Job Fair at Alamance

September 14, 2022

There will be a job fair for HVAC and Refrigeration students at Alamance Community College on October 4th in the AATC Building. The schedule is as follows:

10:00 go into the lab and do company introductions.

10:30 Go to the your assigned tables and we will start the Meet and Greet

12:00 Meet and Greet over, Now Lunch and Advisory Meeting (Lunch will be provided)

1:00 approximately End of Meeting

For more information, or if you would like to participate in the event, contact Bently Pagura at Alamance Community College, 336-506-4191.

Changes to Our Email, Website, and Renewal Process

September 12, 2022

Going forward, our main contact email will be refrigerationboard@refrigerationboard.org. CFC related requests, such as replacement cards or ordering exams, should be sent to services@refrigerationboard.org. The refrigeration14 email will eventually be retired.

We have removed the online change of trade form and complaint form as these are mainly used for spam. You can still download a Change of Trade form or Compaint form from this website and email it to refrigerationboard@refrigerationboard.org.

We are partnering with PayIt.Gov to move our credit card billing on-line. After the end of this year, we will no longer be able to accept credit cards in our office. When we send our renewal forms this year, there will be instructions for how to renew via PayIt.Gov. You will still be able to return the form with a check or money order.

New Electrical Questions

June 1, 2022

We have received new electrical code questions from the NC State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors. The questions on Part C of the Commercial and Service exams will now have references to the 2020 version of the National Electrical Code. The 2017 references will still be available and the 2017 book can still be used for the exam.

ACR Supply Trade Show

March 28, 2022

Learn about new products, take training classes, and register to win prizes at ACR Supply's 2022 Trade Show. The Trade Show will be held at the fairgrounds in Raleigh on April 13.

Register for the show here.

New Board Officers and Members

March 9, 2022

The following have been elected to lead the board during 2022:

Gary Ramsey, Chairman

K. P. Haley, Secretary

A. C. Megri, Treasurer

The Board is pleased to welcome John C. Easterling III as our newest member. Mr Easterling is a lobbyist with Kilpatrick, Townsend, and Stockton, LLP, Raleigh, NC, and an ordained Reverend in Laurinburg, NC.

He replaces Timothy Welch, Frank Welch and Sons, as the member-at-large. The Board appreciates all of Mr Welch's contributions and the many hours he dedicated to the Board.

EPA Finalizes Rules for HFC Phasedown

October 12, 2021

The EPA finalized their rules for the HFC phasedown including production and consumption baselines which will be reduced over time. The rule establishes a phasedown schedule, a method for trading allowances, and an enforcement system. The final rule can be found here: Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act.

More information about the HFC phasedown can be found in these articles:
U.S. Will Dramatically Cut Climate-Damaging Greenhouse Gases with New Program Aimed at Chemicals Used in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration
HFC Phasedown Frequently Asked Questions
HFC Phasedown Issuing Allowance Allocations.

EPA Proposed Phasedown of HFCs

May 10, 2021

The EPA has a new proposed rule regarding the phasedown of HFCs, "Phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons: Establishing the Allowance Allocation and Trading Program under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act." The proposed rule sets HFC production levels, consumption levels, and how to allocate allowances. A copy of the proposed rule can be found here.

New Hours for the New Year

January 4, 2021

Our office hours for 2021 will be Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We will not be open on Fridays. Please call to schedule an appointment before coming to the office in person.

Comfort Cooling Not Designed for Product Cooling

December 3, 2020

The NC Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshall's October Newsletter contains a clarification that comfort cooling equipment used for product cooling is in violation of the NC Building Code.

The relevant section states:

Technical Bulletin - Comfort cooling equipment not designed for product cooling

It was brought to the attention of our department by the NC State Board of Refrigeration Contractors that some businesses are using after-market controls attached to comfort cooling equipment to act as refrigeration units for produce cooling. The aftermarket controls and devices that force the comfort-cooling unit to cool to a lower temperature than it was designed for is not in compliance with the manufacturer's installation instructions and is therefore in violation of the NC Building Code. We clarified that this is a violation of NCMC 304.1 and/or 1101.2 if this occurs in a building or process where the NC Building Code is applicable. These sections are reprinted next:

304.1 General. Equipment and appliances shall be installed as required by the terms of their approval, in accordance with the conditions of the listing, the manufacturer's installation instructions and this code. Manufacturer's installation instructions shall be available on the job site at the time of inspection.

1101.2 Factory-built equipment and appliances. Listed and labeled self-contained, factory-built equipment and appliances shall be tested in accordance with UL 207, 412, 471 or 1995. Such equipment and appliances are deemed to meet the design, manufacture and factory test requirements of this code if installed in accordance with their listing and the manufacturer's installation instructions.

If the cooling unit is located in a structure, and performing a purpose that meets the definitions of Industrial Equipment, then it is outside the scope of the NC Building Code, reference NCGS 143-138 paragraph b9, but it may be subject to other agency and licensure rules.

You can read the newsletter here.

Take Pictures of Faulty Work

November 17, 2020

Pictures of faulty work can be helpful in the complaint process. If you are working for a client who is thinking of making a complaint, or if you are repairing another contractor's work, it is a good idea to take pictures of the faulty work before beginning repairs.

Limited Hours, Email for Essential Business

March 24, 2020

The Board offices are currently running with limited hours. Someone will be available by phone during normal business hours.

The Governor of North Carolina announced the closure of certain non-essential businesses starting Wednesday March 25 at 5:00 PM. Refrigeration contractors are generally considered essential business.

