Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord it is important to ensure that your boiler is working correctly, for everyone’s safety. Here are a few things that you can do, and what is required of landlords in terms of boiler maintenance.
Keeping your Boiler Healthy
You should always employ a professional engineer to service your gas boiler. However there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your boiler stays at top working condition.
Regular Boiler Services
Even though your boiler may appear to be working fine, there could be an underlying problem that could cause greater problems in the future. Due to this it is important to get an annual boiler service, which might be included in your boiler cover.
Check your Heating Throughout the Year
Although running your central heating regularly, even during spring and summer, may seem like a strange idea, it can help keep your boiler in good condition. Even if you only turn your heating on for 10 or 15 minutes every once in a while, it will keep all the parts moving and could reduce the risk of your boiler breaking down.
Call the Professionals
If you ever have any problems with your boiler, you shouldn’t try to fix it yourself, it is always best to call an engineer. If you are concerned that you may have a gas leak, or are worried about the possibility, please read our article “Carbon Monoxide and Your Boiler“.
Boiler Maintenance in Rental Properties
If you’re a tenant or a landlord, you may be confused about what your responsibilities are regarding the maintenance of your boiler. We have given a brief explanation below, which will hopefully help answer your question.
If you’re a Tenant
Although you are the person living in the house, it isn’t your responsibility to maintain your boiler, or any other gas appliances that are provided to you by the landlord. By law, your landlord must schedule for boiler maintenance to ensure that it is in working condition.
If you’re a Landlord
All landlords have a responsibility by law to maintain any of the gas appliances that you provide to your tenants. There are services available to you that allow you to arrange for a gas safety inspection specifically for rental properties.