Why did my Gas Safety Certificate fail?
When you receive your Gas Safety Certificate it will confirm on there whether your Certificate has failed or not. It will state if either or all appliances are ‘Not Safe to use’ as a tick box. At the bottom of the Certificate it will also state the findings with a code. See below for the code definitions:
‘Immediately Dangerous’ (ID)
If your installation is classified as ‘Immediately Dangerous’ then this means that if left connected to a gas supply, it is considered to be an immediate danger to life or property.
Broadly, these will be appliances/installations that fail tightness tests, appliances that fail spillage tests or appliances which have serious flueing and/or ventilation and/or combustion deficiencies.
The Gas Safe engineer will disconnect the installation, with your knowledge, which shall be left disconnected until the necessary work has been carried out to repair the defect(s). You must not continue to use an ‘immediately dangerous’ installation as you could be putting you, your family or your tenants’ lives at risk.
If you refuse to allow the Gas Safe engineer to disconnect the installation and/or an individual appliance they will report the situation to the Gas Emergency Service Provider (ESP). The ESP have legal powers to demand entry to the property to make the situation safe or may disconnect the gas supply to the property.
‘At Risk’ (AR)
This type of installation is where one or more recognised faults are present which could cause a danger to life or property without further faults developing.
The Gas Safe engineer will ask your permission to disconnect the installation and will recommend that it should not be used until the fault has been repaired.
‘Not to Current Standards’ (NCS)
This is when your installation has been identified as not being up to current standards. Over time, industry standards may have changed and as such, if you receive this code on your Certificate, then it means that your installation requires upgrading. The Gas Safe engineer will recommend what works are required in order to bring the installation up to current standards. If your installation has been carried out recently, then you should contact the Gas company you used and ask them to rectify the installation in order to bring it up to current standards and deal with the identified faults mentioned on the Certificate.
It is always a good idea to bring your installation in line with current standards as this will increase the lifespan of the installation and improve its reliability.