Workmanship warranty | OFTEC consumer guide

Workmanship warranty

Workmanship warranty is a scheme designed to give you peace of mind when you have new heating or cooking equipment installed a member of a competent person scheme like OFTEC.  It is one of several important benefits that employing an OFTEC registered technician brings to householders.

The warranty covers any domestic work that is self-certified in participating regions through the OFTEC notification system, which includes:

  • Liquid fuel-fired boiler, cooker, storage and supply installations
  • Solid fuel-fired stove installations
  • Renewable heating technology installations
  • Heating and plumbing installations
  • Ventilation installations (not including air conditioning) 
  • Electrical work covered by building regulations Part P.

Real peace of mind

The workmanship warranty scheme was introduced by Government and is mandatory in England and Wales and voluntary in the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Northern Ireland. All installation work self-certified by OFTEC registered installers includes a workmanship warranty so that in the unlikely event that work does not meet building regulations and the installer is no longer trading, the work will still be covered.

Warranty period

The warranty lasts for six years from the date of installation, providing OFTEC receives the job notification on time, and covers the cost of rectifying any contravention of building regulations directly attributable to the installation.

Adding value to your home

A workmanship warranty is fully transferable between owners of a property. Householders can claim up to £10,000 for rectification work if the original OFTEC installer is no longer trading. If you decide to sell your home, the warranty automatically passes to the new owner for the duration of the warranty period.

For further information about workmanship warranty, please see OFTEC workmanship warranty terms and conditions in the sidebar. 

Building regulations

Liquid and solid fuel-fired heating, renewable and electrical installations must comply with regional building regulations. In England and Wales, OFTEC registered technicians can self-certify their own work without involving local authority building control. If you choose to use someone who isn’t registered with a ‘competent person’ scheme, you will have to obtain a building control notice and arrange for an inspection, which can be costly and time consuming. You are also unlikely to receive a warranty on the work carried out.

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