Furnaces — High End + Oil: Page 12. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 December 2, 2013 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn AHR Expo Survey: HVACR Manufacturers Expect Growth in 2014 W H ESTPORT, Conn. — HVACR manufacturers are feeling optimistic about improving economic business prospects, according to a recent ASHRAE/AHR Expo survey sent to more than 1,000 HVACR man-ufacturers worldwide. According to the survey, 79 percent of respondents said their prospects were either excellent (19 percent) or good (60 percent) for the coming year. The remaining 21 percent suggested their prospects were fair. The results of the survey reflect a “sig-nificant improvement” over last year’s survey, which found 70 percent of participants expected the economy to be better in 2013 than 2012, while 3 percent predicted it would be worse. No one responding to this year’s survey felt economic prospects would worsen in 2014. The survey also found 90 percent of HVACR manufacturers believe sales will increase. Of those, 32 percent expect sales increases of more than 10 percent, 31 percent forecast sales increases between 5-10 percent, and 27 percent expect increases of less than 5 percent. No one predicted sales will decrease, while 10 percent stated sales will remain the same in 2014. This year’s survey registered a 4 percent jump over last year, when 86 percent fore-casted sales would increase and 3 percent thought sales would decrease in 2013. Participants noted the hospitals/health care industry was regarded as the most promising segment in 2014, followed by light commercial, heavy commercial, data/tele-com centers, and office buildings. Regarding which industry segment offers the best business prospects, manufacturers failed to identify a clear front runner, as 35 percent selected maintenance/replacement, 33 • See GROWTH | page 10 Distributor Info Adds to HVACR Equation By Angela D. Harris Of The NEWS Staff fyi hvac briefs eating, Air-conditioning, and Refrigeration Distributors Inter-national (HARDI) recently pre-sented its “HARDI Unitary HVAC Market Share Report,” providing market share data and analysis detailing unitary sales based on product efficiency for both ducted and ductless cooling equipment, as well as furnaces and boilers. The report is designed to provide industry members with a simple and effective method for tracking the HVACR equipment market. T he survey revealed numerous substan-tial findings including that the majority of the industry prefers R-410A, that units boast-ing SEER 13 efficiency and those ranging in 80-84 percent AFUE equipment were the most heavily distributed, and that R-22 was more likely to be sold in ducted air condition-ers than ductless equipment. Residential Contractor • The Hayter Group (Alvinston, Ontario, Canada) was named the winner of the Better Business Bureau of Western Ontario’s (London, Ontario, Canada) Busi-ness Integrity award. Manufacturers • Emerson Climate Technologies (Sidney, Ohio) announced the cre-ation of the Emerson Educational Services online portal. • Fluke Corp. (Everett, Wash.) named Wes Pringle as president. • Cambridge-Lee Industries LLC (Reading, Pa.) appointed Phil Pope as vice president of commer-cial sales and David Zellers as vice president of plumbing sales. Refrigerant Choices The report revealed that when given a choice, national HVACR ducted equipment and refrigerant purchasers preferred R-410A, as only approximately 11 percent of those sur-veyed selected R-22 in the same equipment. However, for ductless equipment, the national • See EQUATION | page 8 Organizations • The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) will hold its Annual Safety Direc-tors’ Conference, Jan. 28-30, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The “HARDI Unitary HVAC Market Share Report” provides market share details regarding unitary sales that provide market insight for both HVAC contractors and distributors. Continued on page 4 BTUBUDDY REAL LIFE SERVICE CALL SCENARIOS Wri en by Bill Johnson Originally posted online on the Extra Edition page of The NEWS’ Website. BUYITTODAY! Go online to HVACRSERVICE TROUBLESHOOTING WITHTHEPROFESSOR—PART BYJOHNTOMCZYK Get HVACR service and troubleshooting tips from HVACR professor and NEWS columnist, John Tomczyk. Download our newest eBook for FREE in the media format of your choice at www.achrnews.com/NEWSebooks SPONSOREDBY www.achrnews.com/products and click on HVAC.