• Gas Safe LPG Registered

    I need a gas safe LPG registered engineer, but how do I find one?

    First, let me explain the rules of Gas engineers.

    Anyone who works on gas in the United Kingdom, must by law be a member of the Gas Safe register.

    Anyone working on any type of gas, who is not gas safe registered is committing an offence and liable to prosecution.

    Just because someone is registered, it does not mean they can work with LPG appliances.

    To become LPG registered the engineer first needs to be registered for natural gas appliances.

    He then needs to take a course of exams for the LPG appliances he will be working on.

    These exams last for five years, for both LPG and natural gas.

    The engineer then needs to renew these qualifications (LPG & Natural Gas) should he wish to keep working in the gas industry.

    To find an LPG engineer local to you, you should search the Gas Safe register online.

    It’s simple to use and also has a contact number should wish to contact them directly.

    You enter your postal code, and you should get the details of three local businesses qualified to work on LPG.

    Gas Safe Registered LPG engineers all carry an ID card with them, on this card will be the engineer’s picture, gas ID number and the gas safe number.

    On the back of the card will be the engineer’s qualifications.

    Be sure to check for the appliance that your engineer will be working on.

    One row is for Natural gas another for LPG.

    As a gas user, it’s your responsibility to check that the gas engineer is qualified to work on your gas appliances.

    You also have the option of checking these details on the Gas Safe register, which, I always recommend you should do.

    Every gas safe engineer must renew their membership with Gas Safe every year.

    So ensure you check the expiry date on the engineer’s card.

    If the engineer does not renew his membership to Gas Safe, he cannot work on the gas until he has.

    That’s why I always advise checking the Gas Safe Register.

    You can then see if they are still registered to work.

    What’s the difference then, between LPG and natural gas, they are both gas, aren’t they?

    Yes, they are, but they work on different pressures, natural gas works on 20Mb, whereas LPG works on 37Mb.

    You can see from the different pressures above, LPG is near twice the pressure of natural gas.

    Gas appliances need converting from natural gas to be able to work on LPG.

    Converting an appliance to work on LPG involves changing gas jets, and depending on the type of appliances, may involve changing the settings on a PCB.

    Should an appliance not be converted you will notice a very high flame, even lifting off the burner when in use. which could become dangerous.

    Natural gas is supplied through the main gas pipes in the street, whereas LPG comes in bottles or bulk storage tanks.

    Gas bottles connect up through a regulator, which, in turn, connects up to the supply pipe to the appliance.

    Bulk storage tanks have the regulators fitted on the outside of the tank.

    They will have two types of regulator fitted, one for overpressure (OPSO) and one for low pressure (UPSO).

    Searching Google for Gas Safe LPG registered engineers will show many different companies up but, they are not always LPG registered.

    Remember SAFETY, SAFETY, is your number one priority when it comes to gas, be it LPG or natural gas.

    I hope this article has helped you understand the difference between a natural gas engineer and LPG engineer.

    PS, never attempt to carry out any gas work yourself.

    Reason 1, you will be breaking the law, Reason 2, you will find your property insurance becomes void.

    Stay Safe and only use a gas safe registered engineer.