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If I change the GAS to the regulated market, do I have to pay a new inspection?

I’m getting dozens of messages with this question. As you have already noticed, if you are a customer of EDP or GALP (we still don’t know the value of the increases from the others) as of October 1, the price of gas will practically triple. An invoice for 20 becomes 60, from 50 to 150, from 300 to 900 euros. It’s serious.

As I have already explained to you in this article HERE, if you do your math and it doesn’t pay to continue in your company because you have other very important discounts for you, the best decision is to CHANGE as soon as possible to the regulated market. We still don’t know how this is done, because the government hasn’t explained it yet. You have to wait.

But do I have to pay between 60 and 80 euros or more to change?

This point is VERY IMPORTANT. The answer is yes and no. It depends on how long ago you last gas inspection of your home. I’m predicting that tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of you will have to pay a new gas inspection if you want to change your gas supplier, regulated or not.

But I want you to understand one simple thing: Nobody has to pay a new gas inspection just to switch gas companies. Inspections are mandatory every x years, whether you change supplier or not. What happens is that many of us did not do it in due time and now, according to the law, the supplier (regulated or not) to make a new contract is obliged to ask for a valid inspection certificate.

If you have it and it is valid (within the legal period of validity) you change your contract and you do not have to pay anything. If it is out of date or if you can’t find it or if you never had it (at a time when the document was not mandatory) then YES, you will have to pay a new inspection even before moving to the regulated market (or another company ).

Will there be room for your inspection?

This is one of the big problems I foresee. As soon as it is possible to return to the regulated gas market (we still don’t know how) there will be a flood of requests for these inspections. Will companies be able to respond to tens of thousands of requests in the first few weeks? I doubt it very much.

That is, if you are not very attentive and you already request an inspection, you may have to wait several weeks, a month or more, before you can switch to the regulated market. And meanwhile you will be paying absurd prices.

Perhaps the government, realizing this problem, will create some kind of exemption / postponement / any other solution to prevent bureaucracy from blocking the savings of Portuguese who want to immediately change supplier so as not to be victims of these terrible increases.

I also want you to understand that these increases are not corporate greed. They can’t afford to buy gas at 300 and sell you at 35. It’s one of the consequences of war. We take it by table.

Who has to pay for a new inspection?

This link has all the information from the Directorate-General for Energy and Geology on the subject:

https://www.dgeg.gov.pt/pt/areas-setoriais/energia/combustiveis/instalacoes-de-gas-em-edificios/

I will summarize for you what is in the law.

Gas Installations (IG) are subject to periodic inspectionsunder penalty of cutting off the gas supply.

In cases of conversion, changes to the IG, gas leaks or interruption of its supply due to the existence of a critical defect, the IG are also subject to extraordinary inspections. That is, whenever you have a problem with gas or change equipment, you are required by law to request a new inspection. Many change water heaters, stoves, etc. and they don’t. It is illegal and VERY DANGEROUS.

The change of gas supplier and the change of ownership in the contract gas supply do not imply carrying out an extraordinary inspectionprovided that there is a valid inspection statement or, alternatively, the inspection report with approving results, approving the installation.

All GIs must be subjected to periodic inspection, according to the following frequency:

building type 1st Periodic Inspection Remaining inspections
IG executed until 08/21/2018 IG executed after 08/21/2018 Frequency
Type I – Housing Until 08/26/2028 or when they reach their 20th birthday, whichever is earlier 10 years 5 years

In short, look for and see – with time – the valid inspection declaration that you have in your home that approves the installation and that allows you to validate that any of the gas appliances and the ventilation and combustion products exhaust systems have not been replaced. of gas appliances.

When changing supplier, you do not have to carry out a new inspection if the customer presents the valid inspection certificate and a declaration attesting that no structural changes were made to the natural gas installation – Installation Declaration of Conformity. You can print this declaration on the EDP website, for example, using the link in the previous sentence.

When changing ownership of the gas contract, a new inspection is also not paid if the customer presents a valid inspection certificate and a statement attesting that no structural changes were made to the natural gas installation.

Periodic inspections must be carried out from:

  • 5 in 5 years: in installations with more than 10 years;
  • 3 in 3 years: in gas installations in companies and institutions.

In order not to have to pay for this new inspection, you must have these two valid documents with you (to upload when you move to the regulated market):

  • Valid inspection certificate issued by the natural gas inspection entity – if the inspection certificate presented is no longer valid, it is mandatory to carry out a new inspection. The inspection report does not replace the inspection certificate.
  • Declaration of conformity of the natural gas installation which certifies that, to the best of its knowledge, no changes were made to the layout, section or nature of the piping (in common parts or inside the dwellings), or components of the installation were replaced by others of a different type.

What do I do?

Comply with the law. If you find that your gas inspection is overdue, do it immediately this month so you don’t have to wait weeks after October. If you have the inspection up to date (every 5 years, after the first 10) you don’t have to worry about paying this expense (which you will pay later on, change supplier or not).

Therefore, if you have never considered this aspect of natural gas inspections, anticipate an additional expense in October of 60, 80 euros or another amount depending on your situation and/or the company you hire to carry out the inspection, if you want to switch to the regulated one. It’s your responsibility, it’s not the gas company’s responsibility to move to. Go see your papers.


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