Boiler Service Cost – An Overview
If you are planning to service your boiler, to ensure that your old boiler continues to work or because you’ve moved into a new house, our boiler service cost guide will provide excellent information about boiler servicing costs for different types of boilers, including oil boilers and central heating boilers.
Benefits of Having a Boiler Service
The benefits of having your boiler serviced tend to outweigh the average boiler service cost:
Save money on repairs – Your boiler should work perfectly and efficiently; a boiler service engineer will make sure your boiler is working correctly and pick up on any minor faults, which if left unrepaired, could cause major problems in the future. Servicing your boiler could save you money on larger repair bills and emergency call-out fees.
A boiler service could save your life – a faulty boiler can be extremely dangerous; around 20 people die every year in the UK from Carbon Monoxide (CO) leaks caused by faulty gas boilers and appliances; reports the Health and Safety Executive. A regular boiler service will detect any CO leaks, keeping you and your family safe from CO poisoning.
Reduce your fuel bills – A boiler service engineer will make sure your boiler isn’t wasting energy; this can save you money on your fuel bills as well as cut your household carbon emissions. A boiler service may cut your heating bills drastically. It should save you money in the long run so that you don’t need to fully replace it
A Service may ensure your insurance is valid – many boiler warranties require you to have your boiler regularly serviced.
Stay legal – landlords are legally obliged to service boilers in their rental properties every year and must provide a valid Gas Safety certificate for gas boilers.
Boiler Service Cost 2013
Your boiler manufacturer or energy supplier may provide you with an annual boiler service, if not; you’ll need to independently hire an engineer to for your boiler. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) says that the average cost of a boiler service is between £50 and £75; more specific costs are detailed below:
Npower boiler servicing prices start at £99
British Gas charge from £79 for a boiler service check
Find out more about boiler servicing prices.
An oil boiler generally costs more to install, run and service, but if you live in a rural area which isn’t on the gas mains, this may be your only choice. The average cost of oil boiler service will vary depending on where you live and the make of your boiler:
Whatprice say that an oil boiler service costs between £50 and £180
Find out more about oil boiler servicing costs.
When servicing your boiler, an engineer may find that you need some repair work done. If this is the case, it may be a good idea to negotiate a fixed price boiler repair. Shop around for the best fixed price boiler repair prices; for example:
- British Gas fixed price boiler repairs start at £69
- Homeserve fixed price boiler repairs start at £58
Find out more about fixed price boiler repairs.
Arranging a Boiler Service
You should have your boiler serviced every year, or more frequently if advised by the boiler manufacturer. Make sure you hire the right boiler service engineer for the job:
Gas boiler service – by law anyone who installs, repairs or services gas appliances must be registered with Gas Safe
Solid fuel boiler service – For a wood or coal burning boiler hire a HETAS registered engineer to safely carry out your boiler service. HETAS advise regular cleaning of your chimney and flue in addition to boiler checks
Oil boiler servicing – Ideally, you should have your oil boiler serviced by an OFTEC registered engineer.
When choosing someone for servicing a boiler it is very simple – take a look at our trusted tradesmen in our network to find your ideal boiler service engineer. Then think about asking the following questions:
How much does it cost to service a boiler?
Do you carry our an annual boiler service as well as repairs?
What’s the cost of servicing an oil boiler? (if applicable).
Boiler Service Grants
You may be eligible for a boiler service grant, which provides some money towards the cost of servicing your boiler through one of these schemes:
- The Warm Home Discount Scheme (replaces Warm Front)– for those living in England
- The Warm Home Scheme – for residents of Northern Ireland
- The Fuel Poverty Scheme – for Welsh residents
- Energy Supplier Grants – energy suppliers are required to offer discounts and grants for things like boiler servicing under Carbon Emission Reduction Targets (CERT)
- Local Government Grants – call your local authority to see whether you’re eligible for a boiler servicing grant.
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*Sources: Energy Saving Trust, Health and Safety Executive, Gas Safe, Npower, British Gas, Whatprice, Homeserve, HETAS, OFTEC, Directgov. All information is accurate as of January 2012