Property Maintenance – Boiler Issues

When was the last time your boiler was serviced?

Living in Scotland you will understand the importance of a warm home. However, in order to achieve an energy efficient boiler, it is paramount that it receives a regular service.

How do you actually service a boiler?

Leave that one to the professionals who are qualified to do so, they will completely disassemble your boiler, followed by a comprehensive inspection of all its components. Any faults or defects are recorded. If you are present, the engineer can discuss any problems with your property’s heating system and recommend solutions, which they may even be able to fix during the visit.

Unless the engineer discovers serious problems that require urgent attention, you will decide what action to take regarding any boiler problems.

Like an MOT test for your car, a boiler service should be performed by a qualified engineer who can issue a certificate of safety and performance.

Boilers ideally should be serviced annually particularly before the winter sets in when you are most likely to need it running on all cylinders. Neglecting your boiler could cost you more in the long run with increased energy bills and expensive repairs.

Regular boiler maintenance will ensure the following:

  • Optimised gas pressure and flow
  • Leak and corrosion prevention.
  • Dust and debris cleaning.
  • Flue and emission inspection.
  • Safety and compliance.

Signs of a faulty boiler, some of which could be, is making strange noises, hissing, banging, or whistling – indicating a problem with the pump. Your boiler could be leaking gas or water – this could pose a fire or explosion risk. If your boiler is not heating your home – this could be low pressure a faulty thermostat, a blocked valve or broken heat exchanger. Higher than normal energy bills – could have an undiagnosed fault. If your boiler pilot light has gone out or changed colour – a blue light is a healthy boiler, an orange or yellow flame could be a sign of too much carbon monoxide in the system which is obviously lethal. If you have any of these faults you should contact a qualified engineer as soon as possible.

Did you know that boiler servicing is also a legal requirement for Scottish Landlords?

Scottish landlords are legally required to have their boilers serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer and to provide their tenants with a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of the check in or before they move in. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

This means Scottish landlords must:

Arrange for an annual gas safety check by a qualified engineer registered with the Gas Safe Register.

Provide the tenants with a copy of the gas safety certificate within 28 days of the check or before they move in.

Repair any faults or breakdowns in the boiler or heating system as soon as possible. You must not charge your tenants for these repairs unless they are caused by their negligence or misuse.

Always provide the tenants with adequate heating and hot water unless there is an emergency or unavoidable interruption.

Inform the tenants of any planned maintenance or servicing of the boiler or heating system and give them reasonable notice. You must respect your tenants’ right to quiet enjoyment of the property and avoid causing unnecessary disturbance or inconvenience.

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