How long does it take to service a boiler?

Discussion in 'Gas Safe Register Forum - Public Forum' started by kasser, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. kasser

    kasser New Member

    And how do I verify that it has actually been serviced and it was not just a safety check being carried out?
     
  2. rpm

    rpm Plumbers Arms member

    Make and model would help the guys
     
  3. kasser

    kasser New Member

    I only know it's a Worcester. Not my boiler.
    And it's not brand new, so there would be some work, cleaning, etc, needed I'm guessing.
     
  4. rpm

    rpm Plumbers Arms member

    Just wait for a reply now from somebody with the Yellow badge besides their name.
     
  5. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumbers Arms member

    This will depend on model, how old , access to boiler
     
  6. kasser

    kasser New Member

    few years old, easy access in the kitchen.
    What about how to ensure the servicing was actually carried out and not just a safety check?
     
  7. Gasmk1

    Gasmk1 New Member

    depends on the boiler also the experience of the engineer, whats your problem cost or time taken, cost is a given time taken is dependent on the engineers knowledge and know how. i can service some boilers 1/2 hour but some take longer also whether any service parts are required.
     
  8. A1P

    A1P New Member

    J am assuming you have some issue with how the engineer carried out the service.There are a lot of variables age/make of boiler,how well it has been previously serviced.Some boilers require consumable parts ,some MI's require more to be done,some are more difficult than others.Worcester are not a favourite of mine.
    It is difficult for a customer to know what has been done although a good engineer having viewed it,might explain if it is a straightforward job or if it has been neglected and requires to quote Masood 'a heart transplant and several hail Marys.'This would cost much more than a basic price.Prices vary,start at £50.Do you feel he did very little in a short time?
     
  9. kasser

    kasser New Member

    I have no issues (yet). There were 2 of them and they said it would take 20 minutes, though I didn't note how long they actually took.
    20 minutes sounds faster than what I've read it's supposed to take, 30 - 60 min. Two of them sounds like it should be faster but I doubt you can have two people working on a boiler at the same time?
    My concern is that I am unable to actually verify what they've done.

    It's easy to check the work of a bricklayer - wall goes up, a plumber fixes a leak, all dry, boiler install, hot water available, etc.. but boiler servicing? In 20 minutes? And as I said, it's not new.
     
  10. jtsplumbing

    jtsplumbing Plumbers Arms member

    Do you know is its a combi boiler ?
     
  11. kasser

    kasser New Member

    Yes, combi.
    It was so obvious to me I forgot to state that.
     
  12. turnpin

    turnpin Plumbers Arms member

    Were the credentials of the service guys checked and did they leave an invoice ?.......regards Turnpin:smile5:
     
  13. Masood

    Masood UK Plumbersforums Trusted Advisor.

    OK - 20 minutes is fast, but with easy access it is possible to service a newer model Worcester to manufacturer's spec in that time if you're slick and know the boiler inside out, and - importantly - the boiler is already up to operating temperature.

    It's not always necessary to strip the boiler down..
     
  14. Chalked

    Chalked Plumbers Arms member

    It depends what some regard as a service.
    There are, on certain models things that must be carried out and things that should be carried out.
    A calibrated flue gas analyser with the right guy operating it. will say in a few seconds weather a full strip down is required. Or other issues. As will a gas rate.
    But in my Veiw a service is not just a check, it's doing the right work on an appliance, so that with best intentions, it should operate safely, efficiently and reliably for the next 12 months. Too many, just stick the probe in the flue and say it's fine.
     
  15. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber New Member

    I would expect it to take at least 45 min including gas tightness testing etc. It does depend a lot on what they call a service.

    You can't tell if they've done it, just like you cant tell if your car has been fully serviced unless you know what you're looking for.

    Did you employ Gas Safe Registered Engineers?
     
  16. A1P

    A1P New Member

    In boiler servicing ,as in car servicing,there is an element of trust.You often cannot see anything obvious for your 'hard earned.'As regards 20 mins and 2 men,possibly a bit light on time,Worcester's can take longer than some.As for 2 men ,possibly engineer plus apprentice.In the end try to use a tradesman you trust on a regular basis.When I fit a boiler I do it in the hope the customer will use me to service it according to MI instructions on a regular basis.Good for both parties.
     
  17. kasser

    kasser New Member

    That's what I was getting at and not being a gas engineer, I can't tell much. There should be a form/report (perhaps there is), stating what has been done and values noted down. I believe an electrical safety check has such a certificate/report.
     
  18. kasser

    kasser New Member

    Yes, engineer is gas safe registered. I don't think I got a receipt for the payment.
     
  19. kasser

    kasser New Member

    By the way, being gas safe registered doesn't mean he will do the job properly?
    As long as he leaves the boiler in a safe condition, Gas Safe won't be on his back. So servicing could mean sticking a probe in there and that's it, even for a Gas Safe engineer...?
     
  20. Last Plumber

    Last Plumber New Member

    I always print off a FGA ticket but to be honest with you, it means nothing to most customers so I keep them myself on file for twelve month just in case I need to reference it for anything.
    ( I have never had to though).
    I also fill in the service sheet at the rear of the installation manual with comments and CO2/CO Ratio and a few of the other readings. Again, that is more use to any future engineers or myself than the customer.
     

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