The Plumbers Blog: The differences between a plumber and a heating engineer

Categories:Air Conditioning, Boiler Repair, Central Heating, Gas Engineer, Skilled Plumber

Many of our customers are still confusion between what a plumber, a heating engineer, a boiler repair engineer and what a gas engineer does.

In this post we will clarify the differences for you so you know what professional you need and in what circumstances.

What does a plumber do? – Q&A

A plumber deals with anything that water passes through it, so that includes sinks, toilets, taps and of course any leaks and repairs.

Q, Can a plumber fit my gas cooker?

A, Short answer to this is NO. In order for a plumber to fit a gas cooker, they need to be registered as Gas Safe – this is something your plumber will tell you over the phone. Our plumber is gas safe registered with the ID number 517522. It’s super important the check your plumbers id number on the Gas Safe website.

Q, Can a plumber fit a new boiler?

A, Absolutely not, unless of course your plumber is gas safe and you have checked his/her id number on the gas safe website. Our plumber can fit your new boiler.

Both plumbers, heating engineers and of course gas engineers can have Gas Safe registration and be a qualified plumber. Often cowboy plumbers pretend to be qualified plumbers and do a rubbish job.

What does a heating engineer do?

A heating engineer also known as a HVAC engineer. They can help you with boiler repairs, new boiler replacements, annual checks, maintenance and emergencies. Their work on heating systems includes radiators, piping, hot water cylinders and heat pump installations, repairs, maintenance and . replacements.

So basically if anything goes wrong with your boiler and it needs a repair, your hot water cylinder has packed up, or when a new boiler has to be installed, you need to call a heating engineer. 

What does a gas engineer do?

As a gas engineer you will have the job of installing and maintaining the gas pipelines and gas appliances that run in your home.

These gas appliances could include gas fires, gas boilers, gas cookers, central heating systems, hot water storage cylinders, and wall heaters.

As a gas engineer you will spend a lot of time in homes and workplaces, typically installing, servicing, and repairing various gas appliances such as installing new boilers, servicing gas cookers, installing central heating systems and repairing gas boilers.

How to Avoid Unqualified Engineers

When it comes to gas, since gas is dangerous to work with, its very very important to check the engineers gas safe ID number on the gas safe website to make sure that the engineer is fully qualified before they work at your home.