It is not illegal to do DIY work on a gas boiler. However, it is illegal to take payment for work on gas if you are not gas safe registered. You need to be deemed competent and registered with the approved body, so we strongly recommend that you get the professionals to conduct the work for you.
A non-registered person is able to carry out ‘wet work’, i.e. install water pipes and radiators for a heating system, and any work on the gas boiler itself and the final connection of the water pipework to the boiler must strictly be done by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Make sure you are safe and get in touch with Boiler Repairs and Installation in Poole at EcoSafe to help you with any boiler issues.
If you fit it yourself you cannot register the boiler – therefore this will void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Always make sure you check whether your engineer is Gas Safe registered, ask to see the paperwork before any work is started.
What Does Gas Safe Registered Mean?
Before an individual can apply to join the Register, they have to provide evidence of their competence to work safely with gas – this is completed by looking at the relevant qualifications and ensuring that they have the relevant experience to undergo assessment.
- The Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS)
- National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) in gas services
- Qualification Credit Framework (QCF)
In order to be registered the qualifications must be recent and obtained to a required standard.
When businesses and engineers apply to become Gas Safe registered they are given a probationary registration. This is full registration however comes with additional requirements for the duration of the probationary period which is three months.
By law Gas Safe registration must be renewed annually.
Questions to ask
Once you have booked your consultation with a register Gas Safe company make you ask them the following questions:
- How much does a new boiler cost including the labour?
- Are all your engineers fully qualified and are you able to see the paperwork?
- What is a combi boiler and what does it do that other boilers don’t?
- What brands of boilers do you install?
- How can I get a quote on a new boiler?
- What warranty is guaranteed on the boiler I decided to choose?
Make sure you follow the right procedures with your boiler, ask the experts..!