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Here’s why your geyser doesn’t have to be installed outside

Legislation requires that all geysers comply with certain standards and requirements in order to limit risks and damage. The Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) have various regulations e.g. table B of SANS 10254 which deals specifically with the replacement of geysers. In terms of SANS 10254 a Certificate of Compliance, supplied by the Plumbing Industry Registration Board (PIRB), must be given to the owner whenever any work is done on a geyser, whether it be installation, maintenance or replacement.

SANS 10254 does not require the geyser to be outside the property. It must, however, be indicated on a cylinder if it is an indoor or outdoor cylinder as both products are available. An indoor cylinder can never be installed outside, as this will void the manufacturer’s warranty.

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Table B addresses technical requirements regardless of whether the geyser is inside or outside. Every insurance company has its own procedures regarding claims and will usually not pay out if the geyser was not properly maintained. The approval of a claim is, however, not subject to the condition that the new geyser must be installed exactly where the faulty geyser used to be.

This article is reproduced here with the kind permission of MC van der Berg Inc


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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