Regardless of the type of energy you use, it is mandatory that your heating system be checked every year. This maintenance can be very demanding, but it allows you to improve your system’s operation to ensure the best possible efficiency and the lowest possible level of carbon monoxide emissions. But how to proceed?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BOILER MAINTENANCE?
Maintaining your boiler once a year is important for many reasons. In addition to the fact that it is a legal obligation, this maintenance is also essential for questions of savings, longevity and safety.
For savings: by performing gas boiler maintenance, you limit the risk of breakdown and ensure its proper functioning. Therefore, you save energy. When the boiler is too dirty, it has to consume more energy to operate. It is in your best interest to maintain your equipment properly, as this will have an impact on your bill. To save money, it is generally advisable to subscribe to a boiler maintenance contract.
For the duration: it is normal, the better an appliance is maintained at a regular frequency, the better it lasts in time. The purchase of this appliance represents a financial investment. By maintaining it properly, it will last longer, at least ten years, and will be compensated in time.
For safety: the main risk with this appliance is that it emits a lot of carbon monoxide (CO). However, at too high a dose, this odorless and invisible substance is risky for your health. With annual maintenance, you can considerably reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, as the specialist in charge of the inspection regularly checks this point.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS IN THE MAINTENANCE OF A GAS BOILER?
To ensure a quality check, the maintenance of gas boiler, floor or wall, must be carried out by an expert certified Recognized as a guarantor of the Environment (RGE). At the time of this visit, the professional must perform various tasks:
General control of the condition of your equipment
Cleaning of the interior parts of the appliance (pilot light, burner, heating body)
Checking the protection parts (expansion vessel, probes, sensors)
Checking the actuators (fan, valves, pump)
Checking the voltage of the circuit, and recharging if necessary
Checking the carbon monoxide content and the temperature of the fumes
It is important to know that it is also essential to have your gas boiler swept once a year. However, this is not necessarily included in the maintenance and can lead to an additional expense. However, it is essential to clean the flue pipe to ensure that no substance is blocking it and to guarantee its performance. At the end of the visit, maximum within fifteen days, the professional must send you a maintenance certificate. This is to be kept carefully.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO MAINTAIN A GAS BOILER?
Boiler maintenance contract rates vary according to the services required, the type of boiler, the model and the professional (heating company, independent…). If the annual check-up only consists of a check-up, you will normally pay less than if more extensive checks and repairs are required. But how long does it take?
Again, this depends on the condition of the boiler. If the technician perceives that there is only a light cleaning to be done and everything is in order, the intervention is very fast and it takes only 15 minutes in total. However, if a major cleaning and overhaul needs to be done, the process may take longer. It is also possible that the professional will reschedule an appointment if he/she needs more time than expected or if he/she does not have all the required parts on hand.