As 2017 comes to a close, it is important to look ahead at what new regulations await HVAC contractors in 2018. In just a few weeks, HVAC companies will face the second round of limitations for HVAC refrigerants, as well as the ‘rooftop units’ regulation. Here’s what you need to know about 2018 HVAC regulations:
Second stage of refrigerant use limitations
As of Jan. 1, 2018, technicians of refrigeration equipment will need to comply with the next set of limitations in their use of ozone-depleting substances (ODSs). Any technician wanting to sell or work with refrigerants classified as ODS or their substitutes (such as HFC’s) will need to pass a certification exam allowing them to handle these substances. Once certified, they will need to keep a copy of their certification for up to three years after it expires. Technicians will also need to keep records of all disposals of equipment with five or more pounds of refrigerant with specifics on location, date, quantity, and other important details on transfers.
New efficiency standards for rooftop units
In less than a month, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new compliance guidelines, described as the “largest energy-saving standard in history,” will officially affect the commercial heating and cooling industry. The rooftop air conditioner standards — which covers new units found on low-rise buildings, like hospitals, schools, and big-box stores — will take effect in two phases, increasing minimum efficiency by about 10 percent as of Jan. 1, 2018, and by 25-30 percent as of Jan. 1, 2023. Standards for new warm-air furnaces that are typically installed in conjunction with commercial air conditioners also become effective in 2023.
For HVAC technicians and contractors, this means learning to work with new and different types of equipment and refrigerants, as well as preparing to install new equipment or retrofit old equipment in order to bring it up to new standards.
With so many changes to equipment, refrigerants, and regulations, it is imperative to have a system to help keep track of everything. FIELDBOSS contractor management software can help you track leaks and report refrigerant use and disposals including date and time of service, location, quantity, work area assessment, job hazard assessment, personal protection, and safety environmental issues for each of your service activities and requests.
Contact FIELBDOSS today for a free demo and find out how FIELDBOSS can help your company stay compliant.