gas safety check vs boiler service

Gas Safety Check vs. Boiler Service

Is a gas safety check the same as a boiler service?

When managing maintenance for your rental property, it’s important to know the difference between a gas safety check and a boiler service to fulfil your responsibilities effectively as a landlord.

gas safety check vs boiler service

What is a gas safety check?

 

A gas safety check ensures the safety of your entire gas system, not just boilers. Licensed Gas Safe engineers conduct these checks annually, looking for hazards, leaks, or issues with gas appliances, pipework, and flues. It’s a legal requirement for landlords.

 

During a gas safety check, engineers examine gas appliances like stoves, ovens, and heaters, ensuring they function correctly and meet safety standards. They also inspect gas pipework for leaks or faults and check ventilation systems for proper air circulation.

 

 

What does a boiler service involve?

 

A boiler service is specific maintenance for your boiler, going beyond safety checks in a gas safety check. Qualified gas-safe heating engineers conduct tests and inspections to ensure your boiler operates efficiently and reliably.

A typical boiler service includes cleaning internal components like the burner and heat exchanger to enhance performance. Engineers also check for wear and tear, replacing worn-out parts to prevent breakdowns. They adjust boiler controls and settings for optimal efficiency and reliability.

 

 

Which one do you need?

 

Whether you need a gas safety check or a boiler service depends on your needs. For overall safety of gas appliances, choose a gas safety check, especially important for landlords due to legal requirements. For maximizing boiler efficiency and lifespan, a boiler service is ideal, preventing potential issues and costly repairs.

In conclusion, while both services aim to maintain a safe and functional heating system, they differ in scope. For landlords, a combination of both services at appropriate intervals is recommended for compliance. Ensure qualified engineers conduct these inspections for safety and efficiency.

For assistance for either of these services, gas-elec offers reliable support. Reach out to us at 0800 041 8614 or customer.services@gas-elec.co.uk for peace of mind and compliance assurance.

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Boiler Tax? What is the impact on heating costs

Boiler prices are to go up in January 2024. The government has confirmed that the clean heat market mechanism will be going ahead.

Starting this year, in January 2024, the government has confirmed that the clean heat market mechanism will go ahead. The change means that boiler manufacturers, including Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Ideal, and Baxi, have all announced they will introduce a new levy (or ‘boiler tax’) on customers buying oil and gas boilers. The goal is to increase the sales and installation of air and ground-source heat pumps in homes to work towards the aim of  ‘enhancing the UK’s self-sufficiency and generate more clean, affordable, homegrown power’. 

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What is the clean heat market mechanism? 

 

The Clean Heat Market Mechanism (CHMM) is a government scheme aimed at making homes more energy efficient and reducing the country’s energy consumption to meet carbon emission targets. 

 

Why have boiler manufacturers introduced a new levy or ‘Boiler Tax’? 

 

Boiler manufacturers have announced they will be introducing a levy on customers buying oil and gas boilers of around £120. The reason for this is because of the government’s introduction of the ‘clean heat market mechanism’. The proposal is that boiler manufacturers must match or substitute 4% of their boiler sales with heat pumps. Failing to do this, manufacturers will be fined £3000 for every heat pump they are short of. 

 The target for the UK government is to have 600k heat pumps installed annually by 2028; however, with changes in September 2023 to the ‘clean heat market mechanism’ including:

  • Deferring the ban on oil and LPG boilers from 2026 to 2035
  • Around 20% of homes will be exempt from having a heat pump due to the expense and not having a suitable home for one to be fitted.
  • Scrapping the requirement for landlords to raise the EPC rating of their properties to band level C by 2028

It means that it will be hard for manufacturers to reach these targets with these limitations. 

 

What does the price increase mean for you? 

 

Although this scheme is aimed at boiler manufacturers, this levy will ultimately affect homeowners across the UK. With 78% of UK residents having gas central heating, this means the possibility of an increase in price when it comes time to replace your boiler. This also means that lower-income households needing to replace their boiler may opt for a cheaper, less efficient boiler, resulting in more repairs and costs in the long run.

Gas-elec aims to continue to provide the best value for customers to get the right boiler for them at the best price.

