It’s always a good idea to get a professional for a job such as installing a new furnace. The main reason is that your financial investment in a new furnace will result in a longer-lasting operation of a superior built furnace.
Called Great Dane for replacement of my furnace and never worried for a permit so the less obvious reason is that they tend to take care of paperwork behind the scenes for you. For one, they are aware that there are permits issued for items such as furnaces. Furthermore, they understand the reasoning behind a permit and adhere very strictly to the local building codes, and as such, get the permit.
A permit will help ensure that the furnace is made of proper materials for your location. In addition, it will ensure that it is observing the local building codes as well. Some rules make a lot of sense, and others can leave the individual scratching their heads.
Most of the rules are practical, and based on years of experience in seeing what works and what can blow up, quite literally. For the basic reason of enjoying a furnace that operates without peril and incident, have a permit pulled.
The ultimate heating professional will know how to do this and will be more than happy to do it. Sure, no one wants to deal with a government agency. Though, for the professional, it is just a part of the job.
They understand that it will make the bill a bit more expensive overall. And, it will also make the job take a bit longer to complete. That’s just par for the course and how the process works.
There are horror stories usually once a year on the news (in cold climates). Or, check online for the truly gruesome of furnace horror stories. Homes that have improperly or “cheap” furnace installations may suffer the dramatic explosion.
It can send people to the hospital, forever injured or killed. Even if no one is home, the damage to the home is ravaging. To add insult to injury, the home owner’s insurance may deny the claim for faulty installation or for failing to pull a permit. It might regard the damage as fully preventable.
And, if it does pay out, you will be cancelled, and unable to find another insurance policy. Even if you can get another policy, it may be 10 times more costly. So, take the time and spend the extra money and pull a permit.