With the winter season coming again, your boiler is scheduled for a hectic workout session. However, according to past experiences, most boilers tend to break down during the month of February. Within the last year alone, nearly an entire fifth of households had experienced a breakdown or two. In the UK alone, homeowners spent up to £780 million in repair efforts alone.
With such an alarming quote, it meant that the average household spend up to £270 on their repairs alone. For the most part, boilers break down and tend to require a couple of visits before the system can be back up again. Most times, the first visit is where a tech determines the issue at hand and the second is where they begin repairs. However, there’s quite a wait before you or your tenants can be out of the cold.
As the winter season approaches, it’s a great idea to keep your system in great condition. The following are the top 6 tips from CorgiHomePlan to ensure that your boiler is properly cared for:
1- Book a service
If you’re unsure, it just might be time to service your boiler again. If you’re already in the winter season, it’s an excellent idea to get a move on the issues before they creep up. However, be sure to get a registered engineer that is properly qualified and is Gas Safe.
2- Book an inspection
If your service date is not close, having a spur-of-the-moment inspection is good. However, don’t forget to let your tenants know at least 24 hours ahead of time. During the inspection, look out for excessive noises, radiators that are half heated, and drips, or leaks.
Additionally, it’s also important to ensure that you check for pressure spikes, and other potential problems early on. When things suddenly go wrong, you’ll be in for the biggest inconvenience of a lifetime.
3- Get a carbon monoxide detector
If you didn’t already know, the government usually requires persons to ensure that carbon monoxide alarms are installed in all rooms that contain gas appliances. If your alarm contains sealed batteries, it should be noted that these tend to have a shelf-life of up to 7 years and can be outdated in the event of an emergency. Those containing replacement batteries have a life of up to 3 years. So, be sure to recheck all of your alarms.
4- Consider home emergency cover
If you didn’t already know, home emergency coverage ensures that any and all of your home emergencies are settled easily and quickly. Coverage usually includes boiler breakdowns, and some of the more expensive policies can cover emergencies and appliances.
5- Have a plan
In the event of a sudden emergency, it’s a great idea to put something in place for your tenants. Hence, they should know who to contact if they’re ever faced with an emergency. Whether it’s a plumber, an agent, or yourself, something must be in place. If you didn’t already know, most landlords tend to have a dedicated supplier in the event anything goes wrong.
However, all of the details should be passed through the insurance company before finalizing them. Additionally, it’s also a great idea to put something in place if ever your boiler is taking a long time to fix. Looking into electric heaters or even accommodation coverage is a great idea.
6- Check your policy
If you’re unsure about what your coverage entails, it’s a good idea to check your coverage. Coverage can be easily overlooked and you may be paying extra for something that you’re covered for. Reading the small print is essential and prevents you from buying something that isn’t required. However, it should be noted that some policies may not protect older boilers.