Faulty or damaged gas boilers are more costly to operate and can become a safety risk in your home. To find out if your boiler is functioning safely and efficiently, you should have it checked by a gas safe professional every year. There are many companies around the Uk which offer annual gas system safety checks and they will also be happy to advise on whether you need an upgraded boiler. If your boiler is in need of an upgrade, you can choose from a wide range of modern energy efficient gas boilers to suit your home and budget.
When speaking to your heating specialist, make sure you ask which size of boiler is best for your home. Professional heating engineers can complete your boiler installation in a few hours, with minimal disruption to your home. Reputable companies will always ensure that they cover carpets and surfaces, so they leave no mess. In addition they will spend time with you to ensure you know how to operate the boiler correctly and give you a number to call should you experience any problems.
Some old or poorly maintained gas boilers can potentially release poisonous carbon monoxide gas, but regular safety checks from a registered Gas Safe engineer will ensure that your boiler and your home stay safe. Faulty boilers, or those with blocked or leaky flues, can release carbon monoxide which is a tasteless and odourless gas that is difficult to detect. Around 50 people every in the UK are killed by carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty heating appliances.
As carbon monoxide has no colour or smell the only reliable way to detect it is by fitting a carbon monoxide detector. Signs that you may have a faulty boiler which is producing carbon monoxide include gas flames burning orange or yellow instead of blue, along with sooty stains on or above gas appliances.
If you suspect damage to your gas boiler or feel it is not operating safely, you must act quickly as this could result in a carbon monoxide leak. Get a qualified Gas Safe engineer to service or repair your boiler as soon as possible. If you suspect a gas leak call British Gas immediately on 0800 111 999. Regular maintenance helps to keep your gas boiler safe at all times, in fact they must be inspected at least once a year by a qualified gas engineer to get Gas Safety Inspection Certificate.
A gas boiler safety inspection will cost around £60 but is free if you have boiler insurance cover. Only engineers who are qualified to complete these safety inspections are on the Gas Safe Register. If your heating engineer is registered on the Gas Safe Register, this means you can rest assured that you are getting a high quality and safe service from someone you can trust.
The costs for replacing a boiler will vary but will typically be around £3,000 (parts and labour). However, modern boilers are much more efficient as they are all condensing boilers which burn their fuel very efficiently plus they use bigger heat exchangers so will recover more heat and could save you as much as £300 per year in heating bills. To get quotes from local gas engineers and heating companies please use the "post your job" button on the left hand side of this page. The service is free and takes just minutes, then you will have 3 local heating contractors get in touch with you to provide prices and advice on your new boiler installation.