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How to Choose a Local Heating Engineer

Nick Geary
By: Nick Geary
Updated: 9th October 2023

How to choose a local heating engineer

If you're looking to replace, repair or service your boiler then you'll need a fully-qualified heating engineer. And you've come to the right place. We have a network of qualified and reputable heating engineers right across the UK who are ready to quote on your job.

Do you need a heating engineer?

For any work on your heating system, whether it's installation, repairs or servicing, then you'll need a heating engineer. A gas-fuelled heating system needs a Gas Safe registered engineer while work on an oil-based heating system needs the expertise of an OFTEC technician.

It's possible for a plumber to hold Gas Safe accreditation. However, this may permit them to work on gas boilers. Instead, it may be the case that they can work on other gas appliances, such as a gas stove. So, you'll need to check this on the Gas Safe website or by taking a look at the Gas Safe ID of the professional.

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1. Get quotes from at least 3 heating engineers

Comparing at least 3 quotes will give you the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job. You can also be confident that you're getting a competitive price.

The easiest way to get multiple quotes is right here on Boiler Guide. Take a few moments to complete our simple online form – letting us know why you need a heating engineer – and we'll take care of the rest.

We'll match you with up to 3 local heating engineers all qualified to complete the work you need completing. They'll each then be in touch to give you a free no-obligation quote for you to compare.

2. Check heating engineers are Gas Safe

We can't stress how important it is to hire a fully-qualified boiler engineer when it comes to new boiler installation, servicing and any repairs.

You should make sure that the engineer you're hiring has the appropriate qualifications before they get to work on your boiler. For any work on a gas boiler, this means hiring a Gas Safe registered engineer.

It's possible to check a boiler engineer's credential via the Gas Safe website. Even if they are listed, you should still ask to see their ID when they arrive at your property. This is not only important for the safety of your home, it's also a legal requirement.

All Boiler Guide engineers are Gas Safe registered and we check their accreditations every 24 hours.

3. Get itemised quotes in writing

Blink: Get Boiler QuotesAlways ask for an itemised quote in writing. Having an itemised quote will break down the cost of the new boiler installation into all of its parts. That way, you can see how the engineer has got to the final amount.

While the final price of the boiler installation may differ from the original quote, having it in writing will make sure that you're both on the same page.

4. Question anything you do not understand

Don't be afraid to ask questions. A heating engineer should be happy to answer any questions you have. After all, they're the experts and the work is being carried out in your property. So if you're unsure about anything, ask.

If you’re planning to have a new boiler installed, you can get a head start on what’s involved in our complete guide to new boilers and installation. Likewise, if you need a heating engineer to service your boiler, find out how they work here.

5. Check their ratings and reviews

It's never been easy to find out more about a company. Reviews and ratings are widely available online and will make deciding which heating engineer to hire that much easier.

We encourage anyone who hires a Boiler Guide heating engineer to review them on our website. As a result, by looking up a company on Boiler Guide, you'll easily be able to see what previous customers thought of them.

6. Make sure they carry insurance

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Just as important as making sure the engineer has all the correct qualifications is checking that they're insured. Ensure the engineer has public liability insurance which means that if their work leads to damage, you'll receive the appropriate compensation.

7. Don't choose a cheap price over reputation

One of the benefits of comparing quotes is that it increases your chances of finding the most competitive price. However, if one is significantly lower than the rest, alarm bells should start ringing.

As is often the case, if you're offered a quote that seems too good to be true then it probably is. This is why it's well worth spending some time doing your research on the company. Have a read through customer reviews, find examples of previous work and even ask the company for testimonials.

8. Research the boiler they are recommending

Boiler engineers sometimes have affiliations with certain boiler manufacturers. So you'll want to spend some time researching the boiler they're recommending. This means taking a look at their reviews, customer service and warranty.

Leading boiler manufacturers include ATAG, Baxi, Ideal, Vaillant, Viessmann and Worcester Bosch. Each offers an extensive range of combi, system and regular boilers but prices and warranties can vary so doing your research is well worthwhile.




9. Confirm the warranty

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Once your new boiler has been installed, you'll want to know that you're covered in the unlikely event of an issue. This is where the warranty comes in.

For a certain period of time after the installation, you'll be covered in the unlikely event of a fault – in line with the terms and conditions. Some boiler engineers can offer extended warranties if they're accredited by the manufacturer.

Spend time asking the engineer questions about the warranty, such as how long it is and what you need to do to keep it valid.

10. Find a heating engineer today

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We exist to make connecting with heating engineers easier than ever. To achieve that, we've built a network of heating engineers that spans right across the UK. All you need to do to connect with heating engineers in your area is complete our simple online form.

It will only take a moment of your time and you'll soon receive free no-obligation quotes from up to 3 heating engineers in your local area. Simple as that.

Comparing multiple quotes will give you the best chance of finding the right person for the job. You might have a hard time picking the best company though as all of our engineers are highly recommended and Gas Safe registered.

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Nick Geary

About the author

Nick Geary

Nick has a wide range of experience writing about conventional and renewable heating solutions, and is always increasing his knowledge by researching any new heating technologies on the horizon.

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