Differences Between Licensed & Unlicensed Storage Heater Replacement in Singapore
Choosing an unlicensed storage heater replacement contractor comes with legal liabilities for the homeowner.
Unlicensed Storage Heater Replacement
Unlicensed Storage Heater Replacement caused the rupture of storage water heater at Marine Parade condo broke glass doors and windows
The rupture of a storage water heater in a Cote D’Azur apartment in Marine Parade on Saturday (Sept 30 2017) smashed the glass doors and windows of the unit’s balcony. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS
After searching on Google keying in “heater replacement”, the first page is filled with vendors claiming to be Licensed Plumber or License Plumbing companies who are ready to carry out the replacement. Only a few are.
Results from Google search Licensed heater Installation
There’s more involved here than the flashy web pages and possibly saving a few bucks
Defining “Licensed Plumber”
The first thing to understand is that Licensed Plumbers are essentially the person whose name is attached to every regulated work and answerable for it to PUB.
His duty is not just to allow his name and licence number to be “rented” for display at a website or just to show up at the site to make his presence felt.
the satisfactory completion of WSI works; and
The procedure for notifying PUB of WSI works by Licensed Plumber is as follows:
Protection Against Liability
Most international tenants especially those from the western countries are used to buying Home Insurance to protect against damage due to pipe burst or rapture storage water heater.
In case of an incident, some policies may deny claims from the tenants should it be the result of an unlicensed storage heater replacement or authorised works.
As such, the landlord will have to pay out of their pockets.
The property agent may be responsible if the contractor is engaged by him/her.
Even if you are issued an invoice from a brick and mortar shop indicating an installation works and you have deligently register the warranty online thinking that you have the warranty covered, you may not.
For Rheem, warranty will not be entitled if:
For Joven, warranty terms and conditions:
Warranty claims that require the installation to be corrected and regularize to conform to PUB (Water Supply) Regulations and Singapore Standard SS 636:2018 will incur extra charges.
Shoddy works and pipe leaking
For house owner who wish to be covered under this protection, you need to
Licensed Plumber doing a shoddy work is not an option, if it requires redoing, he will have to do it.
Should there be a leaking as a result, giving excuses and not show up is also not a choice for him.
Just two unresolved issues, he will have his licence suspended for 6 months.
This is a very effective system by PUB to ensure works are properly carried out.
So, is it smart to save a few bucks going unlicensed storage heater replacement? I guess that depends on how much you’re willing to take on extra financial and legal risks.