Gas Boiler Service in Cork
Gas Boiler Service in Cork
Who should I get to do a Gas Boiler Service ?
The service should be carried out by a qualified and experienced service technician
Why should I get to do a Gas Boiler Service ?
An annual boiler safety check and boiler service, carried out by a professional service engineer ensures that your boiler is functioning properly. Regular servicing of your boiler is important as it ensures that the boiler is working to the specifications designed by the boiler manufacturer. This will help prolong the life of the boiler as well as reduce the risk of faults and expensive repairs down the line.
The efficiency of boilers, both oil and gas fired, deteriorates with use. There are several reasons for this, the key ones being:
Soot production from the combustion process coats the heat exchanger surfaces.
The critical air-to-fuel combustion ratio changes due to gradual component wear.
A boiler service will remove any sooting and, by adjustment, will re-establish the optimum combustion conditions. But while optimising operating efficiency is paramount in these days of rising fuel costs, there are other important benefits in having your boiler serviced:
By checking the safety controls, early failures can be detected and rectified in good time. A variety of operational systems and components will be checked including:
– Boiler start-up performance
– Noises that give an early warning signal of pending component failures.
What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide (also known as CO) is a colourless, odourless poisonous gas and is a common yet preventable cause of death from poisoning worldwide. Approximately half of the deaths from unintentional CO poisonings result from the inhalation of smoke from fires. Other significant causes are vehicle exhausts and deaths in industrial / commercial settings. On average between 1 and 2 people die each year in Ireland from unintentional CO poisoning in the home in incidents related to domestic heating or other fossil fuel installations in the home (i.e. excluding the inhalation of smoke from fires).
The incomplete combustion of organic fossil fuels such as oil, gas or coal is a common environmental source of CO and is responsible for many cases of non-fatal unintentional CO poisoning. In normal conditions the combustion process (the addition of oxygen) will result in carbon in the fossil fuel, combining with oxygen, in the air, to produce Carbon Dioxide (CO2), the same substance we exhale when we breathe. However, if there is a lack of air for the combustion process or the heating appliance is faulty, Carbon Monoxide can be produced.
When CO is inhaled into the body it combines with the blood, preventing it from absorbing oxygen. If a person is exposed to CO over a period, it can cause illness and even death. Carbon Monoxide has no smell, taste or colour. This is why it is sometimes called the “Silent Killer”.
Carbon Monoxide alarms can be used as a backup to provide a warning to householders in the event of a dangerous build up of CO. Check that the Carbon Monoxide alarm complies with the EN 50291 standard. Remember that Carbon Monoxide alarms are no substitute for regular inspection and maintenance of appliances, vents, flues and chimneys.
Is there really any point to doing a Gas Boiler Service
Because of the difference between individual installations, it is difficult to predict what saving servicing will bring for a particular house.
The following chart is conservative and gives the increase in fuel costs each year that the boiler is not serviced.
Fuel Savings from Boiler servicing Line Graph showing savings made by servicing based on boiler fuel type.
How often should I service my boiler?
Most boiler manufacturers recommend an annual service, primarily on the grounds of safety but also to ensure reliability. On efficiency grounds it is well worth servicing Gas Boilers annually because the soot build-up is such as to significantly increase oil consumption. With gas, while soot build-up is not so much a problem because of its clean burning characteristics, an annual service would still be recommended.
Who should I get to service my boiler?
As with all heating appliances, your boiler should be serviced on a regular basis to ensure that it is operating efficiently and safely. The service should be carried out by a qualified and experienced service technician / service engineer.
Whats included in your Gas Boiler Service
Check boiler location (is it suitable)
Check for correct ventilation as appropriate
Check boiler for visual damage
Check for flue spillage where appropriate
Check flue condition,routing and terminal location
Check condensate drainage system (Condensing boilers only)
Check appliance clearances from combustion materials
Check main burner and clean as necessary
Check pilot burner and probes/cables and clean/renew as necessary
Check heat exchanger and clean as necessary
Check/adjust main burner operation (as per manufactuer`s instructions)
Check operation of flame sensing control
Check effectiveness of flue with boiler running
Check for gas soundness of appliance with boiler ruinning
Check for elecrtical isolation and correct 3amp fuse is fitted
Inspect elecrtical wiring for damage and correct connection to appliance
Check operation of boiler thermostat
Check system pressure (as per manufacture`s instructions)
Check and charge expansion vessel (where required)
Check flue guard is fitted (where required)
Check correct boiler operation including consumer controls (time clock,zone valves and thermostats)
Carry out combustion efficiency tests (where appropriate)
It is illeag for any persons who is not a Registered Gas Installer (RGII) to service any gas appliances .On completion of an gas appliance service you must be provided with a Declaration of Conformance certificate
Customer will receive a print out of combustion efficiency test for there records
Gas Boiler Service From as little as:
€8 per month (Direct Debit) With Annaul Service reminder (SMS Text Or Email)
Annual fee €75
To avail of €60 one off fee ( On condition that Direct Debit is completed for the following year)
All prices includsive of vat