Landlords warned over boiler breakdowns
Forecasters predict the worst storms in Britain for 144 years this winter, with temperatures set to fall as low as -14˚C, according to some predictions.
In light of this landlords are being advised to make sure that their boilers are in good condition ahead of the cold weather.
Direct Line for Business has revealed that the number of broken down boiler claims increased by over a third last winter compared to 2013. The main reasons for breakdowns include the heat exchanger cracking or rapturing, valves failing, seals leaking, circuit fault and frozen pipes.
Jane Guaschi, business manager at Direct Line for Business said: “Winter sees a spike in claims for boiler breakdowns, so we hope that landlords have safeguarded their properties against catastrophes over the cold snap.
“Making sure the boiler is regularly serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer can help avoid any future disruption and can also ensure maximum efficiency of the central heating system. It’s a good idea to schedule the service for the boiler at the same time as the annual mandatory Gas Safety Check.”
The insurance provider has also offered landlords some top tips to share with their tenants to keep their properties warm this winter:
- Keep your heating on low: Modern condensing boilers are susceptible to frozen pipes so you should ask your tenants to keep the heating low rather than turn it off completely.
- Bleed your radiators: If your property isn’t getting as warm as you think it should be, there may be air trapped inside the system. If you still have a problem after doing this, you may need to call in the professionals.
- Get your boiler serviced: It’s a good idea to get your boiler serviced once a year – especially if it is towards the end of its life-span. Boilers generally last around 12 years, so if they’re getting older it can work out a lot cheaper to service than to replace them.