It is lovely to have a gas fire in winter; it can be an extra boost to your central heating for those really cold evenings; it can also look cosy and inviting when it’s really horrible weather. For half of the year it probably doesn’t get used at all so you might think that you can miss out on servicing it every year since it is only half used? This is understandable but it can also can be a tragic misunderstanding. A gas fire can be very dangerous if you don’t follow gas safe recommendations for servicing – and it can be actually more dangerous than an un-serviced boiler.
Why do I need my gas fire serviced annually?
Here are 5 reasons why:
- To check the state of the flue. If the flue is blocked it can be very dangerous. A gas fire takes air from the surroundings which is then expelled through the flue. If this is blocked then the toxic fumes cannot escape and can come back into the room.
- To check the integrity of the pipework for gas leaks.
- To check the ignition. If soot builds up on this you may find that it doesn’t spark and you can’t ignite your fire. During an annual service, this would be cleaned and checked to ensure it works efficiently.
- To ensure that the gas fire operates at the correct pressure to burn the gas. Manufacturers will have performance criteria for the gas fire which the gas engineer can check.
- To strip and clean the parts of the fire. This might seem cosmetic, but some working parts need stripped back to check for wear and tear and to be cleaned in order to operate efficiently.
Consider setting a yearly reminder
It’s good to get this service done before you use the gas fire; in the autumn is ideal. Setting a yearly reminder means that you are keeping your family or tenants safe.
What do you need to do to keep safe?
- Get your gas appliances serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
- Install a carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home and test them regularly.
Scott Findlay Plumbing and Heating has Gas Safe heating engineers who can service and repair your gas fire in your home or in a property that you own.