First of all a decision needs to be made around what type of heater you want to install. The choices are Natural Gas, Propane or Electric. We opted to go with what we visually saw. An old Propane heater with a line off to the corner of the fence line. As expected, the Pool Guy doesn’t get involved with the fuel source, only the hardware of the heater and the connection to the pool system.
For the fuel, I had to go to a local Propane vendor since the old heater had all of the connections in place to support a propane tank. Initially that company was all for dropping new tanks in place and being done with the work. They even said that they didn’t feel a site survey would be needed if there were tanks previously in that location. That is until my call this morning.
Obviously I had not been dealing with a propane knowledgeable individual. After she put me on hold to check with the technician, she returned to inform me that since there were no existing tanks to replace it had to be treated as a new installation which meant that now I need to get permits from the Township for the installation. Great…..
So off to call the township’s building department where the assumption was confirmed. Now I need to get a Plumbing and Fire Permit. On top of that, I have to submit a Zoning permit outlining where the tanks will be installed on the survey that we received when we purchased the home. All totaled, we will have to pay around $140 for the township to let us install tanks that obviously where installed before! I even asked why the previous installation wouldn’t justify the new installation. No such luck going down that road.
So now we will have a brand new heater in place, no propane to use it to heat the tank until I can get the permits and what not in place to have the Propane company come out and drop new tanks then fill them. More money.
I understand why some people have work done without permits because it doesn’t make much sense to pay money to have someone tell you what to do with your own home. At the same time, having been burned by bad contractors, I also see some protection in obtaining permits. It is really a no win situation. At least when all is said and done, I will have documentation stating that things have been signed off by the township for when we ever decide to sell this place.