Smell Gas? Emergency Advice

Did you know that 1 in 7 gas appliances in the South-West are not safe? In the past 3 years the Gas Safe Register has investigated over 300 illegal gas safe installers. The figures are truly shocking and highlight the importance of using a reputable Plumbing & Heating company in Plymouth. We have many accreditations that have been awarded to us over the years, making us one of the most accredited plumbing and heating companies in Plymouth. All our heating engineers are Gas Safe Registered and we are trading standards approved by Plymouth City Council for peace of mind.


Poorly fitted gas appliances can cause a number of problems and can even be fatal, that is why you should always use a reputable heating engineer. If you have just moved into your property you should get your gas appliances tested for peace of mind, read our latest blog post for more information or get in touch with us and one of our Plymouth based in heating engineers will be more than happy to help. You must always use an engineer that is on the Gas Safe Register, if you are in doubt, request to see the engineers Gas Safe ID, you can check if an engineer is on the Gas Safe Register by visiting the Gas Safe website or phoning them on: 0800 408 5500.

Risk from poorly fitted gas appliances: 

In a gas emergency you need to act quickly and take the following steps:

  • Get fresh air immediately – open all doors and windows to ventilate the area
  • Switch off the appliance and gas pipework by turning off the gas supply at the emergency control valve at the gas meter. Do not turn the gas supply on again until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • Do not operate electrical switches, operating electrical equipment can ignite escaping gas.
  • Extinguish all naked flames.
  • Call the National Gas Emergency number – 0800 111 999 (If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, you can use a textphone (Minicom) on 0800 371 787). Please note: This number is for England, Scotland and Wales
  • If you are feeling unwell visit your GP or hospital immediately and inform them that you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide.
  • Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to check and fix the appliance.


Staying Gas Safe

  • Get your appliances checked by a gas safe registered heating engineer
  • Always use a gas safe registered engineer for all gas work
  • Get a carbon monoxide alarm installed like the nest protect
  • Have your boiler serviced annually regardless of the age of the boiler

Meet the new Nest® Thermostat

Four years on after the release of the first Nest smart thermostat, the 3rd generation model has been released. AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD has been fitting Nest smart thermostats to new and existing boiler installations ever since Google released their first generation model over 4 years ago. Since then we have seen the smart thermostat market explode. The majority of our customers in Plymouth and the surrounding areas choose to go for a smart thermostat on their new central heating installation as the smart technology is very affordable and with a short payback time actually, saves you money on your heating bills.

What’s new on the 3rd gen Nest?

  • The screen is 40% bigger with even smaller pixels that make everything much sharper.
  • The sensor window is significantly smaller, so it takes up even less space at the bottom of the display.
  • Seven more temperature sensors – making a total of 10 – to make it even more accurate.
  • Slightly thinner
  • You now have Farsight. With Farsight, the Nest Thermostat will light up as soon as it sees you and shows you useful things like the temperature you’ve set, the current room temperature, the time or the outside weather. You get to choose what you want to see.
  • Redesigned user interface.
  • To continue to protect your privacy and secure your data, the new Nest Learning Thermostat has Secure Boot technology that blocks incompatible or malicious software by ensuring that only official Nest software is running.
  • The Nest Thermostat now has a ring to fit any home’s style. Choose from copper, stainless steel, black or white.

To learn more about the Nest thermostat visit the official Nest website.

The Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular thermostats that our Barnes SmartHome installers fit along with the Worcester Wave thermostat. Our Smarthome installers are both Nest certified installers and also Platinum Worcester accredited installers. Our Plymouth-based team are able to supply and install a range of smart thermostats like the Worcester Wave and Nest to both new and existing central heating systems. For more information and a free quotation please contact us.

Further Accreditation Awards

AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a further two accreditations by Constructionline and the Acclaim scheme. Making us one of the few Plumbing & Heating companies in Plymouth to hold such prestige accreditations.

Established in 1985, AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD is a local Plymouth business, now based in Estover we complete over 4,000 plumbing, heating & gas jobs every year in Plymouth alone and have been widely regarded as Plymouth’s leading Plumbing & Heating company.

In May 2017, we were awarded the Constructionline accreditation and also the Acclaim accreditation.  With these new accreditations, our customers in Plymouth and the surrounding areas can be sure that we adhere to the strictest health and safety policies and that our work is carried out to the highest standard.

These further accreditations join a long list of current accreditations which include: Buy with Confidence, Platinum Worcester Accredited Installer, Approved Worcester Service Partner, Gas Safe Register and Nest Certified Partner. Our sheer number of quality accreditations is unrivalled in Plymouth and gives our customers confidence that our work carried out by our Gas Safe Registered Heating Engineers is to the highest standard.

To receive a free home visit quotation from Plymouth’s leading Plumbing & Heating company please contact us. We carry out all Plumbing, Heating & Gas work in Plymouth and the surrounding areas.