Is it time to get your boiler checked?
And if you're renting, you should know that all your gas appliances must be checked every year. Read on to find out what a gas safety check and boiler service should include.
HomeServe, the home emergency cover and repairs firm, is offering a gas safety check (CP12) with additional boiler service for just £2.99 a month (or £35.88 a year) compared to industry alternatives which start from £69.
Make Ur Move charges £69 + VAT for a gas safety check while British Gas does it for £75. npower services your boiler including a safety check from £74.
If you are renting, you can ask your landlord for a copy of the current Gas Safety record to make sure that all gas appliances have had an annual gas safety check. Here is some more advice.
If you're having a gas safety check done, make sure the engineer (who should be Gas Safe registered) covers the following:
• Identify and agree gas appliance(s) to be tested as part of inspection
• Check appliance(s) for gas tightness
• Check standing and working pressure if test points available
• Check burner pressure/gas rate against manufacturers' data plate
• Check for satisfactory provision of all necessary ventilation
• Test flue flow to ensure removal of products of combustion
• Check satisfactory operation of all the flame failure devices
• Check for physical stability, presence and effectiveness of brackets (where appropriate)
• Investigate any evidence of unsafe operation and report to the landlord
• Issue gas safety certificate in accordance with agreed procedure
A gas boiler service should include:
• Taking the boiler apart
• Cleaning all elements
• Re-setting all pressures
• Checking seals
• Checking flueing arrangements
• Checking electricity supply/connections
• Checking pilot/gas pressure
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