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How To Be Vigilant During Amazon Prime Day

With Amazon Prime Day right around the corner, it is more important than ever to be aware of potential cyber scams. Check out our tips on how to stay vigilant while online shopping.

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The S doesn’t stand for secret

Have you ever caught yourself pondering, “would a different indoor coil help with dehumidification,” or, “how does airflow affect efficiency?” The capacities and efficiencies that our equipment operates at can be manipulated in multiple ways. Understanding the fundamentals of how equipment functions and where to obtain this information can eliminate potential problems before they can even start.

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Update on GFCI Nuisance Trips on Outdoor HVAC Equipment Related to 2020 NEC

Informal testing results from Trane show GFCI outlets or disconnects severely affect variable capacity equipment (ECM / brushless rotor motors / inverter technology). Single speed and two speed equipment has proven to be less susceptible to nuisance trips. This is good news, but much more work needs to be done.

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Proposed Removal of Press-Connect Fittings for Refrigeration in Uniform Mechanical Code – For Now

During a recent virtual meeting, modifications and revisions were proposed for a variety of HVACR standards, including a requirement for fittings to be brazed only, eliminating the use of press-connect fittings tested and certified to UL Standard 207.

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Low Voltage Control Options

Since summer is right around the corner, two items that can benefit virtually any client with an HVAC system are freeze stats and in-line drain floats. If you are a newer technician or new to the industry, you may have never heard of these two devices. So, what are freeze stats and in-line drain floats?

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ACCA Legislative Priority HOPE4HOMES Act Reintroduced in Congress

The HOPE4HOMES act of 2021 is an important legislation that would boost the HVAC-R industry through a two pronged approach, promoting both workforce development (HOPE), as well as the purchase and installation of energy efficient equipment (HOMES).

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ICC “Virtual” Code Hearings Scorecard – “Can you hear me now?”

Recently, the first-ever International Code Council (ICC) “virtual” Code Action Hearings were held. Here is a summary of the highlights.

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Rep. Williams Introduces Bill to Offset High Costs of Energy Efficiency Systems

On Tuesday, Congressman Roger Williams introduced the Incentivize Residential Energy Efficiency Act, which would make the Section 25C tax credit permanent.

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Does My Company Have to Report Injuries to Our Worker’s Comp Carrier?

A member asked us if you can terminate an employee for falsifying the date that an injury happened. Here is ACCA’s LegalTools Counsel, Brooke Duncan III of Brooke Duncan Law firm’s response.      

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DOL Rescinds Trump Administration’s Independent Contractor Rule under FLSA

The uncertainty looming over the Independent Contractor Rule as a result of the change in administrations has ended after the Biden administration’s Department of Labor (DOL) rescinded the Trump administration’s Independent Contractor Rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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EPA Issues Proposed Rule Under AIM Act

As a first step toward the goal of reducing hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) production and consumption by 85 percent over the next 15 years under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed rule that establishes a baseline for HFC consumption and production allowances.

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ACCA Pushes Congress for Career and Technical Education Funding in FY22

ACCA took a step in addressing membership’s #1 legislative priority (workforce) by urging Congressional leadership to support greater funding for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

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