Did you know that we are too trusting of engineers that come to our homes to replace, repair or service our gas appliances? A recent study by the Gas Safe Register, which is the official trade body for gas engineers, showed that we employ tradespeople based on looks and behaviours rather than qualifications and skills to do the job.
Since 2009, every gas fitter in the UK has had to be registered with Gas Safe. The Gas Safe Register took over from CORGI who was the previous gas scheme registrar.
But it’s possible that there are traders are abusing the system and are using fake Gas Safe cards – although the Gas Safe Register’s data shows that only a third of people actually check whether their engineer is registered, so lots of unscrupulous companies are getting away with it.
There are 7 things you can do to avoid illegal Gas Safe engineers – check their Gas Safe ID card for certain features. Don’t be afraid to ask for their card! And if they can’t produce one, don’t let them do the work on your boiler.
Check their photo
Is their photo a true likeness? Check whether their picture is up-to-date. The card is renewed every year, so they shouldn’t have a picture that is years old on there.
Look at the start and expiry dates
As the card is renewed every year, the card should only be valid for this period. Make sure the card is in date.
Look up the licence number
Check the licence number against the Gas Safe Register. You can do this easily online. Just go to the Gas Safe Register website.
Inspect the security hologram
This hologram will be manufactured so it’s difficult for people to copy. Check that it is genuine.
Check that the engineer is from the company you employed
The engineer’s card will tell you what business they are from. Make sure this matches up with what you were expecting.
Check they’re qualified
Not all gas engineers are qualified to do the same types of work. Check that they’re qualified to carry out the work you want them to do by looking at the details on the back of the card.
Check their qualifications are valid
The back of the card will also tell you whether their qualifications are in date. If they’re not, don’t let them carry out the work.
Whether your engineer is servicing, replacing or repairing your boiler, these tips will help you to ensure that you employ a Gas Safe registered installer.