In Gas Safety Week, Worcester Bosch has discovered some alarming facts about homeowners and tenants when it comes to boiler maintenance, something that has deteriorated during lockdown.
Almost one-third of boilers were overdue on their gas safety check, and lockdown measures had delayed these further. Nearly one-quarter of those surveyed said they were unaware that their boilers should be checked every 12 months.
Just one in five renters said they didn’t know whether their landlord had had a gas safety check carried out on their boiler.
A boiler that is serviced regularly will continue to run efficiently, saving money on energy bills, says Worcester Bosch. But 40 per cent of people didn’t know that servicing and saving money go hand in hand.
The company also found that one-quarter of Brits believed a boiler would only last up to five years, when they can actually last up to two decades with correct maintenance.
Martyn Bridges, director of Technical Communication and Product Management, says: “Our findings are alarming – however, sadly, not too surprising. Heating appliances such as boilers are regularly overlooked by homeowners, even though if they are not properly maintained they can cause a number of issues.
“Gas Safety Week is a good time to book your servicing in and ensure you and your household stay safe – and your pockets stay fuller – as we head into the colder months.”