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.
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