Knowing where to start when you need a new LPG fuelled boiler, cooker or fire can be daunting. However replacing your old, inefficient central heating boiler for instance could cut 30% off your annual energy bills. How do you know who should install it and what paperwork you need? Follow these simple steps provided by Gas Safe, the official register for gas engineers, to help you get the right LPG appliance for your home and make sure it is installed safely and legally.
Before you start
After you have chosen your engineer
Agree the work and get it confirmed in writing. Details will vary depending on the installation but ensure you cover the basics such as:
Deposits are normally only payable where specific or custom ordered items are needed or the installation will take longer to finish. In other cases, avoid paying deposits but you need to agree any staged payment plan in writing.
Before work starts
Every gas engineer carries a Gas Safe Register ID card. Before any work is carried out always make sure you ask to see their ID card.
Make sure any required commissioning documents are completed by the engineer; such as the Benchmark for many boilers. Benchmark is the nationally-recognised Scheme that places responsibilities on both manufacturers and engineers to ensure best practice in the installation, commissioning and servicing of domestic heating and hot water products.
Make sure your warranty registration is completed and returned.
After a new gas appliance (excluding flueless cookers) has been fitted, the Building Regulations in England and Wales require that the installation must be notified to your Local Authority. Your engineer needs to do this. Similar requirements exist in Isle of Man and Guernsey.
Ensure the work has been completed to the agreed specification and you are happy with it and pay for the work as agreed.
Remember all of your gas appliances, including your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly according to the manufacturer's instructions by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
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