We are taking the following precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. All of our technicians have masks, glasses, latex gloves and shoe booties if they have to enter your home. Our technicians also have hand sanitizer and disinfectants that they use after every call.
If we are there to do maintenance and we don’t have to come inside your home to get to the equipment, we are asking homeowners to adjust the thermostat for us so we can do the system maintenance without entering the home. We will not be shaking hands and will keep our distance from customers.
Many homeowners think of large scale projects; like constructing a garage, building a shed, or replacing a roof— with building permits, but in fact, there are many home additions or projects that require city or county authorization. When it’s time to replace your air conditioning/HVAC unit with a new system, permits are a step that can’t be skipped. At Paschal Air, Plumbing, & Electric, we help you avoid the hassle by coordinating with city and county officials on your behalf to pull permits. Here is what you need to know ahead of your air conditioning replacement.
HVAC Installation is Complicated
Installing a new HVAC system is not a DIY project. Removing an old HVAC system and installing a new one involves a lot of work and expertise. Installers need a thorough knowledge of electrical systems as well as air conditioning and furnace operation. Making sure that you have the correct HVAC system for your home is also important. Our expert HVAC technicians undergo rigorous, extensive training – both in the classroom and on the job. They never stop learning about HVAC repair and replacement.
Law Requires City to Inspect
Laws require city inspection of many home renovation projects including installation of HVAC systems. The inspection process for a city is designed to make sure that all buildings are safe. The process most cities require is:
Submit a plan
Get a permit
Do the installation
Have an inspection.
Approval or changes suggested (requiring re-inspection)
Since HVAC systems involve installers to have a thorough knowledge of electrical systems as well as heating and cooling systems, you want to make sure you hire a quality company to do your work. You want a company that can do the project right the first time. Make sure the company is licensed, trained and insured. Expertise in HVAC installation and familiarity with city codes will also make the project go more smoothly.
City Inspection Ensures Codes Followed
While getting a city inspection of your new HVAC system seems like jumping through a hoop, in reality, the process of city inspections of buildings makes sure that you and your city comply with state, federal and local building codes. More importantly, inspections make sure that the project was done correctly. An experienced HVAC installer will know how to comply with city inspection rules and will be happy to fill out all of the paperwork for you.
The reason that air conditioning permits are important is that they guarantee that the equipment being installed in your home, and the people installing said equipment is up to par with the government & the EPA’s energy efficiency standards. Every air conditioning unit is assigned SEER ratings (which stands for its seasonal energy efficiency ratio) which guarantee that the system is safe and environmentally friendly. During the permit process, the contractor must record how your home’s equipment makes the grade.
A city inspection of all HVAC installations keeps everyone safe, and making sure your new HVAC system is installed by the experienced professionals at Paschal will make that inspection go quickly and easily.
The Consequences Of Not Having A Permit
Permits are a crucial part of the home improvement/project process, and doing work without the proper permits and paperwork can result in penalties and possibly fines down the line. If city or county code enforcement officials find out that work has been done without following due process, it could lead to fines and fees that the homeowner (you) will have to pay for.
Not only that, but if you sell plan to your home, home inspectors may see the gaps between a new or replaced unit and raise concerns about lack of permits & paperwork. This could result in backtracking, hiring additional contractors, and (if necessary) fixing the work: this time with the appropriate permits.
For more information on having a new HVAC system installed in your Northwest Arkansas, SW Missouri, or Fort Smith River Valley home contact us at Paschal Air, Plumbing, & Electric.
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