Keeping nice and warm is a technical issue: if your boiler works properly, you are sure to keep warm. But it is also a financial issue: your heating consumption is equivalent to around 25% of your annual energy consumption.
If you don’t want to be cold or waste energy, you should seriously consider regularly servicing your boiler. The formula is simple: Technical fault = Cold + Expense.
Official boiler servicing
The regulation is clear and indicates that if you have a boiler at home, you should have it serviced it at least once every 2 years.
It is extremely important not to confuse boiler servicing with the gas installation inspection :
- Boiler servicing only applies to your boiler and it is mandatory every 2 years (although maintenance insurance policies include an annual service). You are free to choose who services your boiler: you can take out insurance or directly call an authorised technician.
- The gas installation inspection applies to the gas meter, the piping, taps, rubbers… It is mandatory every 5 years (4 years in the Basque Country) and your gas distribution company is responsible for the inspection: they will call you to let you know they will be visiting your home, send a technician and charge you a cost as a small addition to your bill.