A working boiler is one of the most important elements in any home as any disruption to hot water and heating will make its presence felt, fast. For help with anything boiler related, let Hoppy help you find a heating and gas engineer.
- What can a heating engineer help with?
- Safety advice about gas and energy efficiency
- Repairing and replacing old and / or faulty parts
- Fitting central heating systems and boilers
- Maintenance and repairs, servicing a boiler
- Testing controls and safety devices
- Finding and repairing gas leaks
- How Hoppy helps you choose a heating engineer with Rated People
Hoppy has partnered with Rated People to help you find local trusted heating engineers and get the job done in just 4 easy steps.
- Select ‘heating engineer’ from the list of trades and tell Hoppy all about your job by completing a short form.
- Then post your job - you'll get a confirmation email from Hoppy and our partner Rated People that your job has been posted, with a link to where you can manage it.
- Now sit back and wait to hear from up to 3 trusted tradespeople about your job - be sure to check out their profiles, where you’ll find examples of previous work and genuine reviews.
- Then simply choose the right person for your job!
- What questions should you ask a heating engineer?
- Do you have public liability insurance?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of different boiler systems?
- Which boiler is the most efficient, reliable, and easy to maintain?
- Are you Gas Safe-registered? (Your heating engineer should be able to show you a valid ID if they are.
- What qualifications does a heating engineer need?
To work with gas and boilers, heating engineers need to be registered with Gas Safe. A Gas Safe registration means that your heating engineer is trained and qualified for the job.
Gas Safe is a safety register with an aim to maintain and promote gas safety to a high standard. Their register contains over 120,000 heating engineers, all qualified to work with gas. That’s why it’s important to ensure that any heating engineer you employ to work with gas can produce a valid Gas Safe ID.
- Installing a new boiler: what you need to know?
Installing a new boiler isn’t an easy or a straightforward task. Typically, a heating engineer will visit your home a few times to complete installation.
The first step to be completed by an engineer is to evaluate your current boiler setup, taking measurements and providing a quote too. The price recommendation should include a few options based on different options; they’ll be able to advise on the pros and cons of different models and make a recommendation.
Once you’ve selected the boiler for you, the heating engineer will book in an installation date. Expect the installation to take up to a whole day.
Once the boiler is installed, the heating engineer will test it to ensure that it works as it should. Be sure to ask how to use your new boiler, paying attention to pressure controls and how to ignite the pilot light.
- Types of boilers
Conventional or regular boiler: this type of boiler works by heating water stored in tank, usually located in the loft. The heated water is then piped to all taps and radiators. This is typically best for homes with multiple bathrooms as you won’t have the problem of changing water temperature. Conventional boilers provide central heating too.
Combination boiler: this is the most popular boiler installed by heating engineers. They tend to be energy efficient, lasting a long time if looked after correctly, and supply hot water on demand – everything someone would want from a boiler. No separate water tank is needed as the water enters the boiler directly from pipes and then the heated water is piped directly to radiators and taps.
System boilers: this boiler is a variant of the conventional boiler, heating cold water directly from the water supply, without the use of cold-water tank. The advantage is that you’ll get a more efficient hot water supply and lower installation costs as it’s not a big a job as installing a conventional boiler.
Speak to your heating engineer to get advice on the best boiler for your home.
Are all British Gas engineers Gas Safe registered?
British Gas say that all their engineers are trained and registered with Gas Safe. However, they advise to always check your engineer’s Gas Safe ID, paying close attention to whether it’s valid. That’s the best way of ensuring the safety of your home.