay for a boiler service while your system appears to be working can seem like an unnecessary expense, however, an annual boiler service is the safe and cost effective way to run your heating system, and this can have a number of beneficial effects.
Extending the life of the boiler
Improved efficiency and reduced energy costs
Early diagnosis of potential problems
Detection of potentially fatal carbon monoxide leaks
Benefits of an Annual Boiler Service
By planning to have your boiler serviced every year you will extend the life of your boiler, improve its efficiency and consequently reduce your energy costs, and detect potential issues, including potentially fatal carbon monoxide leaks, early. Our skilled technicians use advanced equipment to identify danger signs, offering a proactive solution, and thus avoiding costly repairs or worse still, a boiler replacement.
Most engineers will tell you that about 75% of all repairs that they carry out could have been avoided with regular maintenance. Heating system repairs typically cost hundreds of pounds, yet many people will only call an engineer when a problem has developed. Regular maintenance improves efficiency and can extend component life by as much as 30%.
Annual heating inspections can save your life and the lives of your loved ones. Small cracks in a heat exchanger or problems with the flue system could allow deadly carbon monoxide gas to seep into your home – accidental carbon monoxide poisoning causes a reported 40 deaths every year in the UK.
Our trained service technician has very sensitive equipment designed to detect danger signs in the system.
We are here to help advise our clients on the best solutions.
It is essential to maintain heating systems on a regular basis in order to guarantee safety and efficient performance and we remind our clients when their annual service is due.
Why Choose Us for your Boiler Service in Chichester
- Fast reliable service
- Wealth of experience
- Full range of services, including emergency repairs
- Proven track record of maintaining high standards
If you want a more efficient, economical, and safe heating system in Chichester, contact us today to schedule your annual boiler service. Experience the difference with our professional, safe and reliable approach.
Service Area Coverage
We are based in Chichester but we also service boilers in the following West Sussex locations: Littlehampton, Bognor Regis, East Wittering, Worthing, Havant, Selsey, West Wittering, Emsworth, Bosham, Southbourne, Nutbourne, Westhampnett and Westergate.
Qualified Chichester Boiler Service Engineers
Aquatech Heating & Plumbing are Gas Safe Registered and qualified to service boilers that are powered by both natural gas and LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).
Gas Safe registration number – 518050
Gas Safe register entry for Aquatech Heating & Plumbing
How often should I service my boiler?
The frequency of boiler servicing can depend on several factors, including the type of boiler, its age, and the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, a common guideline is to have your central heating boiler serviced annually.
What are the benefits of regular boiler servicing?
Annual servicing helps ensure that your boiler operates efficiently, identifies and addresses potential issues early, and contributes to the safety of your heating system. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of the boiler, reduce energy costs, and minimise the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns.
Do I need a professional for boiler servicing, or can I do it myself?
Gas Safe, the official register for gas engineers in the United Kingdom state that you should only ever use a qualified and competent Gas Safe registered engineer to service your boiler.
Attempting to service a boiler without the necessary qualifications and expertise can lead to safety risks, legal issues, and potential damage to the appliance. To ensure the safety and efficiency of your boiler, it’s highly recommended to rely on a qualified professional for boiler servicing.
What is included in a typical boiler service?
A typical boiler service includes a range of tasks aimed at ensuring the safe and efficient operation of your boiler. While specific procedures may vary slightly depending on the type and model of the boiler, here are common components included in a standard boiler service:
- Visual Inspection: The engineer will visually inspect the boiler, checking for any signs of damage, corrosion, or leaks.
- Check for Gas Leaks: A gas leak check is performed to ensure there are no leaks in the gas supply or around the boiler.
- Flue Gas Analysis: The engineer analyses the flue gases to assess combustion efficiency and check for the presence of harmful emissions.
- Clean and Inspect Main Components: The main components, such as the burner, heat exchanger, and ignition system, are cleaned and inspected for any signs of wear or malfunction.
- Inspect and Adjust Controls: The engineer checks and adjusts the boiler’s controls, including the thermostat, pressure settings, and safety features.
- Check for Water Leaks: Water leaks within the boiler or its associated pipework are checked and addressed if necessary.
- Inspect and Test Safety Devices: Safety devices, such as the pressure relief valve and expansion vessel, are inspected and tested to ensure they function correctly.
- Check Radiators and Heating System: The engineer may check the radiators and other components of the heating system to ensure they are working efficiently.
- Check for Scale Buildup: If the boiler has a hot water cylinder, the engineer may check for scale buildup and address it if necessary.
- Inspect the Flue: The flue is inspected to ensure it is properly installed, secure, and free from obstructions.
- Perform Combustion Efficiency Test: A combustion efficiency test may be conducted to assess how efficiently the boiler is burning fuel.
