You may or may not be aware that the government has recently introduced a requirement for the owners of biomass boilers in receipt of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), to carry out annual servicing / preventative maintenance checks. Whilst undertaking servicing as per the manufactures requirements has always been an ongoing obligation of someone on the RHI, this is something that until now there has been no actual checks on. It is also not just a case of being able to demonstrate an annual service has been done, but you must be able to demonstrate it has been done to the correct standard, that being MCS040: Planned and Preventative Maintenance of Biomass Appliances, or an equivalent one. Moving forward these are two things that will be checked as part of your annual declaration.
In order to demonstrate that a boiler has been serviced to MCS040, the company undertaking it must be registered and approved by HETAS for biomass maintenance, something Treco are pleased to announce we are. To become approved companies must demonstrate they can undertake the work to the required standard, this is initially done by evidencing that the engineers have either undertaken HETAS or manufacturer based training, with a site audit then following.
Evidence of servicing must be kept by the RHI account holder and this can be requested by Ofgem. A document is also required from HETAS that certifies the boiler was serviced to the required standard. This certificate is something the servicing company provides after registering the service on HETAS' online database.
To avoid having your RHI payments suspended, make sure any future servicing is undertaken by a HETAS approved company!