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HVAC Permits in NJ- All You Need to Know

HVAC Permits NJWhen replacing an existing or upgrading to a new HVAC unit, customers often wonder why HVAC permits are required in NJ.  So, why does the state of New Jersey require such diligence in filing for an HVAC permit and what do you need to keep in mind.

The reasons for New Jersey HVAC contractors to adhere to state building codes are really quite logical.  The building codes are the product of past experience.  Unfortunately, most of those experiences have been in the form of disasters and loss of like.  In the case if HVAC codes, this could not be more true.

The evening news seems to be riddled with tragic stories of illegal or unprofessional heating installations or repairs that ended in dramatic fashion.  From carbon monoxide poisoning to gas leak explosions, people have lost their lives because New Jersey HVAC code was not followed.

Providing Written Documentation

A heating unit, by definition, handles high heat as it transforms energy to comfortable warmth.  Utilizing fuels like natural gas or heating oil, the systems literally burn the fuel to heat forced air or pressurized water.  One faulty connection, one improperly installed element and a reasonably safe, efficient system can be the basis of a catastrophic fire.  Obtaining a mechanical building permit puts the state code enforcement team on notice.  It provides the state with documentation on what components will be used in the installation or renovation project.  It details the project methods and intended efficiencies.  This information allows code enforcement inspectors to check on the project at key points in the installation, hopefully catching any mistakes or problems before they become dangerous.  Think of it as a contractor’s quality control.

Protecting the Neighborhood

Properly submitting project permits doesn’t only protect the customer, but also serves to protect the interests of the community, too.  For example, let’s consider a home in a densely populated neighborhood.  The neighborhood is well-maintained, and the residents get along well.  A homeowner has decided to have a ductless air conditioning system installed to cool an area of his home that he has not been able to reach with central air.  He hires a local “handyman” to install the unit.  Without a permit, he sets up the unit on an exterior wall, four feet from a neighbor’s bedroom window.  The neighbor now has the inconvenience of an air conditioning unit running right next to his bedroom.

Now, let’s consider the homeowner hires a reputable HVAC contractor, who puts a permit together and submits it for approval.  The state building code team will catch the code issue, and the contractor will work to find an appropriate alteration that both meets the homeowner’s needs and protects the interests of his neighbors.  It’s a win-win situation.

Always up to Latest Best Practices

Making sure that HVAC projects are safely performed and adhere to local codes, aren’t the only advantages of properly obtaining NJ HVAC permits.  The state of New Jersey has a vested interest in insuring that HVAC manufacturers are building products that are energy efficient and safe for use.  They combine their continuing research on new products with contractor best-practices for installation and renovations to make sure that all systems are the most efficient use of resources.

While the permit process can be aggravating to the consumer, it is important to remember that it is in place to help protect homes and businesses.  An HVAC system that has been installed without proper permits and inspections is not only illegal but can invalidate an insurance policy.  Should the unthinkable happen, and a system causes either property damage, or worse, the loss of life, imagine the horrific tragedy if an insurance company denied compensation because equipment was not ‘up to code’.

Why All the Paperwork

Here is a quick summary of why all the paperwork for NJ HVAC permits is required:

  1. Enforces state building codes and ensures quality control
  2. Ensures the safety of all, customers and their neighbors
  3. Illegal installation can void insurance policy coverage

Remember, a reputable HVAC contractor will always let you know when a permit is required.  No professional contractor will ever ask a customer to obtain the permit, it should always be a part of their service.  And a professional HVAC contractor will always use the best equipment for the job, insuring energy-efficient and effective comfort for the job.

Brown’s Can Help with HVAC Permits in NJ

Brown’s is committed to providing 100% customer satisfaction and will take the burden of filing for HVAC permits away. We’ve been doing this for nearly 50 years now and know the exact code requirements for every township. And while every borough has different rules to follow, our technicians have vast experience all throughout the state of New Jersey and can ensure your project passes inspection the very first time.

For questions or to schedule your next HVAC appointment, please call us at 732-741-0694.