As we swiftly approach autumn, homeowners and businesses are getting ready for the typical, cold, English weather – and how better to prepare than with a new heating system?
With energy prices increasing, and instructions on how to do just about anything on the internet nowadays, it has become increasingly popular for home and business owners to undertake maintenance and installation procedures themselves. However, whilst it can be tempting, the effect of doing so with a heating system can be devastating.
Why Should I Hire a Professional?
Installing your own heating system may seem like the cheaper option, but if done incorrectly, it can cost significantly more than hiring a certified engineer. Having an engineer who is not Gas Safe registered work on a heating system not only invalidates the warranty, but incorrect installation and maintenance can cause several issues, such as an increase in utility bills of up to 30% and damage to the boiler, resulting in costly repairs, or full failure of the heating system.
Having a certified engineer fit a gas heating system ensures ultimate safety. Gas leaks can have disastrous effects, as even the smallest amounts of carbon monoxide exposure can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, potentially leading to paralysis, brain damage or death.
The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 state that any kind of work done to gas heating systems should be completed by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Furthermore, contrary to the popular misconception, it is also illegal to have a certified person sign off work done by someone who is not certified.
If you are purchasing a new heating system this winter, or require maintenance to an existing system, MK Electrics are Gas Safe registered and energy efficiency accredited installers, with years of experience in domestic, commercial and industrial environments. We can also help find ways to reduce utility costs in a safe and legal way.