All buildings and properties in the UK need some form of heating – whether it’s heating appliances or the correct heating systems such as boilers, pipelines, and the like. You have a number of options when it comes to the right heating system for your property, but if you are going to be relying on a gas-based system, whether it’s natural gas, LPG, or oil, then you need to know what to look for with regards to the right gas engineer and specialist as well.
When you are looking for the appropriate gas engineer or firm, especially for your business or commercial property, there are some important factors to consider. To help you choose the right one (and save you a ton of headaches later on), below are a few of these top considerations:
The proper qualifications of a gas engineer
The first thing you should consider is the gas engineer’s qualifications. In the UK, to be qualified as a gas engineer, a trader or specialist should have studied (as well as passed) an examination and assessment called an N/SVQ 6012. Along with this, they should have passed a certain number of units required by the Nationally Accredited Certification Scheme, or ACS, which is specifically for gas fitting operators. But it does not stop there – this ACS examination or assessment also needs to be taken once every 5 years.
It is important to note that it is only a qualified gas engineer who can maintain, install, and repair gas appliances, such as boilers, freestanding cooking stoves, ovens, and the like. In addition, a Gas Safe-registered engineer will be carrying with them a special identity card which states their certification. But if you are still unsure about the gas engineer’s qualifications even after seeing their identity card, you can always confirm this on the website of the Gas Safe Register.
Other important considerations
Even if you have asked for a gas engineer’s Gas Safe Register identification card, some may claim that they are actually a member even when they are not, or some may already have an expired ACS accreditation. What you can do to make doubly sure is to check the date listed on the front of their ID card – the date should be valid. Along with this, the back of the card should also state that the gas engineer is qualified to carry out or perform any gas maintenance, repair, or installation that you require.
Whilst checking their ID card, you should also take note of dates situated next to certain work categories. If there is a date, this means that the gas engineer is no longer allowed to work on or handle that particular gas appliance or perform that type of service or work once the specified date has passed.
And as mentioned above, you can always check with the Gas Safe Register website itself to verify if the gas engineer is listed as a member or not.
At the end of the day, the gas engineer or firm you choose should have the right qualifications. Of course, it would also be a good idea to check their history of service by asking for referrals or speaking with clients they have serviced in the past. Furthermore, look for a gas engineer or firm which can offer 24-hour emergency services, such as www.milgas.co.uk, so you can rest assured that they will be able to assist you at any time in case of any unforeseen circumstances, especially when it comes to gas appliances and pipelines.
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