Do I need a Gas Safe engineer?
As we approach the colder months, with autumn setting in and the leaves beginning to turn, most people begin to start putting their heating back on for the colder days. This is when most people start thinking about a boiler service, replacement or repair just to make sure they aren’t left without heating when it’s most needed. When looking to get this done, it’s is imperative that you choose a Gas Safe engineer. Because of the dangers of working with gas and central heating, it is a legal requirement to be registered with Gas Safe to perform this work. By hiring a Gas Safe engineer, not only are you working with the best engineers around, but you are also ensuring the safety of those living in the home.
What is Gas Safe?
Gas safe is a list of legally qualified gas engineers. It is the official registration body for gas engineers in the UK. If an engineer would like to work with gas then they have to, by law be registered with gas safe. Gas safe, as a body, also investigate claims of illegal, unauthorised and unsafe gas work.
The information that gas safe acquire is then passed on to the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE has the power to prosecute anyone partaking in illegal or dangerous work.
When hiring your gas engineer to work on your boiler, make sure you ask to see their Gas Safe ID both front and back. The front will confirm their registration and identity and the back will highlight that they are qualified to do the work that you have hired them for. Alternatively, you can text their registration number to 85080 and you will receive a text back confirming whether this engineer is qualified.
Dangers of carbon monoxide
One of the biggest dangers of not having a correctly fitted boiler is the potentially fatal carbon monoxide. It is not only dangerous in the winter months when you are regularly using your central heating as most people would think, but also in the summer months as you are still using your hot water. Most carbon monoxide issues occur when there is a faulty boiler, or when the boiler is in use less often. We always highly recommend that people have a carbon monoxide detector in their house as a preventative measure. It is possible to prevent the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning by regularly checking the furnace flues, chimneys and air vents. It is also highly recommended that you have your heating system checked before every winter season by a Gas Safe engineer to ensure that there are no critical issues.
What to do if a boiler has been fitted badly
If your boiler has been fitted by someone who is not a legally qualified Gas Safe engineer then your heating system could be extremely dangerous.
Our first recommendation is to go back to the installer and as them to send a fully Gas Safe engineer out to fix the work that has been done. The work they have done will be in breach of consumer rights. Alternatively, if you are concerned that this installer is regularly sending out unsafe workers, it will be worth contacting Gas Safe to investigate your claim. By reporting the installer you are ensuring that nobody else’s life is put in danger with an unsafe and potentially lethal gas system.
We would just like to add that all of our engineers are fully qualified Gas Safe engineers and that we take all the precautions necessary to ensure that our customers have a safe heating system.
If you would like your boiler installed, serviced or repaired by Horton’s please get in touch.