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Gas fires provide a very convenient solution when it comes to heating your home in the winter months. But as with any gas appliance, connecting and commissioning a fire requires an expert, accredited tradesperson.

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apprentice trained plumbler and gas engineer over 22 years experience always happy to help Don’t mind big jobs little jobs

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Reviewed by Gary on 15/4/2021

Excellent

We are a family owned bathroom and gas specialist with over 30Years experience in bathrooms and all aspects of gas including installation servicing landlords safety checks and breakdowns.We can help you with all aspects of your bathroom design to install

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Reviewed by Robyn on 6/10/2020

Quickly contacted me to give a quote, quote was very reasonable and no unexpected or hidden costs. Start date was quick and whole bathroom was completed within 2 weeks. They kept us updated on progress throughout and offered us good quality materials at a reasonable price. Bathroom looks amazing, a world away from where it started! A very professional and friendly experience throughout. Would highly recommend.

Specialise in all types of Plumbing and Gas work. No job too small. Quality Service and Affordable Prices Guaranteed.

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Reviewed by Prithvish on 9/2/2021

Ian is an excellent Gas Engineer and is a professional person, going that extra mile to help. Thank you for the wonderful service.

With over 18 years of experience in the Heating Industry, I supply competitive heating innovation, design, installation and repair for domestic and commercial clients.

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Reviewed by Sheena on 20/3/2021

Couldn't be happier with Iain and his team. Spotlessly clean and professional throughout. From quote to completion he kept us updated, Very happy with our ATAG boiler and Tado control system. Would happily recommend Evolved Energy Services..

we are a fully registered gas safe company with expertise guaranteed, located in the central belt, that specialises in cooker installations, boiler installation, services an breakdowns. I have undergone advanced training with vaillant group and glow worm, to guarantee the best standard of work carried out, for our customers peace of mind.

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Reviewed by Mark on 31/1/2020

Completed job in timely manner, tidy and arrived on time.

Primarily Gas boiler Heating Engineer. New gas boilers. Gas boiler repairs and maintenace.

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Reviewed by Avril on 17/5/2019

Came to estimate same day as job posted, Clear, detailed and impartial explanation of options followed up by detailed quote. Jim and his assistant, Gabi, were reliable, hardworking and very thorough. Would not hesitate to recommend.

we currently have 33 yrs in the building service industry and we install & supply all types of boilers , bathrooms electrical and renovations and loft conversions. etc and we offer a comprehensive guarantee .

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Reviewed by Jen on 10/4/2021

Friendly and good service. Managed unexpected complications and really pleased with the finished job.

Gasco Southwest are a collective of ex British Gas engineers, We have an abundance of technical experience in service and repairs on central heating systems. The installations we do are with great efficiency and aided towards your budget and required needs. Even if it’s just advice you’re after we are here to Help. We believe, Honesty is our best policy. #GascoSouthwest #Heatingyourhomes

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Reviewed by Bill on 29/1/2021

Quick to respond, friendly and professional great service. Highly recommended.

Hi, we are a NICEIC Electrical Engineering firm, we have over 10 years experience in a wide range of Engineering We specialise in Electrical, Electronics, Domestic heating, and Plumbing. We offer you a competitive quotation rate and treat you professionally, with respect and we are very friendly. We can honour you with a great results at the end of all our work. We work to the up to date standards for example, Electrical Standards which is the 18th Edition, NICEIC Part P and MInstMC.

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Reviewed by Paul on 26/7/2020

Very conscientious, great attention to quality of job. Good communication and punctual. Kept things neat and tidy as he worked I would definitely recommend using him

Jenkins Electrical & Gas Services based in Malvern, Worcestershire - professional solutions at affordable prices. NAPIT and Gassafe accredited tradesman, fully insured with City & Guilds / Blueflame certification. Free estimates. All work considered from fitting a plug to re-wiring, new installs etc. Friendly, reliable tradesman.

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Reviewed by Carole on 7/11/2020

Replied quickly with a reasonable quote and very reliable friendly professional, brilliant job done worked hard to achieve the job , highly recommended will use again and again great results

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Gas Fire specialists - what you need to know

Gas fires give you the best of both – more authentic than an electric fire, and quicker to use than an open stove or wood-burning fire. They also provide full control over how much heat your fire pumps out.

They’re also easy to maintain, and installation is usually straightforward thanks to the versatility of most modern units. You don’t necessarily need a chimney for a gas fire, but if you do have one a new unit can usually be fitted to an existing flue.

High-efficiency gas fires are open or glass-fronted and use a flue to send emissions out of your living room safely, while flueless models are designed to work without the need for a chimney. Depending on the type of fire you’re installing, the process will be slightly different. But at its most basic, gas fire installation follows a familiar set of steps.

