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ACCA wants the HVAC manufacturers to develop open, universal communication protocols.

ACCA, a U.S. association of HVAC/R contractors, is urging the industry’s manufacturers to become engaged in the development and implementation of universal communication protocols.

ACCA said that, similar to the automotive industry, initial objectives would be the development of a common set of error codes and a standardized access method (e.g., connection port or wireless) for data collection.

Developing and implementing universal communication protocols and diagnostic tools for HVACR equipment will have numerous benefits, positioning the industry to overcome some of its toughest challenges.

These include:
Improved ability to properly diagnose system problems the first time, limiting misdiagnosed equipment and reducing call-backs.

Improved opportunities to provide better service/maintenance contracts through improved communications.

Increased productivity through potential failure alerts and prognostics that identify potential failure points.

Help OEMs with installation verification of their equipment (and subsequent warranty issues).

Reduced service and installation costs for contractors through better and more reliable equipment/system information and analysis.

The ability to show potential next generation workers that the industry embraces technology.

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“Universal communication protocols for diagnostics are something that many industries are already utilizing successfully, and it’s time that our industry gets on board,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO.

Stalknecht related his earlier experience with a similar situation during his stint with the American Trucking Association.

“There were objections and fear about moving to this type of plug and play system for diesel engines and truck maintenance,” Stalknecht said. “But once the productivity and efficiency benefits were made known to truck owners and mechanics, demand peaked and it was implemented and greatly improved the industry.”

Stalknecht said he knew there were a number of concerns in the HVAC industry about adopting such protocols—like encouraging DIY customers, and manufacturers losing their ability to distinguish themselves from the competition through proprietary equipment design.


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