Domestic Gas and Oil Installations 2008
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: NEW RULES GOVERNING GAS FIRED WATER HEATERS AND GAS FIRED BOILERS FROM MARCH 2008
A new law has been introduced in Spain requiring an annual inspection of all gas fired water heaters and gas fired boilers. From March 1st 2008 this inspection must be carried out, regardless of any pre-existing maintenance contract or guarantee that may remain on your appliance. So if you own a property or rent property to other people and a gas fired water heater is installed, you must have an annual inspection. If you have an existing contract the company may be in contact with you. If you do not have a maintenance contract you can book an inspection from a registered contractor or company and they will come and do this for you. When will the One Year period start? Well, that shold be from the date of installation but if the boiler is older than three years and no inspection has been made then perhaps one is due or you could wait one year from March 1st and have your first revision in 2009.
How much will an inspection cost?
Having checked with the Saunier Duval representative in Alicante, I asked what the inspection is likely to cost for a standard domestic hot water gas heater (not a combi boiler). The figure they quoted was 70 euros plus vat plus any repairs or alterations that may be necessary. Depending on the make and condition of the appliance this could cost nothing extra to several hundred euros. If you buy a new boiler it may come with an extended guarantee and the cost of annual inspection should be included in this or be offered as part of an extended maintenance package. Check the small print before signing anything to make sure of any extra costs you may be liable for. It could be cheaper to look around for a qualified independent or local plumber who will do a routine annual check.
Did you know?
Have you ever wondered how safe your brightly coloured orange gas bottles is? Well, after a lot of searching on the internet DIY Dave managed to find the regulations governing its construction and testing. The standard 12.5kg Repsol Butane gas bottle is constructed to withstand a pressure equal to 3Okg/cm2 and is tested during construction. Butano engineers take a sample bottle and place this in test conditions and applying pressure until the bottle ruptures. To pass the test the breaking point must supercede B5kgfcm2, almost 3 times the normal pressure of 3Okg/cm2. This test is carried out on every one in 200 bottles and sounds quite a strict sampling and testing regime. To ensure the pressure within the bottle does not exceed the set maximum level, the valve has a pressure release mechanism. This operates when the pressure inside the bottle reaches 28kg/cm2 ensuring the standard maximum is never met but, judging by the test each sample bottle is put under, this is a very safe and secure level almost guarenteeing safe opearation and storage.