- Check for Carbon Monoxide (CO) Leaks: The engineer uses specialised equipment to check for the presence of carbon monoxide, a potentially deadly gas.
- Provide Advice and Recommendations: The engineer may offer advice on using the boiler efficiently, as well as recommendations for any necessary repairs or improvements.
- Documentation: The engineer will provide a service report detailing the tasks performed, any issues identified, and recommendations for future maintenance.
How long does a boiler service typically take?
The duration of a boiler service can vary based on factors such as the type and model of the boiler, its condition, and the specific procedures involved. However, a typical boiler service can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours.
Are there any signs that my boiler needs servicing?
There are several signs that may indicate your boiler needs servicing. Regular maintenance is essential for the proper functioning of your boiler, and addressing issues promptly can help prevent more significant problems. Here are some common signs that your boiler may need servicing:
- Unusual Noises: If you notice strange noises, such as banging, whistling, or gurgling, coming from your boiler, it could indicate issues with the ignition, pump, or other internal components.
- Drop in Efficiency: A decrease in the efficiency of your heating system, such as uneven heating or longer time to reach the desired temperature, may indicate a problem that requires attention.
- Increased Energy Bills: A sudden and unexplained increase in your energy bills could be a sign that your boiler is not operating efficiently. Regular servicing can help optimise performance and reduce energy consumption.
- Boiler Leaks: Any visible water leaks around the boiler or in the surrounding pipework should be addressed promptly. Leaks can lead to further damage and affect the efficiency of the system.
- Low Boiler Pressure: If the boiler pressure drops consistently, it may indicate a leak, a faulty pressure relief valve, or issues with the expansion vessel. A qualified engineer can diagnose and rectify the problem.
- Pilot Light Issues: If the pilot light goes out frequently or changes colour (e.g., from blue to yellow), it may indicate a problem with combustion, and the boiler should be inspected.
- Unpleasant Odours: Any strange or unusual odours, especially those resembling gas or burning, should be investigated immediately. This could indicate a gas leak or other safety concerns.
- Frequent Boiler Lockouts: If your boiler frequently shuts down or goes into lockout mode, it may be a sign of a malfunction that requires professional attention.
- Visible Soot or Staining: Soot or dark staining around the boiler or on the walls may suggest incomplete combustion and the presence of carbon monoxide. This is a serious issue that requires immediate attention.
- Age of the Boiler: Older boilers may require more frequent servicing to maintain efficiency and safety. If your boiler is approaching the end of its expected lifespan, consider scheduling regular check-ups.
- Carbon Monoxide Detector Activation: If your home has a carbon monoxide detector, and it alerts you to the presence of carbon monoxide, it’s crucial to turn off the boiler, ventilate the area, and seek professional assistance immediately.
If you observe any of these signs, it’s advisable to contact a Gas Safe registered engineer from Aquatech Heating & Plumbing.
What qualifications should I look for in a boiler service technician?
It’s crucial to ensure that the individual holds the necessary qualifications and certifications to work on gas appliances safely and legally. The primary qualification to look for is Gas Safe registration. Here are the key qualifications and considerations to look for:
- Gas Safe Registration: The most important qualification for a boiler service technician in the UK is being Gas Safe registered. The Gas Safe Register is the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas appliances. Always check and verify the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card before allowing any work to be carried out.
- Gas Safe ID Card: A Gas Safe registered engineer will carry an ID card that includes their photo, the business they work for, and the types of gas work they are qualified to do. Always ask to see the engineer’s Gas Safe ID card, and verify the details on the Gas Safe Register website if needed.
- Competence in Boiler Work: Look for a technician with specific experience and competence in working on boilers. Check if they have experience with the type and model of boiler you own.
- Public Liability Insurance: Ensure that the technician or the company has public liability insurance. This provides protection for you and your property in case of any unforeseen incidents during the service.
- Positive Customer Reviews: Check for customer reviews and testimonials. Positive feedback from other customers can give you confidence in the technician’s reliability and quality of service.
- Transparent Pricing and Quotation: A reputable technician should provide transparent pricing and issue a detailed quotation for the work to be carried out.
Are emergency boiler repair services available?
Yes – Aquatech Heating & Plumbing offer emergency boiler repair services to address urgent issues and breakdowns outside of regular working hours.
If you are experiencing a boiler emergency, such as a complete breakdown or gas leak, it’s crucial to act quickly and get in touch with us. Keep in mind that regular boiler maintenance can help prevent emergencies, so scheduling routine servicing is advisable.
Emergency boiler repair services are crucial for situations where the heating system malfunctions, especially during cold weather, leaving the property without heat or hot water.
For further information or a free quotation, get in touch with us. We are your trusted partners for boiler servicing and repairs in Chichester.