Yes, in Brussels the periodic EPB inspection of boilers and water heaters is mandatory if they are fired by liquid and gaseous fuels.
In order for the inspection to be valid, it must be carried out by a recognised professional.
The technician will provide you with a periodic EPB inspection certificate that you should keep until the next certificate is issued.
|Tip: book your appointment in the heating season. This is the time of year when professional technicians are more readily available and your heating system can be restarted (if it had been switched off) to measure the combustion process under real conditions.
Plus a travel fee, if applicable.
The EPB boiler technician will check and regulate the burner, check the chimney and the draft (although he will not sweep the chimney), the pressure, etc. A full inspection and maintenance takes anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours and a half depending on the condition of the boiler.
The inspection and maintenance includes a chimney sweep and a nozzle replacement. The technician is also required to check and regulate the burner and clean the boiler.
The price may increase if parts need to be replaced. Inspection and maintenance costs are to be paid by the tenant.
Inspection and maintenance go hand in hand. Inspection is legally required and consists in checking conformity with the regulations, as well as arranging and guaranteeing maintenance and, if required, the repair of your system to ensure proper functioning and a long life cycle.
For more information have a look at the Bruxelles Environnement leaflet on periodic EPB boiler inspections (in French).
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