Boiler and heating cover helps to reduce the amount of time to find an experienced and fully qualified heating engineer in an emergency.
Repairs can be expensive so getting boiler and heating cover can prove to be cheaper than being faced with a one-off large call-out fee and replacement of spare parts.
What may not be covered in my boiler and heating cover?
What and what isn’t covered by your boiler and heating cover is all in the detail. Some cover plans are unrestricted in the number of call-outs and the values of claims each year. Whilst others have limits on both of these factors.
Some coverage also doesn’t stretch to include certain faults like limescale build-up and other hardwater damage.
What is the right level of cover protection for my household?
Getting the right level of boiler and heating cover protection depends on how much risk you think there will be in your household. Is your system old or new. If it’s nice an new you may be ok but if your system is substantially older there may be risks that’ll it’ll break down soon. Different plans cost differently so weigh up your options using one of the boiler cover plan comparison sites.
What type of boiler do I have? – The 3 main types of gas boiler that are common in households:
These boilers burn gas in a combustion chamber with water pumped around the outside of it. The water is heated and pumped to the central heating system. However with this type of boiler, heat is lost to the air around the boiler and some also goes up the flue. So precious heat is wasted instead of heating the water.
These boilers burn gas to heat the water just like a conventional boiler but are more efficient. More of the heat that is usually wasted in the flue is converted. As a result about 90% of the gas is converted to heat rather than 78%. There is the down side though that the boilers usually cost more.
Combination boilers are also known as combi boilers. These provide instant hot water and heating. These are efficient as they only heat water when it is needed and they are also compact as they don’t need a hot water tank to store the heated water.
These tend to be much smaller and compact than gas boilers.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide is produced by faulty boilers. Last year it killed 14 people in the United Kingdom. So what are the risks of Carbon monoxide poisoning and how do you prevent it.
Carbon monoxide is particularly lethal because it cannot be seen, smelt or heard. Carbon monoxide poisoning has the following symptoms headaches, nausea, dizziness and breathlessness. If these disappear upon leaving the house then it’s a sign that it could be carbon monoxide poisoning.
It can be prevented by making sure boiler is serviced and checked on a regular basis by a qualified professional.
You can also get a carbon monoxide alarm installed. The alarm sounds when Carbon monoxide emissions start to rise above safe levels.