What is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon Monoxide, also referred to as CO, can be a silent killer It is a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas that is produced by the incomplete combustion of organic fossil fuels such as oil gas and coal.
The dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can increase when the fuel is not burning properly as a result of poor ventilation, blocked chimney or flue or damaged appliances – that is why it is essential to have your boiler serviced regularly by a registered service technician
An annual boiler safety check and boiler service, carried out by a professional service technician ensures that your boiler is operating at optimum efficiency and can ensure that the appliance is working to the specifications designed by the boiler manufacturer.
The efficiency of boilers, both oil and gas fired, deteriorates with use. There are several reasons for this, the key ones being:
- Soot production from the combustion process coats the heat exchanger surfaces.
- The critical air-to-fuel combustion ratio changes due to gradual component wear.
Your boiler will have worked hard over the winter months so it is best to make sure that it is still in good working order and as we are now coming into warmer weather – it is often the best time to have the boiler serviced. Putting it on the long finger and leaving it until the winter can often be a costly and uncomfortable mistake as there may be unforseen requirements that could leave you without heat and hot water just when you need it most.