Fri 23 Feb 2018 View all news articles

Landlords urged to service boilers to reduce risk of heating system failure

Britain has been hit with a snow and ice warning that is set to put thousands of homes at risk of frozen and burst pipes, which is one of the most common boiler-related problems in winter.

The latest claims data analysis from Direct Line shows that there was a 5.2% increase in insurance claims for faulty boilers last year compared to the winter of 2015/16, and with temperatures set to plummet, experts are predicting the record for boiler claims could be broken again this winter.

The volume of claims for faulty boilers has been consistently increasing for the last five years.

Direct Line for Business is advising landlords that prevention is better than cure, warning they should not be complacent when it comes to maintaining their properties’ heating systems.

Calling out an emergency plumber to fix a broken boiler carries a premium, as emergency call out rates are on average 117% higher than average.

Christina Dimitrov, business manager at Direct Line for Business, said: “Being caught cold with heating issues in the winter months can be particularly unpleasant, so it’s vital that landlords make sure their properties have fully serviced boilers to minimise the risk of heating system failures.

“Landlords are legally responsible for securing a safety certificate for gas appliances each year and they also need to ensure the heating and hot water systems are maintained and functioning properly.”

Source: Landlord Today

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