Are you looking for a better way to help manage your boiler service costs?
If you hate the way your boiler service creeps up on you every year, and you suddenly have to fork out another £100 to ensure your boiler is safe and under warranty for another year, there might be a solution.
You may or may not have heard about a service contract. They’re becoming increasingly popular with my customers, and can be a great way to help spread out the cost!
Below, I’m going to tell you a bit more about boiler service costs vs service contracts, so you know all your options.
What is a service contract?
A service contract is when you arrange to pay a certain amount every month to your chosen heating engineer to cover the cost of your boiler’s annual service.
Many of my customers find this helps them spread out the cost of their service, making it more manageable for their budget. However, if you don’t like the idea of direct debits and like to have all your affairs paid for, a service contract probably isn’t for you.
What are the benefits of a service contract?
Picture the scene: it’s that time of year again, where you have to call up your engineer to arrange a service. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, just tick off one or more from the following options (sort of like boiler drama bingo):
- Your engineer is too busy to fit you in
- You forgot to call and book on time
- You’ve had a couple of unexpected expenses and can’t afford it
- Your radiators/central heating isn’t working properly
A boiler service contract could be the answer to some – or all – of these problems! Depending on which one you choose.
For one thing, when you have a service contract the responsibility of booking your service and making sure it’s carried out on time falls to your engineer. So, you’ll never have to worry about missing your boiler’s annual service again!
And because you’re spreading out the cost over a year, you won’t have to pay the full price all at once.
Finally, some service contracts can be arranged to cover your boiler, radiators and pipework, too! Whether your boiler is still in warranty or not.
How do service contracts work?
Boiler service contracts are offered by many heating companies and engineers across Edinburgh. They may all be priced a little differently, but below is an example of how we work it out here at Superwarm.
You could choose to cover:
- The standard cost of your boiler service (£100) spread out over 12 months – £7.99 per month
- Your boiler service + all your radiators, valves and pipework for a boiler still covered under warranty – £12.99 per month
- Your boiler service + parts and labour for your boiler + all your radiators, valves and pipework – £14.99 per month
TIP: You can find out more about our service contracts and plans on our website.
Recently, with the cold weather, we’ve been called out to a few boiler breakdowns. It’s worth bearing in mind that those who only pay for their standard service aren’t under contract, so although we’ll still try to help, customers who pay for cover of their boiler, radiators, valves and pipework get first priority.
Who offers boiler service contracts?
You should be able to opt for a boiler service with a local heating engineer, however some homeowners prefer to deal with larger, national companies. The benefit here is that they can provide you with service 24/7 365 days a year – however, their prices can be more expensive.
Being a smaller company, we don’t provide call-outs on Sundays or between 10pm and 7pm, but I find most of our customers don’t see a boiler not heating or a faulty radiator as a dire emergency.
I hope this blog has helped you get a better idea of how you can easily manage your boiler service costs. Service contracts can be a great way to pay for your boiler’s service in easy, manageable chunks.
Have any questions, or need some advice on getting a service contract for your boiler? Feel free to comment below, or get in touch directly – I’ll be happy to help!