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Why Hire an OFTEC Registered Engineer?

If you’re one of the numerous individuals in the UK who owns an oil heater, it's fair to say that you’re in a minority in the modern age. Whilst the vast majority of homes currently feature compact and A-rated combi-boilers, however, oil-fired heaters offer a viable and cost-effective alternative that’s particularly ideal for anyone who lives off the grid or in remote areas. 

If you’re going to get the most of your oil-fired boiler, however, you’ll need to ensure that you employ an OFTEC-registered engineer to manage its installation and ongoing maintenance. But what does this mean, and what are the benefits to you as a homeowner? 

What’s a Competent Person? 

Regardless of the type of boiler installed in your home, it’s important that you hire an accredited and ‘competent’ engineer to work on your behalf. Whilst identifying a reputable engineer used to be a challenging pastime, this changed in 2002 when the UK government introduced a series of officially-recognised Competent Person Schemes to cover multiple building traders. 

This includes heating, and the OFTEC competent person scheme serves as a comprehensive register of accredited engineers who install oil, solid fuel and renewable systems. If a heating engineer is accredited as a competent person by OFTEC, this means that they’re authorised to self-certify their work and operate safely without having to submit a building control notice. 

What are the Benefits of Hiring an OFTEC Registered Engineer? 

There are many advantages of hiring an OFTEC Registered engineer.  Not only does this provide you with genuine peace of mind but you can be assured that you’re dealing with a fully-qualified engineer who’s insured to work in your home. 

Working with an OFTEC accredited engineer can also save you time and money, as not only are they more likely to work efficiently, but their ability to self-certify means that you won’t need to pay for a building inspection official to sign off on the project. When it comes to maintaining and servicing your oil boiler, hiring an OFTEC-registered engineer is the best possible guarantee that your system will run safely and efficiently for an extended period of time. 

Why Choose Green and Reliable? 

If you live in Harrogate, York or any of the surrounding areas, our team of engineers at Green and Reliable is ideally placed to manage the installation and maintenance of your oil-fired boiler. After all, we’re a Gas Safe registered engineer with years of experience, during which time we’ve been on projects small and large for thousands of satisfied customers. 

We also place a great deal of stock on our customer service, so you can rest assured that we’ll treat your home with the respect it deserves at all times. 

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