In the UK, we have a problem with cowboy builders – people who pretend (or think they are) to be experts in various fields, such as plumbing, electrics, and roofing. These people can wreak havoc on your property, leading to costly repairs and renovations.
It’s important to avoid cowboy builders at all costs, especially when it comes to your central heating. When things go wrong here, it can be catastrophic. For example, burst pipes can result in extensive damage to your home.
In order to establish if you are dealing with a bone fide heating expert, you need to ensure that they have the knowledge and expertise needed to take care of your central heating. Below, you will find the five things that will help you to work out if you're dealing with a professional or a cowboy.
Whenever you have someone working on your radiators or central heating, you need to make sure that they are correctly qualified. If you have gas central heating radiators, ask if they are Gas Safe registered, and ask for proof of this – you will be able to verify this with the Gas Safe registry. If they are installing new pipes or changing radiators, make sure they have the relevant plumbing qualifications.
The professionals understand why you are asking and will be more than happy to provide you with proof. If the person becomes angry and annoyed, then you should consider finding an alternative plumber or central heating operative.
Heating is not simply restricted to gas. There are numerous other types too, such as oil and electricity. A good heating expert will have a broad knowledge of all of the different types of heating. This will enable them to provide you with specialised and tailored advice suitable for your requirements.
For example, perhaps you want a radiator in a room that doesn’t have pipes. They will be able to advise you whether it’s worth installing new pipework or just installing an electric heater instead.
When they come and work on your system, you should be expecting them to create an energy efficient system, or to be able to advise you on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Properly trained heating experts will understand the various issues regarding energy efficiency and will be able to advise you appropriately.
A decent heating expert will leave you with information about servicing and maintenance requirements. They will teach you how to bleed radiators and will advise you when to have your annual service done.
Finally, they will have good knowledge of power flushing and will be able to advise as to whether it is appropriate in your situation. For instance, some radiators, such as Zehnder radiators are more robust than others, making them ideal for power flushing. The process may actually damage other radiators, such as low-quality radiators. A good heating expert will be able to advise you appropriately.