Monthly Archives: April 2013

RectorSeal Acquires G-O-N® LLC, Originator of the Plumbing Industry’s Glue-On-Nozzle Downspout.

RectorSeal® Corp., Houston, a leading manufacturer of quality plumbing and HVAC/R products, acquired the total assets of G-O-N® LLC., Scottsdale, Ariz., recently.
The five-year-old G-O-N is the originator of the Glue-On-Nozzle (www.glueonnozzle.com), a patented, decorative nickel-bronze downspout for commercial building roof drains. The Glue-On-Nozzle is the plumbing and building industries’ only decorative downspout with a theft-resistant glue-on design that’s applied with solvent cement and installed after the wall or building is completed.

“We had the opportunity to buy a company with a ‘best-in-class’ product, so we took advantage of it,” said Larry Kaiser, vice president, RectorSeal. “The Glue-On-Nozzle fits nicely into our expanding plumbing product line that’s sold through wholesale distributors.”

Invented by a former plumber, the Glue-On-Nozzle has seven models ranging from 2 to 12-inch diameters. The nozzle installs in minutes with a three-screw wall escutcheon plate that incorporates an inner PVC coupling for gluing the decorative metal nozzle to the building’s PVC or ABS downspout.

The Glue-On-Nozzle saves job costs because it’s installed after the building or wall is completed without masonry crew coordination.

The acquisition’s transition was seamless as RectorSeal began marketing GON through its network of manufacturer’s representatives on Dec. 21. All information on G-O-N is now available through RectorSeal at www.rectorseal.com or customer service at 800-231-3345.
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About RectorSeal: The RectorSeal® Corporation is a leading manufacturer of chemical and specialty products designed for professional tradesmen. Steady growth over the years has been maintained through a commitment to providing high quality products and services. With a diversified business strategy, RectorSeal aggressively pursues new and unique technologies to serve the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical and construction industries. The RectorSeal Corporation is devoted to providing innovative quality products supported by strong customer and technical service. For more information, visit www.rectorseal.com, email marketing@rectorseal.com or
call (800) 231-3345.

RectorSeal Acquires Novent, the Industry’s Original Locking Cap for A/C Refrigerant Access Valves

no-vent-capsRectorSeal® Corp., Houston,  a leading manufacturer of quality HVAC/R products, has acquired the total assets of Novent Cap LLC, Yorba Linda, Calif., the originator of the Novent® tamper-resistant locking cap for air-conditioning unit refrigerant access ports.

The March 15, 2012 acquisition, plus the recent development of its own  GasGuard locking cap brand, now positions RectorSeal as the market-share leading manufacturer for one of the HVAC/R industry’s fastest growing market. Sharply increasing locking cap sales across the nation are being driven by the recent trends of teenage huffing deaths and black market refrigerant theft due to the inherently easy access of air-conditioning equipment Schraeder valves. The United Parents to Restrict Open Access to Refrigerants (UPROAR) (www.uproarorg.org), a lobbying group of parents who have lost children to huffing, recommends Novent locking caps on its website. Locking caps also have an environmental impact as their O-ring seals minimize refrigerant losses due to leaking Schraeder valves.

Locking caps are currently required for new air conditioning installations by the International Mechanical Code (IMC) and the International Residential Code (IRC), however sales are expected to escalate  in 2015 once a proposed IMC and IRC code mandate is passed to install locking caps on any existing system that’s opened during service.

Novent locking caps can be unlocked only with a unique key available to licensed air-conditioning and refrigeration contractors through HVAC/R wholesalers. It  complements RectorSeal’s keyless GasGuard, which can be removed only with a proprietary socket tool. “Wholesalers and contractors now have the flexibility of an easy to install and tamper-resistant keyed or keyless locking cap, both marketed by a 75-year-old company with a reputation of standing behind the products it sells,” said Larry Kaiser, vice president, RectorSeal.

RectorSeal was previously marketing Novent, as a result of its 2011 acquisition of Fall River, Mass.-based manufacturer/importer Airtec Products Corp., whose assets included the locking cap manufacturer’s U.S. distribution rights. Consequently,  RectorSeal will continue marketing Novent through the same established network of manufacturer’s representatives and wholesalers.  For additional information, visit www.rectorseal.com email: marketing@rectorseal.com; or call 800-231-3345.

New VRF A/C Training Center Epitomizes HVAC/R Industry’s Trend Toward Installation Aesthetics

Fort Worth, Texas–The hundreds of HVAC/R contractors expected to attend air conditioning system classes at distributor, Quietside’s newly-expanded training center will learn as much about installation aesthetics as they will about Samsung’s Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems.

“There’s an HVAC/R trend that’s pressuring contractors to make an air-conditioning installations look as good as they function,” said Matt Wall, system air conditioning engineering and VRF technical trainer, Quietside-Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, which is the master distributor of Samsung air conditioning products in North America.  “Architects and engineers are realizing the visual impact a competed project makes on building owners and prospective clients can greatly affect their future business.  Air conditioning systems can’t just work well anymore, they have to look great tooThis aesthetics trend was the Quietside technical support staff’s impetus for showcasing not only Samsung’s DVM Plus III Series VRF equipment, but also accessories that create a professional appearance.  Therefore, Wall specified Aspen Pumps for condensate management, the PD-Series of lineset ducting and Big Foot Systems equipment mounts for supporting the VRF–all which is available from the new Engineered Products division of RectorSeal Corp., Houston.

