All you need to know about gas fire servicing, including costs of annual servicing and checks, gas fire installation, labour and time frames.
All gas appliances, including gas fires, need to be safety checked and serviced at least once a year in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. You could be putting you and your family at risk if you fail to get your gas fire regularly serviced and checked as there is a real danger of fire and even fatal carbon monoxide poisoning. An annual gas safety check entails getting a Gas Safe registered engineer to inspect your gas fire and making sure it is set up and burning correctly with the right operating pressure. They also check that harmful gases are being removed safely and the ventilation routes are clear. The annual gas safety check also identifies any defects which may require remedial work. Most registered engineers will also offer gas fire installations as a service.
Some gas suppliers may offer gas safety checks free if you are a pensioner, are disabled, or if you have children under 5 years old. The gas safety check assesses the basic safety of the gas fire whereas the service will include taking the appliance apart and checking the physical condition as well as performance tests carried out in accordance with manufacturer's instructions. A typical annual gas fire safety check and service cost is around £45 to £60, but if you notice your gas fire is not working properly, for example, if it is burning with a yellow flame instead of a blue flame, and/or you can see black marks or soot on or around your fire - then you need to call a gas engineer as soon as possible - do not leave it until the annual service is due.
Servicing a gas fire will cost around £60 maximum and is excellent value as it will keep your fire burning efficiently and help to keep your family safe. In addition, Gas Safe engineers will typically also clean the fire up and get it looking just as good as new again for you by cleaning the frets and frames, polishing the brass and spraying the fake coals black again.
Typical gas fire problems include incorrect gas pressure which will cause the fire to shut down to protect you. Too much draw from the chimney can also cause the fire to shut down as will a blocked chimney. Most modern gas fires will not operate without a power supply so check if a fuse has blown or the batteries need to be replaced if the fire does not operate. Other common gas fire problems are usually down to a poor installation. Gas fires need to be installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and the warranty will be invalid if the fire has been incorrectly installed, so make sure that your gas fire is installed properly by a Gas Safe Registered Engineer who can also provide a certificate showing the work that has been done properly and confirm that the fire is safe.
A typical annual gas fire safety check and service cost is around £45 to £60.
While a typical gas fire installation cost will be around £200 in total for the labour, plus the cost of the actual gas fire and other materials. When you consider the potential problems caused by incorrect installations, including potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning, it does not make any sense to try and fit a gas fire yourself just to save a few pounds! Once the gas fire is professionally installed, you can then keep it safe and working efficiently by getting an annual gas safety check and service for as little as £45.
Below are some estimated costs of servicing a gas fire.
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Annual gas safety check and service of a gas fire||£45 - £60||1 Hour or less|
Costs of gas fire servicing - Total Cost: £60