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Do I need a permit to replace my air conditioner?

The importance of a good air conditioner in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area cannot be underestimated. With daytime temperatures rising to 95°F in the hot summer months, DFW homeowners need something to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature. Sooner or later, though, an air conditioner is going to break down. And when it does, you are going to get a new one installed.

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Are you planning to install a new air conditioning unit in your Corsicana home or upgrade an existing one? If yes, then Area Wide Services is here for you.

There are a number of reasons why engaging our air conditioner replacement services makes sense.

  • For one, our HVAC technicians have the experience and expertise to help you choose the right air conditioner for your home, based on factors like the size and age of your home.
  • Secondly, we have a wide range of energy-efficient air conditioners, such as the Platinum ZV, Platinum XM, Gold XI, Silver XI, Silver SI, and more. When you shop with us, you get nothing but the best in terms of quality.
  • We will also talk over with you things like rebates, manufacturer’s incentives, warranties, energy efficiency, permits, and more so you feel confident about your decision.

“Permits?” you ask?

When most homeowners hear the word “building permit,” their mind likely jumps to large scale projects — such as constructing a garage, home additions, or roof replacement. But did you know that you need a permit for some of the smaller home improvement projects too?

And YES, you do need a building permit for installing or replacing your air conditioning unit — a quick call to your local permits and verifications department will verify this. You will also need a permit when installing or replacing your air ducts, furnace (gas or electric), or fireplace.

Why do you need permits?

Permits may seem like a hindrance to your home improvement, but they are there for all the good reasons:

1- If any home improvement project alters the building’s structure, use or could lead to hazardous working conditions, a building permit is required. A permit ensures that the work being performed (in this case, AC replacement) is being done correctly and safely, in compliance with building codes and city ordinances.

2- Besides ensuring safety and compliance, building permits guarantee that the air conditioning unit being installed in your home is up to par with the federally mandated Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) ratings and is safe and energy-efficient.

3- Building permits also provide you with a paper trail to break down the work that occurred during the process. This can be really useful when you decide to list your home on the market.

What happens if you do not have a permit?

Installing or replacing an air conditioning unit without the required permits is illegal in Texas. If code enforcement officials come to know about it, it could lead to VERY EXPENSIVE fees and penalties down the line that you will have to pay.

Additionally, if you decide to sell your home and you had an AC replacement done without a permit, home inspectors will most certainly find gaps between a new or replaced air conditioning unit, which will raise concerns for the lack of correlating paperwork.

You may be required to hire additional contractors to make any necessary corrections prior to transferring ownership of the property: this time with the necessary permits. This will not only cost your time and money, but you may end up losing the home buyer as well.

We can help secure the required building permits.

At Area Wide Services, we have over 15 years of experience with HVAC systems, so we know how to get the job done right the first time.

We know the state, and local laws surrounding air conditioning permits and will help you acquire the right permits to ensure your AC replacement is done to code or workmanship standards.

Ready for new air conditioning? Contact us to get started!

When you need to replace your air conditioner, get in touch with Area Wide Services. As one of the leading HVAC companies in Corsicana, TX, we are equipped with highly trained and licensed technicians that are ready to replace your air conditioning unit any time, even on weekends and holidays. We are here to help you through all of the red tape — and this means securing all the required permits for the job — to get you set up with an air conditioning unit that is safe and efficient for you and your loved ones.

Contact us today, and we will start the installation process within 24 to 48 hours. Compared to other companies that make you wait for seven days or more, Area Wide Services assures you that you will have your air conditioning unit installed in no time.

Give us a call at (903) 874-5298 or fill out our online form to speak to us. Our friendly phone operators are on standby 24/7 to answer any concerns, questions, or installation requests.

 

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