Commercial Boiler Breakdown and Servicing

Heating pipework

If you own or operate a commercial premises, then the responsibility of ensuring that it runs smoothly and is maintained properly is yours. It can be tempting to just wait and assume everything is operating well, only calling for assistance when something breaks down. However, this approach can be costly, in both a financial sense and in terms of time. To avoid unnecessary expense and any unexpected downtime for your business, consider using a servicing and maintenance programme that offers constant cover, helping prevent issues before they worsen.

Correct problems early

Commercial breakdown and servicing packages are the best, most effective way of keeping your appliances, systems and business as a whole running effectively and efficiently. An engineer can visit your premises on a scheduled or one-off basis to inspect your systems and ensure that they are working as they should be. If they discover a fault, whether it’s a minor issue or a major problem, they will be able to rectify it before it worsens and costs your business more money and time.

Faulty boilers = poor efficiency

If you allow, for example, a boiler to run while it is faulty or not in top condition, you will be using a boiler that is not operating at maximum efficiency. While you may not notice the difference straight away, you will soon notice that your energy bills are increasing as your boiler has to work harder and use more energy to heat your premises.

Health risks

As well as the increased costs, a faulty boiler is also a health risk to those in your building – a faulty boiler can cause carbon monoxide leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can be fatal and difficult to detect if you are unaware of the warning signs.

There are a number of ways that you can tell your boiler is not working as it should do. These include:

  • Flames burning orange or yellow instead of blue
  • Chimneys or flues being blocked
  • Soot stains on/above appliances that burn fuel

Carbon monoxide does not have a smell, so it is important that you are vigilant with any potential visual signs of faults in order to avoid potentially fatal damage. All building managers and owners should adhere to regulation 35 of the HSE Safe Installation and Usage of Gas Appliance Systems: “It shall be the duty of every employer or self-employed person to ensure that any gas appliance, installation pipework or flue installed at any place of work under his control is maintained in a safe condition so as to prevent risk of injury to any person.


If the faults in your boiler are too severe to fix, or fixing them is not financially viable, then you may need to look into having your boiler completely replaced. While this may sound like something of an upheaval, there are a number of benefits to be enjoyed when you replace your boiler with a newer, more efficient model.

Size – Combi boilers, which are the newer and most popular models on the market don’t require the hot and cold water tanks that older boilers might. Replacing your old, bulky system with a combi boiler can free up a lot of space in your property.

Efficiency – Legislation states that all boilers built after 2005 need to be high efficiency condensing models with an efficiency rating of 90% or more. If you fit a modern boiler into your property, you can benefit from energy savings of up to £340 a year, as well as preventing 1,500kg of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.

Safety – As previously mentioned, older boilers may develop faults that can render them unsafe, which your engineer will notice when they come to perform an inspection or repairs. With a new boiler, that means newer parts, which means longevity and increased reliability. What’s more, another risk with older boilers is that spare parts and components are not always readily available, or might be off the market altogether. With newer boilers, parts can be easily sourced and replaced.

In order to receive the safest, most effective boiler servicing, you should contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to carry out the work for you. At Express Gas Solutions, we are proud to offer commercial boiler maintenance and servicing packages for businesses throughout London, including a free quotation.

If you would like to know more about our commercial boiler servicing and maintenance packages, or any of the other services that we provide, please get in touch with Express Gas Solutions today and we’ll be more than happy to help you with anything you need.

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