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British Gas Contact Number | 0843 850 2481

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Contacting British Gas Customer Service

There are a number of ways to contact British Gas.

By telephone:

The main number for enquiries is 0843 850 2481.

You can also use the Textphone number 18001 0800 072 8626 or, if you are calling from abroad, the number is +44 113 298 0900.

These lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am - 8pm, Saturday: 8am - 6pm.

Other numbers

In the case of an emergency call: 0800 111 999.

This line is open 24 / 7 every day.

For Pay As You Go Energy enquiries: 0800 048 0303.

This line open Monday to Friday, 8am - 8pm, Saturday: 8am - 6pm

To inform British Gas you are moving home: 0843 850 2481. The line is open Monday to Friday, 8am – 8pm, Saturday: 8am – 6pm. (For Pay As You Go accounts call 0800 048 0303. This line is open 24 / 7, 7 days a week.)

To become a British Gas customer: call 0800 980 6005. Lines are open Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm, Saturday: 8am – 6pm.

Call Charges to British Gas

Call charges - UK

0800 numbers are free for BT customers. 0845 numbers are charged at no more than 4 pence per minute for BT customers. Charges from mobile phones and other networks may vary.

Other ways of contacting British Gas

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You can contact British Gas via their website. Visitors can access some of the services available, however, if you are a customer you may need to login to access the full range of services.  


To contact British Gas by email write to

By Post

You can write to British Gas at British Gas, PO Box 227, Rotherham, S98 1PD.

Customer Service Issues

British Gas is a very large organisation, receiving thousands of calls per day. For this reason, you will often find that lines can be busy. If you telephone them, you may end up being put in a queue. Unless you have an emergency, it could be better to call later.

Preparing to call British Gas Customer Service

Always start by checking you have got the right British Gas phone number as there are different ones for differing departments.

To comply with data security regulations, British Gas is obliged to verify your identity so that they do not pass on personal information to the wrong people or let fraudsters access your account. To help them achieve this quickly, have all the identification details they may ask for at your fingertips, including your British Gas account number, passwords, reference numbers and secret question answers.


Get put through to the right person

British Gas has numerous departments and to make sure people get put through to the right person you may be asked to use your telephone keypad to choose from a range of options. Pay careful attention to the choices given and if the options are not what you require, choose the most likely alternative. Pressing no keys can sometimes help you get put through to an operator who can connect you to the department you are looking for.

Talking to British Gas Customer Service

When you contact British Gas customer service, try to explain your issues clearly so the operator can give you the precise help you need. If you need to make a complaint, stay calm and remember that the assistant is only following procedures. Getting angry will not help you get your problem solved and can get you into trouble.

If you aren’t happy with how your complaint is handled, ask to speak to a manager. If this still doesn’t resolve your problem, you should then write a formal complaint.

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Making a complaint

There are different procedures for making complaints to British Gas, depending on what your complaint is about. Below are links to the different areas showing you the complaints process for each.

You can make a complaint by phone, email or written letter. Each of the above services has different phone numbers, email addresses and postal addresses which you can find by clicking on the link provided.

What to do if you have a complaint that cannot be resolved

If you are unable to resolve your complaint with British Gas, then, after 8 weeks have passed, you are entitled to refer the matter to the Ombudsman Services Communications.

Ombudsman Services Communications contact details



Phone 0330 440 1614 – standard call charges apply

Fax: 01925 430 049


Ombudsman Services Communications

PO Box 730



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Further information about British Gas

With a history going back as far as 1812 as the Gas Light and Coke Company, the business we know today was originally part of the publically owned British Gas Corporation. It was privatised under Margaret Thatcher in 1986 and renamed British Gas plc after which is was floated on the stock market in one of the most high profile share offers the UK has known. In 1997 British Gas plc was broken up into three separate businesses, one of these, Centrica, became owner of British Gas in its current form. British Gas is the leading UK supplier of gas and electricity, supplying over 12 million homes and also providing one of the biggest home services businesses in the UK, British Gas Homecare.

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British Gas has had a number of problems over the last few years. In 2012 its use of cold calling led it to be publicly listed as one of the companies that the ICO had concerns about. Later, in 2014 after an agreement with Ofgem, the company paid compensation of £1 million to customers who had been advised to switch to British Gas through mis-selling and ‘exaggerated claims.’ (Source)

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