If you have a commercial boiler for your premises and thinking about getting it professionally serviced by a Gas Safe engineer, then the cost has probably crossed your mind. After all, bigger appliances usually cost much more to get repaired and serviced generally, but you’ll be glad to know this isn’t always the case, especially when it comes to boilers.
In this article we’ll discuss the prices you can expect to pay for commercial boiler servicing, and we’ll look at the range of factors which can affect how much you can expect to pay for it. First of all, let’s examine what actually takes place during a commercial boiler service so you have a rough idea of the amount of work involved and how much time it should take.
What Happens During A Commercial Boiler Service?
A commercial boiler servicing only needs to take place once every 6 months or so, and when an engineer attends your premises they will check everything inside and outside of your boiler to ensure it has the ability to keep on working perfectly for the next 6 months. Some of the things you can expect to be checked over include:
- Heat exchanger
- Rubber seals
- Condensate trap
- Boiler flue
- Burner, spark and flame
- Gas pressure/flow
- Emission checks
You can expect just one boiler engineer to turn up to the property unless you have a complex system that would benefit from two or more qualified workers. A service should only take one to two hours, and this is one of the factors which affects the cost.
Average Costs For Commercial Boiler Servicing
Depending on which company you choose for your commercial boiler servicing, costs will vary slightly, with a range of conditions affecting the final cost. The average cost for a full commercial boiler service begins at £80, but can go up to £150 or £300 depending on the size and location of your boiler.
A typical gas, oil or LPG boiler repair with an output of 40-60kW can be around £100-£140. If your boiler is gas and has an output of 60kW or above, then the cost will be slightly higher at around £140-£160. The same boiler output by a LPG or oil appliance will be higher still due to the greater deal of complexity associated with these boilers, possibly £170-£190 by many companies.
This will include the call out fee too, any extra repairs you need will add to this cost. If you also need a Gas Safety certificate due to you being a landlord of the premises, you can expect to pay anywhere from £45-£90 for that as an extra.
You can pay as you go once a year, or with some companies you can pay a monthly fee of around £10-£20 and have the servicing included in that as well as parts up to a certain amount.
Factors Affecting The Price Of Commercial Boiler Servicing
Some things you should bear in mind when companies are factoring in how much the price of your commercial boiler servicing should be include:
Size – the output of your boiler affects the price, but not as much as you think. A larger boiler will mean there are more parts to inspect and clean, which consumes extra time for the engineer. The system as a whole also needs to be taken into consideration, and radiators may need to be checked to ensure there are no leaks and that they have been properly bled.
Call Out Charge – many companies and sole traders have a minimum charge which is the base rate you pay, and the actual boiler servicing price is added onto this. They may also charge you for any parts that need to be swapped out, such as rubber seals or valves. Always make sure that you are aware of all the costs before you allow work to be carried out so you’re not surprised afterwards.
Location Of The Boiler – if your boiler is easily accessible, such as downstairs in a corner cupboard, or tucked away in a bedroom, then the time taken by your engineer will be greatly reduced. If they have to reach to a difficult place or lay in an awkward position, it will take them longer and the price will be adjusted accordingly. Always clear the area around the boiler beforehand for easy access.
Type Of Boiler – a commercial boiler with gas or electric is usually cheaper to service due to it being much cleaner and has fewer working parts than the oil, LPG or biomass alternatives. If the boiler is old, then it could take longer to clean and replace the parts to restore it to good working order, whereas a properly maintained new boiler will be easier and quicker to service.
If you’re considering a commercial boiler service for your shop, school, hospital or any other outlet, then get in touch with Rowlen today for a fast and effective service, and a competitive price too.