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Gas Safety Week Boiler Advice

Monday 16th marks the start of National Gas Safety Week, aiming to make us more aware of gas safety around the home. We all know that it’s important. If you have gas hobs, you’re well used to switching them off as soon as you’ve finished cooking – not just to keep your gas bill low, but to safeguard against a fire breaking out.

When it comes to thoroughly checking them alongside our gas fires and boilers though, we’re not so consistent. Every year, thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s a silent killer that can be avoided with a simple check-up. Top of the list should be your boiler.

Are you one of the 43% that doesn’t service yours every year?

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Many of us wait until the temperature drops and we need our heating before we switch our boilers back on after summer. This year, we’ve had one of the best summers on record, so the chances are that you haven’t given it much thought. Now’s the time to get your boiler checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer. You’ll beat the winter rush and feel a bit smug when you hear about some poor soul sitting freezing in their home mid November!

A typical service costs between £50 and £80 for a standard efficiency boiler and £80 to £160 for a high-efficiency condensing boiler. Bear in mind though that prices differ between rural and urban areas. Still, it’s a small price to pay for staying safe and you’ll save money treating a small fault before it snowballs into a larger problem.

Only Gas Safe registered engineers can legally work with gas so don’t be tempted to fall into the DIY danger zone. Check that your tradesman is Gas Safe before allowing him or her to start work in your home. All of our heating engineers joined us already registered but double check that their qualification doesn’t need renewing. Ask to see their Gas Safe Register ID card with their identification number printed at the top of the card and quickly check that their company is listed on the official Gas Safe Register.

If you’re particularly concerned about your boiler, have a quick check of the flame. If it’s bright blue, it’s looking healthy but if it’s yellow or orange, don’t delay in calling in that heating engineer to check it over.

Stay safe this coming year!

Looking for a professional to service your central heating? Find a qualified, vetted and recommended heating engineer by posting your job on Rated People.

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2 Comments

    1. Hi Michael,

      You can find a heating engineer by posting your gas check job using the web form on our homepage (www.ratedpeople.com). All of our heating engineers join us gas safe registered but we would advise double checking the ID card etc as I outline in the above article (as it needs renewing annually).

      Best Wishes,
      Natalie

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