You will need to keep your gas boiler running efficiently and effectively to maintain a warm home. To do this you will need to have your boiler serviced regularly.
Lack of maintenance will cause problems with heating efficiency as well as damaging your boiler. It is better to service your boiler every year than buy a new one every few years. Make sure that you choose a qualified engineer to service your boiler.
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.
What’s on this page:
- 1 What are the advantages and disadvantages of an oil boiler?
- 2 Benefits of Having a Boiler Service
- 3 How much does it cost to service an oil-fired boiler?
- 4 Fixed price boiler repairs
- 5 Arranging a Boiler Service
- 6 How much does it cost to service a boiler?
- 7 Boiler Service Grants
What are the advantages and disadvantages of an oil boiler?
The advantages to having an oil boiler include being able to change supplier whenever you choose as well as the ability to select from a wide range of appliances. One of the main disadvantages of having an oil boiler is that some of the leading insurers will not cover an oil boiler storage tank. Additionally, oil boiler installers do not have to be OFTEC registered, so there is no overall governing body such as Gas Safe to protect homeowners.
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 2017
Your boiler manufacturer or energy supplier may provide you with an annual boiler service, if not; you’ll need to independently hire a boiler engineer to service your boiler. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) says that the average cost of a boiler service is between £50 and £80; more specific costs are detailed below:
Npower boiler servicing prices start at £99
British Gas charge from £79 for a boiler service check
EDF Energy boiler service average price is £80
How much does it cost to service an oil-fired boiler?
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
Fixed price boiler repairs
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 £195
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?
We have contacted the tradesmen in our network to find out the cost of typical boiler servicing jobs and how quick they should be completed. We gathered all the data and created the following table to help you with your boiler servicing costs.
|Job||Details||Typical price||Typical time to comlete job|
|Carry out Gas service of typical combi boiler||Visual inspection, fire tests, ventilation, flue gas analysis, replace damaged parts, inspection of internal components, remove and clean the boiler casing.||£60||1–1.5 hours|
|Perform an annual service of a living room gas fire||Front glass removal, door assembly, clean out assembly, burner and catalyst assembly, glass leak check, clean burner units and pipes, check ventilation, test setting pressure||£65||1–1.5 hours|
|Fit new TRVs||Supply and fit 10 new thermostatic radiators.||£350||5-8 hours|
|Install a replacement fan for standard combi gas boiler||Supply and replace the combi boiler existing fan with a new one.||£260||1-2 hours|
|Install one magnetic filter on a gas combi boiler||Disconnect existing filter, install new one, inspect new one, safety devices check||£300||2-3 hours|
|Supply and fit new room thermostat||Installation of a new thermostat||£200|
|Supply and fit one radiator||Supply and install a new radiator after removing the old one. Any pipe work is not included.||£60||2-3 hours|
|Supply and fit new boiler (same location)||Replace an existing boiler and install a new regular boiler in the same location as before.||£1,800||1-2 days|
|Supply and fit a new central heating pump||Replacement of old central heating pump and installation of new one.||£180||1-2 hours|
Boiler Service Grants
Not everyone is aware that there is a helpful range of government grants for central heating boilers. Depending on whereabouts you live in the UK, there are different grants for central heating systems for which you could be eligible; including central heating grants for pensioners and central heating grants for disabled people.
Read our guide about government central heating grants, which should help you figure out just how much money and/or welfare you’re entitled to.
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.
Remember, this guide about boiler Grants is intended as a starting point for you to discover what heating grants are available. In order to check your personal eligibility through the official channels, or to keep abreast of changing legislation and regulations you should contact your relevant Government department as soon as possible. Don’t waste any more time worrying about the cold this winter, and get in touch about grants for central heating today.