With temperatures dropping to as low as -6c in some parts of the UK last week and the Met Office warning that temperatures are set to plunge further, it may be wise to consider covering your boiler this winter.
Purchasing Boiler cover this winter can provide peace of mind against the risk of a freezing home or an unwanted repair bill before Christmas. Below we look at the likelihood of a boiler breakdown and the current offers available.
According to consumer group Which?, a typical boiler has almost a 50% chance of breaking down in the first six years. What’s more, last year roughly 20% of UK households suffered from a boiler breakdown. Consumer research carried out by Go Compare, revealed that an average boiler breakdown can cost a household as much as £469, with 12% of breakdowns costing over £1,000.
In preparation for the colder months of the year, major boiler cover providers including British Gas, SSE and Scottish Power are currently offering promotions on their boiler products for a limited time only.
British Gas has reduced the cost of their HomeCare Two, Three & Four products by 10% when you purchase online. Depending on the level of cover required, the monthly cost now ranges from £12-£17.50. All three policies carry a £60 excess that must be paid after every call out but each policy includes an annual service, unlimited call-outs, and access to a 24-hour 7 days a week emergency helpline.
As well as this, Scottish Power are currently offering £30 cashback on all online purchases of their HomeComfort Standard and Premium products, which cost £15-£18 monthly. First year customers who purchase HomeComfort Premium will also benefit from 2 months free cover, and will not be billed for Months 11 and 12. Both products include unlimited call outs, unlimited parts and labour, and an annual boiler service.
The lesser known 24|7 Home Rescue are also running a promotion this winter. 24|7 Home Rescue who specialise solely on boiler and home emergency cover are currently offering a 30% reduction on all their products. With the 30% price reduction, 24|7 Home Rescue cover can now be bought for as little as £4.20 a month. To redeem the 30% discount on any of the cover plans, simply enter PMM30 into the promotional code box on the page where you would enter your details.
Lastly, SSE are currently promoting free boiler and heating cover for 6 months on their entire shield boiler and heating products. Customers pay nothing for the first 6 months of the contract and then pay the standard monthly cost thereafter. SSE boiler cover now costs between £74 and £113 a year instead of £148 and £226, which means customers who take advantage of this offer will benefit from 50% off their annual bill.