The importance of regular boiler servicing: A landlord's checklist

The Importance of Regular Boiler Servicing: A Landlord’s Checklist

As a conscientious landlord, you’re likely well aware that maintaining a safe and comfortable living environment for your tenants is of utmost importance. One key aspect often overlooked is the regular servicing of the boiler. A well-maintained boiler not only provides reliable heating and hot water but also contributes to the overall safety and longevity of your property. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the crucial reasons why regular boiler servicing should be at the top of your landlord checklist.

1. Preventing Costly Breakdowns

One of the primary reasons to schedule regular boiler servicing is to prevent unexpected breakdowns. Boilers, like any system, undergo wear and tear over time. An annual service ensures that potential issues are identified and addressed before they escalate into major problems. By addressing minor faults early, you not only save on repair costs but also minimise disruptions for your tenants, fostering a positive landlord-tenant relationship.

2. Extending the Lifespan of Your Boiler

A well-maintained boiler is a reliable one, and annual servicing significantly extends its lifespan. Boilers are a significant investment, and replacing one can be a substantial expense. By incorporating annual servicing into your property management plan, you’re essentially safeguarding your investment.

3. Ensuring Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a concern for both landlords and tenants. Regular boiler servicing ensures that the system operates at peak efficiency. When a boiler is working optimally, it consumes less energy to produce the same amount of heat, resulting in lower energy bills for your tenants.

4. Enhancing Tenant Safety

Perhaps the most critical aspect of regular boiler servicing is ensuring the safety of your tenants. Faulty boilers can pose serious health and safety risks, including carbon monoxide leaks. This colourless and odourless gas can be lethal in high concentrations. Regular servicing involves thorough checks for any potential leaks or issues, allowing you to address them promptly. Providing a safe living environment is not only a legal obligation but also an ethical responsibility that contributes to the overall well-being of your tenants.

5. Compliance with Regulations

Landlords are subject to various regulations and legal obligations regarding property safety. Regular boiler servicing is often a requirement to comply with these regulations. Failure to meet these standards can result in fines, legal complications, and damage to your reputation as a landlord. By staying proactive and ensuring your boiler servicing is up to date, you demonstrate your commitment to meeting and exceeding the necessary safety standards. Find out more about how to stay compliant as a landlord.

Regular boiler servicing is an investment in the reliability, efficiency, and safety of your property. By adding it into your property management routine, you not only prevent costly breakdowns but also contribute to the overall satisfaction and well-being of your tenants.

Does your boiler need a service? Get yours booked in with gas-elec today or call 0800 041 8614.

EICR Rules: A guide for landlords

EICR Rules: A Guide for Landlords

We know as a landlord you have a lot to think about from keeping your rental properties safe and compliant to dealing with tenant concerns, so we wanted to help break down the reasoning behind needing an EICR (electrical installation condition report) and what you can expect to happen.

EICR Rules: A guide for landlords

What is an EICR for?

Let’s start with the basics. An EICR is like a health check for your property’s electrical system. It’s a thorough inspection that assesses the condition of your wiring, sockets, light fixtures, and any other electrical installations. Think of it as an MOT for your home’s electrical setup. EICR’s are a great way to identify defects, deterioration, damages and/or conditions which may indicate potential danger, as well as providing recommendations for improvement.

Is it a legal requirement to have an EICR?

Short answer: Yes. As of 1st June 2020, it’s a legal requirement for private landlords in England to have a valid EICR for their rental properties. Other parts of the UK might have slightly different regulations, so it’s always good to double-check with your local authorities. Find out more.

Can a landlord be fined for not having an EICR?

Unfortunately, yes. Ignoring the EICR requirement can lead to fines of up to £30,000. Ouch, right? Compliance isn’t just about ticking boxes; it’s about keeping your property and your tenants safe.

Who is responsible for the EICR test?

The responsibility falls on your shoulders as a landlord. You need to hire a qualified and registered electrician to carry out the inspection.

What would fail on an EICR?

Common issues include faulty wiring with damaged sockets, switches & lights as well as outdated fuse boxes. The report will categorize findings as either ‘C1’ (danger present), ‘C2’ (potentially dangerous), or ‘C3’ (improvement recommended). Don’t worry; your electrician will explain everything in the report.

How do I prepare for an EICR?

