What Is a Gas Safety Check?
A gas safety check is primarily designed to inspect any gas appliances including boilers, cookers and fires to ensure they are working correctly and safely. A gas safety check is carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. The gas safety check should ONLY be carried out by a fully qualified, Gas safe plumber.
How to check that my plumber is Gas Safe registered?
You should check that your plumber is gas safe registered, and you can do this by asking to see their gas safe card, or you can go online to Gas Safe Register website and do a quick search of the company name or the name of the plumber.
What Is included in a Gas Safety Check?
The Gas safety check is very different to a boiler service in which your boiler service / boiler heath check will involve a more in-depth inspection of your boiler.
A gas safety check is designed to check the following:
- The appliance is operating at the correct operating pressure.
- That all safety devices on the appliance (Boiler, Cooker etc) such as cut out devices are working correctly.
- That flues and chimneys are clear and enable the appliance to emit gases and fumes safely to the outside.
- There is an adequate air supply to the appliance and that it is burning the gas correctly
What if I don’t have a yearly Gas Safety Check?
Failure to have your gas appliances inspected yearly may lead to harmful gases such as carbon monoxide escaping into your home. Carbon monoxide can kill, so it is very important that you get your gas appliances checked!
Who should have a yearly Gas Safety Check?
Any household (landlord tenant, council tenant, and homeowner) that has gas appliances should have an annual gas safety check by a gas safe registered engineer.
It should be noted that a gas safety inspection is NOT an alternative to a boiler service, and appliances should also be serviced annually to make sure they are running efficiently and safely.
Certain households may be entitled to free gas safety checks, particularly those where the elderly such as a care home or very young are living, such as a children centre. If you are a homeowner on benefits it is worth contacting your energy provider to find out if a free gas safety check is available to you.
If you are a council tenant you should be entitled to a free yearly gas safety check on your boiler. To find out more, you should contact your council.