Having a boiler service plan should put you at ease that should anything go wrong with your boiler, then a qualified professional will be out to sort it out as soon as possible. Another advantage of taking out boiler cover in the form of a service plan is to protect against unexpected costs when something goes wrong. All sounds good until you realise that you’ve got to a callout fee or excess to pay…
1. Annual Service
Ensuring that your boiler has an annual service included in your cover is one of, if not the most important thing to check before taking out a plan. It may seem obvious, but having regular checks makes sure that your boiler is running smoothly and prevents problems escalating over time, which could result in costly repair bills.
2. Manufacturer’s Warranty
Make sure that your provider can protect your boiler’s manufacturer’s warranty, even if it’s brand new or recently installed. Leading makes of boiler will come with a warranty (e.g. Worscester Bosch offer up to a 10 year warranty) and this protects against any material or manufacturing faults for the life of the guarantee. However, if you do not keep up with your annual services or have work carried out by qualified and accredited engineers you could find that your warranty becomes invalid. Not good news if you were hoping to save a few pounds by going with an unaccredited service plan provider.
3. Emergency Callout Priority, 365 Days A Year
This may sound obvious, but some home-owners forget to check whether their ‘comprehensive’ boiler cover gives them access to qualified engineers all-year round – tough luck if your boiler breaks down on a bank holiday. Always ask if you’re not sure.
4. What Fuel Types Are Covered
You’ll often find this out in the early stages, but to save time it’s worth knowing whether the provider caters for your type of boiler. This is something to consider especially if you own an oil-fired boiler.
5. Number of callouts allowed per year
A surprising number of providers will put a cap on the number of callouts that you can have free of charge (included as part of your monthly rate). Some providers will have a high number, or even unlimited, callout threshold, which is a distinct advantage to guarantee your peace of mind.
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