Is your gas bill unexpectedly high? If so, it may be a sign that you need to change or repair your boiler. If your boiler is more than 10 years old, or if it becomes defective, it can drive up your gas bills. Having an old boiler is also unsafe. You should look into getting a new boiler installed immediately.
Whether you want to install a new boiler or repair your old one, you should call up an expert for the job. Boiler installation and repair is a very technical job. Qualified gas engineers must pass rigorous training and exams to ensure that they have the sufficient knowledge and know all the legal safety requirements.
We recently spoke with Andrew, a qualified Gas Safe engineer at Gasteam, a boiler installation & repairs company in Milton Keynes; he helped us to compile this list of important things to consider when choosing a company to service your boiler.
Know the legal requirements
There are legal requirements for installing a boiler in the UK. First of all, if you want to install a new boiler, you require approval from Building Regulations to ensure you comply with energy efficiency regulations and safety laws. Second, you must hire a qualified installer and they must be registered under an approved scheme, ‘gas safe’ for gas boilers and ‘competent person scheme’ for oil and solid fuel fired boilers. This membership ensures that the installer is qualified and his works need not be checked by the local building inspectors. After the completion of work the installer must give you a commissioning certificate and inform the local governments building control department or competent person scheme as appropriate. You will then be issued with a building regulations completion certificate.
Use qualified installer
The importance of hiring a qualified installer cannot be stressed enough. If the boiler is not installed properly, it may lead to gas leaks, explosions, and even carbon monoxide poisoning. You will end up paying a lot more in the long run to fix or replace an incorrectly installed boiler, and you risk the health and safety of your family and neighbours by not hiring someone qualified for the job. If you find signs of any gas leaks or other problems, then you must arrange for your boiler to be fixed immediately by a qualified engineer.
The use of carbon monoxide detectors can help to quickly identify some issues with your boiler. It is recommended that you keep one near to your boiler as they can detect potentially fatal fumes.
You should do annual maintenance works on your boiler to ensure it is working safely and efficiently. An expert engineer can ensure that your boiler is burning less fuel and running smoothly. If your heating system is faulty, your energy bills will increase, so, a regular checkup is necessary to make sure that the boiler is working at its full potential. If you can detect problems in your boiler early, then also you can save a lot of money.
Landlord Gas Safety Checks
If you are a landlord, you must legally carry out annual gas safety checks. A gas safety certificate (CP12) ensures that all the gas appliances in your rented property have gone through and passed a safety inspection. Landlords have a legal responsibility to ensure their properties are gas safe, regardless of the type of property – this includes business premises, holiday homes and student rentals.