Please leave gas to the experts

Please leave gas to the experts

Why following Health and Safety guidelines is crucial in installing and maintaining gas boilers

Gas is a form of energy that it is wise to take no risks with, because the consequences can be lethal.

So, if you are intending to have a new boiler installed it pays to make sure that whomever you choose to do the work is properly qualified under the law.

All gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register to work safely and legally on gas appliances. The certification, which must be renewed every year, is called Gas Safe registered. Gas Safe engineers must also retrain before registering if their qualifications are more than 5 years old.

A gas engineer can only be aligned to a registered business and be issued with a license to undertake gas work on behalf of a registered business if they hold a valid and current qualification.

It makes sense, therefore, when you are inviting quotes for the work to check the certification of the business and the engineer you are considering.  You can check whether they are on the register here.

It is also helpful to ask whether the businesses in question can provide references from previous customers. If you are able to, contact these customers and see how they feel about the job the company did. Also ask the business whether it has public liability insurance – remember they will be working in your home.

Before the engineer starts work at the property, make sure you check they have a valid Gas Safe ID card and are appropriately qualified to carry out the work.

The engineer should provide you with completed commissioning documents, such as the Benchmark certificate for boilers.

If you’re based in England or Wales, the engineer must also notify the installation to your Local Authority as part of their Building Regulations.

Other safety measures

When the business quoted for the work it will have checked whether the mains gas supply to your home is provided via a pipe of the approved diameter, whether there is adequate ventilation in the location you have chosen for the boiler as well as any other issues that might affect where it is installed.

Because gas is odourless and colourless, it is also worth installing carbon monoxide monitors as a protection in case of leaks, which can be lethal if not detected and dealt with.

However, once your appliance is installed, you should have it serviced each year, and the heating system, radiators should also be checked to ensure there is no build-up of sediment and the whole set-up is working properly.

If you used a local company, which we would always advise, it may well be wise to register for their insurance and after-care package.  The advantage is that when the time comes for a service, or if there is a problem, the engineer who comes out will likely be available more quickly and will already be familiar with your home and the installation.