Regulatory Landscape on the Residential Market: Page 10. THE HVACR CONTRACTOR’S WEEKLY NE WSMAGA ZINE SINCE 1926 February 10, 2014 | $5.00 | Visit us online at www.achrnews.com, Twitter, Facebook + LinkedIn A Kaleidoscope of Colors Refrigerant Rainbow Offers Industry Identification, Classification By Peter Powell Of The NEWS Staff A 1965 folk song by Donovan waxed poetically about colors such as yellow for his true love’s hair, blue for the sky, and green for sparkling corn before veering off to non-colors like mellow and freedom. The refrigerant aspect of the HVACR industry has its own attachment to colors when it comes to cylinders. But while Dono-van’s color palette was designed for literary lyricism, HVACR’s color usage may be con-sidered a bit more confusing. HVAC cylin-der colors creatively extend beyond the basic palette, utilizing terms such as light green, battleship gray, and rose for such familiar refrigerants as R-22, R-134a, and R-410A. And they can become even more descriptive as new refrigerants come to the market like pinkish-red (coral) for R-401A; yellow-brown (mustard) for R-401B; and cream for R-407B. Reclamation canisters skip to the other side of the ledger and seem to stay grey, with color tweaks in the collars, shoulders, and caps. And, did we mention that the kaleido-scope of colors used to identify cylinders in Canada is totally different? • See KALEIDOSCOPE | page 16 DOE Establishes Furnace Fan Testing Standards By Jen Anesi Of The NEWS Staff O n Jan. 3, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule establishing test procedures for measuring the electrical consumption of furnace fans and blowers in weatherized and nonweatherized gas, oil, and electric fur-naces. The rule, which went into effect Feb. 3, is the first step in the DOE’s quest to regulate the energy efficiency of such fans. And while the test procedures them-selves may not be the topic of any heated debate, there is growing concern that the DOE is placing undue regulatory burden on the HVAC industry — and especially on manufacturers — by regulating components of appliances that already meet energy-effi-ciency guidelines. No Time for Input In October 2013, the DOE published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for residential furnace fan energy conservation standards. However, the deadline to submit comments on the energy conservation stan-dards was Dec. 24, 2013 — more than a week before the testing standards were finalized. “It’s hard to assess the standard when you don’t know how they’re going to do the test procedures themselves,” explained Charlie McCrudden, senior vice president of gov-ernment relations at Air Conditioning Con-tractors of America (ACCA). “There was a public meeting on the energy conservation standard on Dec. 9, 2013, and several times it was brought up that it’s hard for industry members to comment on the proposed stan-dard when we don’t even know what the test • See STANDARDS | page 8 BTUBUDDY REAL LIFE SERVICE CALL SCENARIOS Wri en by Bill Johnson Originally posted online on the Extra Edition page of The NEWS’ Website. The Emerson logo is a trademark and a service mark of Emerson Electric Co. ©2013 Emerson Electric Company RIGHT NOW Three out of four contractors are unaware of the 2015 Regional Standards and its impact on their business. GET PREPARED NOW. Visit ac-heatingconnect.com BUYITTODAY! Go online to www.achrnews.com/products and click on HVAC.