Heating can have a huge impact on our comfort levels at home. When the winter season hits, we rely heavily on our boilers and central heating systems to provide a consistent supply of warmth and hot water. So, when something goes wrong, it’s important to get everything back up and running as quickly as possible. That’s when finding the right professional for the job is crucial.

From essential boiler services to more structural work, such as heating system installations, a heating engineer should be the first port of call.

What is a heating engineer?

As the name suggests, a heating engineer is a specialist who works solely on the installation, maintenance and repair of a property’s heating. But this is not as simple as just carrying out an annual boiler service - although a heating engineer would be responsible for doing so. These engineers will work on any fixtures, fittings and pipework that are related to the heating of a home, such as installing ovens, radiators or underfloor heating.

This means that a heating engineer may sometimes be responsible for carrying out structural work, so just like any other expert, it is vital to ensure that whoever you hire is qualified, experienced and trustworthy.

How is a heating engineer different to a plumber?

While there may be some overlap in the type of jobs that can be carried out by a plumber and a heating engineer, the two jobs are quite distinct from one another. Nowadays, plumbers tend to be well versed in a selection of tasks and can be more than capable of carrying out pipework and maintenance of heating systems. However, while all heating engineers are trained to safely complete gas work, not all plumbers are.

When should I hire a heating engineer?

One of the most common jobs carried out by heating engineers is a gas boiler service and repair. At the very least, a boiler should be serviced once a year. This will ensure that everything is in good condition and that the boiler is working as efficiently as possible. Not only will this help keep energy bills low, but it will also mean that any issues can be addressed as early as possible to avoid added expenses.

Heating engineers can carry out a long list of other jobs, including the installation and replacement of gas boilers. They will also be able to install and repair oil boilers, central heating systems and underfloor heating systems, along with installing thermodynamic hot water systems. And when it comes to those hot and humid summer months, heating engineers can provide some relief by installing and repairing air conditioning units too.

Just like any other professional tradesperson, different heating engineers will have different areas of expertise, and varying levels of experience with certain jobs. There are therefore certain steps you should take to ensure you hire the right person for the job.

Important steps when hiring a heating engineer

It is a legal requirement that anyone carrying out gas work in the UK is on the Gas Safe Register. Whether it’s jobs relating to a boiler, cooker or any other gas appliance, you will need to ensure that the professional you hire is Gas Safe-registered. Plumbers can sometimes be Gas Safe-registered, but all heating engineers should be.

Ask to see their Gas Safe ID card for peace of mind. This should detail which gas appliances the engineer is qualified to work on, so you will know whether they are suitable for the task at hand or not. If you have any concerns, make a note of their license number and double check on Gas Safe Register

As the engineer may be carrying out complex structural work, it can also be a good idea to ask them for details about similar projects they have completed. The more experience they have in a specific job, the less likely it will be for issues to arise. When embarking on a large or expensive project, it’s also recommended that you ask to be put in touch with previous customers to be able to gauge the quality of their professionalism and workmanship.

Never be afraid to ask lots of questions to get as much information as possible before they start. After all, this is highly qualified and complex work, so it’s important to ensure that the engineer pays a lot of attention to detail.

Find local heating engineers with Hoppy

At Hoppy, we make finding reliable heating engineers in your area so quick and simple. All you have to do is enter your postcode, filter the type of tradesperson service you are searching for and we’ll bring you top recommendations. We’ll clearly display all hourly rates, so you don’t have to spend time negotiating quotes. Once you have found a professional that fits your needs, it’s a simple case of choosing an appointment date that suits you and making a secure online payment.

We work in partnership with Plentific, so we’ll only ever advertise jobs from Verified Plentific Pros. This means that all our engineers have undergone a rigorous screening process to ensure they deliver the best results. All bookings through the Hoppy website are also covered by the Plentific Guarantee, which includes a quality assurance that we will arrange a replacement should your pro be unable to complete the work. It also means we will securely hold all payments until the job is finished.

Nothing makes us happier than improving home management for our customers. That’s why, as well as local tradesperson services, we also make it easy to compare and find recommendations for everything from TV and broadband deals to utility services and phone plans. Day to day household tasks are also a breeze, thanks to our digital logbook, where you can store important documents and receive handy reminders for upcoming tasks.

So, make sure your home is a warm and Hoppy one by searching for a local heating engineer today.

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