Contractors attending any of Quietside’s 16 two-day VRF training seminars every year now get hands-on demonstrations of the training center’s working VRF equipment and the installation accessories. The two-day seminars cover everything from VRF basics and installation to wiring, commissioning and now accessories.

The Carrollton, Texas office of HVAC/R contractor, Bell Mechanical, Baton Rouge, La., installed one 10-ton heat recovery unit supplying nine evaporator coils; and two 8-ton heat recovery units and one 8-ton heat pump, which supplies one evaporator coil each. The outdoor, ground-level equipment supplies the 1,200-square-foot training center, warehouse, assembly area and offices that were included in the expansion of the five-year-old, 52,000-square-foot building, one of four Quietside distribution facilities in the U.S. “VRF systems are really driving the trend of using all these accessories to make a project look professional,” said Mike Bell, president, Bell Mechanical.

Quick and easily-assembled mounting supports are the aesthetic foundation for an aesthetic installation, according to Wall. The three DVM units are mounted on Big Foot Systems’ prefabricated 1.6-square-inch corrosion-resistant, hot-dipped galvanized tube modules supported by 1-square-foot UV-protected, glass-filled nylon footings with anti-vibration mat bases.  The VRF units are 18-inches off the ground for easier serviceability and protection against landscaping tools.  The modular supports were assembled within minutes and reduce mounting costs by more than half versus I-beam rails, poured cement pads or other conventional methods. Leveling the equipment requires only wrenching one or more of the four adjustable support legs.

Lineset protection duct makes the most noticeable difference in installation aesthetics, Wall said. Each unit’s linesets are enclosed in their own gray 4.7-inch-diameter round PVC plastic ducts from RectorSeal’s PD-Series. The lineset ducts themselves are also supported every 10 feet by a series of  piping support footings.  Bell Mechanical used three elbows and two flanges on each of the three runs that total more than 60 linear feet.  “Protective ducts also help contractors maintain level piping throughout the run and avoid sagging or low spots that can lead to oil migration issues,” said Wall.

“Lineset protection ducts are invaluable for retrofit work, because generally there’s no opportunity to hide linesets under roofs and inside walls as exists with new construction projects,” said Bell, who uses lineset protection ducts and condensate pumps regularly on ductless air conditioning.

Inside the complex of warehousing, assembly, offices and training areas, Wall specified condensate pumps for nine evaporator coils and one mode change unit. The mini pumps are from Aspen Pumps’ Orange Series, Lime Series and White Series to assure proper condensate drainage and prevent property damage. “We occasionally see contractors just mount a mismatched or noisy condensate pump on the wall next to the evaporator coil,” said Wall, “Instead, the HVAC industry now offers a variety of small pumps aesthetically designed for concealing inside lineset ducting or elbow, or inside the evaporator drain pan.”

Quietside will soon have available an additional system for troubleshooting and training, according to Wall. A DVM S Series system, which features a dual inverter, vapor-injected scroll compressors and industry-leading efficiencies, will be installed with Big Foot Systems mounts and Aspen pumps.

As VRF becomes increasingly popular in North America, using aesthetic equipment mounting, lineset ducting and recessed condensate pumps on evaporators provide a positive first impression to the technology’s newcomers.  “VRF is one of the fastest growing segments of HVAC, as illustrated with Quietside’s double-digit sales increases annually,” said Wall. “If someone’s first VRF contact is an eyesore, they’re not likely to jump on the trend,” Wall said.

About Rectorseal: The Rectorseal® Corporation is a leading manufacturer of chemical and specialty products designed for professional tradesmen. With a diversified business strategy, Rectorseal aggressively pursues new and unique technologies to serve the plumbing, heating, air conditioning, electrical and construction industries. The Rectorseal Corporation is devoted to providing innovative quality products supported by strong customer and technical service. For more information on the PD-Series, Big Foot Systems rooftop equipment mounts, Aspen Pumps, or other engineered products from RectorSeal, call (800) 231-3345 to order the 24-page, color “RectorSeal Engineered HVAC/R Products Catalog.”  Visit www.rectorseal.com or email marketing@rectorseal.com.

GasGuard™ Locking HVAC/R Refrigerant Valve Caps Help Prevent Leaks, Theft & “Huffing”

The GasGuard new product press release pasted below will save lives.

RectorSeal wants contractors to become more aware that teens are dying from “huffing,”

a new trend of inhaling poisonous  refrigerant out of HVAC/R outdoor units.  One solution is to prevent access to refrigerants by installing  locking caps, such as GasGuard, which is now an International Mechanical Code mandate for new installations. By 2015, the IMC  will require all contractors to install a locking cap of some kind any time they open a system–old or new.

But don’t take our word for it about this shocking trend. Here are some excerpts from the United Parents to Restrict Open Access to Refrigerants (UPROAR) website.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nationwide, 13.3% (up from 12.4% in 2005) of all surveyed students had used inhalants to get high one or more times during their life (lifetime inhalant use).

For more refrigerant specific stats: An analysis of 144 Texas death certificates by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse involving misuse of inhalants found that the most frequently mentioned inhalant (35%) was Freon (51 deaths).  Of the Freon deaths, 42 percent were students or youth with a mean age of 16.4 years.

Press Release published In AC Today Product News Section April 2013