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BREAKING: NFPA to Issue Delay of NEC GFCI Requirement for Outdoor HVAC – Forms Task Group

The Standards Council of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has approved a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) which delays the effective date for 210.8(F) in the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) until January 1, 2023. Continue reading to learn more.

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Where Have All the Colors Gone? Refrigerant Cylinders Change Color

Last year, the refrigerant container industry agreed to make all containers one unified paint color instead of the myriad of colors previously used to differentiate the types of refrigerants. This was done to reduce confusion. Last month, ACCA staff hosted a “Codes and Coffee” webinar that went over the changes and provided tips on how to avoid confusion in the field.

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When Is 400 CFM per Ton Proper Airflow?

Have you ever had the desire to describe yourself or anything you do as less than ideal? Yeah, neither has Ed Janowiak, ACCA Manager of HVAC Design Education. In this article, he explores another rule of thumb, this time focusing on airflow. 

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Dehumidifiers That Don’t – Time to Get Good

Dehumidifiers help keep your customers comfortable, but they can also create more problems than they solve.  Before you quote a dehumidifier, ensure that the cooling system meets the quality installation requirements, and that the house isn’t working against you.

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Red Pill / Blue Pill – Condenser Coil Cleaning

What if Wes Davis, ACCA Director of Technical Services, told you…condenser* coil cleaning didn’t matter? Read about the research and how you can use it to best serve your customers in his latest blog article. * For our heat pump friends, in this blog the term condenser is used as a euphemism for the outdoor unit. Please forgive this nomenclature faux pas, your letters of concern and sharp remarks in the comments section are still welcome.

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Mr. Potatohead!

It is important to be aware of what sexual harassment is and what the consequences are. In this blog article, ACCA’s Legaltools Counsel, Brooke Duncan, explains what employers and managers need to know.    

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A Quick Reference to Reversing Valve Troubleshooting

At times, it can be challenging for many technicians to diagnose a heat pump’s reversing valve accurately. This article is designed to provide some basic, high-level reversing valve diagnostics to help technicians in the field with some of the complexities of reversing valves.

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Anti-Employer PRO Act Gaining Momentum in Senate

The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or PRO Act (S. 420, H.R. 842), was the topic of a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing last month. Learn how this legislation would affect employers and employees here.

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Bipolar Ionization – The Jury is Still Out

Recent research on the performance of bipolar ionization devices shows they have little or no impact. Continue reading to learn more.

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Senate Bill Threatens to Increase Taxes on Small Businesses

The 20 percent tax deduction for pass-through businesses may be rolled back following a bill introduced by Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) last month. Continue reading to learn what this could mean for your business.

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Rules of thumb, friend, or foe?

ACCA’s Manager of HVAC Design, Ed Janowiak, explains that if he’s going to use a rule of thumb, it has to be one that is based on math, not something that is made up or convenient. Continue reading to learn more.

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White House Announces Plan for Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Federal On-Site Contractors

Last week the White House announced that federal government employees and onsite contractors will be asked to “attest to their vaccination status,” and that those who do not attest to being fully vaccinated will need to, “wear a mask on the job, physically distance from all other employees and visitors, comply with a weekly or twice weekly screening testing requirement, and be subject to restrictions on official travel.” Continue reading to learn more.

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