Gas Safety Inspection

What  do we do on a gas safety inspection?

  • Visual inspection of the gas installation, appliance(s) location, flue/chimney, and signs of incomplete combustion.

  • Visual inspection of casings and combustion chamber and seals.

  • Visual inspection of gas meter/emergency control valve for accessibility in an emergency, for maintenance and correct labeling.

  • List Testing of the appliance burner pressure or gas rate, or both where necessary.

  • Combustion gas analysis where specified in the appliance manufacturer’s servicing and maintenance instructions.

  • Inspect that ventilation is clear and sufficiently sized, etc.

  • Conduct flue flow and spillage testing where appropriate for correct operation of flue.

  • Check all flame supervision devices and/or other safety controls for correct operation.

  • Investigate any evidence of unsafe operation of appliances.

  • Tightness test of the installation.

  • Issue an electronic copy of the inspection certificate.

  • If any unsafe appliances are found they will be labelled AR (at risk) or ID(immediately dangerous), a warning notice will be issued and the appliance will be turned off or disconnected from the gas supply where appropriate.

Why do I need a gas safety inspection?

Legal Requirement:

    • In the UK, it is a legal requirement for landlords to ensure that gas appliances, fittings, and flues in their rental properties are safe. A gas safety inspection is required annually, and a Gas Safety Certificate must be provided by a registered Gas Safe engineer. This can be carried out up to 2 months in advance and still maintain the anniversary date.

Protect Occupants’ Safety:

    • Gas appliances that are not properly maintained or that have faults can pose serious health and safety risks. A gas safety inspection helps identify and rectify potential issues, ensuring the safety of the occupants in the property.

Ensure Appliance Efficiency:

    • A well-maintained and regularly inspected gas appliance operates more efficiently. This can lead to cost savings on energy bills and ensures that the appliance is functioning as intended.

Extend Appliance Lifespan:

    • Regular maintenance through gas safety inspections can help identify and address issues early on, potentially extending the lifespan of your gas appliances.

Compliance with Insurance Requirements:

    • Some insurance policies may require proof of regular gas safety inspections. Failing to comply with these requirements could jeopardise your insurance coverage.

Peace of Mind:

    • Knowing that your gas appliances have been inspected and are in good working order provides peace of mind. It reduces the risk of unexpected breakdowns and helps you feel confident that your home is a safe environment.

Selling or Renting Property:

    • When selling or renting a property, having up-to-date gas safety records provides assurance to potential buyers or tenants that the property is safe and compliant with regulations.