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Old 03-11-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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water heater permit question


I am going to be replacing my gas water heater in my house with a direct replacement. Where I live we need to pull a permit (Colorado Springs). There are two permits available to pull

1. Replace water heater
2. Replace water heater W/ vent

My gas water heater does indeed have a vent on top as most do but I will not be replacing that at all. I will just be moving the old water heater out and put the new one in.

My question is do I need to purchase option 2 or can I get (yes the cheaper) option 1.
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Old 03-11-2015, 06:43 PM   #2
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Try option one. I would ask them what they actually mean. I'm thinking a through the wall heater type install that's new, but that's me. We only have one price where I work.
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Try option one. I would ask them what they actually mean. I'm thinking a through the wall heater type install that's new, but that's me. We only have one price where I work.
yea I called the nice young folks at the permit place but the young lady I spoke to told me option 1 also but when I asked her a few more questions she transfered me to someone that didn't answer. On the other hand when I was pricing installation the people that wanted to charge me 6-800 bucks told me the permit was 75. Now I don't know if that was to just jack up thier end or if that was the truth.

I could also just buy the thing, slap it in and never sell the house.
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Assuming it is not required to replace the vent when you replace the actual waterheater (you might look into that)

Go with option 1.
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I could also just buy the thing, slap it in and never sell the house.
Or feign ignorance if ever asked about it. Claming you had no idea you needed a permit. Or me personally, I would just state the water heater is original & was never replaced. Not like they will know the difference.

Sounds like a real stupid requirement but not uncommon in Colorado to have such requirements.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:04 PM   #6
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its a law...go with #1 then it won't come back and bite you in the arss..
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:33 PM   #7
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Yea we charge 45.00 for the inspection. We have had plumbers charge the end user over 100 for a permit. To damn bad my permit says 45.00 on it and I make real sure the end user sees that. They can even get a permit with a credit card over the phone.

Anyways I have found 3 natural gas leaks, One normal tin flue hot water tank installed into the 3 inch pvc old power vent pipe. And various miss installs to code regarding pans for the tank, expansion tank required support for the same. But most just do it right. Also 3 or 4 had bad thermostats and were putting out 160 degree Hot water.

So yes inspections are needed.

We also had one child abuse scalding case in the county. The kid was held down in a tub with 145 degree water coming from the land lords non permitted hot water tank. I can see a possible landlord losing big on that one.

When we inspect we check the install to code, write down the hot water temperature to protect the plumber from future scald law suits.

Temp should be between 110 - 140.

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