A central heating boiler should be regularly serviced and maintened by a Gas Safe registered engineer to keep it safe and efficient. You wouldn’t expect a car to run without some attention, and your boiler works just as hard. Companies offer different standards of service. When you are buying your boiler ask the installer and/or manufacturer what kind of after sales service and regular servicing they offer.
During a gas safety check or service, your Gas Safe registered engineer should be checking:
- your appliance is burning correctly and not producing Carbon Monoxide
- harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
- that any ventilation routes are clear and work properly
- all the safety devices are working.
As a minimum, the record of a gas safety check must check:
- appliances are positioned in the right place
- any flue or chimney serving appliances is safe and installed correctly
- there is a good supply of combustion air (ventilation) to appliances
- to make sure appliances are on the right setting and are burning correctly
- appliances are operating correctly and are safe to use.
In Great Britain and Isle of Man any gas safety record given to you after 1 April 2009 will only be valid if the engineer is registered with Gas Safe Register. In Northern Ireland and Guernsey it will only be valid after 1 April 2010.