If an existing gas fire (or an electric or wood-burning stove) is present, that’ll need to be removed. Depending on your decorative requirements, you may then need to “make good” (repair any damage caused by removing the old unit). You can then have the new fire unit (as well as the hearth and surround if you’re also replacing those) installed – always by a Gas Safe-registered professional. 

That last point is key – the complicated and potentially dangerous nature of installing any gas appliance means you must work with a Gas Safe-accredited professional, even if you plan to do some of the work yourself.

Cost of gas fire installation

You’ll probably be charged a day rate according to the amount of work involved in your gas fire installation. Fees for typical jobs range from:

  • £50-£150 to connect and commission a gas fire.
  • £150-£300 to remove an old gas fire and install a new unit.
  • £80-£150 for an annual gas fire service.

How to install a new gas fire

If your home has a chimney, you’ll need to make sure your flue is suitable for a gas fire. This is one of the many reasons for using an experienced, trustworthy professional on this job. They’ll be able to tell you whether the flue is suitable, or if it needs to be relined. Of course, if you’re opting for a flueless fire, or if you’re going to install an external flue, you can skip this step.

Before you begin considering which type of gas fire you might fit, you’ll need to measure your room. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, there’s a minimum size below which it’s not safe to install a gas fire. The size of the room will also determine where, what size and how many air vents are required. And finally, those dimensions will influence the tolerable maximum and minimum gas pressure of your fire.

Provided your room is big enough and it’s safe to fit a gas fireplace, start by installing air vents. As mentioned above, the size and position of your vents will depend on the room you’re fitting the appliance in. Some high-efficiency gas fires (those using an existing or newly installed flue) might not need air vents, but your heating engineer will be able to advise on this after running the necessary tests. When it comes to air vents, you’ll need a dedicated model designed for use with a gas fire. Opt for a high-quality vent that has an outer cowl. A cheap vent will usually leave you susceptible to drafts.

With your vents sorted, it’s time to decide where your gas fire will go. If you already have a chimney, the answer is going to be fairly obvious. But if you’re newly installing a gas fire, you’ll have a bit more freedom. An external wall, both for the evacuation of gas and a sturdy mount, is usually going to be your best option. After securing the appliance with the supplied wall bracket, a gas line can be run to the inlet point on the fire and connected up. Complete the assembly of the gas fire unit by attaching any fascia or other finishing elements that come with your chosen model.

It’s now time to light the fire and test the emissions to ensure it is operating as required. This is a meticulous task, and if the fire does not meet the exact specification that is stated in the installation guide, your fire must be disconnected from the gas supply and either fixed or replaced.

Types of gas fire

There are a wide range of gas fire types, and the model you choose will probably depend on your home and whether it has a chimney. The four main variations of gas fire are:

  1. High-efficiency (HE) open-front fires – these models are the most common type of gas fire. They have the look and feel of an open stove fire and offer around 75% heating efficiency. As well as convected radiating heat from the fire unit, their pebble or coal fuel-effect stones transmit heat around your room too.
  2. Glass-front HE and outset HE fires – similar in operation to a standard HE fire, these units are glass fronted to help the spent gas travel in the intended direction out of your room. That also means they are more efficient (up to 89%), and they radiate heat to a larger area. The outset variant can sit on a hearth in front of a wall or chimney, rather than being set inside it.
  3. Balanced-flue HE gas fires – the simplest choice for those who want a gas fire but don’t have a chimney or flue. This glass-fronted gas fire has its own flue pipe, which vents through an external wall. This style of gas fire is particularly efficient, and usually fairly compact too – making installation straightforward.
  4. Flueless gas fires – another solution for homes without a chimney or flue, these fires are clean burning, and feature a catalytic converter. This removes the nasty stuff from gas emissions and releases safe air back into the room. Most flueless gas fires are also fitted with Oxygen Depletion Sensors for safety, which turns the fire off if the air quality drops below a certain level.

Gas fires can also be fitted with one of three different controls – a simple top control, a remote control or good old manual operation.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

We’ve not been too subtle about this so far, and we won’t stop now – it’s absolutely crucial that your gas fire installer is Gas Safe accredited. That’s the minimum (and mandatory) requirement from your tradesperson. But it may also be beneficial for them to carry HETAS (solid fuel trade body) or NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) qualifications too.

As well as these certifications, your gas appliance professional should be more than happy to show off their wide range of customer references, and evidence of previous jobs they have completed to a high standard.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

Public liability insurance is vital for all work conducted on your home, and it’s particularly important here – with the potential for gas leaks and damage to your property. Make sure your tradesperson holds (and can show you proof of) full public liability insurance.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • What type of gas fire would they recommend, and why?
  • Can they remove your old fire too?
  • Are they Gas Safe registered?
  • Do they also hold HETAS or NICEIC accreditation?
  • Can they offer a warranty on their work?

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