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What to expect from your gas safety inspection
A gas safety certificate is required for any gas appliance used in your property, such as a central heating boiler, gas hob or gas fire, to ensure their safety and functionality. For landlords, it's mandatory to arrange an annual gas safety check.
As a homeowner, you can benefit from this certificate to ensure the safety and efficiency of your gas appliances and fittings. In addition, arranging a gas inspection annually can help you catch gas or heating problems early on, preventing any costly and potentially dangerous situations.
To grant a landlord, landlords of HMOs* or homeowners with a gas safety certificate, the Gas Safe registered engineer will check the following:
- Each gas appliance will be tested for tightness.
- The standing and working pressure will be tested at all available test points.
- The technician will also check the burner pressure and gas rates against the manufacturer's data plate.
- All ventilation routes will be checked to ensure their proper function.
- The engineer will test the flue flow to confirm that harmful gases are removed safely.
- All flame failure and other safety devices will be carefully checked.
- The Gas Safe registered engineer will also ascertain the presence and effectiveness of the stability brackets.
- If defects, faulty devices and unsafe operations of your gas plumbing infrastructure are detected, the specialist will note them and include appropriate repair recommendations in their report.
Important: Flues in voids (in older flats and apartments) need to be installed with inspection hatches. Otherwise, by Law, your gas boiler will be classified as "At risk" and turned off by the engineer until the flues are made accessible for checks.
*Gas safety checks are mandatory for all HMOs (House in multiple occupation - a house or a flat occupied by three or more unrelated persons), not just the licensable HMOs.