UK households have spent an additional £35 million on boiler repairs during lockdown new data from Hometree has revealed. The boiler, central heating and home insurance cover experts have dealt with more boiler breakdowns over the winter months than ever before; something that it says is directly related to lockdown.
With more of us staying at home, the nation’s central heating systems have been placed under increasing pressure. A huge number have subsequently required emergency repairs, maintenance or replacement. The total amount spent across the country equates to an estimated average repair bill of £200 per household. These costs can be avoided with regular servicing and a high boiler cover insurance policy.
With over 8 million UK households having some form of boiler maintenance plan, those who plan to continuing working from home or opt for a hybrid work model are being urged to get their central heating system serviced now to avoid lengthy waits in winter. It’s also advisable to check existing boiler insurance policies to ensure that the right level of cover is in place for the best possible price.
Kemley Sellars, from Hometree said “The boiler plays a crucial component in keeping our homes comfortable during the coldest months, but the additional use they have seen while many of us have been working from home, home schooling or on furlough has meant increased wear and tear, leading to a record number of breakdowns. The realities of having no heating and no hot water during the coldest months of the year, plus a large and unexpected bill are something that unfortunately, many families have now experienced firsthand.
“It really highlights the importance of having your boiler serviced and covered in the coming months, ensuring that it’s working for next winter where many may have transitioned post-Covid to working from home permanently. We’d suggest getting a service booked in right now with a local engineer rather than waiting until the end of the summer months when you will need your boiler to be in good working order.”
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