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Don’t let a boiler breakdown ruin your Christmas

Don’t let a boiler breakdown ruin your Christmas

Category: Home insurance

Updated: 17/12/2013
First Published: 17/12/2013

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Christmas is just around the corner, and that means thoughts are inevitably turning to those last-minute Christmas gifts and doing the festive food shop. But, what about your boiler?

It isn't something that should be overlooked, particularly at this time of year. According to research from Saga more than a quarter of those surveyed have suffered a boiler breakdown in the last five years, and with one in ten over-50s having to pay more than £1,500 to put things right it could be an expensive outlay this close to Christmas.

Of course, it isn't just the cost involved – it's the wider implications of a boiler breakdown that could really have a detrimental impact. Having to curl up in layers of clothes rather than enjoying the festivities would really take the magic out of Christmas Day, and in fact half of those surveyed said a boiler breaking down would ruin their Christmas – many more than were worried about giving the wrong present or burning the dinner.

That's why householders are being urged to be prepared. You can of course never tell when the boiler's about to go wrong but making sure you keep up with regular maintenance checks is vital, and having suitable home insurance should be high on the list of priorities.

What Next?

Ideally, opting for a policy that includes some form of emergency cover or boiler repair service would be the best plan, thereby giving you peace of mind that you're protected should the worst happen this Christmas. Use our handy comparison tool to find the policy that's got you covered.

Disclaimer: Information is correct as of the date of publication (shown at the top of this article). Any products featured may be withdrawn by their provider or changed at any time.

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