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What to Look For in a Boiler Engineer

Whether you need to repair, service or install a boiler, it’s essential that you make sure you hire a qualified professional to do the work. A faulty or incorrectly installed boiler can be costly to fix and poses a real risk to your health – certified boiler engineers will make sure your boiler runs safely and efficiently. Depending on what fuel you use to power your boiler, choose one of the following engineers.

Gas Safe Registered Engineers

Gas boiler engineers need to be registered with Gas Safe. Registration is a legal requirement in the UK for anyone installing, repairing or servicing gas appliances and services. There are over 12,000 Gas Safe registered engineers in the UK, make sure yours has a valid Gas Safe ID card before you hire them to work on your gas boiler.

HETAS Engineer

If you own a solid fuel burning boiler (for wood or coal), it’s a good idea to hire a member of HETAS to install, service or repair it for you. HETAS is recognised by the government as a quality scheme and anyone registered with them is qualified to fit and work with solid fuel heating.

OFTEC Engineers

The Oil Firing Technicians Association (OFTEC) is for engineers who work with oil burning appliances and services. So, if you have an oil-fired boiler, it’s a good idea to hire an OFTEC engineer for any repairs, servicing or installation work.

Qualified Electrician

If you have an electric boiler, then hire a qualified electrician or a boiler engineer with electrical skills who can comply with BS7671: Requirements for Electrical Installation. You might want to look for someone who belongs to an association such as the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) or the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC).

What else should you look for in a Boiler Engineer?

In addition to hiring a qualified boiler engineer from the above list, make sure that your engineer:

  • Has valid Public Liability insurance
  • Good references
  • Is able to provide you with a quote or price estimate
  • Is local to you

Get some more tips on choosing a trusted tradesman.

Sources: Gas Safe, HETAS, OFTEC, ECA, NICEIC

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