I've just had a landlords gas safety certificate sent to me for a
house I own and last year everything passed with flying colours.
This year despite not testing the cooker for some reason, and failing
the gas fire in the front room because he couldn't find the gas tap
(follow the pipe idiot) the inspector concluded that the boiler was
'not to current standard'. A covering letter states:
No heat shield, close to corner (and no mention is made of the flue).
This is the only explanation offered. The boiler is located outside of
the main house in what was formerly a coal shed, it is quite close to
the ceiling (concrete) and probably about 3ins from one wall
Naturally if the remedy is simple I'd like to get a clean bill of
health on my gas appliances. So what qualifies as a heat shield?
Not that this particular boiler (Worcester 350 room sealed flue) ever
seemed to heat anything but the water it was intended to, the outer
housing never seemed much above ambient temperature.
Another slightly puzzling thing is that despite testing the flue of
the boiler and it passing both the spillage test and flue flow test he
has put the visual condition of flue as a 'fail'. The external flue on
this boiler looks in good repair but being on the wall which receives
the most rain (this house is in Wales :-) it has gone a little rusty,
but only cosmetically.
I'm about to fire off a letter to British Gas, asking them why they
didn't test the cooker (they did last year) and why their engineer was
incapable of following the pipe to the gas tap in the living room
(duh?). If the heatshield is something that can be done quickly, then
I'll get one fitted and get someone to polish the chrome of the flue
until it looks a little nicer :-)
Have the standards changed significantly in the past year, or did I
just get a picky CORGI inspector?