APHC warns that 30% of boilers surveyed have not been serviced in last 12 months
The survey of 1,000 homeowners in England and Wales was made by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) which also showed that 14% have not had their boiler checked for over two years.
The Department of Health estimates that 40 deaths per year are the result of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. It believes the lack of maintenance could be putting lives at risk that could easily be avoided if regular servicing by a qualified heating engineer took place.
“It’s understandable that many people turn off the heating and forget about it for a few months during the summer, but a few simple precautions can greatly reduce the stress and inconvenience of the heating not working when it gets colder,” said John Thompson, Chief Executive, APHC. “As well as ensuring the system is in good working order, in many cases householders will see energy savings from achieving maximum efficiency from their heating, as well as reducing emergency callout fees in the event of a breakdown.”
Caption A survey by the PHC has found that 30% of homeowners do not have their boilers serviced in the last 12 months.