Hurricane Sandy Aftermath: Hire a Professional HVAC Contractor to Ensure Repairs to Heating and Cooling Systems Meet Federal Requirements

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As homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy start making repairs, ACCA wants to remind them of the importance of hiring a professional HVAC contractor to perform needed repairs or replacement of heating and cooling systems.

In the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy, ACCA, the nation's largest association of indoor environmental systems professionals, wants to help consumers understand the need for hiring a professional HVAC contractor to replace their damaged heating and cooling system with a properly matched system.

Improperly matched indoor and outdoor units can create undue stress on a cooling system, dramatically reducing efficiency by at least 30 percent and resulting in an unnecessary, premature failure. Installing a mismatched system also goes against the industry recognized Quality Installation Specification. A checklist that guides consumers in asking contractors the right questions to ensure an installation will be done per the industry standard can be downloaded for free from

To make sure that a system is properly matched, equipment changes should be certified as an AHRI matching unit by accessing AHRI’s free online Directory of Certified Product Performance at

“ACCA knows that the majority of professional contractors are out there selecting equipment properly and following the federal requirements for matching split-system air conditioners and heat pumps,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “However, any time a major disaster happens and there is a large influx of work, unprofessional contractors looking to make quick money come onto the scene. In addition, many insurance companies and their adjuster representatives may be unfamiliar with this system matching requirement when claims settlement offers are tendered. We want to help educate customers about this requirement and the need for hiring a professional contractor to install the system. When homeowners are already dealing with the difficulty of losing everything and the complexities of seeking insurance settlements, we want to make sure that replacing their heating and cooling system does not add to their stress.”

ACCA has several resources for homeowners on its website at including advice on choosing a professional contractor, quality installation checklists, frequently asked questions, and a contractor locator.

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