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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

HVAC Tech Turned Wholesaler Salvages Compressor Burnout

Robert Allen is the vice president of the Johnstone Supply branch in Sacramento, Calif., as well as sister stores in Modesto and Stockton, Calif., and Sparks, Nev. He started his HVAC career as an HVAC technician. During his years in the field, Allen ran into what he called, “the compressor burnout from hell.”

That was his description of an inoperative two-ton package residential air conditioner. Allen’s task was to bring this compressor back to life. The question was, “Could he do it?”


The diagnosis first appeared like a routine compressor replacement. Allen’s recovery unit, however, went into a vacuum and automatically shut off. This typically suggests no refrigerant. Burnouts typically produce some light remnants of acid, soot, and carbon deposits, but when Allen removed the valve cores a black tar slowly oozed out of the system.

“I had serviced dozens of burnouts, but this was the worst case I had ever seen,” said Allen. “This was the kind of burnout where you throw your clothes away after the job because the smell can’t be washed out.”

While he initially gave the R-22/mineral oil system a slim chance of survival, the rental property owner’s limited budget made its replacement cost-prohibitive.

This compressor burnout occurred 15 years ago, soon after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of R-11 refrigerant flushing methods, and the new environmentally-friendly flushing agents had yet to be developed. Trying his best to revive the rental property owner’s compressor, Allen did what he could with nitrogen flushing, compressor replacement, filter/drier change-out, and system recharging.

Despite all his efforts, a critical concern was the potential for unseen residual acid remnants. His service manager suggested using a four-ounce bottle of Acid-Away®, manufactured by RectorSeal Corp., Houston. Acid-Away, which is a 20-year-old, third-party lab-tested acid neutralizer with more than 2 million applications worldwide, was stocked on his truck, but Allen had never used it.

“I was old school in those days; only oil and refrigerant should go into an air conditioning system,” Allen explained, “but if I had a couple of bottles of acid neutralizer stocked on the truck that day I would have used both on that system.”

Allen returned to the site with his service manager’s suggestion and the acid neutralizing solution. The system was fixed.

A year later, the same customer had a no-cooling service call. Allen suspected the system finally died a long, slow death from the burnout. It wasn’t another burnout though that rendered the system unfixable. Instead, it was a faulty fan motor resulting in an iced evaporator coil.

“Curiosity was killing me though, so I did an acid check,” Allen recalled. “The oil was clean, yellow, and looked brand new. From then on, I’ve been a believer in acid neutralizers.”


Today as a wholesaler, Allen is quick to recommend acid neutralizers to service techs with burnouts.

As a service tech, he went from never using neutralizers to applying them regularly as a preventive measure, especially after an acid test proved positive. Allen and his counter people recommend it for any system with a hint of acid.

“We have a good rule-of-thumb, if you don’t know why the first compressor failed, the second one will probably fail, too,” said Allen.

Burnouts typically occur when acid develops in a refrigeration system and eventually attacks the compressor motor’s copper windings and other metal parts, according to Allen. Neutralizers, which are available in different formulas for mineral oil and polyolester oil systems, are miscible liquids that chemically change acids so they can no longer corrosively attack metals and cause future burnouts. They can be hand-pumped into the high side along with the oil, or poured into the compressor crankcase prior to system charging and start-up. Although dosage instructions come with each bottle, a general rule of thumb for acid prevention is one four-ounce bottle per two gallons of compressor oil. Extreme burnout instances might require two or three times more neutralizer than previously recommended. According to Allen and some equipment manufacturers, it’s impossible to put too much or damage any compressor parts with neutralizers.

“I’ve had customers that believe acid burnouts only occur in mineral oil systems, but the newer R-410A systems burnout too, because their POE oil absorbs moisture, which can develop into acid,” said Allen.

Besides burnouts, neutralizers can also be ideal as a preventive product. Third-party laboratory tests have proven neutralizers can reduce acid to 0.00 levels and maintain an acid-free refrigeration system.

As for Allen and his customers, if any of them question the acid neutralizer recommendation as a burnout clean-up step or as an acid preventative, Allen just tells them about “the compressor burnout from hell.”


When compressor burnouts happen contractors have to clean them up and it’s not a simple job. To help his customers, Robert Allen, a former service technician and now vice-president of the Johnstone Supply branch in Sacramento, Calif., recommends the following steps to his customers with burnouts. If this is something distributors want to help their customers with, this list could be posted, laminated on a card, or provided as a handout for those looking for some assistance.

• Remove any metering devices and filter/driers.

• Flush nitrogen through the system both ways to remove debris.

• Use a cleansing system flush agent to remove what the nitrogen couldn’t dislodge. Continue cleaning until the flushing agent eventually comes out clean.

• Pour a bottle of acid neutralizer into the compressor.

• Replace metering devices and filter/driers.

