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Residential HVAC Cards

Posted on June 29, 2012 by

The California Energy Commission and Contractors State License Board have created quick reference cards for residential contractors and homeowners replacing a heating, ventilating or air-conditioning (HVAC) system. The cards detail what is required by law and what work needs to be performed to ensure optimum HVAC system performance. There are two versions of the card, one for HVAC contractors and one for homeowners.

HVAC contractors are encouraged to provide a copy of the homeowners card when bidding on HVAC projects to differentiate themselves from contractors who fail to pull permits and comply with the Standards and California Contractor law.

Contractors make sure you follow these three steps:

    1. Get a building permit.

      California law requires a building permit for this type of work. The Contractors State License Board may impose civil penalties of up to $5,000 per citation and/or revoke your license if you do not get a permit. You may also be subject to fines from your local building department.

    2. Test the duct system and verify refrigerant charge.

      In most existing homes, you must ensure that duct leakage is less than 15% and verify refrigerant charge.

    3. Have your work independently verified.

      Before work begins you must give your customer the choice of requiring that a HERS rater verify duct sealing and refrigerant charge, or having the system included in a random sample for verification.

  • Why?

    Following these steps will save your customers money, make their homes more comfortable, and help the environment.

Homeowners make sure you follow these three steps:

    1. Confirm that your contractor has pulled a building permit.

      California law requires a building permit for this type of work. Your homeowner’s insurance may be void and you may be subject to permit penalties and fines if your contractor does not get a building permit.

    2. Make sure your contractor tests your ducts  and verifies refrigerant charge.

      In most existing homes, you must ensure that duct leakage is less than 15% and verify refrigerant charge.

    3. Have your contractor’s work independently verified.

      When duct testing or refrigeration charge verification are required, before work begins your contractor must give you the option of having a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater verify proper duct sealing and refrigerant charge, or having your system included in a random sample for verification.

  • Why?

    Following these steps will save you money, make your home more comfortable, and help the environment.

To check a contractor’s license status, visit www.cslb.ca.gov or www.checkthelicensefirst.com.

 

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One Response to “Residential HVAC Cards”

  1. Teddy Black says:

    Our experience has been best with the XL16i from Trane. We have had it for years and with the exception of regular maintenance, which is to be expected, it has been trouble free.

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