Wicklow Co Co arranges to have all gas installations safety checked and gas boilers serviced on an annual basis by Registered Gas Installers (RGII contractors). There is no charge to the tenant for this. The Council keeps track of when boilers were last serviced and when they will be due. Boilers in your estate may have been serviced at different times, so if a contractor is in your estate but doesn’t call to you, it is because your boiler is not yet due for servicing. There is no need to contact the Council to request that the boiler be serviced.
Tenants should ensure that they have sufficient credit on their gas meter at the time the RGI visits the house. If there is no gas supply (due to no credit) the boiler cannot be serviced. However an Annex E safety check will still be carried out.
The Council does not supply tenants with gas fires, gas cookers or any other gas appliance apart from gas boilers. We do not service cookers or fires but, if present, they will be safety checked at the time the gas boiler is serviced. Any defects or safety issues found during these safety checks on cookers or fires are the responsibility of the tenant to rectify.
My gas meter was disconnected some time ago due to non-payment of the gas bill. How do I get reconnected?
If a tenant’s gas supply and meter has been disconnected due to non-payment of the bill or any other reason such as at their own request; Gas Networks Ireland will not re-connect them without an RGII Cert 1. It is the tenant’s responsibility to obtain this cert. The tenant will need to engage an RGII registered contractor to inspect the gas installation and to issue RGII Cert 1. Contractors will charge the tenant for this service and the charge may be significant.
Notification of Hazard:
The Council had my boiler serviced recently and I also have a gas cooker which is supplied via an orange coloured rubber hose running through a hole in the wall to a gas bottle outside. The Council’s contractor issued me with a Notification of Hazard. What does this mean?
As part of the safety checks mentioned above which the RGI carried out when servicing the boiler, he discovered a Hazard (in this case, as an example, associated with the way your cooker is connected to the gas bottle (butane cylinder)). The Notification of Hazard was issued to warn you, the tenant, that this set up is unsafe and that you, the tenant, need to get it rectified.
Any Notification of Hazard issued in relation to a gas boiler will be dealt with by the Council but cookers and fires are the tenant’s responsibility.
I want to change from a bill pay meter to a pre-paid gas meter.
You need to contact your gas supplier. The gas supplier will charge you for switching to a pre-paid meter. It is your responsibility to pay that charge - Wicklow County Council will not pay it.
Gas heating repairs/breakdowns:
My gas heating is not working. What can I do?
- That your gas meter is in credit (if it is a pay as you go meter) or that you have paid your gas bill.
- That your electricity meter is also in credit. Remember the gas boiler needs electricity to operate as well as gas!
- Be sure that you understand how to operate the heating controls (the time-clock or programmer).
- If the boiler is firing/running but the radiators are not heating, then check the settings of your wall thermostat. If the thermostat has been set at a temperature lower than the current temperature in the house, then the radiators will not receive hot water from the boiler. (It may have been interfered with children etc). Turn the knob on the thermostat fully clockwise. The radiators may now start to heat up. You can then re-adjust the thermostat if the house gets too hot.
- If the boiler is firing/running and you have heat to the radiators but no domestic hot water (i.e. your hot water cylinder is not heating up), then check the cylinder thermostat. This will be attached to the hot water (copper) cylinder in the hotpress. If the thermostat has been set too low, then the hot water cylinder will not receive hot water from the boiler. Turn the knob clockwise to say 60 or 70 degrees C.
Gas Emergency Telephone Number:
If you smell gas in the house, then call the 24-hour gas emergency service on :
1850 20 50 50
This service is provided by Gas Networks Ireland.
For further information on what to do if you smell gas, go to: http://www.gasnetworks.ie/en-IE/Safety/Gas-Safety-in-the-home/How-to-turn-your-gas-on-and-off/