Get your appliances checked
Getting your gas appliances safety checked
All gas appliances in your property need to be safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer annually and serviced according to manufacturer’s instructions. Any appliance left unchecked could leave you at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s an extremely good idea to have your gas pipework inspected at the same time as having a gas safety check, every year – and it’s law if you’re a landlord.
If you notice any of the following warning signs, you’ll want to get your appliance serviced right away:
The gas appliance is not working properly
The appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame rather than a crisp blue one
Black marks/stains are evident around the gas appliance
The pilot light keeps going out
There is increased condensation in the room
What’s the difference between a safety check and a service?
Prior to any work being carried out it is important to agree with your registered engineer their scope of the work so that everyone is clear. For example, there are differences between an appliance service and a safety check and equally between a safety check of appliances and a safety check of the whole installation, which includes all pipework and appliances.
What is an Appliance Safety Check?
An appliance safety check at a minimum includes all of the checks and tests to ensure the appliance is safe to operate, for example:
It is correctly set and adjusted to ensure the gas is burning correctly
It is of a type suitable for the room in which it is located
It is physically stable, securely fitted and properly connected to the gas pipework
There is an adequate and permanent air supply suitable for the appliance type installed
Any flues or chimneys are operating correctly
All safety devices function correctly
What is an Appliance Service?
An appliance service will include all of the above checks and tests and any other specific checks, for inspection and/or cleaning of the appliance as specified and detailed in the appliance manufacturer’s instructions. This may include:
If appropriate, an analysis of the combustion exhaust gases to ensure the appliance is burning the gas safely
A check of the condition of the appliance including (but not limited to): the effectiveness of any seals, gaskets, the cleanliness of heat exchangers etc. and checking for any signs of heat or other distress
This is not an exhaustive list and servicing requirements will vary across appliance types and models.