With proper maintenance a good boiler can last up to 15 years, and since boilers can be very expensive to replace it’s important that annual services are arranged.

During a boiler service a Gas Safe engineer will complete several checks to assess the safety and overall running of your boiler, this includes a visual inspection, checking components, gas pressure and carbon monoxide checks.

But, how do you know when your boiler needs a service? This blog will explain three of the main signs that you can look out for.

It hasn’t been serviced recently

The most obvious reason to get your boiler serviced is if it hasn’t been serviced in over a year.

It’s recommended that homeowners get this done annually, to make sure everything is in good working order. If you’ve noticed that your boiler isn’t working as it should, then don’t ignore this – arrange a service to prevent small problems turning into big issues.

You home does not feel as warm

If your home doesn’t feel as warm as it usually does and you’ve made no changes to your thermostat, then you may be in a need of a boiler service.

Perhaps your radiators are not heating as quickly, and you’re having to sit in a chilly room – make sure you get things sorted before winter hits and create a cosy environment for you and your family.

Pilot light

A clear sign that your boiler is not functioning as it should, is if the pilot light will not stay lit or sudden cuts out – this is something that needs to be assessed by a professional Gas Safe engineer.

As the ignition source of the boiler, the light can also show signs of serious problems such as carbon monoxide.

If this is the case, you may notice a change in the colour of your pilot light to yellow. Any issue related to carbon monoxide needs to be fixed urgently, as the gas can put the health of those on the home at serious risk.

Strange sounds

It’s normal for your boiler to make some sound as it starts up but strange and persistent sounds many be a problem.

Unusual noises could mean you have an issue with your boiler’s fan or pump which could be down to wear and tear, but even so it’s important to get it fixed. Contact your local plumber who can identify the cause of the noise and get things back up and running smoothly.

For those living around Dorset, Somerset, Devon and other areas across the South West, Western Fuel are the local engineers who can help with a range of boiler repairs and conduct professional boiler servicing.

Our experienced team have worked on all types of boilers, so you can rest assured that we’ll get the job done. For more information get in touch today. Call us on 01278 431451 or email us at service@westernfuel.co.uk.