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How much should a boiler service be?

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HMTheQueen Thu 23-Dec-10 11:46:22

I've just had a call from NPower (my supplier) offering a check on our energy efficiency. Turns out we're about as efficient as we can be! smile

One of the things he asked about though, was when was our boiler last serviced. I only bought the place in January, so haven't done one yet. I was thinking I should sometime in the new year? How often should it be done? How much should it cost? Should I have one of those insurance/call out boiler people? Or should I just find someone in the yellow pages? It's only about 4 years old so it's not ancient....

Grrr - I'm so bad at all this DIY/house owning stuff! grin

mamaloco Thu 23-Dec-10 11:51:01

I do it once every year serviced by a local plumber.
usually sept (before putting the heating on IYSWIM)
Can't remember the exact price but it is quite cheap (25 pounds?)

HMTheQueen Thu 23-Dec-10 12:19:04

Oh - only £25ish? I was think at least a hundred quid! What a nice surprise! Thanks smile

eemie Thu 23-Dec-10 12:38:53

Just paid £80 which seemed reasonable to me as it was two hours' work. He explained what he was doing as he went along and none of it was timewasting.

Rocinante Thu 23-Dec-10 12:47:16

We get it serviced once a year.

For cost, it probably depends on where you live; we're in East Anglia and it just cost us £56 plus £12 renewal of a jet spray (?. I expect if you're in London it would be double that.

We initially used someone who advertised locally, then got a cheaper quote from Boilerjuice and just go directly to him now.

ragged Thu 23-Dec-10 12:56:15

Mine was 58 the other day -- also rural East Anglia, oil-fired boiler. Gas boilr cheaper, maybe?

Eddas Thu 23-Dec-10 13:00:37

I would imagine the cost would depend on the type of boiler(gas/oil/electric), where you live.

I would never just randomly call a Yellow Pages person. Maybe ask next door if they have someone they use regularly or other friends in the area. Or if you can't do that call a local plumbers merchant and ask them for a few plumbers numbers. They will know them all and will only suggest people they trust (dh works in a plumbing merchant!)

We had our boiler serviced in Sept/Oct, we're oil and it should be done once a year as oil clogs up if not done regularly. We used a friend of dh and it cost £100-150 (I can't remeber and it was only a few months ago blush)

panettoinydog Thu 23-Dec-10 13:15:06

Local guy services our boiler annually and cleans/checks over the gas fire for £48

HMTheQueen Thu 23-Dec-10 16:16:11

We've got a combi-boiler and as it's relatively new, I don't imagine it would be too arduous... I think I'll check for any local recommendations from the girls at work rather than the Yellow Pages.

And as I'm in Surrey, I'll budget at least £100 just in case... smile

thegirlwiththemouseyhair Mon 27-Dec-10 19:26:43

I'm a BIG fan of British Gas Home Care agreements!
Might seem expensive for £58 a month (that includes kitchen appliance care so you could knock a third off if you don't want that) BUT you get a free annual service for boiler and all radiators checked. Also covers wiring and plumbing. If parts are needed they are replaced as part of the agreement - I have had all sorts of bits replaced.
You don't pay a call out or labour charge if anything goes wrong.

I know it's saved me loads over the years.

ChoudeBruxelles Mon 27-Dec-10 19:28:37

Just paid £40.

Cyb Mon 27-Dec-10 19:29:36

I have British gas a repair thingy too

I pay about £15 a month

Is TOTALLY worth it

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