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  1. Macca2009

    Macca2009 Guest

    Hope someone can clarify this one for me.

    I want to know where I stand on fixing domestic boilers.

    I don't have domestic Gas Safe qualifications. Can I still work on boilers? in this I mean like replacing parts on them like PCB's and fans ect. I don't and never will touch anything gas, ie gas valves and pipework. Where do i stand on doing the other stuff? Am I allowed to so long as I know what I'm doing and competent?

    Is anyone else in this situation and what are the boundaries.

  2. jhon lennon

    jhon lennon Guest

    when any appliance is repaired it needs re commissioning and as you are not gas safe you cant do it sorry if for example you swap a multi speed for you must check gas pressures to ensure it is modulating correctly and i am guessing you wouldn't know how to do this.not wanting to sound awkward but this is why us lads spend years learning and thousands training.
  3. AlexGas

    AlexGas Plumber GSR

    From:Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances
    Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 Approved Code of Practice and guidance.

    “gas fittings” means gas pipework, valves (other than emergency controls), regulators and meters, and fittings, apparatus and appliances designed for use by consumers of gas for heating, lighting, cooking or other purposes for which gas can be used

    “work” in relation to a gas fitting includes any of the following activities carried out by any person, whether an employee or not, that is to say -
    (a) installing or re-connecting the fitting;
    (b) maintaining, servicing, permanently adjusting, disconnecting, repairing, altering or renewing the fitting or purging it of air or gas;
    (c) where the fitting is not readily movable, changing its position; and
    (d) removing the fitting.
    but the expression does not include the connection or disconnection of a bayonet fitting or other self-sealing connector.

    Legally, it's a GSR job. Sorry.
  4. jhon lennon

    jhon lennon Guest

    bang on if plumbers dont get properly registered they are taking a big chance and breaking the law
  5. diamondgas

    diamondgas Trusted Plumber GSR

    macca2009 - Legal stuff aside would you let someone none gsr work on your mothers heating? Just a thought! You can build up a lot of confidence and think you can do the job, maybe you can. Thing is, I know what to look out for safety wise but do you? There are loads of folk who 'give it a go' at repairing their own appliances. Lots manage it without any problems occurring! That's the chance people will take, they visit this forum most every day looking for help, nothing can be done to stop them attempting repairs! But at least this place offers assistance in stopping them potentially harming themselves and others! However if you are wanting to work in someone else's home without the correct training, and even make money doing so, then that to me is immoral and deplorable!!

    IMHO :)
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  6. Paulus

    Paulus Plumber

    I'm not gas safe and would never consider touching a boiler. Instead I have a mate who is gas safe. He gets the boiler work from me and puts some plumbing my way.

    As far as I'm concerned this works well for both parties (although he probably earns more).

    REDSAW Guest

    quote; like replacing parts on them like PCB's and fans ect. I don't and never will touch anything gas,

    this statement shows you dont actually understand the combustion process, in other words-shows your not competent in the eyes of the law!!.

    yes, it may seem easy to pull out a fan and plug in a pcb, but what if its not working right etc, how would you know?.

    imo, you can work on anything under the boiler (except the gas line) and external controls.period.
  8. Simon F

    Simon F Trusted Plumber GSR

    if you can prove that you are "competent" then yes you can do the work ! but the legally recognised way of proving that you are competent is by being a member of the the recognised body for working with gas - Gas safe.
    The way of doing that is what I am close to completing a 2 year NVQ gas course or similar, then registration with Gas Safe, as everyone else has to do.
  9. AWheating

    AWheating Trusted Plumber GSR

    you can hold my tools while i fix the boiler :)
  10. John'o

    John'o Guest

    You can "work" on a boiler if deemed competent and not be GSR registered but it is not a work activity e.g. working on your own boiler or families without payment or reward.

    From L56 Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances
    Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998
    Approved Code of Practice and guidance

    Anyone who does work on a gas fitting or gas storage vessel must be competent to do so, whether or not they are required to be a member of an approved class of persons. Therefore, do-it-yourself gas engineers and those performing favours for friends and relatives all need to have the required competence. The level and range of competence should match the full extent of work done, but needs only to be sufficient for and relevant to that work. Employers of gas fitting operatives are also required under regulation 3(2) to ensure that their employees have the required competence for the work undertaken; in addition to ensuring they are properly experienced and trained (see paragraph 47), this involves ongoing monitoring of performance standards, as necessary.

    The boundries as you put them are if you don't have the training NVQ/City & Guilds/ACS you don't have the competence to carry out the work irrespective of registration, as previously stated the external controls e.g. Timer/Room Stat etc can be worked on by any competent electrician.

    If in doubt don't do it :nonod:
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  11. gasmarc

    gasmarc Guest

    There appears to be a grey area where people think they are entitled to work on boilers, Fine change a pcb but it may have to be set up correctly and you cannot do that without checking the gas.And you are legally responsible for anything that could happen , It really gets my goat these have a go DIYERS , I went to a job where some idiot had tried doing a simple job and fortunately for the guy who owned the place he managed to screw the job up. The customer told me he usually does the job himself but got someone else to do it this time, Well this idiot replaced the thermocouple ommiting the interupter and could not get the pilot on. I had this sorted and fired boiler up only for the heat exchanger to be leaking onto the burner , ID it and walked away , The customer was lucky he did not kill a few people
  12. adam84

    adam84 Plumber GSR

    The only circumstances in which an registered plumber can work on gas fittings of any description is as trainee under the direct supervision of a trained/qualified training supervisor such as college lecturer or employer supervising a trainee gas engineer.
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  13. Macca2009

    Macca2009 Guest

    Thank you to all you people who actually gave some sensible advice. By the way I am a qualified plumbing and heating engineer and I do have commercial gas safe qualification. So for all you bigot's who moan about me like a 'have a go DIYer' knock yourself down a peg or two will you. I have currently started working for myself and wanted to know where I stood on fixing boilers and how far I can go with them. I know I can't touch gas and I don't fix anything I'm not competent with. I have actulay phoned Gas Safe and asked them and I have been told I can work on PCB's and fans, just not gas pipes and valves. I'm going to get this verified agian to make sure. But that was all I was after, and not to be moaned at by the dinosaurs on here.

    Have a nice day!!!:smug:
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  14. Hybrid

    Hybrid Guest

    It's makes me laugh that when ever someone doesn't get the answers they were expecting we're bigots and dinosaurs.
    If you're gas qualified already then get yourself registered. Everyone else has to, what makes you so special?

    As for gas safe's reply it surprises me. It's difficult enough getting them to rule on something innocuous let alone the legality of non registered gas work. In fact I reckon you're fibbing about that.
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  15. adam84

    adam84 Plumber GSR

    In technical terms to work on a fan, pump or pcb you would have to take the cover of the boiler and that is classed as being gas work. If you have commercial gas qualifications enrol at your local technical college to do the change over course from commercial COCN1 to CCN1 Domestic and the CEN1 qualification then you can register with gas safe legally, what you have to remember is that the gas industry is a legal mine field so it is better to pay a few hundered £ than risk a fine of thousands. Just my 2c.
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