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A central heating boiler is an essential but uninteresting article…until it goes wrong!. Thankfully, this happens very infrequently but always at the most inopportune time. It’s the coldest day of the year, everybody needs to get ready for work or school and there’s no hot water.
We’ve all read the horror stories of emergency plumbers, found within Yellow Pages who turn up, seem to fix the fault and then present you with a bill of astronomical proportions. Luckily, things are changing. We’ve all used comparison sites to get cheap insurance or to switch our energy supplier, well now there’s a price comparison site, MyBoilerService.com, who offer the same service when searching for boiler engineers. You input your post code and email address, answer a couple of simple questions and the system will respond with up to five local engineers quoting a price for your job. All of the engineers are registered with Gas Safe for gas engineers or OFTEK for oil boiler engineers. You’ll be able to see their prices and to read ratings returned to us by customers who have used the service. The service is simple, free and there is absolutely no obligation on your part to use any of the engineers suggested.
So if you’re looking for an engineer to service or repair your gas or oil fired boiler, an Aga engineer to service or repair your Aga or a gas engineer to do a safety check and supply a Landlords Gas Safety Certificate, they are all just a few clicks of your mouse away. Give them a try next time you’re in boiler trouble.
What to do if You Smell Gas
Smelling gas is an emergency situation if you have gas-fired appliances in your home. It can be hard to decide what to do first in an emergency situation. The best advice is to get children and pets out of the house while you go about opening windows and turning off gas-fired appliances. Someone should call the local Gas Emergency services immediately. When emergency services arrive, you will likely be instructed to leave the house as well.
The gas-fired appliances in your home may include your cook stove, your fireplace, your water heater and your boiler. Your boiler may also function as your water heater. The gas should also be turned off at the mains. While you are waiting on emergency services to arrive, you can continue to do these things.
Once the emergency crew gets to the house, it will be helpful to tell them about or give them a list of any gas-fired appliances and any flames that may be burning in the house. For example, a candle could be burning somewhere.
If you have time before emergency services arrives, you should extinguish any open flames in the house. These may include a wood-burning fireplace, cigarettes, candles, etc. Anything that might generate a spark should also be turned off.
This is an emergency situation since an explosion can occur. Once you have rectified the emergency situation, this is what you should do.
Check all gas appliances to make sure they are working properly before you turn them back on. You will check for black marks or stains around the appliance and more condensation in rooms than you would normally expect. The condensation could indicate that your boiler is not functioning properly.
As you are restarting your gas-fired appliances, look closely at the pilot lights. Any appliance with a pilot light that continually blows out or does not burn with a crisp blue flame should be turned off and you should get the appliance checked immediately by a professional.
Although a gas leak is an emergency situation, at least you can smell it. Gas-fired appliances can also generate carbon monoxide, a deadly fume that you cannot smell or see. Having your boiler serviced regularly can reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It is also a good idea to install a carbon monoxide alarm, especially if you have multiple appliances in the house that generate a flame.
Be sure to always use a registered gas fitter for servicing your boiler and other appliances. This will help to prevent dangerous gas leaks in the future.