There are a number of reasons. First, over time deposits build up in your oil central heating boiler that make it less efficient. These deposits can then harden over time and actually damage your boiler leading to an expensive repair bill if not regularly serviced. Secondly, having your boiler regularly serviced can reduce its running costs by up to 10% a year, making valuable savings on your home heating oil usage. Most importantly, it keeps your boiler running safely - a well-maintained boiler is less likely to develop safety issues such as carbon monoxide leaks, which can be life-threatening.
Appliances should be inspected, cleaned, and components replaced as required when the appliance is being serviced. We would always recommend you have your central heating oil boiler serviced by a OFTEC registered oil heating engineer. Cleaning your appliance gives an opportunity to look for other tell-tale signs that parts may need replacing and your engineer will also check the condition of your heating oil tank including a check to ensure that you have no water in your oil tank. If your appliance is not serviced annually, it is at a higher risk of breaking down and costing you more money in the long run.
Heating oil additives can help your home heating oil system run efficiently and are kind to your boiler, keeping it working efficiently and economically. It's also useful to know what to do if your boiler locks out. Fault codes will be detailed in your owner's manual and will help you identify the cause and determine the right course of action.
For more information on the importance of maintaining your oil central heating boiler, check out our recent blog.