At Rowlen, we understand the importance of a well-maintained Worcester boiler. Whether you own an older Worcester boiler or a newer Worcester Bosch model, regular servicing is essential to ensure optimal performance, safety, and potential cost savings on your bills. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with detailed information about Worcester boilers, their servicing requirements, and the associated costs. Our goal is to equip you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions and keep your boiler in excellent condition.
Worcester Boilers: A Brief Background
Worcester, a premium brand boiler manufacturer, rebranded as Worcester Bosch in 1992, and their boilers were subsequently branded under this name in 1995. If you’ve recently moved into a new house and discovered an old Worcester boiler, it’s likely over 20 years old by now. As accredited Worcester installers with extensive experience, we have deep knowledge of various Worcester boiler models and their unique characteristics.
TIP: If you want to familiarize yourself with the common faults and their solutions related to Worcester boilers, we recommend reading our blog post titled “Worcester Faults”
How Much Does a Worcester Boiler Service Cost?
Assuming your Worcester or Worcester Bosch boiler is functioning normally without any known faults, a standard service typically costs around £120, including VAT.
TIP: If you are aware of any issues with your boiler, we strongly advise informing the engineer in advance when booking your service. This proactive step can help streamline the process, avoid frustrations, and potentially reduce costs.
Allow us to share an incident that underscores the importance of choosing an experieced company. A customer recently contacted us after another engineer had serviced their Worcester Highflow boiler, which was experiencing hot water issues. While the engineer correctly diagnosed the problem, they admitted their lack of experience with Worcester boilers and suggested contacting Worcester directly. Eventually, the customer reached out to us for assistance. In such cases, seeking the expertise of a Rowlen from the beginning could save both time and money.
Insights from an Engineer’s Perspective
As engineers, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of having all your gas appliances, particularly older ones like boilers, checked annually. If you’re unsure about the age of your boiler, you can search for the make and model on the internet or refer to any available paperwork. While servicing is generally feasible, even reputable brands like Worcester have a lifespan of 16 to 20 years.
Regarding repairs, we recommend that customers spend a maximum of £400 on repairing a 10-year old wall-hung combi boiler, or £650 on repairing a 10-year-old Worcester Highflow model. Both of these boiler types typically have plenty of life left in them at that age. However, if your boiler is nearing 16 years old and the required repairs are projected to cost significantly more, it might be worth considering replacing your old Worcester boiler with a newer, A-rated model. Not only will this potentially save you money on energy bills, but it will also ensure reliable and efficient performance.
It’s important to remember that engineers prioritize safety above all other considerations, including the customer’s immediate heating and hot water needs. They adhere to the regulations set by the Gas Safe Register. Therefore, if an engineer identifies defects or rectification work that needs to be carried out, or if changes are required to comply with newer regulations, these recommendations are made for valid reasons.
We hope that this detailed guide has provided you with valuable insights into the cost of servicing Worcester boilers. At Rowlen, we firmly believe that safety should always be the top priority. If you have any questions or need assistance with arranging a service for your old Worcester or Worcester Bosch boiler, please feel free to leave a comment below. Our knowledgeable team is here to help.
Remember, regular servicing not only ensures the safe and optimal functioning of your boiler but also contributes to its longevity. By investing in professional maintenance, you can enjoy peace of mind, potential cost savings, and the continued enjoyment of a reliable heating system.