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ACCA’s 2024 Residential Contractor of the Year: FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical

Congratulations to FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical for being named ACCA’s 2024 Residential Contractor of the Year! Read more here.

Leadership Lessons: Are You a Leader?

Can you learn leadership from a book? Yes. Does that make you a leader? No. The only way that you can be a leader is to lead. Read more here.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

November/December 2023 Tech Challenge Answer

A residential split A/C system utilizing R-410A with a fixed orifice metering device has a customer complaint of “insufficient cooling.” The symptoms confirm that the thermostat is not satisfied, and the condensing unit and blower are running continuously. What are the “possible causes” with the following measured conditions on this field service check sheet? Find out here!

Situational Training and the Communication Skill Gap

It happens. At some point, all of us have sent a technician on a service call that requires more training than they have. Perhaps it’s because they weren’t technically advanced enough to handle the issue and not communications-savvy enough to save the job. The question is, what do we do about it?   

The Triple Threat of Odor

Is a technician’s value deliverable based on technical skills only? The answer will depend on your experience and the pivotal events which helped to shape your career. What does that have to do with odor? Keep reading. 

Navigating the Future: Understanding EPA’s HFC Proposed Refrigerant Management and Finalized Technology Transition Rules

The EPA recently introduced two major rules. The HFC Refrigerant Management Rule, still in the proposal stage, and the finalized Technology Transitions Rule were put forward under the AIM Act to reduce the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by 85 percent over the next 15 years. Read more here.

Standing Guard for Contractors

Lately, there has been a relentless pace of things coming out of the D.C. Swamp that we all need to keep an eye on because the things we follow and work on aren’t typically going to get as much news coverage as things like the next potential government shutdown. Read more in this article from Barton James.

Volunteerism and Service 

As we all continue to recover from shortages we have lived through recently, it might seem reasonable to develop a sense of pessimism or even helplessness due an apparent lack of control over our lives. Learn more about how to take back that feeling of control in your life.

September 2023 Tech Challenge Answer

Share this challenge with your staff and see who can figure out the diagnosis first. A frozen food case utilizing […]

Federated Insurance Presents Annual ACCA Super S.T.A.R. Award to Justin Lauten of Total Air & Heat

Federated Insurance® is one of ACCA’s longest-standing Corporate Partners, supporting ACCA for 20 years. One of Federated’s biggest programs with ACCA is the Federated Insurance® ACCA Super S.T.A.R. Award, which was presented to Total Air & Heat’s Justin Lauten this year. Read more about this partnership in this blog post.

September 2023 Tech Challenge

Share this challenge with your staff and see who can figure out the diagnosis first. A frozen food case utilizing […]

Leadership Lessons: Leadership is Influence

If leadership is influence, and it is, then the most direct path to teaching your coworkers how to be of influence is through basic leadership training.  Learn more in this article.

Committee Crunch: Meet ACCA’s New Events Committee Co-Chair, Kane D’Amico

Recently, ACCA named Kane D’Amico, president of Alliance Heating & Air Conditioning in Bridgeport, CT, as the Co-Chair of ACCA’s Events Committee with Ryan Kletz, vice president of Classic Air’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning in Virginia Beach, VA. ACCA Now asked D’Amico a few questions about the value of being a member of an ACCA committee. 

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