• Recharge and run the system.

• Perform an acid check.


Girl, 12, Dies After Huffing Freon From A/C Unit

“VICTORVILLE, Calif. (KTLA) — It’s called huffing or bagging — a trend among kids and teens looking for a quick high by inhaling a chemical called Freon.

The dangerous practice is being blamed in the death of a 12-year-old girl from Victorville.

Kristal Salcido lived with her grandmother and cousins. The seventh grader found easy access to Freon from the air conditioning units in their backyard.

Kristal inhaled the chemical, later passing out in her grandma’s bathroom.

She was pronounced brain-dead at a local hospital. Her family made the difficult choice to take her off  life support four days later.

Her family says there were never warning signs of Kristal’s dangerous behavior.

Friends at Mesa Linda Middle School remember Kristal as kind, vivacious and popular.

Unfortunately, Kristal isn’t alone in participating in this dangerous trend.

According to — an anti-drug website — one in five students has inhaled a chemical to get high by the eighth grade.

The consequences can be brain liver or heart damage and even death, as in Kristal’s case.

Ron Postoian and his sons own an air conditioning company.

Ron says he’s serviced plenty of units where the Freon had suspiciously been used up.

“When you inhale it, it kills your brain cells — that’s all,” Postoian explained.

He says something as simple as installing safety lock caps can prevent access to freon.

Kristal’s grandmother hopes parents are listening. She wishes she still had the chance to shield young Kristal from something so dangerous.

–Stefan Chase, KTLA News

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

gonRectorSeal® Corp., Houston,  a leading manufacturer of quality plumbing and HVAC/R products, acquired the total assets of G-O-N®LLC., Scottsdale, Ariz., Dec. 20.

The five-year-old G-O-N is the originator of the Glue-On-Nozzle (,
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 or customer service at 800-231-3345.


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, email or call (800) 231-3345.



DESCRIPTION: This NATE-accredited CEU class is geared toward HVACR service technicians who need to understand the dangers of condensation generated by HVACR systems. Taught by Riley Archer, the national technical manager for Rectorseal, technicians will learn what causes condensation, how condensation can cause damage, what the requirements are from the International Mechanical Code, as well as what types of preventive maintenance should be done on condensate drain lines. Archer will also cover several methods for unclogging drain lines. This class is also CEU-accredited in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, OH, North Carolina, South Carolina.


SPEAKER INFO: Riley Archer, national technical manager, Rectorseal, 2691 Spenwick Dr., Houston, TX, 77055; Phone (713) 263-8001, ext. 3282; Email

SPEAKER TYPE: Manufacturer 

RectorSeal Introduces Industry’s First Anti-Siphoning Device for Condensate Pumps

New device prevents common pump installation errors, which often cause noisy operation from “dry pump” that can lead to premature pump failure. 

RectorSeal® Corp., Houston,  a leading manufacturer of quality HVAC/R and plumbing products, introduces the industry’s first Anti-Siphoning Device, which eliminates siphoning due to incorrect condensate pump installations for ductless mini-split air conditioners.

Developed by Aspen Pumps in the U.K., the Anti-Siphoning Device is now included at no extra cost with all Aspen Pumps distributed by RectorSeal in the U.S. The device, which consists of a 2-inch-long molded plastic fitting with an integral air intake, is installed in the pump’s 1/4-inch-diameter discharge hose. It can be oriented horizontally or vertically and its omni-directional design prevents incorrect installation.  The Anti-Siphoning Device, which is bright orange for increased visibility, is packaged in a fully-illustrated instruction card and installs easily in just a few minutes.

After the pump switches off, the Anti-Siphoning Device prevents the pump from auto-siphoning and emptying itself, the reservoir and the connecting hose. This eliminates the potential of excessive noise, ineffective operation and overheating, which causes premature pump failure.

When gravity draining isn’t possible on interior wall or ceiling-mounted mini-splits with condensate pumps, the Anti-Siphoning Device can eliminate costly, labor-intensive troubleshooting and rerouting associated with inaccessible discharge hose siphoning problems recessed in walls or ceilings.

“The majority of condensate pump failures, regardless of brand or model, are due to field installation errors typically where an incorrectly routed discharge line creates a siphon ,” said Sean Holloway, RectorSeal’s HVAC/R national sales manager. “The Anti-Siphoning Device ensures a quiet, effective and long-lasting operation.”

For more information on RectorSeal’s plumbing, HVAC/R products or Aspen Pumps, please visit; email or call (800) 231-3345.



HOUSTON, TX – The RectorSeal Corporation, a Houston-based manufacturer of specialty products and tools for the HVAC industry, has expanded its line of patented  Safe-T-Switch® condensate overflow control switches with two new models, SS103E and 500EP. These electronic switches are reliable, easy to install and are code compliant.

