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How long it takes on average to service an oil fired boiler?

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    Hi Folks

    Wandered how long on average it takes to service an oil fired boiler? and how many you service in a day?


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    Default Re: How long it takes on average to service an oil fired boiler?

    I reckon on around 3 hours generally. Sometimes quicker, sometimes longer, but never shorter than 2 hours.

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    Default Re: How long it takes on average to service an oil fired boiler?

    Between 1 and 2 hrs depending on when it was last serviced or how dirty it is, how experienced he is, access etc etc.
    Never did them on a how many per day basis but i would recon with traveling 3 or if you like 12hr shifts 4 or 5.

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    Cheers for replies,

    so if you could get three a day it would be a good days wage if say you were making and average £30 - £35 per service. Thing is bringing in enough trade to average 3 a day.

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    Default Re: How long it takes on average to service an oil fired boiler?

    I do about one a month.

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    Hi there guys,ive been out plumbing on my own now for nearly 3 years,and im going to do the full oftec course in 2 weeks time. would like to know how much the course equips you to do a full boiler swap install,and if im gonna need a power flushing machine cos i think its common sense to clean the system as sludge cant be good for a new boiler. many thks.

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    Dont know do you service boilers as an add on to Plumbing but not really push the service?

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    Lightfoot - In my experience OFTEC courses do not teach you much about heating systems or diagnosing problems with oil boilers. They're much more interested in covering their own backs by teaching you about safety issues (which, of course is understandable) and they seem fixated on regulations and asking questions like what colour is Document J printed in when found in the southern Aberdeen area.

    More practical questions such as What does soot around the flue indicate? are ignored and advice about cleaning out central heating systems is not covered unless someone happens to ask - then the course tutor is looking desperately around the room hoping someone else might know the answer.

    Perhaps I'm being a little harsh but one of the main reasons I do these courses is to learn how to do plumbing properly. I appreciate the rules and regulations need to be adhered to but I feel it's much more important to learn how to do the job properly first and foremost.

    The same happens with the G3 regulations on unvented cylinders. Libraries of rules to be learned and about 8 words on how to diagnose a problem.

    Most customers I know want you to fix a problem, not be able to tell them that the fall from this pipe must be at least so much and the terminal of this pipe must be here and if you live in the south east corner of the Scily Isles then you have to do this and if you live in the north west corner of Norfolk but have a customer in Manchester who has a Grannie in Liverpool then this rule applies ...

    I'd arrange a course with an oil boiler manufacturer after your OFTEC course. (I went to Worcester for a one day £50 course and learned how to diagnose problems with a multimeter). The OFTEC course won't teach you a thing about the plumbing inside a combination boiler either. (This is something I call in a manufacturer to sort out now as there's a risk I'd order and fit the wrong part and still find it doesn't work!)

    Went a little off topic earlier but hopefully there are some pointers here for you.

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    Default Re: How long it takes on average to service an oil fired boiler?

    Can I be blunt and ask does anyone make a living only from servicing and comissioning boilers and not doing any other plumbing/heatring work and would you regard it as a good living?

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    This is why I said above, "I do about one a month".

    Much of that is my choice as I enjoy bathrooms (including painting, tiling, woodwork, etc) and also general central heating problems.

    Where I live I think there's one person who seems to service boilers (oil and gas) and that's all he does. The rest of us - are cowboys [cough!!] - I mean the rest of us do general plumbing and most do gas and some do oil. I think there's a much "better" market for gas as more people have it (even in the sticks with LPG).

    I felt there was plenty of competition with gas and that I'd do better with oil but the only reason I did it was I didn't want people phoning me up saying "My heating doesn't work" and me not knowing the fogiest about how a boiler worked. Although I pass my gas work to someone else (about 1 call every 2 months) and he passes me his oil stoves (about 1 call every year) I'm happy with my lot of 8 boilers to service and 2 installations a year.

    The number of electrical showers I install and taps I fix and ...

    You could make a good living but it won't happen for a good year or two or even five. If there's one thing I've learned it's most jobs come from recommendation and it takes half a lifetime to build up a good reputation. People also don't think that servicing an oil boiler is a high priority and unfortunately for us plumbers, oil boilers are very reliable so don't show any faults for a long time. And if they make funny noises they still keep going!!

    Not really answered your question because how you market yourself could turn my negative points on their head. If you tackle the safety and economy aspect of oil boilers and keep plugging away encouraging customers to get them serviced regularly there's no reason why you shouldn't make a good living. You probably won't be a millionnaire but no reason why you can't earn enough for a few nice holidays.

    Hopefully this week will be busy as the weather is going to be cold ...

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    Default Re: How long it takes on average to service an oil fired boiler?

    the way to go is get doing your installs whilst young - keep a record and remind people of services as and when theyre due - then concentrate on the services when your older and get your sons on the installs well thats my plan anyway

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    Default Re: How long it takes on average to service an oil fired boiler?

    Makes it all a bit clearer, might have to go for it.

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