To keep your boiler working safely, efficiently and to reduce the risk of breakdown, gas boiler manufacturers and Gas Safe recommend your boiler is serviced every year.
We at Earley and Lock have fully qualified engineers trained to the highest standard to carry out routines servicing on your boiler. Our engineers are also qualified to carry out Flue Gas checks with the use of Flue Gas Analysers where necessary.
We at Earley and Lock also recommend viewing and reading the Which? website reviews and information video on Boiler servicing.
This can be viewed on the below link
Please ring our office on 01305 786036 or 01305 782016 where our team will be happy to get an appointment made for you.
As a user of natural gas central heating you will be aware of the many benefits of this highly efficient, clean and safe fuel. However, problems can and do occur, often at the most inconvenient times without warning.
You might find yourself without any heat or hot water and have little idea as to the cause of the problem. You will need help fast, from an engineer you can trust to do a quality job at a reasonable price.
Earley & Lock provide a wide range of boiler repair services through a carefully selected team of Gas Safe registered heating engineers with many years of boiler repair experience.
Our heating engineers are experienced in boiler repair on all types of gas boilers and central heating systems.
Landlords have specific legal responsibilities to their tenants when it comes to gas safety
Understanding the law for rental accommodation
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. Landlords' duties apply to a wide range of accommodation, occupied under a lease or licence, which includes, but not exclusively:
Residential premises provided for rent by local authorities, housing associations, private sector landlords, housing co-operatives, hostels
rooms let in bed-sit accommodation, private households, bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels
rented holiday accommodation such as chalets, cottages, flats, caravans and narrow boats on inland waterways.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
If you let a property equipped with gas appliances you have three main responsibilities:
Maintenance: pipework, appliances and flues must be maintained in a safe condition. Gas appliances should be serviced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If these are not available it is recommended that they are serviced annually unless advised otherwise by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Gas safety checks: a 12 monthly gas safety check must be carried out on every gas appliance/flue. A gas safety check will make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use.
Record: a record of the annual gas safety check must be provided to your tenant within 28 days of the check being completed or to new tenants before they move in. Landlords must keep copies of the gas safety record for two years.
All installation, maintenance and safety checks need to be carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
If a tenant has their own gas appliance that you have not provided, then you are responsible for the maintenance of the gas pipework but not for the actual appliance.
Gas appliances that are left unchecked could be dangerous and leaking carbon monoxide
All of your gas appliances, including your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not have your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer you could be putting you and your family at risk and in possible danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.
What is a gas safety check?
A gas safety check involves a Gas Safe registered engineer inspecting your gas appliances. They will check the appliance is working correctly and will check the following four areas:
Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
Harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
That any ventilation routes are clear and working properly
All the safety devices are working
The check will identify any defects which require remedial work. You should have a gas safety check every year. If you are a landlord this is the law.
What is a service?
Whilst a gas safety check assesses the basic safety of a gas appliance a service will consist of a full check of a gas appliance and the engineer is likely to take the appliance apart to inspect it. The engineer will assess the physical condition of the appliance, installation pipework, air vents and any flues for deterioration. They will carry out performance tests and take any necessary remedial action.
Appliances should be serviced regularly in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions. Servicing your gas appliances regularly will make sure they are safe to use. It will also maintain your appliances efficiency and performance.
Signs that your appliances need servicing?
Gas appliances should be serviced regularly but if you notice any of the warning signs below you should arrange for a Gas Safe registered engineer to service your appliance as soon as possible:
Your gas appliance is not working properly
Your appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame
You can see black marks or stains on or around your gas appliances
The pilot light keeps going out
There is increased condensation in the room
What if my engineer identifies a problem with my gas appliance?
All Gas Safe registered engineers must follow the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) when assessing the risks of an unsafe gas appliance. The guidance provides 'best practice' advice to Gas Safe registered engineers on how they should deal with various gas safety concerns which may affect your safety.
Gas safety records
After an Earley & Lock engineer has fitted, carried out a safety check or serviced your gas appliance; they may leave you with a report which explains what checks they have completed. This report may be issued as a gas safety record, depending on the job you have asked them to do. It isn’t always a legal requirement for your engineer to give you this type of information, but our engineers will provide it or similar.
The gas safety record tells you that the gas appliance or gas fitting has been checked to see if it is working safely and meets the correct safety standards. This information may also tell you when you next need to service the appliance. As with any documentation always check it includes your engineer’s name and Gas Safe registration number.
Flues, chimneys and air vents
Flues, chimneys and air vents play a vital role in the safe operating of gas appliances. Flues and chimneys allow products of combustion to escape from your home. Air vents ensure there is a good supply of combustion air (ventilation) to appliances. For this reason you must keep all flues, chimneys and air vents clear.
Never block these airways to prevent a draft. Blocking ventilation is dangerous and could result in carbon monoxide building up in your home.
Have chimneys checked every year, no matter how much you use the fire, to make sure there are no blockages and fumes can escape freely. The Gas Safe registered engineer will check for bird’s nests, leaves and other natural debris, they could be blocking the exit.
If you require an appliance to be serviced, repaired or for more information