Boiler Installation Certificate
Getting a boiler installation certificate is something that you should consider if you are planning on installing a new boiler in your home. There are strict requirements you need to meet and penalties for failing to do so.
Installation of a new boiler
Installing a boiler in your home is an expensive investment. It’s important to find the best deal. There are a number of factors to consider, including type, brand, and location.
The type of boiler you choose will also have an impact on your installation costs. You can save up to 30% on your annual heating bill if you install a high-efficiency model. It may also help to check out incentives for gas-fired condensing boilers.
To install your boiler, you will need to hire a Gas Safe registered engineer. They will be able to isolate your boiler from the water supply and shut off your gas at the meter.
Before you get started, make sure you have the right licenses and insurance. You should also do a heat loss calculation. It will show you the amount of energy that your boiler consumes.
Your location will affect the cost of installing new boilers. Prices in large cities are usually the most expensive. Smaller towns and rural areas have lower labour and fitting costs.
Requirements in rented properties
Whether you own a rental property or you’re a landlord with tenants, you must ensure that the boiler installation certificate is up to date and that the heating system is safe. In addition, you must be aware of the legal requirements for gas appliances.
Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations requires that every rented property has a Gas Safety Certificate. This certificate is issued by Gas Safe engineers. It must be given to the tenant within 28 days of completion.
It is also worth noting that the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be in place before a tenancy begins. This requirement can be enforced by your local authority.
Every 12 months, the gas safety record must be checked. You can renew your gas safety record if it is expired. If you don’t, you may face a fine of up to six months imprisonment.
You should also take steps to maintain your gas appliances and pipes. It is important to ensure all gas connections remain secure, and the boiler gets serviced regularly. It will prevent expensive problems.
Existing gas installations: Requirements
Whether you are installing a new gas-fired boiler or re-rating an existing one, there are specific requirements for existing gas installations. Depending on your jurisdiction, you may have to complete an inspection before the installation can begin.
Although the inspection procedure can differ from one place to another, it will usually include a visual inspection. The inspector will determine if the boiler is installed correctly and in a safe manner. It is vital that this inspection be done as an inspector can find a problem with the boiler and cause a gas leak. Gas leak reports must also be submitted by the installer. The inspection may occur before construction begins, at the time of manufacture, or after a pressure test.
If you are installing a new boiler, you will need to obtain a certificate of approval for the installation. This document will be filed with your utility company. You will require a certificate from your supplier if you own a gas meter.
Installers who are not registered can face severe penalties
It is illegal to install a gas boiler without having a boiler certificate. You and your property could be at serious risk. Getting your boiler registered with the Gas Safe Register is easy. You can register online or by post.
The penalties for unregistered boiler installers can range from six months’ imprisonment to 180 hours of community service. If you have a gas boiler that was installed by an unregistered installer, you are liable for any costs incurred due to the unregistered installation.