Are you considering replacing or installing a water heater, air conditioner, or furnace? Did you know that these are just some of the appliances that require permits?
A permit may seem like something that isn’t important or that you can just skip, but this step is, in fact, very important. Not only does it ensure that the equipment is properly installed, working correctly, and operating safely, but it avoids the risk of being fined, also jeopardizing your insurance coverage and rates, and lowering the resale value of your home.
According to the National Association of Realtors, not obtaining the proper permits may complicate or cancel the sale of your home. During the home inspection or appraisal process, homeowners may be required to show that the proper permits are on file. If the lending bank learns that remodeling work was done without securing permits, it will most likely deny the loan.
In California, all building departments require a qualified third party to verify that the system is performing as designed. This may seem excessive but studies have shown that only 10% of all HVAC installations nationwide are done properly. Inspectors check for carbon monoxide hazards, electrical hazards, fire hazards and workmanship of the installation.
Licensed contractors are required to apply for permits and cannot delegate this responsibility to the homeowner. Contractors who fail to apply for permits are breaking the law.
Permits are governed by each local municipality so be sure to check with your contractor and/or city to ensure that you have all of the necessary required documents for your home.
If In Doubt
If you have any questions about your water heater, air conditioner, or furnace, 1-800-anytyme would be happy to assist you. Contact us via our contact form or call (760) 477-0072 to speak with a member of our team today!