There is a growing trend that licensed HVAC contractors are violating state laws by insisting that a building permit is not needed to install a new HVAC system. At a recent government sting operation a HVAC contractor was invited to bid on a job and asked if a building permit was needed, surprisingly as much as 40% of invited contractors told undercover investigators that a permit is not needed, despite this being both wrong and illegal.
Why you should only opt for contractors who take out permits
It is highly recommended that you only use contractors who answer truthfully when asked if a building permit is required for the following reasons:
- It is the law – You are required by law to have a permit for the HVAC work done in your home. Penalties for not having a permit vary by city but taking out a permit is cheaper than paying the penalty.
- It helps ensure your HVAC system stays in good working order – Among other things a permit ensures that your new HVAC system will have regular inspections to keep it working well. These checks will also ensure it was installed properly and that it meets all current legislation including the State Building Energy Efficiency Standards and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) requirements.
- You shouldn’t use dishonest tradesman – Typically if a HVAC contractor tells you you don’t need a building permit they either don’t know (which is unlikely) or they are lying to you on purpose. Even if the contractor is simply misinformed if they do not know the law regarding HVAC installations they should not be trusted to correctly do work on your HVAC system.
If you have any further questions about hiring a HVAC contractor or about any other issue relating to heating, ventilation or cooling please contact Pacific Aire, Inc. Pacific Aire have been serving the Ventura County community since 1990 and have now expanded to offer services in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
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