A regular oil fired and solid fuel boiler service keeps your boiler running more efficiently, which in turn means that you use less fuel – which saves you money.
With most boiler manufacturers recommending that a service is carried out once a year, this also assists in preventing potential breakdowns which may leave you without heating.
Why should an Oil Boiler get a regular service
Due to the wear-and-tear from regular uses our oil boilers receive, they are prone to develop small faults – be it less energy efficient, a part wearing down, or the occasional judder and protest when we use more than our usual amount of hot water.
If these issues are ignored it can lead to more serious problems with your oil boiler, such as leaks, break downs, significant damage to your own home and even dangerous leaks, that could threaten the safety of you and your family.
Regular maintenance by qualified, professional Oftec registered engineers will not only find any faults and repair them efficiently, but also put your mind at rest.
The service will also check that the boiler is working properly, minimising the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. This is caused when the oil in your boiler isn’t burnt properly. The signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are hard to spot and are easily confused with tiredness or a cold.
A regular check of your oil boiler may seem like another unwanted expense, but the price of a full boiler replacement in your home, not to mention the damage that a malfunctioning poorly-maintained boiler can do to your property, can run much higher. An oil boiler should produce very few emissions.
Signs that it may need servicing include:
- Black smoke or a build-up of soot – this prevents the boiler from burning oil efficiently
- A yellow or brown staining around or on the boiler
- A pilot light that frequently blows out
- Increased condensation inside windows
- A yellow rather than blue flame (apart from flueless fires)
When should your Oil Boiler be serviced
Often issues occur in oil boilers at the end of the summer months, when boilers are again switched on to find that, due to under use, the parts have often seized. This means that the peak times for boiler engineers are at this time, and often right through winter to February.
It is recommended, therefore, that you should service your boiler annually, between the months of February and October when firms are quieter, to ensure you receive the best value for money from your service.
What happens during a boiler service?
During an oil boiler service, our engineer will:
- Clean the burner/injector(s)Clean the pilot/injector
- Clean the flue-ways, including the draught diverter and heat exchanger
- Clean and adjust the ignition components
- Clean flame supervision components
- Clean, lubricate and adjust controls
- Check all disturbed connections
- Check all boiler seals and joints
- Check there are no obvious signs of damage to the wiring
- Re-set the burner operating pressure to that on the data label/plate
- Test open-flued boilers for spillage
- Re-check the flame supervision device operation
Finally the paper work is completed to keep your guarantees valid & cover your moral & legal obligations with regard to environmental emissions.
Many other general checks are made before the paperwork is signed. If you are selling your home the completed forms will be particularly important to you & potential buyers.