What is a Landlord Gas Safety Check?
As a landlord it’s your responsibility to keep your appliances safe for your tenants, especially your boiler. Boiler maintenance should be a top priority making your property usable, comfortable and safe, as failure to do so can lead to serious health concerns such as carbon monoxide poisoning. Luckily, by having an annual gas safety check, you can prevent further problems from arising.
Read on for a brief overview of gas safety checks.
What’s involved in a gas safety check?
A gas safety check is designed to inspect any gas appliances such as the boiler, cooker and gas fireplace to ensure they are working properly. Unlike a gas service which is a more in-depth assessment, safety checks will look at the following:
– The appliance is operating at the correct pressure level
– The appliance has an adequate air supply and the gas is burning correctly
– Gases and fumes can be emitted safely through correct chimneys and flues
– All safety features are working correctly
By law, landlords are required to have an annual gas safety check and provide their tenants with evidence of this via a landlord gas safety certificate. Certificates are given by the Gas Safe engineer conducting your check and shows that the appropriate appliances have been looked at.
The benefits of landlord gas safety checks
As mentioned, gas safety checks are needed for landlords to stay on the right side of the way of the law. However, they also have many other benefits including:
A regular gas safety check, alongside an annual service will ensure that your appliances are in good working condition. Even if your tenants haven’t reported any faults, problems could be developing somewhere in the system so it’s important that you have them checked by a professional.
If you let problems develop in your boiler this could end up being more expensive than having them checked. A complete breakdown or major repairs could leave you with an unexpected bill, and your tenants may have to go for an extended period without heating or hot water while the appliance is replaced or repaired.
Extends the life of appliances
Regular checks can extend the life of your gas appliances for years to come – this means that your boiler will serve many tenants that live in your property.
If you’re looking for an experienced team of gas safety experts in Sussex, then you need Greenfield Services. We can help with servicing, gas safety checks, repairs and general maintenance of your appliances as well as the installation of new systems. Get in touch today for more information.