For many homeowners their boiler is the most expensive appliance in their house. If it breaks down, the repair bill will often end up in the hundreds of pounds. If it can’t be repaired then the bill for a new boiler will be more than a thousand pounds. These considerations by themselves are enough to persuade some of the need for boiler breakdown cover.
Boiler breakdown cover
Even if you’re willing to risk a large bill arriving unexpectedly, there may still be other risks that could push you towards purchasing boiler cover.
A boiler breakdown in the winter is a miserable experience for anyone. If you’re elderly or have young children then it might not be something that you would want to leave to chance. Many forms of boiler cover include annual inspections and servicing which help to avoid a breakdown in the first place.
If a breakdown does occur, then boiler cover generally gives access to qualified engineers much more quickly than looking up local plumbers in the telephone directory. In the winter it can frequently be days before an engineer is able to come out. With good breakdown cover you can cut this down to a few hours.
Whether it’s through a desire to avoid unexpected costs or to maintain a warm home, boiler breakdown cover is something that growing numbers of consumers are choosing to buy. There are a wide variety of available schemes and it’s worth taking a moment to consider which form of boiler cover is right for you.
The cheapest boiler cover schemes simply cover the boiler and its controls. More expensive schemes will cover the whole of the central heating system. How comprehensive a scheme you choose should be dependent on how likely you think your heating system is to fail.
For someone who wants to insure a freshly built house with a new boiler a basic boiler and controls scheme may be enough. If you have an older heating system and are suspicious that it might fail then you may want to opt for the most comprehensive service contract possible.
Ultimately, the choice of whether to buy cover and of which plan to buy will be a result of the costs weighed against the risks. The extent to which each individual household is willing to accept risk is a matter entirely for them.
Still having trouble?
Don’t attempt to touch any part of your boiler or central heating system if you’re unsure. Did you know? It’s illegal for anyone to use a gas appliance if they think it’s unsafe. It’s always better to be safe than sorry as you could make things worse.
Instead, call us on 0345 3192 247 and we can help. Our technical team will run through some simple troubleshooting to see if your problem can be resolved on the phone or they can book one of our friendly and knowledgeable Gas Safe registered engineers to get you back up and running as soon as possible.