Clear access to all electrical installations is a good start. Make sure the electrician can easily reach fuse boxes, sockets, and other key areas. It’s also a good idea to inform your tenants in advance, just so they know what’s happening and can make any necessary arrangements.

How long does an EICR take to do?

The duration can vary depending on the size and complexity of your property. On average, you’re looking at a few hours, but it’s a small investment for the safety of your property and the people living in it.

Stay compliant, keep it safe, and happy renting!

Need an EICR carried out for one of your rental properties? Get booked in with gas-elec today. We have a nationwide coverage of engineers so you don’t need to worry about where your property is located, and with over 26 years experience you can have peace of mind that you will be fully compliant. As well as EICRs, we also carry out anything from gas checks to installing CO and fire alarms. Check out our website to see how we can keep you compliant.

5 ways to maintain your boiler this winter

5 ways to maintain your boiler this winter

With the thought of winter just around the corner, the blankets make their way back out and the summer clothes begin to get pushed to the back of your wardrobe. You start to contemplate the idea of switching your heating on, but often leave it until the last minute in hopes of saving some pennies with the rising costs. When you do finally cave in to turning on your boiler and run into problems, leaving you waiting on an engineer at the busiest time of year. Here are some ways you can avoid running into unexpected problems with your boiler and heating this winter.

Have your boiler serviced

Having your boiler serviced is a sure way to provide you with peace of mind in the long run. A boiler service makes for a more efficient & reliable boiler, providing lower energy costs as well as avoiding costly repairs. Regular services means your boiler is likely to last longer, meaning you won’t have to fork out a large upfront cost for a new boiler.

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Bleed your radiators and check the boiler pressure

Bleeding your radiators and topping up the boiler pressure is a simple and effective way to make your home warmer and reduce your energy bills. By removing the air pockets from your radiators, it allows the whole radiator to get warm instead of only parts of it. You may have been putting your heating on at a higher temperature to warm your house, but by bleeding your radiators you can turn the temperature down as more heat is being spread throughout the radiator. It is good practice to bleed your radiators once a year. Checking your boiler pressure is also a key factor to keeping your boiler running to full capacity and efficiency. If the pressure is too high there’s an increased chance of leaks happening in the system and if the pressure is too low the system won’t work as well. Learn how to bleed your own radiators.

Have your water pipes insulated

Having your water pipes insulated is a great money saver as it reduces heat loss and raises your water temperature. This is a relatively inexpensive way to reduce your overall monthly energy costs and have a warmer home.

5 ways to maintain your boiler this winter

Run your heating in the Autumn

We all wait until the very last minute to turn our heating on but doing this can leave you waiting on an available engineer if there are any faults. Putting your heating on earlier than planned can give you time to check and resolve any issues before the cold snap hits and you really need a working boiler. You are also more likely to get booked in with an engineer outside of the busy period as well as avoiding call out fees.

Take care of those draughts

Once you have your boiler up and running and heating your house for the winter, you don’t want to lose all of that heat through unnecessary draughts. Check all of your windows and doors and ensure you have adequate loft insulation.

Need a boiler service? gas-elec have qualified engineers nationwide. Get booked in today or call us on 08000418614

Energy Saving Week

It’s energy saving week!

Saving energy isn’t just about helping you to be more energy-efficient, it’s also a good way to save you money. There are many small changes you can make that can have a huge impact on your energy consumption and help reduce your annual energy costs.

 

Energy saving week is a national campaign which aims to help and encourage people to save energy. This year gas-elec has decided to support this campaign. We are here to give all our clients & customers tips on how to save energy and how gas-elec can help.

How to save energy

Turn off standby appliances – Turn the appliances off at the plug can save an average of £30 per year. You can use plugs that can be turned on and off using your phone, or a cheaper option can be ‘timer plugs’ to schedule turning appliances off.

 

Installing a smart thermostat – These can make your heating more efficient by only warming up the rooms that you are using. The thermostat also learns how long it takes to heat your home and can be controlled by your phone.

 

Buy efficient appliances – When it’s time to swap out your old appliance for a new one, getting one with a high energy-efficiency rating can be worth the investment. A+++ appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and fridge/freezers use less energy than A+ rated and can save you up to £65 per year.

