When it comes to oil boiler servicing, there’s no room to take risks with safety. Therefore, it’s strongly encouraged that you use a fully-qualified OFTEC engineer to service your heating oil boiler. Every single one of Rix’s heating oil engineers are qualified by OFTEC to ensure we’re delivering the highest standards in terms of safety and quality to our customers. But what exactly is an OFTEC engineer and how can you be sure you’re receiving a qualified OFTEC boiler service? Keep reading to learn more.
What is OFTEC?
The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) is an independent body authorised to register businesses working with oil-fired equipment, like Rix.
OFTEC is an integral organisation that helps to maintain and uphold safety standards throughout the industry.
In 2002, the British Government officially recognised the ‘competent person schemes’ for tradespeople to self-certify as installers without needed building regulations approval. OFTEC’s scheme for heating engineers was the first to be formally recognised on the scheme.
Heating oil engineers can complete a regulated training course with qualifying assessments in order to become OFTEC registered. Once an engineer has successfully passed this programme, OFTEC will regularly reassess them to ensure they continue to meet strict quality requirements.
At Rix, before any of our engineers are allowed to visit our customers, they have to complete training to become OFTEC registered. This ensures that our engineers are fully-qualified to the highest level. In turn, this ensures a comprehensive and reliable service for our customers.
We strongly recommend using engineers, like our Rix engineers, who are fully qualified to deliver an OFTEC boiler service. Here are some of the benefits this will give you:
No – it is not a legal requirement for engineers to obtain OFTEC qualifications before installing an oil fired boiler. However, using an OFTEC engineer is recommended for enhanced safety and quality. The Northern Ireland Government and Environment Agency explicitly encourage home owners to use OFTEC engineers.
It is recommended by OFTEC that oil fired boilers are serviced by an OFTEC engineer once a year. However, there are a number of basic checks you can do to see if your heating oil tank needs inspecting by a qualified engineer.