To make sure you will be able to continue to operate, you can email information about your business to beoc@ncdps.gov. Include the following:

1) Business Name

2) Point of Contact (name, email, phone #, address)

3) The nature of your business and why it is essential

4) Business website

Zeke Smith Honored with Research Lab Name

March 4, 2020

A research lab in the new Fitts-Woodard Hall on Centennial Campus at NCSU is being named after Former Board Member Clarence 'Zeke' Smith. Congratulations to Zeke; it is much deserved honor!

EPA Section 608 Rule Changes

March 2, 2020

On February 26, 2020, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final rule Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program's Extension to Substitutes. This action rescinds the November 18, 2016, extension of the leak repair provisions to appliances using substitute refrigerants, such has hydrofluorocarbons. This action does not rescind the applicability of the other 40 CFR Part 82 Subpart F provisions that were extended to substitute refrigerants such as the sales restriction and technician certification requirement, safe disposal requirements, evacuation requirements, reclamation standards, and requirement to use certified recovery equipment. Likewise, this action does not affect the requirements for appliances containing ozone-depleting refrigerants.

An advance copy of the rule is available at https://www.epa.gov/section608/revised-section-608-refrigerant-management-regulations which will be updated once the rule is published in the Federal Register. This final rule will be effective 30 days after its publication in the Federal Register. To view the public docket in the Federal Register, visit www.regulations.gov and search for docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0629.

Fax Number

February 11, 2020

We will not be renewing our fax number. If you need to send us a document, please use our email address.

New Efficiency Regulations Effective in 2020

November 21, 2019

New regulations for Walk-In Cooler and Freezer Efficiency go into effect in 2020. All condensing units used in new installations, service replacement, or packaged systems must meet these efficiency standards. For medium-temperature units, the new regulations go into effect on January 1, 2020. For low-temperature units, the new regulations go into effect on July 10, 2020. Contractors and wholesalers are allowed to use and stock condensing units manufactured before these enforcement dates.

The regulations cover enclosed walk-in coolers and freezers, whether indoor or outdoor, with a chilled storage area of less than 3,000 square feet. Equipment designed and marketed exclusively for medical, scientific, or research purposes is exempt. Equipment designed and marketed to serve more than one walk-in cooler or freezer is exempt. Compressor-based racks that serve multiple refrigeration loads are exempt. Remote air-cooled condensers and fluid coolers not used for walk-in coolers and freezers are exempt.

More information on the new regulations can be found here.

New SNAP Substitutes

November 5, 2019

The EPA notified us about changes in the Significant New Alternatives (SNAP) program. The new substitutes are:

R-1224yd(Z) in centrifugal and positive displacement chillers and industrial process refrigeration (new and retrofit equipment)

R-407H in refrigerated transport--refrigerated trucks and trailers and retail food refrigeration--refrigerated food processing and dispensing equipment (new and retrofit equipment)

R-448A, R-449A, and R-449B, in ice skating rinks (new equipment);

R-453A in refrigerated transport--refrigerated trucks and trailers (new and retrofit equipment).

Further information about the SNAP program can be found at the EPA's website.

Board Meeting and Renewals

October 22, 2019

At the last meeting of the Board, the Board members voted to retain the current officers for fiscal year 2020:

B.R. Cook - Chairman

T.F. Welch - Secretary

G.G. Ramsey - Treasurer

All renewals and reinstatements for 2020 have been sent out. We will be mailing reminder notices at the end of November. If you have not received a renewal or reinstatement notice and would like to renew or reinstate your license, please contact our office.

Contractor's Exam Reference Books

July 23, 2019

We have added a link on the sidebar to a page that lists all the reference books that may be needed for the various contractor exams.

CFC Replacement Cards

June 25, 2019

If you received a CFC Certification Card from us and need a new card, you can get one by filling out the form available on this website. On the left you will see a link called "Replacement CFC Card." Download this form, print it out, and mail it to us along with the $25 fee, and we will send you a new card.

New Officers and Board Members

March 7, 2019

The following have been elected to lead the Board during 2019:

Brad Cook, Chairman
Tim Welch, Secretary
Gary Ramsey, Treasurer

The Board is pleased to welcome Tom Backman as their newest member, replacing Morton Blanchard. Mr. Blanchard will be missed for his acute acumen and significant contributions to the Board and the refrigeration industry.

Statement Concerning Comfort Cooling Used for Refrigeration

March 5, 2019

It has come to the Board's attention that some businesses are using comfort cooling equipment outside their operating envelope to act as refrigeration units. We asked the Departent of Insurance if this was legal in North Carolina and received the following response:

The short answer is no, this is not in compliance with the NC Mechanical Code, and the section that code officials would primarily cite is NCMC Section 304.1, and Section 1101.2.

304.1 General. Equipment and appliances shall be installed as required by the terms of their approval, in accordance with the conditions of the listing, the manufacturer's installation instructions and this code. Manufacturer's installation instructions shall be available on the job site at the time of inspection.

1101.2 Factory-built equipment and appliances. Listed and labeled self-contained, factory-built equipment and appliances shall be tested in accordance with UL 207, 412, 471 or 1995. Such equipment and appliances are deemed to meet the design, manufacture and factory test requirements of this code if installed in accordance with their listing and the manufacturer's installation instructions.

The aftermarket controls and devices that force the comfort-cooling unit to cool to a lower temperature it was designed for is not in compliance with the manufacturer's installation instructions.

Website Update

February 19, 2019

We are in the process of rebuilding the website. External links to pages and pdf files may need to be updated. Please let us know about any broken links.