Winter’s Coming and it’s Time to Service your Range Cooker
That’s the summer gone, then! While we haven’t exactly been basking in the British summer sunshine this year, it’s been warm enough not to need the full blast of lovely heat that a classic range cooker delivers. But it’ll be time to crank the heat up again before long and it’s vitally important to make sure your oil fired Rayburn or whatever is in perfect working order for the coming winter.
It’s a safety thing. A common sense thing. And an energy-saving thing. It makes sense to get someone professional in to service your appliance because when it works to its full capacity, with no leaks or blockages or inefficiencies, you save energy. As we slowly get greener in our outlook it’s becoming perfectly natural to save power wherever we can. A good, solid service will do the trick.
How do you find a properly qualified engineer who’s experienced in servicing all kinds of range cookers? If you can’t get a word-of-mouth recommendation it’s a good idea to start with your local range retailer. Most of them have a list of proven servicing professionals to choose from, who they use themselves and happily recommend to their customers. If you can’t find the information on their website, call in or phone for help and advice. Your local retailer will also be able to let you know roughly how much you can expect to pay.
What will a good servicing engineer do? They’ll inspect and test everything thoroughly and will also be able to locate and buy good value spares and make repairs. Ranges are so sturdy that second hand spares are always an option, so shop around if it turns out you need new parts and your engineer can’t supply them. Your local retailer will be able to help with advice about spare parts too.
You can always service your own Aga or Rayburn but you need to learn your stuff first. If you take the time and make the effort you’ll be able to service your appliance yourself for years to come and save a small fortune while you’re at it. If you want to take the DIY route, book a service with a professional engineer every three years just to make certain you haven’t missed anything. And keep your knowledge up to date by checking for new information regularly. If you’re one of those lucky DIY geniuses, you might even be able to repair it yourself and source your own spare parts while you’re at it.
Whatever your choice, get yours serviced thoroughly before the dark nights kick in and you’ll be able to rely on a wonderfully cosy winter.