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Gas appliances that are left unchecked could be dangerous and leaking carbon monoxide.

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 manufacturer's instructions. If you do not have your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer such as Mikey's Plumbing, you could be putting you and your family at risk and in possible danger of carbon monoxide poisoning.

What is a Gas Safety Check?

A gas safety check involves an inspection of your gas appliances. We will check the appliance is working correctly and will check the following four areas:

  1. Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
  2. Harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
  3. That any ventilation routes are clear and working properly
  4. All the safety devices are working

Our check will identify any defects which require remedial work. You should have a gas safety check every year. If you are a landlord this is the law.

What is a Service?

Whilst a gas safety check assesses the basic safety of a gas appliance a service will consist of a full check of a gas appliance and our engineer is likely to take the appliance apart to inspect it. Our engineers will assess the physical condition of the appliance, installation pipework, air vents and any flues for deterioration. We will carry out performance tests and take any necessary remedial action.

Appliances should be serviced regularly in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. Servicing your gas appliances regularly will make sure they are safe to use. It will also maintain your appliances efficiency and performance.

Signs that your appliances need servicing?

Gas appliances should be serviced regularly but if you notice any of the warning signs below you should arrange for us to service your appliance as soon as possible:

  1. Your gas appliance is not working properly
  2. Your appliance is burning with a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame
  3. You can see black marks or stains on or around your gas appliances
  4. The pilot light keeps going out
  5. There is increased condensation in the room

What if a problem with your gas appliance if identified?

All Gas Safe registered engineers must follow the Gas Industry Unsafe Situations Procedure (GIUSP) when assessing the risks of an unsafe gas appliance. The guidance provides 'best practice' advice to Gas Safe registered engineers on how they should deal with various gas safety concerns which may affect your safety.

Flues, Chimneys & Air Vents

Flues, chimneys and air vents play a vital role in the safe operating of gas appliances. Flues and chimneys allow products of combustion to escape from your home. Air vents ensure there is a good supply of combustion air (ventilation) to appliances. For this reason you must keep all flues, chimneys and air vents clear.

Never block these airways to prevent a draft. Blocking ventilation is dangerous and could result in carbon monoxide building up in your home.

Have chimneys checked every year, no matter how much you use the fire, to make sure there are no blockages and fumes can escape freely. We will check for bird's nests, leaves and other natural debris, they could be blocking the exit.

Shared Flues

Do you live in a block of flats or terraced housing? It is also possible for carbon monoxide to seep into properties through shared flues and chimneys. If you live in a property with a shared flue or chimney, share responsibility to get them checked every year to make sure they are allowing gas to escape.



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