 

Install a new boiler – You can save energy by upgrading to a new boiler. We would recommend switching to an A-rated boiler with a programmer and room thermostat. You can also consider switching to an electric boiler, for a greener energy solution.  At gas-elec we install both gas and electric boilers and are on hand to offer advise on the best option for you, your home and your budget.

 

Invest in double glazed windows – Double glazed windows insulate your home from the cold and therefore can help reduce your heating costs. A single glazed semi-detached home getting upgraded to double glazed can save you as much as £110 a year.

 

Draught-proof your home – Cold draughts causes your home to loose heat, making it more likely for you to turn the heating on/up. You can purchase draught excluders or draught-proofing kits to prevent this. You can seal cracks in floors, skirting boards and line your letterbox and in doing so you can save up to £35 a year on heating costs.

 

Monitor your usage – Installing a smart meter in your home allows you to keep an eye out on how much energy you are using daily. Monitoring your usage daily can save you money but also help you decide if you have to change the way you use energy.

Contact gas-elec today to find out how we can help you save energy not just this week but long-term! You can contact us via email at sales@gas-elec.co.uk or call us on 0800 041 8614. 

For more information about Energy Saving Week, please click here.

CO / Smoke Alarm Rules

Are you aware of the new rules surrounding CO & Smoke alarms?

All landlords (social and private rented sector) are now legally required to replace or repair both carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms if these are faulty. Landlord’s also need to ensure that a CO Alarm is installed in every room that features a combustion appliance – this includes a gas boiler, however, excludes gas cookers.

 

These rules have been extended and follow on from the new CO and Smoke alarm regulations made in 2015.

What are the key differences?
  • As mentioned above, Landlords will be expected to replace and repair any alarms that are faulty or expired
  • CO alarms are a must in any room featuring fixed combustion appliances (excluding gas cookers)
  • CO alarms are mandatory when installing heating appliances (excluding gas cookers) through building regulations
How can gas-elec help ensure your CO & smoke alarm compliance?

Gas-elec offers a range of services to check, replace and install CO & smoke alarms. These can be carried out in conjunction with any of our regular inspections or services or standalone visits.

Take a look below at the range of CO & Smoke Alarm services gas-elec can offer. If you have any questions regarding the extended rules or our Co & Smoke alarm services, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0800 041 8614.

ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition, 7th December 2021

After a long awaited return of the ARLA conference, delayed due to the global pandemic, we are excited to announce that we will be attending and we look forward to meeting you all!

Visit stand F13 for a chance to win a 9th generation iPad

We offer a compliance management service to our clients, ensuring all your landlord properties meet the legal annual gas and electric safety requirements!

In addition to our compliance services, we also offer a wide range of services including boiler repairs, Legionella testing, Home Service Reports and more!

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National Gas Safety Week

It’s National Gas Safety Week! Spread the word…

Gas-elec are experts in Gas Safety Inspections and complete over 100,000 inspections per year

Gas-elec is the UK’S favourite property services provider. We have specialised in providing Gas Safety Inspections to Landlords, Homeowners and Letting Agents for over 25 years.

 

We provide our customers with the best possible service and keep their homes safe and warm and offer a wealth of experience, supported by our national network of gas safe registered engineers. For the past 25 years, we have not only expanded our services, but we have evolved to also offer a complete compliance service for letting agents and property management businesses to ensure a fully compliant portfolio.

Join thousands of others to be part of Gas Safety Week

We are calling all Landlords, Homeowners and Letting Agencies to join this national safety campaign. Read below our tips on how to best keep your gas appliances working safely.

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Book your Gas Safety Inspection with gas-elec

To ensure your gas appliances are safe, book your Gas Safety Inspection with us today. You can order this service here for only £65.00, or simply call our friendly customer services team on 0800 041 8614.

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The ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition 2021

The ARLA

Propertymark Conference and Exhibition

Dubbed “The UK’s biggest and most prestigious lettings forum”… The ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition

The ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to network with the top letting agencies and industry professionals in the residential lettings sector.

Due to the pandemic of 2020, the final event date has not yet been announced and our stand number may be subject to change.

Despite this, we are very much excited to be attending the London ExCel centre for this event.

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