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The ACCA HVAC Blog is focused on helping professional contractors run smarter, better businesses. Led by contractors themselves, who know firsthand the technology and cultural changes that are transforming old-school trades into a high-tech, dynamic, and driven industry. ACCA HVAC Blog is where forward-thinking contractors go for daily content to feed their passion for success.

Free Webinar: Refrigerant Landscape, The AIM Act, and the Role of Refrigerant Reclamation

Register for this free webinar where Kirk Reimer of Hudson Technologies will elaborate on the refrigerant reclamation market, the mandated uses of reclaimed refrigerants in various industry sectors, and the future of reclaimed refrigerant in the move toward a low-GWP refrigerant environment.

#SlamTheScam is March 3-9, 2024

National “Slam the Scam” Day is designated by Social Security’s Office of the Inspector General to raise awareness of government imposter scams, which continue to spread across the United States. Read this blog post for information on how to spot, avoid, and report a scam.

Allied Organizations Go to Bat for Contractors

FRACCA’s board recently spent a day at the Florida Capitol, where they met with 21 senators and representatives from across the state. CAAG is gearing up to fight for two contractor priorities in the coming session. Read more here.

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States Taking Different Baby Steps Towards IRA Rebate Programs

Contractors excited to inform their customers about the IRA’s $8.8 billion in rebates for residential energy efficiency improvements may have to wait a little longer as states take a deliberate approach towards developing programs that will vary greatly from state to state. ACCA members can read more here.

January/February 2024 Tech Challenge Answer

A medium-temperature cooler utilizing R-134a with a TXV metering device with the receiver has a customer complaint of “warm.” The symptoms confirm warm product, and the condensing unit is cycling frequently on the LPC (low-pressure control). What are the “possible causes” with the following measured conditions on this field service check sheet? Find out here!

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What is Wrong With Manual J®?

You might hear that there’s nothing wrong with Manual J®, but you might also hear people complain about it. This group is very adamant about how badly Manual J® oversizes the heating plant requirement. ACCA members can read more from Ed Janowiak here.

Chair’s Column: Taking the Time from Working “in” Our Businesses to Work “on” Them

At times like these, it is important for honest contractors who are facing challenges to take time out of working “in” their businesses to work “on” their businesses. Read more in this article from Dr. Stephen Pape.

Too Techie = No Checkie

One common challenge faced by homeowners is the excessive use of technical jargon by HVACR professionals, which can lead to confusion and frustration. This phenomenon is known as the Curse of Knowledge. Read more here.

ACCA Welcomes Ed Lehr to Board of Directors

ACCA staff and leaders are pleased to welcome Ed Lehr to the Board of Directors. Lehr is well-recognized for his strong history of commitment to the HVACR industry. Read more here.

Resource Round-up: The Not-So-Secret ACCA Member Benefits – Fourth Edition

Have you ever been seeking an ACCA member benefits resource but can’t seem to find what you’re looking for? Are you a new member looking for the bountiful resources available to you? Resource Round-up is here to help!

ACCA Partners with Family Business-Centered Bipartisan Groups

In the world of HVACR contracting, where family-owned businesses are the backbone of the industry, ACCA continues to champion the interests of its members by partnering with family-centered organizations aimed at safeguarding the livelihoods of small businesses and advocating for their needs. Read more here.

Capitol Insights: New Federal Regulations Affecting Contractors: EPA, OSHA, and DOL

Find out what ACCA has been up to in the government relations realm in this edition of Capitol Insights.

Leadership Lessons: The Lid on Your Leadership

Has your company hit a brick wall? Are revenue and profitability in decline? Are you losing employees? Do you wish you were back in a truck running service calls? If so, your company has hit its lid. Learn what to do in this post.

Section 179 for HVAC: Get Paid Back Now!

Often, HVAC businesses are forced to deduct an asset’s value over several years. However, Section 179 allows you to take the entire depreciation deduction of certain equipment in a single year. Learn more in this blog from ACCA Corporate Partner ECI Thermogrid.

Hey Ed, What Is the Correct Airflow for an AC?

In this edition of “Hey Ed,” Ed talks about the correct airflow for AC.

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Senator Cruz and Representative Fischbach Introduce Resolutions to Overturn DOE’s Ban on Non-Condensing Furnaces

Last week, Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Michelle Fischbach introduced S.J.Res.58 and H.J.Res.111, which would overturn DOE’s rule prohibiting the sale of all non-condensing natural gas furnaces. ACCA members can read more here.

HVACR Company Rebranding Guide: Strategies for Success

A successful company rebranding not only preserves the core values of a business but also reimagines how consumers perceive and interact with it. For HVACR company owners, it is vital to know why, when, and how to rebrand.

ACCA 2024 Super Sneak Peek!

Gear up for an extraordinary experience at ACCA 2024, March 11th to 14th, set against the tropical backdrop of Orlando, Florida, at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Take a look at some of the exciting highlights coming your way!

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House Passes Tax Legislation, Sending it to Senate

The House of Representatives passed the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act (H.R. 7024) by a margin of 357-70. The bill allows for the immediate expensing of research and experimentation expenditures, reinstates the less restrictive “EBIT” cap on interest expense deductions, and restores 100-percent bonus depreciation, which is set to expire. ACCA members can read more here.

Hey Ed, What Is the Correct AF on a Fire-Fueled Furnace?

In this edition of “Hey Ed,” Ed talks about the correct air flow for a fire-fueled furnace.

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