Why do I need a gas safety check?
You need a gas safety check to help protect your finances and your heath. A faulty boiler, or gas appliance could end up causing you to waste money on energy. More importantly, it can start leaking carbon monoxide. This is a very poisonous and harmful gas. It can also be fatal. In fact, it is also known as ‘the silent killer’ , due to it being without an odour, or colour. Its difficulty to detect makes it particularly dangerous. Especially, as many of symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning disguises itself as symptoms of other common diseases, such as the flu, or viral infections.
You may not notice if your appliances starts leaking gas, which is why it is important to have a gas safety inspection. To keep your home and business safe, and to be in compliance with legal obligations, it is recommended that you have a gas safety inspection every year. You should never use any gas appliances, which you suspect could be faulty. It is actually illegal to do so!
Signs to look out for:
If you notice any of the following signs, you will want to get your appliance serviced immediately. Do not wait until your next annual check!
The gas appliance is not working as it should
The appliance is burning with a yellow flame, rather than blue
The pilot light keeps going out
There is increased condensation in the room
Black marks/stains have appeared around the gas appliance.
An appliance safety check involves checking and testing the appliance is safe to operate. For example, this may include correctly setting and adjusting the appliance to make sure the gas is burning correctly; the appliance is safe for its location; the appliance is stable, securely fitted and connected to the gas pipework and all safety devices function correctly.
A gas installation safety check does all of the above and all accessible gas pipework is also inspected- to ensure the installation is in good condition. The gas pipework is also tested to make sure there are no gas leaks.
An appliance service does all of the above checks and tests, as well as specific checks and services, such as cleaning, which is outlined in the appliances’ manufacturer’s instructions.