Board of Plumbers and Gas Fitters Regulatory Victory

Over a year ago ACA/NE began working to correct a problem relating to a one-time Board of Plumbers and Gas Fitters requirement that certain gas appliance manufacturers include a statement on their product literature that indicated that appliances sold in Massachusetts had to be installed by licensed plumbers or gas fitters.

Working with the law firm Kenney & Sams, P.C., ACA/NE first sent the Board a demand letter with a request that any such requirement imposed be changed to reflect the revised policy negotiated in 2013 between ACA/NE and the Board.

 The Board responded by indicating that they do not require manufacturers to include language about the installation of the products.ACA/NE then went directly to Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.  We are pleased to report that Bosch Thermotechnology Corp has agreed to change the language in their manuals, which indicates that in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a licensed plumber must install the gas appliance.

ACA/NE is now hoping that other manufacturers follow the example of Bosch in removing this potentially confusing and damaging language.

ACA/NE wishes to thank Jason Tremblay for his follow through and perseverance in making this change happen.  Jason is the Area Sales Manager for New Hampshire & Central Massachusetts for Bosch Thermotechnology Corp.

June 2017