The Gas Safety Certificate: What Is It?
Comfort is everything… for all of us!
In winter, your boiler is your best friend, and you rely on it a lot to keep your home comfortable and to keep you and your family warm. However, your boiler won’t last forever, and many people seem to take it for granted.
Did you know that everyone should have their gas appliances, including their boiler, regularly checked and serviced by a Gas Safe Registered engineer?
Surprisingly, many people seem to neglect this and think their boiler is invincible! This is not the case. To ensure you have a healthy appliance or to identify any potential future problems, getting your Gas Safety Certificate is a must. I’ve teamed up with BOXT boilers to help explain what a Gas Safety Certificate is, and how you can get one for peace of mind.
What is a Gas Safety Certificate?
A Gas Safety check involves a Gas Safe Registered engineer visiting your home and inspecting any necessary gas appliances. They’ll check your appliance thoroughly to ensure it is working correctly and check it against a number of different criteria.
When you have had your safety check, and your appliance is working as it should and is safe, then you can own a Gas Safety Certificate for each appliance. Keep your certificates safe!
Do you need a Gas Safety Certificate?
If you own your own home, it’s not a legal requirement to have a Gas Safety Record. However, it is strongly recommended that you have your appliances checked by a Gas Safety Registered engineer, and serviced every year. If you’d like a certificate for peace of mind, just ask your engineer.
If you’re a landlord, it is a legal requirement that you have a Gas Safety check every year on every gas appliance in each of your properties. A Gas Safe Registered engineer will provide landlords with a Gas Safety Record. If you’re a tenant of a property, then your landlord must provide you with a copy of the Gas Safety Record within 28 days of the check being carried out.
How to get one
If you want or need a Gas Safety Check or Gas Safety Certificate, you should book an appointment with a Gas Safe Registered engineer at a convenient time. It’s a good thing to have a certificate in your documents!
In some cases, having an annual boiler service, for example, can keep the warranty valid. Even more reason to keep your checks up to date!
Things to look out for…
Let’s think about your boiler. Instead of waiting for an engineer to come and take a look to see if there are any issues, it’s worth noting the signs yourself. Here are some common issues you may face with your boiler, and what they could mean. In some cases, there’s a simple solution.
- Cold radiators – If you are experiencing cold patches in your radiators, don’t panic. The most common reason for this is that you may have pockets of air trapped inside, which can be easily solved by bleeding your radiators.
- Gurgling noises – There are a number of reasons why your boiler could be making strange noises. Try bleeding your radiators to release any trapped air, and check your boiler pressure to ensure it’s at the right level.
- Boiler turning itself off – If you’re finding your boiler turns off without any input from you, then there may be an issue with your boiler’s pressure. Or you could have a blockage in your system which prevents the flow of water. Repressurise your boiler, and contact a professional if you’re still having problems.
Keep safe with a Gas Safety Certificate
It’s important to always ensure your home and every appliance is safe. Do you have a Gas Safety Certificate? Do you keep up with safety checks of all your appliances? Let us know in the comments below!