The Ultimate List of HVAC/R Trade Associations

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Membership in HVAC/R trade associations represent various professionals in the industry allowing them with opportunities for networking, staying updated on current trends, etc. Some associations also offer EPA certification, a requirement for any technician working with refrigerants. 1 Learn about some of the HVAC/R trade associations in this article. Guide to HVAC/R Trade Associations 1. […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Danny Williams

Danny, 52, was born in Oceanside, CA, but he came to Arizona at the age of 13. Danny has been married for 28 years and has six kids, three of whom are adopted. Danny graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program and rolled straight into the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering associate degree program. Danny graduated with his […]

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National Inspection Testing Certifications (NITC) for HVAC/R Techs

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In addition to training and experience, HVAC/R technicians who have HVAC/R certifications look good to employers as well as customers because they show that you keep up with the latest developments in the industry. The National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) is a third party provider that tests and certifies professionals in some skilled […]

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What Is an HVAC Compressor?

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We’ve all appreciated air conditioning on a sweltering summer day, but generally only those who have taken HVAC classes know how the units work. Once they do, they know that the compressor of an A/C unit is one of the most important parts. 1 What Does a Compressor Do? By definition, the word “compress” means […]

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Why Is Refrigerant Recovery Necessary?

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Refrigerant recovery technology has come a long way in the last 25 years, but many HVAC/R technicians still find that it takes a long time to perform this step during service calls. When schedules are tight, technicians may be tempted to vent refrigerant instead of recovering it. Taking such a shortcut is a big mistake. […]

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Electrical Safety for HVAC Technicians

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Once you finish your HVAC classes and enter the field, it is likely that you’ll work with electrical equipment and circuits. The installation of an HVAC system and troubleshooting of problems often requires HVAC techs to handle electrical wiring. Understanding electrical safety practices can help protect you on the job. 1 Following is an overview. […]

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Winter HVAC Maintenance Checklist

hvac winter checklist Winter is coming and that means it is time to check if your HVAC system is ready to handle the cooling temperatures. Homeowners who make sure that their HVAC units are maintained can lessen their chances of having costlier problems should the units stop working properly. Fall is the ideal time to have a contractor […] Read More

New Cybersecurity Demands for HVAC Contractors

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Our daily lives are becoming increasingly digitized including HVAC systems. Yet, smart HVAC technology can pose security risks. A few years ago, Target’s HVAC system allowed hackers to breach into the company’s network and steal the data of 40 million credit and debit cards. 1 Recently, small businesses have targeted by hackers hunting for valuable […]

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Basic HVAC/R Terminology

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As with any field, HVAC/R industry has its own terminology. Here are some terms you will become more familiar with. HVAC/R Terminology “HVAC/R” is an abbreviation for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Here is the breakdown of specific terminology that falls in each category of HVAC/R. Heating Heating: The addition of energy to cause […]

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How to Become an Energy Star HVAC Contractor

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking for contractors who want to learn all about best practices in HVAC design and installation. 1 As an Energy Star contractor, you can connect to leaders in the building industry. Becoming credentialed with an Energy Star program can also help you stand out among your competitors. 2 What […]

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