The distinctions between a routine boiler service and a gas safety check or inspection are frequently misunderstood. This is especially true for landlords who have additional legal responsibilities.
Although they are related, HSE guidance confirms that they are two separate procedures: ‘It should NOT be assumed that an annual service inspection meets the safety check requirement, or that a safety check on its own will provide effective maintenance.’
Check or Inspection of Gas Safety
Landlords are required to have an annual gas safety inspection performed and a certificate issued as proof that the gas appliances and flues have been tested for safety.
Homeowners do not have the same legal obligation to have their gas appliances inspected for safety (unless the property is shared with lodgers, students or live-in staff for example).
A gas safety check consists of a series of checks as specified in Regulation 26(9) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, which specifies the gas matters that must be addressed. While these inspections fulfil a landlord’s obligation to conduct an annual safety inspection, they do not always meet the obligation to maintain equipment properly.
Annual Boiler Service
A maintenance service, also known as an annual boiler service, follows a different process than a gas safety certificate and is usually outlined in the manufacturer’s instructions.
While landlords frequently ignore maintenance surveys, believing that only a gas safety check is required, homeowners are more likely to have an annual maintenance service performed, despite the fact that it is not required by law.
An ongoing programme of regular/periodic inspections, as well as any necessary remedial work, is usually required for effective appliance maintenance. In the absence of specific manufacturer instructions, proper maintenance should include at the very least:
– Checking for deterioration in the physical condition and safe operation of the appliance(s), installation pipework, ventilation, and any flue
– conducting performance evaluations
– taking the appropriate corrective action
Do I Need To Book A Service?
If you’re considering whether or not to book your next gas safety inspection or boiler servicing, you can speak to one of our experts today for some free advice. Our Baxi and GasSafe registered engineers have over 80 years of combined industry experience and are standing by ready to help you.
We service thousands of boilers a year, why not let us service yours?
We recommend servicing your boiler at least once every 12 months to ensure it’s running safely and as efficiently as possible. A yearly service is also a requirement for maintaining your warranty as per almost every major boiler manufacturer on the market.
Services can detect small problems before they turn into large ones, meaning they often save you money in the long run and extend the life of your boiler.
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