Inspection of gas installations

Boilers are used in almost all commercial buildings and are widely used in residential and private buildings. From coal-fired boilers, there has been a gradual transition to fuel oil and then to mains gas, which is much cheaper and less dangerous than the others. Boilers work by irradiation when the combustion of the gas or other element heats the metal walls of the boiler to very high temperatures that are transferred to the water forming steam. These boiler systems are usually automatic with individual thermostat control in each room or space, even if the combustion chamber and the boiler itself are in an insulated enclosure.

Although the boiler system is one of the simplest systems, it must almost necessarily be installed at the time of construction. In addition, boilers require a great deal of maintenance, although as they are an economical system, the installation and maintenance amortization is rapid. Heat tends to rise, which is why boilers are usually placed in subfloors. When the air is heated, humidified by a device with water inside the boiler itself, the air rises to the rooms and passes through the louvers that open or close to regulate the temperature of each room.

 

When is it mandatory to have the boiler serviced?

The boiler inspection is mandatory every 2 years, while the complete inspection of the installation (including meter, pipes and faucets) must be done every 5 years.

What happens if you don’t check the boiler?

If the problem is not solved in the case of inspection of the installation or is not carried out: The gas supply company may suspend the service for not complying with the regulations. In addition, in case of an accident or accident the insurance that we have contracted is not obliged to pay the expenses.

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How much does it cost to have the boiler serviced every 5 years?

The boiler overhaul has an approximate cost of 100€.

 

Condensing boilers

When the boiler gives many failures: it is the most common reason for boiler replacement. If you have an appliance that is giving a lot of problems and the warranty has expired, it is time to change the boiler. Although sometimes, breakdowns can be easily solved, so it should be assessed whether it is worth the change.

Change in the heating system: there are occasions in which a user decides to change his conventional radiators system for others of low temperature or underfloor heating. This change makes it necessary to consider whether it is necessary to change the boiler, since not all of them are compatible with these heating systems.

Users who want to change to natural gas: changing boilers when the natural gas distribution network reaches your area is common, as you can now install natural gas and enjoy all the advantages of natural gas.

Many propane and butane boilers can be adapted to natural gas with a conversion kit. In this case it would not be necessary to change the boiler, it would be enough to call a technician to adapt it.

How much does it cost to install a condensing boiler?

Currently, a condensing boiler usually costs between 900 € and 2,000 €. However, the price of some devices can exceed 3,000 €. Taking this into account, the price of supply and installation of a condensing boiler could range, on average, between € 1,150 and more than € 2,500.

How many gas inspections are mandatory?

The gas installation must pass a complete inspection every 5 years. On the other hand there are the boilers, which must be checked once every 2 years. Both inspections are necessary, but independent.

Who should pay for the boiler overhaul?

Tenant or landlord: who should pay for the boiler revision? Josep Térmens, from Abogado Arrendamientos, explains to 20minutos that the revision “should be paid by the landlord”.

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Gas inspection certificate

Gas-tight boilers are equipment that provide heating and hot water by means of a technology that provides great safety. We tell you all about sealed boilers and compare them with other types of boilers.

A sealed boiler is an equipment that allows to have heating and hot water instantly and whose particularity is that it has a hermetically sealed chamber where combustion takes place. This technology makes it much safer than its predecessors, since the flame is never in contact with the air in the room, so it can not adulterate the air.

The flue pipe of the boiler is not just a tube through which the smoke comes out, but consists of two concentric tubes, i.e. a tube inside another tube. The smoke is expelled through the inner tube and the oxygen necessary for combustion is collected through the outer tube by means of a fan that forces the air to enter.

The appearance of the sealed boiler was a technological revolution, since it solved at a stroke the great problem of the atmospheric boiler. And, as its name suggests, the atmospheric boiler took the air from the atmosphere of the room for combustion and, therefore, we could see the flame.

What do they look at in the gas check-up?

The following aspects should be taken into account: Check the expiration date of the installation’s rubbers and elastomers. How the connections are located in our natural gas system. The ventilation or forced draft is important for the revision.

Who pays for the 5-year gas overhaul?

The obligation to check the services of the dwelling corresponds to the lessor. This is provided for in article 1554.2 of the Civil Code and article 21 of the Urban Leases Law.

How much does it cost to maintain a boiler?

In short, if you want to hire a boiler overhaul service, it can cost you around 90 € or 100 €, but in some cases it is possible to find prices from 40 € or 45 €. On the other hand, if your idea is to hire an annual maintenance service, the most common is to pay between 100 and 150 €/year.

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Which heating boiler is better

The revision of the boiler aims to ensure the correct operation of the device, its efficiency and the absence of risk for all those people who live in the house or building in which the boiler is installed.

It is important to clarify that we should not confuse the boiler inspection with the mandatory periodic gas inspection. As stated in the Royal Decree 238/2013 of April 5, both have a different periodicity and objective and in the second one the complete installation is inspected including meter, pipes and keys, gaskets and rubbers and ventilation of the dwelling.

The first thing to take into account is that it can be a reason for fines, for not keeping the inspections up to date, and also in case of any incident or accident the insurance is not obliged to bear the costs of the problems caused.

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By Rachel Robison

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