When your plumbing or radiator has a sudden breakdown, it can be very hard to tell whether you require the services of an emergency plumber or the expertise of a heating engineer. While these two professionals are often hired and many people believe that their job descriptions are similar, it’s worth noting that they significantly vary from each other. Read on to find out the difference between the two.


Dating back to the Roman Empire, plumbers derived their name from the Latin word ‘plumbum’, which means lead as they used to work with lead piping. The name has stuck up to this day, although plumbing pipes are no longer made from lead.

Modern plumbers now work on a variety of pipework and heating systems. Other common plumbing jobs include:

  • Toilet flush or draining issues
  • Dripping taps and pipework
  • Plumbing in Dishwasher and washing machines
  • Bath/shower installation and fittings
  • Installation and maintenance of drainage, irrigation and sewage systems

While there are many domestic and commercial plumbers who are qualified to deal with heating appliances and systems, it’s important that you check their qualifications and experience.


Heating engineers, on the other hand, work in residential, commercial or industrial properties to install solutions for heating needs. Unlike most qualified plumbers, their work is focused on repairing, installing and troubleshooting heating systems and appliances. Our professionals at Wright Maintenance ensure that a structure is safely and efficiently heated, but can also work in other areas of plumbing.

Whom should you call for a boiler service or boiler repair?
If you are having issues with your heating system, heating engineers are the ones you should call. However, if you find a plumber who is qualified to do the job, make sure that they have a Gas Safe certificate and are accredited to Gas Safe. Keep in mind that in addition to it being against the law, employing plumbers or heating engineers without the appropriate Gas Safe certification puts you and your household or workplace at a higher risk.

At Wright Maintenance, we know how important it is to keep your heating, hot and cold water, as well as ventilation systems running at their peak efficiency. This is why we always strive to provide quality customer service to help you maximise your energy savings and extend the life of your equipment, whether you are a homeowner or a property manager. Get in touch with us today by calling us on 02039 282 800 | 0121 322 4003 or send us an email at [email protected].