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Question DetailsAsked on 4/30/2015

Does a newly installed HVAC system need to be inspected by the city, like water heaters?

Had a system installed just 3 yrs ago and ALL the freon in the AC unit is gone with zero leaks !! I'm wondering if freon was ever put in.

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Permits and inspections are required ,if your local building department requies them. check with the building department.

If it never had had Freon, it would never have cooled at all.

Assuming it was working, and now out of Freon, it must have a leak ,or someone let it out. Kids today are still "huffing" freon to get "high" ,so that may have happened.

If you are being told this by a new company,there are some scammers out there today, so maybe get a second opinion.


Answered 5 years ago by BayAreaAC


As BayAreaAC said, new systems usually DO need a permit - especially if new/changed wiring. Only places i have heard of permit being needed for just recharging/repairing a system is in jurisdictions that charge permit fees based on job cost (so a revenue, not a public protection measure), and I believe Californai now requires an HVAC repair certificate and the technician has to log and record each use of refrigerant gas - I think that requirement started this year.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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