The maintenance of your gas appliance, like a central heating system, gas stove or water heater is easily left out. Simply because you forget to make an appointment, or because you think that everything’s still working properly and it’s sufficient to have it checked once every few years. We can’t stress out enough that it’s very important to have your gas appliance(s) regularly checked by a certified installer, so you can keep using them safely and economically.
Why is regular maintenance so important?
Regular maintenance of your gas appliances is important for more than one reason. It can not only lead to dangerous situations when the device isn’t working properly anymore, you can also save a fair amount of costs with sufficient maintenance. Periodic maintenance makes sure that:
Maintenance contract for your gas appliances
With a maintenance contract for your gas appliance you are ensured that the necessary maintenance is actually being done on a regular basis. Apart from the fact that with this maintenance you minimise the risk of malfunctions, a lot of boiler brands have also placed the absolute must of maintenance by a qualified fitter in their warranty conditions. However, should something happen to your boiler or other gas appliance during the warranty period at least you have complied to the terms of maintenance.
An important piece of advice: never cut out maintenance to your gas appliance to save money, it can lead to life threatening situations. Installers that are allowed to use the certification Qualified Installers have professional, reliable fitters on their payroll who you can trust providing you with reliable, professional service. As of 2021 the rules will be tightened further, but at this moment the formulated recommendations by Techniek Nederland are a good directive for what you can expect of a qualified fitter when he/she drops by for service:
What can you do with maintenance yourself?
Understandably you have a qualified fitter to carry out the maintenance for you. However, there are a few maintenance matters that you can take on yourself:
For your own safety you should always make sure there is enough ventilation around the house. Especially when you have a well insulated house, it’s essential to have fresh air running through the house continuously. This way the risk of a dangerous level of carbon monoxide is strongly reduced. It’s also recommendable placing CO Alarms in areas where gas appliances are operating, just to be sure.