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Ontario targets HVAC/R “trunk slammers”

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Josh Wynne, installer with Reliance Home Comfort, makes the finishing touches on installing the gas line to the new water heater.

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) of Ontario have launched its first “Trunk Slammers” enforcement program. It was launched on March 1 in conjunction with Fraud Prevention Month in Ontario. This comes after the Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) pushed TSSA to address the issue of unqualified, uncertified people working in the HVAC/R sector.

“Trunk slammers” are HVAC/R installers and contractors that are neither certified nor registered with TSSA and typically work out of their cars. The program will focus on repeat offenders.

“Inadequate installation and poor work are major contributing factors to the fuels and carbon monoxide-related risks we’re seeing in people’s homes,” said John Marshall, director of the fuel safety program for TSSA. “That’s why it is imperative that the public know how to protect themselves, as fuel safety is a shared responsibility between TSSA, the industry and people of Ontario.”

“The message to the general public is that it is critical that commercial, industrial and residential HVACR installations and servicing are performed by qualified, certified and licensed professionals,” say HRAI officials.

For more information, please visit the TSSA website at www.tssa.org.

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