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The Dangers of Fitting a Boiler Yourself

Sometimes when you own your own home or property, it can be easy to get caught up in the joys of DIY and home renovations.

From painting, plumbing and putting up shelves, before long you will find yourselves a Jack of all trades. However, when it comes boilers and gas works this isn’t something the typical home owner should attempt for both legal and safety reasons.

What Are The Laws Around Gas work

To ensure gas safety, The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 were implemented to regulate the installation and maintenance of gas appliances. The regulations work to cover work on LPG and Natural gas fittings, in any type of premises and ensures that any work undertaken must be completed by a gas save registered engineer.

This also means that an uncertified person is unable to install or maintain a boiler within their property. Contrary to many misconceptions, it is also deemed illegal for a Gas Certified Person to sign off the work of a Non-Gas Certified Person.

Risks of a Non-Gas Registered Engineer Fitting a Boiler

There are many risks of fitting your own boiler, some much more dangerous than others, take a look below for information on some of the risks you could be presented with:

  • Gas leaks – If the boiler is not correctly fitted the risk of gas leaks are increased, if a gas leak goes unnoticed this could lead to devastating effects.
  • Damage to the boiler – Damage to the boiler is increased with installation by a non-gas safe registered engineer, this could cause many problems for your boiler.
  • Carbon Monoxide – Incorrect fitting and maintenance can increase the risk of dangerous carbon monoxide exposure. With a correctly fitted and well-maintained boiler there should be no carbon monoxide or gases coming from the boiler.
  • Invalidates your boiler warranty – Many boiler warranties are only valid if the boiler has been installed by a Gas safe registered engineer.

Who Can Fit My Boiler?

When it comes to maintaining or fitting a new boiler only a gas safe registered engineer is certified to do this. Visit the Gas Safe Registered website for more information and a list of Gas Safe Registered engineers in your area who can legally work with gas appliances.

Boiler Warning Signs

There are many warning signs which could indicate a problem with your boiler, in some instances this can lead to dangerous carbon monoxide poisoning. If your boiler experiences any of the below problems, it is best advised to contact a gas safe engineer to evaluate and put together the best plan of action for the problem.

  • A smell coming from the boiler
  • Unexpected noises coming from the boiler
  • Any Leak coming from the boiler
  • Your pilot light keeps going out
  • There is no heat or hot water
  • Your boiler keeps losing/ having too much pressure
  •  The boiler switches its self-off
  • There are black marks or soot around any of your boiler

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