With our busy modern lives most householders do not have the time to regularly maintain their household systems. In addition, as regulations have been developed, we do not have the skills or certificates to complete the tasks correctly.

In the past you could maintain your electrical systems and install electrical plugs yourself. Now everything needs to be certified by a registered electrician. Similarly many people thought that they were able to service or even install their own gas boiler and central heating. Now, with the regrettable increase in deaths from incorrectly installed gas appliances, a modern combi boiler must be installed by a registered Gas Safe heating engineer.

Whilst this has resulted in the need for professional help the situation has been made worse by the growing number of gas and electrical appliances we have in our homes. The modern home is a more complicated beast that the humble home of the past and there are so many more systems which could break down and need emergency assistance.

Finally, we all seem to be so rushed and have little time available. If a system goes wrong in the home we need rapid assistance as the days schedule is full. Either being a taxi service for the kids or rushing off to work and not returning until late in the evening. We need help at hand for the unexpected breakdown and professional help that can call at a time we arrange with the skills and knowledge to complete the job straight away.

British Gas have a wide range of plans to help to protect your home. Whether it is breakdown cover for your central heating system, boiler care and servicing or peace of mind regarding your other household systems such as plumbing & drains, home electrics and kitchen appliance cover there is probably a British Gas Homecare® breakdown and maintenance plan to suit you. In addition to unlimited call outs of their experienced engineers many of these plans also cover the cost of the labour and parts so that the cost does not fall on you.

Irregardless of who you take your maintenance plans from as a homeowner you owe it to yourself to consider the benefits of having this protection. Unless you have a very good personal relationship with a local plumber or electrician you will be at the mercy of an unknown local tradesman the next time you have an unexpected heating or electrical breakdown.

We know that local tradesmen can be great once you have received recommendations as to the quality of their work and have checked out one or two jobs they have completed for friends. Following an unexpected breakdown you do not have that luxury and the yellow pages will be your only point of reference. With a national company such as British Gas you know that you will be assisted by a professional, well trained engineer.