For many years the safety of gas installations and the competency
of Gas Engineers were governed by Corgi which became a household name which still persists today. The truth is that
Gas Safe now maintains a register of Gas Safe engineers. The Gas Safe Register is the official gas registration body
for the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Guernsey, appointed by the relevant Health and Safety Authority for each area. By
law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register.
Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in Great Britain and Isle of Man on 1 April 2009 and
Northern Ireland and Guernsey on 1 April 2010. You can find more information at http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/about/the_gas_safe_register_scheme.aspx
Corgi still exists as a company and a Google search will typically
bring up this link. http://www.corgi-direct.com/ This website supplies tools and consumables for gas engineers.
It is imperative that you only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to work on your gas appliances including your Central
Heating Boiler. Ely Central Heating Services Limited is registered with Gas Safe and my company registration number
Gas Boiler Servicing
Why it is important?
The heat exchanger on a gas boiler is a delicate arrangement of fins
and water channels designed to extract the maximum heat from the burning gas and transfer it to the circulating water.
Should any debris collect in the heat exchanger, it could prevent the maximum heat from being extracted from the burning gas.
If debris collects or forms on the burner, it will adversely affect the combustion process which could cause dangerous
Carbon Monoxide gas to form.
Servicing your boiler every year ensures that it operates efficiently and safely.
What is done during a service?
A normal service of a gas fired boiler takes about
2 hours and involves the following:
1. Checking that the gas installation is sound and does not have any leaks.
Checking the condition and termination of the flue to ensure it removes the flue gasses safely to outside atmosfere without
leakage inside the property or enabling any of the dangerous flue gasses to re-enter the building through openings
such as windows, doors and ventilation openings.
3. Checking that the air supply to the boiler and other gas applianced
are correct and unobstructed.
4. Cleaning the heat exchanger with a soft brush and vacuuming away all debris.
5. Cleaning the burner with a soft brush and vacuuming away any debris.
6. Check that the boiler is supplied
with gas at the correct pressure to ensure it works correctly and that it consumes gas at a rate in accordance with the manufacturers
7. If the boiler also produces hot water on demand (Combi Boiler) the flow rate and temperature of the
water produced is checked to ensure it is sufficient and safe.
8. If the central heating system is sealed, so it does
not have a header tank to top up the water in the loft, it would incorporate an expansion vessel to absorb the expansion of
the water when it gets hot. This expansion vessel (normally a round red cyllinder) should also be checked to ensure
it contains air at the correct pressure.
When should it be done?
Iis best to service it at the end of the winter so any debris
that might have collected on the burner or heat exchanger does not sit in contact with the metal through all the
summer months where it can cause rust to form. End of April or May might be best.
Avoid leaving it until
your boiler stops working between Christmas and New Year’s Eve when the snow lies six inches deep outside. The
best is to get an engineer that maintains a database with your details and contacts you when the service is due every year
at the same agreed time.
What does a service cost?
A service costs £70.00 and normally does not require any replacement