As with all Safe-T-Switches®, the new models are designed for use in new or retrofit applications to protect home and commercial building owners from costly damage due to condensate overflow. The new electronic condensate overflow switch contains a low power consuming, state-of-the-art microelectronics. The A/C units will stop when the probes detect water. They offer A/C specialists an easy way to insure customer satisfaction and reduce potential liability.

The new SS103E switch can be installed horizontally or vertically, inline or on the primary pans auxiliary drain outlet and the secondary overflow pan. The dual sensor control provides added protection with the simplicity of installing a single device. The logic circuit continuously samples the probes for water. Onboard LED’s indicate the condition of the unit at a glance indicating an overflow condition currently or in the past 4 days. The SS103E is listed to UL 508.

The SS500EP is a plenum rated switch for installation on primary or secondary drain pans. The small, easy to use bracket fits perfectly in commercial roof top units. The simple 2-wire design is a state-of-the-art microelectronics that uses less energy. As with the SS103E, the onboard LED indicator removes the guess work on the condition of the unit. This switch is listed to UL 508 and UL 2043.

These new switches and all other Safe-T-Switch® models are easy to install with a simple 2-wire design and are now available through Rectorseal’s nationwide distribution network. For more information, contact RectorSeal Customer Service at 1-800-231-3345 or visit the company on the web at

Founded in 1937, 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.


2601 Spenwick Drive, Houston, Texas 77055

Seminars put on by Rectorseal

ACCA-GH is happy to announce we will be offering the following three seminars put on by Rectorseal on November 10th.

All classes count for NATE CEU’s!

Please see the below schedule and description.

A/C Line Set & Cleaning


Course Description

This program provides a comprehensive approach to understanding how air conditioning refrigeration lines become contaminated and what should be done to remove that contamination.

$39 for Members and $59 for Non Members


Condensation Problems and Solutions

9 am-10am

Course Description

An understanding of the dangers associated with condensation generated by HVACR systems and the evolution of the International Mechanical Code requirements for condensate removal from IMC 2000 to 2009.

$39 for Members and $59 for Non Members


Compressor Starting Problems


Course Description

A study of the electrical and mechanical dynamics that occur during the first second of a compressor motor startup and why hard start devices are needed in some cases.

$59 for Members and $79 for Non Members





Member Bundle Pricing $103

Non Member Bundle Pricing $148


Notice of Meeting

Notice of Meeting
October 27, 2011 – 6:00 PM
Speaker: Riley Archer, RectorSeal National Technical Manager
Topic: Compressor Starting Problems - A study of the electrical and mechanical
dynamics that occur during the first second of a compressor motor startup and
why hard start devices are needed in some cases.
This meeting will be a full two hour
NATE Certified Course (#1063-0001).
This Month’s Meeting Location:
Spazio Westport
12031 Lackland Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 576-0400
Our thanks to Mark Busse of Hester Bradley and Steve Young with Honeywell for
September's presentation on Honeywell Flame Safeguard Controls.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming educational opportunities:
Nov. 2-5, - The 74th RSES Annual Conference and HVACR Technology Expo will
be held in conjunction with the 22nd RSES Annual Mid-Southeast Regional Association
Educational Conference at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va. The
2011 conference will focus on education as well as many industry-related topics and the
theme will be, “Making History with RSES in Norfolk, Virginia.” The RSES Tidewater
Chapter will host the event.
November 17th – St Louis Chapter Meeting – John Shepherd, Midwest Regional Sales
Manager, AEGIS™SGR Electro Static Technology/ITW – “Preventing Electrical Bearing
Damage in VFD Driven Motors”. Hosted by Masters Equipment of St. Louis. Learn how to
protect motors from damage caused by induced voltages.
March 16th & 17th, 2012, – The St Louis Chapter will be host to the Mid-West Association
Annual Educational Conference. Mark your calendars and call a board member with your
ideas and offers of help NOW!
We are always interested in your ideas for speakers and topics. Contact a board
member and let them know what you're interests are.
We are offering “Reduced Memberships” to first time Student Members.
Come join us for our technical sessions and also learn about the benefits of belonging to RSES.
WE NEED NEW FACES & IDEAS RUNNING YOUR CHAPTER! Please call one of the board
members with your ideas and/or to volunteer to help.
Next Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 2nd, Location: TBD
Contact a board member for directions.
Chapter President
Jan Meredith
Membership Chairperson
Jim Wunderlich, CM
Chapter Treasurer
Bob Smith, CMS
Past International RSES President
Lou Woodard
Chapter Secretary
Bob Thom
Board Member
Don Ford
Past Chapter President

Press Release


The Rectorseal Corporation Receives 2011 Houston Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, September 26, 2011 — The Rectorseal Corporation has been selected for the 2011 Houston Award in the Sealing Compounds For Pipe Threads category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2011 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

U.S. Commerce Association