How to avoid illegal gas engineers this winter

Keep your boiler safe this winter with advice on choosing a gas engineer from B&ES

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Keep your boiler safe this winter with advice on choosing a gas engineer from Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

Due to colder temperatures and increased heating use, it is common for household boilers to break down over winter, often creating a backlog of work for reputable gas engineers. However, when one isn’t available, don’t settle for an untrustworthy alternative.

The free consumer advice service is urging homeowners to be careful with their choices when hiring trades for home repairs, after revealing that more than a quarter of a million illegal gas jobs are carried out each year, leaving you at risk of dangers such as leaks, fires or carbon monoxide poisoning.

B&ES chief executive, Roderick Pettigrew says, ‘In the UK it is against the law for anyone to do work on gas appliances unless they are Gas Safe registered. So if your boiler breaks down this winter, however tempting, don’t simply rely on the recommendation of a friend or use a plumber that has done work for you in the past. If the heating engineer you employ is not Gas Safe registered then they are illegal, and if they work for a Gas Safe registered firm during the week and are doing private work in their spare time on the side that is also illegal.’

How to find a gas engineer

Check your gas engineer

  • Make sure your engineer is gas registered by asking to see their Gas Safe Register identity card.
  • If you believe the card may be falsified, your engineer has no card, contact the Register on 0800 408 5500.
  • You can also check your engineer’s qualifications by calling the Heating Helpline.