Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question:
I am having a contractor replace my central air conditioning system with a newer more efficient model. I am having the work done by Sears who contracted out the installation to a local licensed contractor. The contractor just recently installed the AC unit and I am concerned that the installation is not to code (which by contract they were required to do.) For example, the AC unit is placed directly in front of an electral junction box therefore blocking access to it. Where can I find the building code requirements/standards for AC installations. I am interested in setback requirements from house and/or clearances from electral equipment and support/foundation requirements for the AC unit itself and for the copper refrigerant lines. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

ANSWER:
Thank you for contacting the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works. Our Building and Safety Division's Electrical Section will be happy to assist you with your inquiry. Please call 626-458-3180 and ask to speak with an electrical plan check engineer. An additional resource is the L.A. County inspector assigned to your project (as permits and inspections are required by code), who can also be of assistance. You may call our La Puente office at 626-961-9611 and request an inspection for the installation and to discuss your concerns at length. Thank you for your inquiry.


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