Do They Check Radiators On A Boiler Service? What To Expect

james murfin
Written by James Murfin
Updated on 4th April 2024
Posted on 29th February 2024
Topic: Boiler Advice

Annual boiler servicing and radiator checks

Boiler servicing is a very important aspect of home maintenance that involves a thorough inspection, cleaning, and pressure checks of boilers to make sure they are running safely.

It involves a visual examination of various components within the boiler system, including the burner, heat exchanger, valves, and controls, among others.

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Do They Check Radiators on A Boiler Service?

During a boiler service, Gas Safe registered engineers typically focus on safety checks on the boiler’s internal components it’s self to make sure everything is running smoothly.

It’s important to note that radiator checks are not typically included in a boiler service.

While some Gas Safe registered engineers may offer additional services or perform basic checks on radiators, such as bleeding them to remove trapped air or balancing radiators to ensure even heating, these checks are not commonly part of the standard servicing procedure.

Does a Boiler Service Include Bleeding Radiators?

No, bleeding radiators are typically not included as part of a standard boiler service, bleeding radiators are not commonly part of the standard servicing procedure for boilers.

However, if you have concerns about air trapped in your radiators or if you notice uneven heating in your home, you can request that the technician bleed the radiators during the service visit.

It’s important to communicate any specific concerns or requests regarding radiator performance with the servicing technician beforehand to ensure that they can address them effectively.

Do Boiler Services Need Radiator Access?

Whether a boiler service requires radiator access depends on the specific servicing tasks being performed and the design of the boiler. Engineers may often not need direct access to radiators during routine boiler servicing.

The primary focus of boiler service typically involves inspecting and maintaining components within the boiler itself, such as the burner, controls, the correct gas pressure and safety devices.

However, if the boiler service involves a more in-depth examination of the entire central heating system or if there are specific concerns raised by the customer related to radiator performance, technicians may need access to radiators to ensure their proper operation.

This could involve bleeding radiators to remove air pockets, checking for boiler leaks or blockages, and verifying that radiators heat evenly.

So, what is included?

Here is a list of what is typically checked and included in the cost of a boiler service:

During servicing, qualified Gas Safe engineers will assess the condition of these components, looking for signs of wear, boiler corrosion, or damage that could compromise the boiler’s performance or safety, getting your boiler serviced regularly may be needed to maintain boiler cover or keep boiler warranties valid that you may have from the boiler manufacturer.

As well as increasing the lifespan of your boiler heating system.


In conclusion, while radiators may not be checked as part of the usual boiler service, homeowners need to be proactive when it comes to servicing their boilers.

Understanding the basics of boiler service and exploring additional options for radiator checks can help address any concerns and optimise heating performance.

Whether through requesting supplementary radiator checks, or consulting specialist plumbers. Homeowners can take steps to ensure that their radiators contribute to a comfortable and energy-efficient home environment.

By staying informed and proactive, homeowners can maintain their heating systems effectively, promoting both comfort and cost savings in the long run.


How often should I get my boiler serviced?

It’s recommended to get an annual boiler service to help ensure that your boiler operates efficiently and safely, throughout the year.

Additionally, regular servicing can help identify and address any potential issues before they turn into costly repairs or safety hazards.

If your boiler is under warranty, the manufacturer may also require an annual service to maintain warranty coverage. Ultimately, consulting with a qualified heating engineer can provide tailored advice based on your specific boiler and usage requirements.

How do I know that I need my radiators checked?

Common indicators signalling the need for radiator maintenance or repair include uneven heating or your radiators not getting hot at all, noisy operation, cold spots, leaks or drips, corrosion or rust, and reduced heating efficiency.

Uneven heating, noises like gurgling or banging, and cold spots suggest issues with air pockets, blockages, or circulation problems. Leaks, corrosion, or rust may indicate deteriorating components.

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james murfin
James Murfin Gas Safe Registered Heating Engineer
Posted on: 29th February 2024
Topic: Boiler Advice

With over 15 years experience, James Murfin is our expert Gas Safe registered heating engineer at Boiler Central. He knows gas boilers, boiler installation and replacements inside out. James has lent us his expertise to assist us online in providing our customers with up to date and factual information on all things gas boilers. From annual gas boiler servicing to fitting the best boilers, James is on hand all year round to give his advice.

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