Do I need a plumber or a heating engineer?

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If your boiler breaks down, should you call a plumber or a heating engineer?

There can be some confusion when it comes to the difference between a plumber and a heating engineer as, on the surface, the two roles seem quite similar.

Your boiler uses a lot of water pipes, so should you call a plumber to repair your boiler? The short answer is no.

Gas Safe Register

A boiler repair or service involves working with gas, so only a Gas Safe registered engineer can legally work on a gas boiler. The gas industry is highly regulated to ensure that relevant services are provided to the highest safety standards, so if your repair is pertaining to a boiler or other gas appliance, you must make sure that you contact a Gas Safe engineer.

Gas Safe register website

You can check whether a company or engineer is qualified to work with gas on the Gas Safe Register.


VHL plumbing a sink

While many plumbers do possess a number of plumbing qualifications, they are not essential in order to trade as a plumber, meaning that anyone can refer to themselves as a plumber without any formal certifications. Although they may be highly experienced in the full range of plumbing such as leaky pipes, dripping taps and dishwasher installation, plumbers are not necessarily qualified to work on a gas boiler.

Some plumbers are also Gas Safe registered, however, but this should not be expected as standard. If you find a plumber who is also offering gas central heating services, check the Gas Safe Register to make sure that they are legally permitted to work with gas.

Heating Engineers

VHL heating engineer

A heating engineer will work solely on heating in domestic and commercial properties rather than working across the broader industry, making them specialists in heating. For this reason, you may prefer to contact a heating engineer rather than a plumber, as they may be more familiar with your issue.

You should still ensure that your heating engineer is Gas Safe registered before allowing them to work on your boiler.


VHL on the Gas Safe Register

VHL use only qualified Gas Safe engineers to carry out our boiler maintenance, servicing and repairs. Our plumbing services are all completed by trained, accredited professionals.

Contact us today to benefit from our central heating and boiler services.

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