My oil boiler servicing conforms to OFTEC standards and includes:
OFTEC registered technicians are oil specialists who have been trained on modern, high-performance appliances. They are recognised by the Government as 'Competent' in the same way that Gas Safe installers are competent to work with gas (previously known as being 'Corgi' registered).
Under building regulations, before an oil-fired appliance or oil storage tank is installed or replaced, a Building Notice must be obtained from the local authority. A fee is payable, and the work should be inspected by the Building Control Officer.
OFTEC registered technicians are exempt from this requirement, and can self-certify work for which they are registered. This saves you time and money. They can also give advise on how to improve the efficiency of your heating system, and on energy-saving measures suitable for your home.
Whether you are selecting a technician to give your oil boiler, cooker or stove its annual service, or planning a much bigger project - a home extension or conversion of your heating to run on oil - you will want to ensure that you employ the best person for the job. You need an experienced technician who has been trained on modern, high efficiency appliances, who can give you sound advice when necessary, and whom you can trust to carry out the work properly.
In short, you need an OFTEC registered technician. There's a simple way to avoid the risk of falling victum to a 'cowboy' operator. Before you ask a oil-fired boiler technician to call, ensure that they are registered on the OFTEC website:
Boilers account for about 55 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.
Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.
Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out (hence the name), and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.
The Energy Saving Trust offer a free Home Energy Check to help reduce your energy bills with a take away report that details cost-effictive improvement measures.