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What is a Gas Safety Certificate and How Much Does it Cost?

With being a landlord comes the endless merry-go-round of fees and responsibilities. This can turn into a costly business unless you get to grips with all the obligations. One aspect you should be aware and careful of is gas safety responsibility and provision of tenants with a gas safety certificate. Paying attention to the health of your gas system is extremely important, as it guarantees the health to you, your family or your tenants. 

This guide is created especially for those of you, who are wondering:

  • What gas safety check is;
  • How to get a gas safety certificate;
  • And how much it costs.

Keep on reading to find more information!

Table of Contents:

What is a gas safety check?

The Gas Safety check is performed to inspect if all gas appliances and flues in your property are installed correctly and functioning without any troubles. That way, you can be sure that none of the fittings won’t pose any danger to you, your tenants and people around. The procedure can be completed only by Gas Safe registered engineers. By the end of the check, the engineer will give you an official document, stating the condition of each gas appliance – the Gas Safety Record. 

The law obliges only landlords to perform the annual inspections, however, if you are a homeowner, it won’t hurt to get your appliances inspected for the sake of appliance maintenance.

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Why do I need to have a gas safety certificate? 

If you are a landlord, according to Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, you are legally obliged to perform a yearly check of every gas appliance provided by you in the property. However, don’t view it just as an obligation – the gas safety inspection has benefits for property owners, as well. 

Firstly, the Gas Safety certificate is an official proof that your gas appliances are installed according to all safety standards. In case if any of your appliances need manufacturer’s servicing, this document serves as evidence that the appliance has been regularly maintained and, therefore, is liable for the warranty servicing.

Secondly, proper installation also guarantees that your boiler or a cooker will work properly throughout their life and won’t surprise you and your tenants with unexpected breakdowns. 

What does gas safety check include?

A certified specialist examines all the gas fittings in your property, including cookers, hob, and boilers. The appliances are examined on the following:

  • The tightness of the connections to the appliances and the infrastructure of the connections;
  • Compliance with the pressure levels, according to the manufacturers’ manuals;
  • Responsiveness of the safety appliances;
  • Examination of the ventilation routes and oxygen supply;
  • Location and stability of the appliances;
  • Check the flues and chimneys for blockages.

Once the check is done, the findings are recorded and presented to you in a form of the certificate. 

Keep in mind, that the gas safety check performed only to identify existing or potential issues and malfunctions. The engineers can give you only recommendations for further maintenance. 

If any of your units don’t pass the check, the engineer can possibly switch off your appliance until it is made safe. Then, it should be serviced with accordance to the recommendations stated in the certificate. 

How long does the gas safety certificate last for?

The certificate is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. If you have changed your boiler before your previous certificate has expired, you don’t need to get a new certificate until the previous one expires. 

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How much does a gas safety certificate cost?

There are various factors contributing to the final price, therefore to determine the final price of the Gas Safety check, you have to reckon all of the factors.

Firstly, the experience of the engineers’ matters. A local installer most likely to charge you less than a national company, however, expect the price to be approximately £80 for one appliance.

Secondly, the final price of the Gas Safety check depends on the number of appliances the engineer has to inspect. With each additional appliance, expect the price to increase by about 30%.

Thirdly, the time and day of the service matters. The prices tend to be higher during the weekend appointments. 

For reference, we would like to present to you the price range of the Gas Safety inspection of Fantastic Services. The cost includes the inspection by a Gas Safe registered engineer and certification of your property. 

Fixed Prices
Appointments9am – 5pm
Prices Fantastic Club priceStandard price
1 gas appliance £66£96
2 gas appliances £66£96
3 gas appliances £86£116
4 gas appliances £86£116
5 gas appliances Contact us for a surveyContact us for a survey

*T&C and Minimum Charges apply. When we calculate the price, we also take into consideration the area’s dimensions and the time of the appointment. All prices and deals are valid for areas within M25. Deals cannot be combined with any other deals and promotions. Prices are subject to availability. Congestion charges are excluded (when applicable).
**Payment is payable on completion of the inspection, before receipt of the report.

Also, the members of Fantastic Club can enjoy preferential membership rates for some of the most demanded services. Once you become a member, you have access to other benefits, such as exclusive seasonal deals, priority bookings & case handling, full benefits for any property. 

Learn more about the benefits that you can enjoy for a whole year.

Looking for a Gas Safe engineer to check your gas appliances?

Fantastic Services got you covered! The Gas Safe registered engineer will perform the check of all gas installations and appliances in your property and give you their professional opinion on the matter. If the inspection shows any malfunctions in the system, you can always book your engineer appointment online. What are you waiting for? Choose the most suitable date to get your Landlord Gas Safety certificate, today!

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Takeaways

  • Gas Safety certificate is an essential document for landlords, as it shows that all the gas appliances in the property correspond to current safety standards;
  • Homeowners can benefit from it, too. Regular inspection of your gas fittings helps to detect if your appliances operate safely and don’t pose any danger to you and your family;
  • The certificate lasts for 12 months;
  • The final price can fluctuate depending on the number of appliances you have, the day the service takes place on, and the experience of the engineer;
  • The gas safety check can last up to one hour depending on the situation.

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