Don’t ignore your heating system this summer, households advised
As summer temperatures continue to soar, households across the UK are being urged to ensure their boiler is in good working order after heavy use during winter to avoid costly repairs and higher fuel bills later in the year.
The advice follows a report from Rated People* which has revealed 77% of UK heating engineers expect homeowners to cut spending on household improvements this year.
It can be easy to forget during the warmer months when the heating is not in use, but now is the ideal time to book an appointment with a technician. Failing to properly maintain a boiler can potentially cause a number of issues which could lead to expensive emergency call outs and loss of heating over winter.
By ensuring boilers are regularly serviced, households can help prolong the life of their heating system and enjoy lower energy costs due to greater efficiency.
OFTEC, a registration body for off-gas grid heating, recommends that households have all heating appliances and equipment serviced at least once a year by a qualified technician and to be on the lookout for rogue traders.
During an annual service, an OFTEC technician will clean and inspect the boiler, replace any faulty components and check for leaking flue gases, which could include dangerous carbon monoxide.
In addition, OFTEC advises homeowners of their responsibility to maintain their oil tanks. It's important to regularly check for signs of rust, bulges, or strong fuel smells, and clear away any foliage covering the tank or overhanging branches. Oil users should also monitor any sudden drop in oil levels as this could be a sign of a potential leak.
Malcolm Farrow, of OFTEC, says: "Checking your oil tank for any obvious signs of damage is a quick summer job and is as simple as tending to the weeds in your garden. It doesn’t take long but could save you a great deal of hassle in the future. OFTEC technicians also check the tank more thoroughly as part of a routine service.”
Malcolm adds: “Many households are feeling the squeeze right now and are understandably looking to reduce spending wherever possible. However, looking after your boiler and oil tank now will prolong the life of your heating system for many years to come.
“This is especially important as the rural heating industry is currently working to bring to market a renewable liquid fuel which could offer a simpler, more affordable low carbon heating solution for oil heated households across the UK in the very near future.”