February is the peak month for boiler repair claims, meaning that it is imperative that landlords avoid being caught out without properly serviced boilers.
Recent severe weather warnings mean that it is time for landlords to address the issue of boiler repairs. New research from landlord insurer Direct Line for Business found that boiler repair claims are up a staggering 163 per cent in comparison to the monthly average. On a seasonal basis, the insurer noted a 27 per cent increase in claims on broken down boilers in comparison to the previous year.
It was found that the average malfunctioning boiler can cost up to £1,200 to fix, prevention is better than cure. Adhering to certain maintenance methods such as keeping heating on low, bleeding radiators and being mindful of warning signs such as leaks, cracks and noises means that landlords aren’t caught unaware of boiler issues.
Business Manager at Direct Line for Business, Christina Dimitrov, said: ‘Being caught out without heating in the winter can be particularly unpleasant, so landlords should make sure their properties have fully serviced boilers to help ensure their tenants don’t have heating issues. Landlords are legally responsible for securing a safety certificate for gas appliances each year and they also need to ensure the heating and hot water systems are maintained and functioning properly.’
Direct Line for Business has put together the following top tips for boiler maintenance this winter:
- Keep your heating on low: Sudden cold temperatures can freeze your boilers external condensate pipe which could cause your boiler to stop working. Insulating the pipes can help or try keeping the heating on low when it’s very cold.
- Bleed your radiators: If your property isn’t getting as warm as you think it should be, there may be air trapped inside the heating system. Releasing air from the system is simple but you will need a key which can slot into the radiators bleed valve. If you still have a problem after doing this, you may need to call in the professionals.
- Keep your boiler maintained: Make sure you service your boiler and keep it maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. Check regularly for any warning signs such as leeks, cracks or noises as the sooner you can identify a problem, the easier it will be to fix.