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Do You Need Permits To Replace Your Air Conditioner in Florida?


If you plan on replacing your air conditioner in your Florida home or business, you will need a building permit from your local county.

Florida counties each maintain a different process for obtaining the building permit needed to replace or install an AC unit, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to get one as an individual. If you’ve hired an HVAC contractor to replace your air conditioner, the contractor will likely obtain the necessary building permit on your behalf.

Why Do You Need a Permit To Replace an AC?

The Florida Building Code requires licensed HVAC contractors to obtain a building permit to install, remove, or replace an air conditioning system. This permit ensures that the system in your home or business is installed correctly, circulates good indoor air quality, cools your property efficiently, and more.

Building permits required for an AC installation or replacement are designed specifically to protect you as the consumer and property owner.

Ask your HVAC contractor about their process for getting a building permit before work begins. There are consequences for both the contractor and property owner if neither obtains a permit. 

What Happens if You Don’t Get a Permit To Replace Your AC in Florida?

For homeowners and business owners without a building permit for AC installation, their properties likely will not pass an inspection, and they might be fined or required to redo HVAC work at their own expense. Also, they often will have difficulties submitting certain documents to a homeowner’s association, property tax authority, or local government with ordinances.

Most HVAC equipment manufacturers require that the equipment must be installed by a licensed HVAC contractor. If the equipment is not installed by a licensed HVAC contractor, warranty coverage is voided and the manufacturer will not cover the replacement of defective parts. Some home warranties include the same warnings.

HVAC contractors can lose their business or trade license if caught without a permit, among other consequences.

Trust David Gray for a Hassle-Free AC Installation Process

Whether you’re installing a new air conditioner for your new home or business or you’re replacing your air conditioner, contact David Gray for fast, friendly service from highly rated technicians. Our team will secure the needed building permits for you, answer your questions, and provide recommendations for air conditioning systems that fit your needs and budget. We offer a free estimate on all services as well as honest and upfront pricing for new AC units.

Schedule AC service online or call us at (904) 605-8190.