My Boiler's Been Switched Off. Flue Install is Dangerous – What Now?
Has your boiler been switched off due to being told by a gas-safe engineer that your boilers flue no longer meets current building regulations? Or has your flue been conveyed through another property and has been classified as unsafe, with a warning label now attached?
Since January 2013 the building regulation authority have required that all room-sealed flue boilers that have flue systems installed in walls, ceilings or floors need to be regularly inspected for safety when undertaking Gas safety checks, servicing or landlord gas safety certification.
If there's no way of inspecting the flue system the engineer is required to class the boiler as a risk and switch the boiler off, advising of the necessary requirements to meet current building regulations.
The risk of faults leading to the release of carbon monoxide increases as the system gets older, especially if it's not been serviced regularly. Therefore, it's important to have your gas appliances safety checked annually.
Possible reasons for de-commissioning boiler flues:
- When your property was built and the central heating was installed the regulations allowed a boilers flue to be boxed in without need for access panels and now it’s changed..
- Now the flue system no longer meets current building regulations and the boiler needs to be made inoperable until the problem has been resolved.
- There is now no access to inspect the boilers flue system.
- Your boilers flue is hidden in the ceiling or the walls.
- Your boiler has been switched off and made unusable by a gas/central heating engineer.
- There is now other way to install the flue system.
- You need (if possible and practical) to install access panels for your boiler flue so that it can be inspected at every joint to the termination point of the flue for safety. This may mean that an access panel being cut into the wall or the ceiling where possible.
- Due to the position of the flue or the length of the flue run or the damage and unsightliness of access panels means that you want to resite your boiler so that the flue system (ie re install your boiler so the flue will not need access panels and the boiler is on an outside wall).
- Install an electric boiler so as you will not need any access panels or any flue systems.
So please get in touch:
- To get a full assessment of your boilers flue situation.
- If you live in a rented property then the responsibility of the problem lies with your landlord.
- If your property is less than two years old then contact your builder. If your property is between two and ten years old we can provide a free no obligation estimate.
Author: Tony Hernandez