This is a common question we get, and in short, it often depends on 2 factors: danger and necessity. If you, people around or any material possessions are in danger, then it can be classed as an emergency repair. It can be a personal emergency too when no one is in danger, for example, during a cold winter when a house ‘Baltic’.
Who wants to stay in a freezing cold property and have to boil water just to have a wash up? Not pleasant at all, and that is often classed as an emergency repair due to the inconvenience it can cause to residents. First, let’s have a look at what can be classed as an emergency repair.
A gas leak is usually perceived only when a strange smell appears in the house. An interesting fact is that, natural gas (which is, with liquid propane, the gas most boilers use to heat up a home) does not really smell, but gas suppliers add additives so that you can detect a gas leak if it’s produced.
These additives produce an eggy-odor or a rotten smell, depending on the cause of the malfunctioning. If you can smell anything similar to what we have described, you will know it’s the liquid propane which is leaking. However, your boiler can also release carbon monoxide (CO), which can’t be smelled – this is why you should keep a carbon monoxide detector close to your boiler at home.