You must safety check your gas appliances every year
Gas appliances that are left unchecked could become dangerous and leak carbon monoxide
As a leaseholder it is a condition of your lease that you are responsible for maintaining and regular servicing of appliances. Failure to carry out these checks may result in a breach of your lease and affect the buildings insurance policy.
All of your gas appliances, including your gas boiler, gas cooker and gas fire should be safety checked once a year and serviced regularly according to manufacturer’s instructions. If you do not have your gas appliances regularly serviced and safety checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer you could be putting yourself, your family and your neighbours at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or explosion from an undetected gas leak.
What is a gas safety check?
A gas safety check involves a Gas Safe registered engineer inspecting your gas appliances. They will check the appliance is working correctly and will check the following four areas:
- gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressure
- harmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outside
- that any ventilation routes are clear and working properly
- all the safety devices are working
The check will identify any defects which require remedial work. You should have a gas safety check annually and within 12 months of the previous safety check. If you are a landlord this is the law.