The Air Conditioning Contractors of America is developing and implementing universal communication protocols and diagnostic tools for HVAC equipment installation.          

ACCA officials say the new protocols will provide improved ability to properly diagnose and fix system problems.

 “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 ACCA President and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht. “I know there are a number of concerns in the HVAC industry about adopting these types of protocols, such as encouraging DIY (do it yourself) customers, and manufacturers losing their ability to distinguish themselves from the competition through proprietary equipment design. However, we risk losing more if we sit back and do nothing, or worse, let another entity — perhaps the federal government — develop it and be forced to accept their protocols.”