Gas Appliance Safety Checks and Servicing

Gas appliances should be checked every year

All of your gas appliances (gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire) should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly by a Gas Safe registered engineer. If they are not there is the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning – do you have a carbon monoxide alarm?

What is a gas safety check?

A Gas Safe registered engineer will check your gas appliance is working correctly including:

  • Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
  • Harmful gases are being removed safely to the air outside
  • That ventilation routes are clear and working properly
  • All the safety devices are working

The check will identify any defects which require remedial work. You should have a gas safety check every year.

Landlords gas safety check

Landlords are required by Law to have gas appliances safety checked every year.

What if my engineer identifies a problem with my gas appliance?

Where a gas appliance or pipework has been installed in an unsafe way, or is operating unsafely and the engineer can not rectify the situation immediately, they will follow the guidance outlined in the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) to make the installation safe.  The guidance provides ‘best practice’ advice to Gas Safe registered engineers on how they should deal with various gas safety concerns which may affect your safety.

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What is a gas appliance service?

A gas safety check is limited to just that. A gas appliance service will consist of a full check and maintenance service of a gas appliance. The engineer will assess the physical condition of the appliance, installation pipework, air vents and any flues for deterioration. They will carry out performance tests and take any necessary remedial action.

Appliances should be serviced regularly in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Servicing your gas appliances regularly will make sure they are safe to use, maintain fuel efficiency and performance.

What are the signs that your gas appliance needs servicing?

Gas appliances should be serviced regularly but if you notice any of the warning signs below you should arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your appliance as soon as possible:

  • Your gas appliance is not working properly
  • Flames are lazy yellow instead of a crisp blue
  • You can see black marks or stains on or around your gas appliances
  • The pilot light keeps going out
  • There is increased condensation in the room
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Gas safety records

After a gas engineer has fitted, safety checked or serviced your gas appliance they may leave you with a report which explains what checks they have completed.

The gas safety record tells you that the gas appliance or gas fitting has been checked to see if it is working safely and meets the correct safety standards.

This report may also tell you when you next need to service the appliance.

Flues, chimneys and air vents

Flues, chimneys and air vents play a vital role in the safe operating of gas appliances. Flues and chimneys allow products of combustion to escape from your home. Air vents ensure there is a good supply of air to appliances.

Never block these airways to prevent a draft. Blocking ventilation is dangerous and could result in carbon monoxide building up in your home.

Have chimneys checked every year,  to make sure there are no blockages and fumes can escape freely. The Gas Safe registered engineer will check for bird’s nests, leaves and other natural debris that could be blocking the exit.

Do you live in a block of flats or terraced housing?

It is also possible for carbon monoxide to seep into properties through shared flues and chimneys. If you live in a property with a shared flue or chimney, share responsibility to get them checked every year to make sure they are allowing gas to escape.

For all gas safety checks and gas appliance servicing call Steven Banks now on 01462 636376