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Gas boiler maintenance is essential at your holiday home

Boiler maintenance at your holiday homeThe maintenance and running of your boiler is of key importance to ensuring the safety and welfare of your guests.

We will highlight several ways to keep your boiler in the best condition in this article written by Andrew Exelby.

As a landlord, what are your responsibilities?

Your responsibilities as a landlord are to ensure that all gas appliances, fittings, chimneys and flues are safe, fit for purpose and are all working efficiently, according to the gas safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.

Your 3 main responsibilities are as follows:

  1. Gas safety check and certification

For the safety of your tenants or guests, all gas appliances and flues within your rental property must be inspected every 12 months. The gas safety inspection has to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.

  1. Gas safety record

After you have had the gas safety check completed, you will receive your landlord’s gas safety certificate (CP12). You must provide a copy of your certificate to your tenants within 28 days of this check. If your property is let for less than 28 days, you should display a copy of the gas safety certificate within the property. You will need to keep a copy of your gas safety record until two more checks have been carried out.

  1. Maintenance

It is essential you make sure all gas pipework, appliances, chimneys and flues are kept in a clean and safe condition. The manufacturers of gas appliances will recommend how often an appliance should be serviced. We recommend most gas appliances are serviced annually.

Is a gas boiler service really essential? I would have thought boilers pretty much take care of themselves? My boiler is new; do I really need a service? Can I service it myself?

You’re not alone if you’re asking these questions.

A study has found millions of UK homeowners are potentially at risk because of improperly maintained gas-powered appliances (i.e. boilers). Many of these homeowners don’t know there’s a problem until it’s too late.

What are the benefits of having a gas boiler service?

  1. Safety

Gas leaks are rare. Because of the risks involved with boilers, those who build and maintain boilers and the lines feeding them work very carefully to make sure leaks don’t happen.

As there are potentially severe consequences of a gas leak, you do not want to take any chances.

A gas leak in your home could result in carbon monoxide poisoning of those in your home and/or an explosion. Both of these would almost always be a deadly event.

Having a gas boiler service will help avert problems related to gas leakages or other boiler issues.

  1. Efficiency

You care about protecting the planet and saving money while doing it. Because of this, it’s important that your boiler always runs optimally, using only as much energy as is necessary to heat your home.

In the average household, as much as 50% of the energy bill is the cost of running the boiler to maintain the indoor climate. An inefficient boiler can, therefore, cost you a lot of money.

Don’t pay more for energy than you have to. Instead, get a regular gas boiler service.

  1. Cost-Savings

To replace a boiler can be costly. Sometimes it can cost over £2000 for the boiler plus another £550 for installation. For most UK homeowners, this is the single most expensive appliance in the home.

In order for it to be worth the outlay, you need for it to last many years. As well as this, you don’t want to be without heat when you need it the most.

A well-maintained boiler should last you for 15+ years. Poor or lack of maintenance, however, could cut this by 1/3 or more.

If you think getting your boiler service means spending more on repairs in the long run, know that a regular gas boiler service also reduces the cost of maintenance and repairs.

4.    Boiler Cover Protection

If you have boiler cover, then your home insurance policy will need your service records for you to stay covered under their policy.

The insurance industry is highly regulated – mainly to ensure that they pay claims when you are entitled to payment through your policy. You also have the responsibility as a homeowner to do your due diligence to maintain and protect your home.

The insurance company isn’t obligated to honour their contract if you don’t take care to maintain the boiler. They will consider this breach of contract.

Regular gas boiler servicing allows you to keep your side of the bargain so they will keep theirs in the event that you must file a claim.

  1. Peace of Mind

Finally, and importantly, a gas boiler service provides you with peace of mind. Considering the potential risks involved when you don’t book your annual service with a gas safe registered engineer, it is vital you do keep on top of boiler maintenance to avoid any unwanted surprises.

More holiday letting advice.

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