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Very good follow up be email to organize the appointment; engineer came on time and repair was very quick; the only thing which could have been improved was to mention somewhere that ETA means Estimated time of usually has another common meaning.
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From the outset Rebecka was very helpful, we had several appliances to fix so it was complicated to set up. All the pricing was very clear and once booked I was kept up to date and the engineer arrived on time. Jason the engineer was able to fix most things onsite and identified the fault one the other appliance quickly. The follow up with Rebecka has been very efficient.Highly Recommended.
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Having had excellent and quick service from Capital who sent engineers to sort out problems with my dishwasher and tumble dryer, I decided to buy a replacement dishwasher from them too. I was able to speak to real person! Who told me what they had available, I selected and bought it and was offered delivery two days later. Kept up-to-date on the timing of the delivery and the two men who came, fitted took away the old machine couldn't have been more helpful. I thoroughly recommend this company for swift and excellent service
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Excellent service provided by Dan Lewis and Adrian Smart. Our Gas Cooker oven had been causing us issues for a while, and a previous engineer's visit left us feeling unheard and the issue unresolved. However, Dan and Adrian were attentive, listened to our concerns, and promptly identified the issue. They efficiently troubleshooted and resolved it by replacing a part. Their professionalism, politeness, and manners were exemplary throughout the process. Kudos to Dan and Adrian for their outstanding service!

It’s all too easy to overlook just how dangerous gas appliances can be. Read on to find out more about gas safety and Gas Safety Week.

Gas Safety: 9 Tips That Could Save Your Life

Posted by capitalrepairs on September 14, 2015


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We’re often surrounded by gas appliances in our homes – from gas boilers to stoves – but we give little thought to how dangerous they can be. According to Gas Safe, one in six homes has a dangerous gas appliance, which creates a risk of gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning.

From the 14th to the 20th September, Gas Safety Week will aim to challenge this complacency, and make us all more aware of the precautions we need to take.

At Capital Repairs, gas safety is something we feel strongly about. All of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and highly trained – and, with many people turning on their boilers and using their hobs more from early September, we wanted to do our bit to help spread the message.

Here are 9 tips that could help save your life.

Only use a Gas Safe registered engineer to fit, fix or service your appliances

Entrusting the care of a dangerous appliance to someone who isn’t qualified to do the job, doesn’t make sense – even if they are offering their services for a dramatically reduced price!

You should only allow someone who is Gas Safe registered to fix, fit or service appliances, including your gas fire, gas cooker, boiler and central heating systems (if they are connected to a natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas supply).

You can check if a gas engineer or business is Gas Safe registered on the home page of the Gas Safe site.

Always check that the engineer has a Gas Safe registered licence

Every Gas Safe registered engineer should carry a Gas Safe licence – so if they can’t show you one, don’t let them do the work. This card will contain information such as their unique licence number and the type of work they’re qualified to carry out.

Have gas appliances checked yearly

To be confident that your appliances are safe, it’s recommended that you have them checked every year – or in line with your manufacturer’s guidelines. If you’re on means-tested benefits, pension age or chronically sick or disabled, you may be able to go on your energy company’s Priority Services Register. This will entitle you to a free annual gas safety check.

Ask Gas Safe to check work is up to scratch

Have you had gas work done in the last six months? If the answer’s yes, you can nominate it for a free gas safety check from Gas Safe to check it’s up to standard. You can also report an engineer if you suspect they are doing gas work illegally.

Get appliances tested if you move

Moving house? The old owners might not have maintained their gas appliance properly, so you’ll need to make getting them serviced a priority.

Ask to see your landlord’s gas safety record if you’re renting

Your landlord is responsible for the safety of gas appliances – but don’t just assume that their gas safety record is up to date. Ask to see a copy and, if they won’t provide one or it’s not up to date, complain to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Buy a carbon monoxide alarm

You can buy carbon monoxide alarms from most DIY stores, supermarkets or energy suppliers. They will alert you to the presence of carbon monoxide gas, helping you to keep your family safe.

Be alert for any signs that appliances aren’t working properly

Even if you regularly have your appliances serviced, it’s important to keep an eye out for anything unusual. Things to be aware of include:

  • A lazy or orange flame on your gas hob (it should be crisp and blue)
  • Soot or black marks on or near gas appliances
  • The pilot light going out frequently
  • Increased condensation inside your windows

Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and the right action to take

Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly, with the colourless, odourless gas killing an estimated 30-50 people a year. If your appliances are properly maintained, you shouldn’t be at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning at home.

However, knowing the symptoms and how to respond to them could save your life if poisoning did occur. Symptoms and signs include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Loss of consciousness and collapse
  • Symptoms that disappear when you leave a particular building and come back when you return
  • Other people and animals experiencing the same symptoms

If you do suspect you’re suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, you should:

  • Immediately get fresh air by opening the doors and windows
  • Turn the gas off at the meter and turn off any gas appliances – don’t use them again until they’ve been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer
  • Extinguish any naked flames
  • Leave the building
  • Go to hospital or see a doctor immediately and tell them you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Call the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999

It’s all too easy to overlook just how dangerous gas appliances can be. To make sure your appliances are safe follow the above tips, or visit the Gas Safe site for more information. You can also find out more and pledge your support at the Gas Safety Week site.

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