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Do central heating systems need servicing?

by | 5/ 09/ 22

As winter approaches and cold temperatures are on the horizon, you may be beginning to wonder whether your central heating system needs to be serviced. We’ve all been told at some point or another that this is something that should feature on our annual to-do list, but we rarely receive an explanation or reasons why we should invest in this area of home maintenance. So, do central heating systems really need servicing? Here’s some more information on the topic that can help you make the right decision for your home!

What are the risks if a home heating system is not serviced?

When it comes to home maintenance, we tend to invest in repairs or precautionary measures because there’s a good reason for doing so. The majority of us would rather take precautionary measures and avoid disaster than have to deal with the cost, consequences and fall out of leaving things to go wrong. So, what are the risks that come hand in hand with not having your home heating system serviced?

What are the possible problems that could arise?

Perhaps the most important reason to make sure that your central heating is serviced is associated with carbon monoxide. When a boiler breaks down, there is a risk of carbon monoxide leak, which could prove potentially fatal. Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer, as it has no odour and is completely colourless, often leading to people becoming sick before the leak is even detected. Regular servicing ensures that your system is up to scratch and not emitting these dangerous gasses. On top of this, servicing your central heating system can identify small scale issues early on, while they are cheaper to repair, rather than leaving them to worsen, which can prove extremely costly to put right.

What are the consequences?

As we’ve briefly highlighted above, the consequences of failing to service your central heating system range from potentially fatal consequences. The extreme being the loss of life through carbon monoxide exposure – and the minor, consequences for your finances.

What to Expect from Servicing Central Heating Systems

If you haven’t had your central heating system serviced before, you may not know what to expect. Here’s some information that can prepare you for your visit.

What can be done?

During your service, a trained and qualified engineer will inspect your boiler to ensure it is working safely and efficiently. Checks can include:

  • Clearing any blockages in the condensate.
  • Checking gas pressures.
  • Carrying out measurements to check for efficiency using specialised equipment.

This will ensure that any issues are highlighted and that any proper repairs can be carried out as soon as possible. Remember, only Gas Safe Engineers are legally qualified to work on your gas appliances.

What are the benefits of this?

The main benefits that you will take away from your service are safety, cost-effectiveness and general peace of mind.


Sure, central heating servicing might not be the most thrilling topic of conversation or plan to add to your calendar, but it is essential. Hopefully, some of the information above will answer your questions about central heating servicing, but if you’d like to learn more or book in your own service, get in touch here. We’ll be happy to help!

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