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Ariston emphasises importance of benchmark scheme

Ariston has joined the campaign to link the commissioning checklist with the appliance’s warranty

The company has joined forces with other UK gas boiler manufacturers in a campaign to link the commissioning checklist with the appliance’s warranty - helping demonstrate compliance with Building Regulations and also show evidence of a competent installation.

To provide customers with proof that the all the legal requirements have been met, installers must complete and sign the Benchmark commissioning checklist. Failure to do so will invalidate the warranty for gas boiler installations.

Not only does this give the end user reassurance that appliances have been installed safely, but it also helps support the majority of competent installers who already carry out their work to a professional and high standard.

Gareth Ash, Ariston’s product manager said: “UK boiler manufacturers have all agreed that to improve industry standards they cannot continue to bear the cost of installations which haven’t been carried out to manufacturer’s instructions. Ariston is a strong advocate of the Benchmark member scheme and is dedicated to removing illegal and cowboy installers from a highly skilled industry.

“Alongside other UK manufacturers, Ariston will continue to provide training and support to competent installers but would like to strongly encourage those who are working illegally to get the necessary qualifications and skills to become Gas Safe registered, as a minimum.”

The Benchmark member scheme is a nationally recognised scheme that places the responsibilities on both manufacturers and installers to ensure best practice in installation, commissioning and servicing of domestic heating and hot water products in line with Building Regulations in England and Wales. It is managed and promoted by the Heating and Hot water Industry Council (HHIC).

Since 1 January 2011, gas engineers have been required to make sure they fill out the Benchmark checklists on completion of every boiler installation, and leave it with the householder in order for the appliance’s warranty to be valid. The checklists are included within the manufacturer’s installation instructions.

For more information about Benchmark, visit www.centralheating.co.uk/benchmark-member-scheme