Any gas appliance in your home can produce carbon monoxide (CO), a highly poisonous gas which occurs when natural gas or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) doesn’t burn as it should. This is the result of a gas appliance being improperly fitted, repaired or maintained, or when vents, flues or chimneys have become blocked – and that’s why it’s so important to have all of your gas appliances checked once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
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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 areas:
- A gas appliance safety check ensures an appliance:
- Is properly set and adjusted so the gas burns correctly.
- Is suitable for the room it’s located in.
- Is physically stable, securely fitted and properly connected to the gas pipework.
Your engineer will also make sure:
- There’s an adequate and permanent air supply that’s suitable for the appliance installed.
- All safety devices are functioning properly.
- Any flues, chimneys and air vents are operating correctly.
This can be extended to a full gas installation safety check, in which the engineer will:
- Check the installation is in good condition by visually inspecting the pipework as far as reasonably practicable.
- Test the gas pipework to make sure there are no leaks.
All Landlords in the UK have a legal requirement to have a Gas Safety Inspection carried out annually.
What is a Service?
An appliance service includes all the usual steps on a routine gas safety check list, but your engineer will undertake a more specific gas appliance inspection with additional tests as detailed in the manufacturer’s instructions. These may include:
- Analysis of the combustion exhaust gases to ensure the appliance is burning gas safely.
- A check of the appliance’s condition including signs of heat or distress, effectiveness of seals and gaskets, and cleanliness of heat exchangers.
It’s worth noting that your Gas Safe registered engineer might need to make additional or different checks, because requirements vary depending on the appliance type and model. For example, a boiler gas safety check or service might be different to a gas cooker safety check or service.
Depending on the work they’ve carried out, you might be given a Gas Safety Record. This isn’t a legal requirement, so it’s a good idea to check with the registered business engineer’s company before they come out to visit you. Head to our Gas Safety Records page for more information.