Manchester Home Gas Inspections
Gas appliances such as boilers, ovens and gas fires should be maintained according to the manufacturers instructions. The maintenance should be undertaken by a registered Gas Safe engineer.
If gas appliances are not checked every year then you could be running the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Free gas checks
You maybe entitled to a free gas safety check if you are on means tested benefit and:
- You are a pensioner.
- You are disabled/seriously sick and live alone or with another pensioner.
- You are living with other people where one person is at least under 5 years old.
- You have not had a gas safety check within the last 12 months.
These exemptions are only guidelines are only a general overview. Please contact your gas supplier for eligibility.
When appliances need checking
Your appliances may need maintenance if:
- The gas appliance is not working properly.
- The appliance is showing a lazy yellow/orange flame - it should be bright blue.
- There is soot or brown/yellow stains on or around the appliance.
- The pilot light keeps extinguishing.
- The windows have increased condensation.
If you notice any of the above signs then get a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect the appliances immediately.
Flues/Chimneys – Chimneys and flues act as a vent to allow airflow out of the house. These passages should not be blocked up as this could create a build up of carbon monoxide. Have chimneys swept annually and check for birds nests, general debris and leaves which may block the airway.
Shared flues – If you live in a shared building then carbon monoxide can spread into other properties so it’s important that all residence that responsibility to have the flues checked and cleaned on a regular basis.
What happens during a gas safety check
The registered Gas Safe engineer will:
- Make sure that your appliance is burning correctly and not emitting carbon monoxide.
- Make sure that any dangerous gases produced by appliances are being removed safely into the outside air.
- Make sure that all ventilation paths are clear.
- Make sure that the appliances are working properly.
It is the minimum duty of the engineer to ensure that:
- All appliances are in the correct location.
- All chimney/flue appliances are installed properly and safe.
- There is a sufficient supply of air to appliances.
- Appliances are burning correctly and set up correctly.
- Appliances are operating safely and correctly.
Gas Safety records
After the registered engineer has finished checking the appliances, they will give you a report that outlines the checks undertaken. This gas safety certificate is confirmation that the appliances tested work properly, safely and conforms to the right safety standards.
Get in Touch
If you require a gas inspection then please feel free to contact us on:
0777 081 0888