How Long Does a Boiler Service Take?

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When it comes to heating your home, boilers are a popular and efficient option. Like any heating system, boilers require regular maintenance to ensure they are working efficiently and safely. One important part of this maintenance is getting an annual boiler service.

If you’ve never had a service before, you may be wondering how long a full boiler service really takes. In this article, we’ll answer that question and provide you with all the information you need to know about boiler services.

What is a Boiler Service?

A full boiler inspection service is a thorough check of your boiler to ensure that it is working efficiently and safely. During an annual boiler service call, one of our qualified engineers will inspect and clean the internal and external parts of the boiler, checking for any faults or potential problems.
These checks ensure that your boiler is safe and working as it should. Without regular servicing, boilers can become inefficient or dangerous in your home. If you don’t regularly get a boiler service, it is more likely to break or experience problems down the line.

Why is a Boiler Service Important?

Getting your boiler serviced is important for several reasons. Firstly, it ensures that your boiler is working efficiently, which can help to reduce your energy bills. Secondly, it can help to prevent breakdowns and the need for boiler repairs or boiler replacements.
A boiler service performed by a gas-safe registered engineer can also ensure that your boiler is safe to use, as faults or problems can be identified and fixed before they become a risk to you and your family. We also offer gas safety certificates for any homeowners or landlords that require them.

How Long Does a Boiler Service Take?

The length of a standard boiler service call can vary depending on the make and model of your boiler, as well as the level of service required. Typically speaking, for a relatively new model, a standard gas boiler service will take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete.
It is a quick and easy process which ensures your boiler is safe to use. Engineers such as ours at Home Care Heating will check over your boiler to make sure it is in working order and identify any problems it potentially has.

How Long Does an Oil Boiler Service Take?

When it comes to servicing oil boilers, it can take up to 2 hours to complete.

So, you might wonder why it takes a bit longer to service an oil boiler compared to a gas one. Oil boilers run on heating oil, so this can mean that they tend to produce more soot and debris as they operate. This means they require more of a thorough cleaning to ensure that they work efficiently and safely. Oil boilers also have extra components (such as oil filters) that need checking and possibly replacing. These parts don’t exist in gas boilers.

Heating engineers often have to fine-tune the burner and nozzle in oil boilers to ensure optimal combustion, which can be a delicate and time-consuming process. As gas burns cleaner than oil, gas boilers generally accumulate less residue and have fewer parts to check, making their annual service call (typically) much quicker.

So, although both types of boilers will require maintenance, oil boilers will need a bit more attention and time to keep them working correctly.

How Long Does a Combi Boiler Service Take?

A combi boiler service usually takes 30 minutes to complete. It tends to be a quicker process than a traditional gas boiler because of its simpler and more compact design.
Combi boilers, which combine both heating and hot water systems, do not require external tanks and have fewer components, making them easier to access and maintain. Some combi boilers have advanced technology, which often includes self-diagnostic features, enabling gas engineers to identify and address any issues quickly.

The growing popularity of combi boilers means that qualified gas engineers are now more familiar with their operation and common problems, which can also speed up the servicing process.

Do Gas Engineers Require Specific Make and Model Knowledge for Servicing?

Gas engineers really need to be well-versed in the specific makes and models of the appliances they service.

This is essential for several reasons, with the first (and most important) one being safety. Here in the UK, there are strict safety regulations – and different boilers have their own unique requirements. A qualified heating engineer needs to be familiar with these to ensure that everything is up to code and safe.

What’s more, there’s also efficiency and reliability to consider. Knowing the specifics helps gas engineers diagnose and fix problems more effectively, ensuring that your appliance runs smoothly and reliably. Plus, staying updated with the latest models and technology is important.

The gas appliance industry is always evolving, so this means continuous learning is key for any skilled gas engineer. This expertise not only ensures compliance with current standards but also provides the best service to customers.

How Often Should You Get a Boiler Service?

It is recommended that you get your boiler serviced annually. This ensures that your boiler is checked regularly and that any potential problems can be identified and fixed before they become a bigger issue.
Although it may feel like a chore to book a yearly boiler service, doing this regularly will save you significant money down the line by removing any potential problems before they arise. If your boiler is still under warranty, it may be a condition of the warranty that you get it serviced annually.

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What Happens During a Boiler Service?

During a boiler service, a qualified heating engineer will check and clean the internal and external parts of the boiler. They will check for any leaks, corrosion, or signs of wear and tear.
The gas pressure and flue of your boiler will also be checked to ensure that they are working correctly. Finally, the components will be checked, and the boiler will be tested to ensure that it is working efficiently and safely.

How Much Does a Boiler Service Cost?

The cost of a boiler service can vary depending on the level of service required and the engineer you choose. On average, a boiler service will cost around £70-£100. However, this cost can be higher if any repairs or replacement parts are required.
To get a boiler service quote, call today on 0151 203 3771 and one of our qualified engineers will be in touch. Our engineers offer boiler servicing and replacements across the Wirral. Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our services.

Can You Do a Boiler Service Yourself?

It is not recommended that you attempt to service your boiler yourself, as this can be dangerous and can result in serious injury or damage to your boiler.
It is also important to use a qualified engineer who has the knowledge and expertise to carry out a thorough service safely. Although you can check your own boiler yourself, for the service to be legal and official, a qualified engineer needs to provide you with a full-service report.

What are the Benefits of a Boiler Service?

Even though it is necessary to service your boiler, there are also several benefits to getting your boiler serviced. Some of these include:

  • It can help to reduce your energy bills. Annual boiler servicing ensures that your boiler is working efficiently.
  • It can help to prevent breakdowns and costly repairs ahead of time.
  • It improves boiler efficiency – regular checking ensures your boiler is working as well as it can, saving money down the line.

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If you are in need of a boiler service, contact our team of experts today. You can also call on 0151 203 3771 or email us at

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