Central heating can make up approximately 60% of your energy bills, with this figure even higher during the cold winter months. With the average annual gas and electricity bill reaching over £1, 300 per household, this means that the typical family is spending approximately £800 on keeping their home warm every year.
For many homeowners their boiler is the most expensive appliance in their house. If it breaks down, the repair bill will often end up in the hundreds of pounds. If it can’t be repaired then the bill for a new boiler will be more than a thousand pounds. These considerations by themselves are enough to persuade some of the need for boiler breakdown cover.
British Gas has been criticised for threatening to make its boiler insurance customers’ policies invalid if they don’t pay upwards of £695 for a Powerflush.