Why getting the cheapest company to install your boiler or heating system is an expensive mistake!

May 16

Why getting the cheapest company to install your boiler or heating system is an expensive mistake!

It’s often tempting to buy the cheapest solution available when we don’t have a full understanding of what the trade of will be.

When it comes to boilers and heating systems, it’s worth remembering that these are the things that actually keep your family from freezing in winter and consist of using machinery which can produce poisonous gases, delivers flammable gases and if installed incorrectly can cause serious injury, damage and even death. These are the things that need proper consideration, and which you don’t want to get wrong to save a few pounds…not really.

Even if they are installed correctly, compromising on the quality of the boiler and the associated parts can mean a substantially less capable heating system, and one which will often need more maintenance, faster eventual replacement, and more inefficiency than is necessary in the actual running; which over the life of the system means spending a lot more money. Saving a few pounds now will cost you a heap of cash over the next few years.

This isn’t a case of theory – here are some relevant facts and figures from respected bodies:

– This is taken from the BBC website from a news artical about illegal gas fitters in the UK;

“The British public is wasting £100million a year to rectify illegal gas jobs that put their homes and families in immediate danger.

These illegal gas jobs cost an extra 25% on average to rectify and they are often carried out by tradesmen who are recommended by friends or family, but are not qualified to work safely with gas.

One in five of the homes investigated by Gas Safe Register were found to be ‘Immediately Dangerous’ and the appliances had to be disconnected straight away to make them safe. In all cases the work had been done by an illegal gas fitter.

Further research from Gas Safe Register found that one in three people would trust a tradesman to do their gas work purely on recommendation from a friend or family member. Five times as many people would take a recommendation on trust, rather than actively check whether they were registered to work safely and legally on gas. Most people chose a fitter that they liked, who had been recommended and who offered a good price.

Paul Johnston, chief executive of Gas Safe Register explains the dangers: “All too often our investigations team find illegal gas fitters preying on the public, using charm tactics. Many use the Gas Safe logo on their van, adverts or paperwork when they are not registered. If you have a boiler, cooker or fire fitted by a gas engineer who isn’t registered to do the work, then you may end up paying to have it ripped out and start again which may cost you thousands of pounds, or worse, cost you your life. With a quarter of a million gas jobs carried out every year by illegal gas fitters who don’t have the skills or the qualifications to work safely on gas, it is vital that people always check that the engineer they use is on the Gas Safe Register or they could be putting their lives and pocket at risk.”


The point here is to make sure that when you are getting people into your home to look after the safety and wellbeing of the people you care about most in the world, as well as your cost effectiveness, take a little time to check the points above are all covered.

gas safe registered?


At Southern Energy Solutions we offer a 7 point promise, which covers off all of the above, and is designed to provide homeowners just like you with a fair price for safety, quality and efficiency.

10 year warranty

Why not check us out for your project: www.southernenergysolutions.co.uk or email zak@southernenergysolutions.co.uk