Summer has come to an end (sigh) and it won’t be long before we’re all switching our heating on. Of course it’s inevitable that when we all turn our boilers on on the 1st October (apparently this is the most popular day to flick the switch), there will be a lot of broken boilers in need of repair.
We can’t predict the weather, but we do know that every year when the cold weather arrives we get an influx of emergency boiler repair jobs when boilers fail to fire up after their summer slumber. Don’t become one of our stats! Beat the rush and get a service and gas safety check before the big freeze hits and your boiler lets you down!
5-star rated Gareth Butcher, GB Plumbing and Heating
Getting your boiler serviced
Boilers should be serviced annually. Not only will a gas safety check mean you can confidently turn your heating on this winter, your boiler will also be working at its optimum efficiency, which could save you money on your energy bills.
It’s not all about money saving and keeping warm, a simple 30 minute gas safety check could be a matter of life and death. Unchecked boilers can leak poisonous CO2 gas, which is invisible and odourless. Every year 50 people die from accidental carbon monoxide and many more are left seriously ill, and the most common culprit, you’ve guess it: faulty boilers.
Stay Gas Safe
The Gas Safe Register replaced Corgi as Britain’s gas safety scheme. Under this scheme it’s a legal requirement that anyone who works on gas appliances, such as boilers, needs to be registered. We use this system to ensure that any tradesman buying gas job leads from our service is Gas Safe Registered, but we always recommended you double check that your gas engineer is carrying a Gas Safe Register ID card.
Any tradesmen registered with the scheme will be more than happy to show you his card with his registration number, which you can check online here. When the gas engineer shows you the card you need to check:
1. The photo
2. The start and expiry date
3. The engineer’s individual registration number, at the top and embossed in the centre of the card
4. The Gas Safe security hologram at the bottom of the card
5. Their Gas Safe classifications, check on the back of the card to see if the engineer is qualified to do your job
It’s always better to be Gas Safe than sorry, so always check the ID card.
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