We’ve just purchased a wood heater for the house, as the old unflued gas heater has died (and we hated the fumes) and the first couple of weeks of June were mostly too cloudy for the solar hydronics heater to be effective, meaning the house was uncomfortably cold in the evenings.
In the Installation Instructions it says: “Your wood heater must be installed by a qualified person whose work conforms with local council regulations, Australian standards ( ASNZS2918:2001) & manufacturers recommendations. Failure to do so will void your warranty and could possibly void and home insurance”
As I understand it, you are allowed to install your own heater, so long as it conforms with the standards, as least that is the impression I get from reading other heater brands’ installation manuals. Our Scandia heater is from Bunnings.
Now I know I’ll have to check with NRMA regarding home and contents insurance, but can they (Bunnings/Scandia) refuse warranty claims if you self-install to the required standards?
I’ll have to buy the standard (over $200!!) to make sure I dont miss any particular requirements not mentioned in the installation guide, but getting someone out here (35km from town) to install it is likely to be over $600, and I know I am perfectly capable of installing the heater and flue to any specifications in the standard, having built the entire house myself (with occasional family help- electrician father) and being competent with tools, general construction etc.