It’s the height of summer and the last thing on your mind is likely to be your boiler. But, it won’t be long until the temperatures start to fall and that’s why it’s important to pick a Gas Safe registered engineer to get your boiler, serviced, repaired or replaced, ahead of time. This way, you can rest assured that, not only will your family stay warm over winter, but your gas appliances are fitted in the safest way too.
What is a Gas Safe registered engineer?
A Gas Safe registered engineer is on the Gas Safe list of legally qualified gas engineers. The Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body for the UK and by law, all gas engineers must be on it.
The Gas Safe register is also a body which investigates reports of illegal and unsafe gas work. The information gathered is passed on to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which has the power to prosecute any work done that is dangerous or not above board.
The perils of badly fitted boilers
Even in the warmer months, a badly fitted boiler can be dangerous. So, if you’ve found yourself asking why it’s so important to pick a Gas Safe registered engineer, then carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the perils of a badly fitted boiler which should make you think again.
It’s not only your electrics that should be handled by the professionals. Carbon Monoxide poisoning can be fatal and it’s a danger throughout the year as hot water is still used.
The majority of carbon monoxide deaths stem from faulty central heating boilers and problems are harder to spot when your boiler is in use less. This is why it’s vital to check your carbon monoxide detector or alarm is working properly and if there are problems, to have them sorted straight away.
It’s also important to look out for the tell-tale signs that something is wrong throughout the year. This can include a pilot light that keeps going out, or one which changes from blue to yellow, black stains around the boiler and heavy condensation.
Whatever time of year it is, when these problems appear, it’s important to get a Gas Safe registered engineer along to come and check them out.
What to do if your boiler has been badly installed?
If the work has already been done and you didn’t use a Gas Safe registered engineer, then your boiler could be extremely dangerous. It’s therefore understandable that you might feel concerned.
So, what can you do if you are worried that your boiler has been badly installed?
One way to get the problem rectified is to go to the installer and argue that the work should be put right as there has been a breach of contract under the Consumer Rights Act.
If they were definitely not registered, you can also report them online, to ensure that faulty or potentially dangerous work isn’t carried out again. You can also claim the cost of having the work rectified from the original installer.
Get your boiler serviced with us!
For professional and safe boiler installation, servicing and repair, get in touch with Taylor Pickering today. All of our boiler engineers are Gas Safe registered and able to offer you the standards of workmanship that will give you the reassurance you need.