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Saving A Service Call…

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It’s going to be May in just a week. And you know what that means. Those nice cool mornings and evenings will be gone till probably October. We will be firing up the A/C to combat the heat and the humidity. We want our AC’s to be efficient as possible and I have got 2 things that you can do your self without calling the A/C man. First the first time we have a spray that you can use to clean the evaporator coil. Before that has been a service call. But K.O. Dirt Blaster is easy to use and is less than $15. It’s a pressure wash for the coils that will clean them, and you don’t have to water rinse the coils afterward. I used it at the Lake. You just take the front cover off the AC, and then you can see the coils. I was surprised to see how dirty the coils were, but once I sprayed the K.O. Dirt Blaster the dirt just melted away. I cleaned them in minutes! Don’t worry you can’t make a mistake. If you don’t clean the coils the system doesn’t work as efficiently as it should and though it will still work, it will have to work harder. And you know what that means….$$$. While you are taking care of the coils, you will notice a pan that is below the coils. The coils drip into that pan. If the drain on the pan stops up, then the pan will over-flow. And it over- flows into the house. So that means if the AC is in the attic, the pan will over-flow into the sheetrock and can do a lot of damage. My daughter had one over-flow into her bedroom closet, and made a big mess. So drop a “ACTab EE” into the pan. If your pan is dry, it’s ok, because the ACTabb doesn’t work unless you have a problem

These two projects don’t take long, and will cost you less than $25. I don’t know about you, but a service call in SA, is way more than that. Stay cool my friends!

 

Now to the email…..

 

Question:I have a old commode that is a special color to go with the rest of the bath. I have been told that it uses a lot of water ever time we flush. I do not want to change out my toilet, but I do want to save water. So what can I do?

Answer: I know we all need to be responsible for our water. And there is something simple and easy to make your toilet a water saving one. Take out your old flapper, and replace it with a Frugal Flush Flapper. It will only use 1 ½ gallons of water per flush. I always recommend that people keep their old toilet if they can because they are so much better than the new toilets.

Question: Our pool tiles are falling off. We have tried many types of adhesives. The tiles are just above the water line and it seems that the surface that they need to stick back on is just not rough enough.

Answer: Lets clean the back of the tile and the place where you want to re-attach the tile. Use a product called Vera Safe, it’s made by Franmar. It will etch the tile, and that way you have a clean etched surface. Don’t worry, Vera Safe, is organic, non-fuming, and safe to use. When attaching the tile use a product called More Flex. Try one tile first, put it on and then squeeze down. Then use the More Flex to grout around the tile. Secure it with tape. Give it 72 hours to cure.

Question: The previous owners of this house spray painted the wood fence that extends from the back of the house to the garage. There is white over-spray on the red brick where the fence attaches to the house. We’ve tried wire brush and mineral spirits and power washing. Nothing works. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: Use a product called Soy Gel. It works fast, and does all the work. It’s safe, and odorless. Put it on about a ¼ inch thick…do a test spot first. When you can take your finger and go all the to the brick, then you are done. Just rinse it off.

Question: I am really in a bind. I had an old double bed modified into a Queen. The guy did a really good job. But the plywood that he used smells bad. It makes the whole room smell. Help!

Answer: Just spray the plywood down, with Bio Zapp and let it dry. Just really soak the plywood…it won’t hurt ..it will just take the smell away.

SAFE-T-SWITCH® A/C OVERFLOW SHUT-OFF SWITCH

THE RECTORSEAL CORPORATION INTRODUCES A NEW

SAFE-T-SWITCH® A/C OVERFLOW SHUT-OFF SWITCH   

HOUSTON, TX – The Rectorseal Corporation, a Houston-based manufacturer of specialty chemical products and tools for the HVAC industry, has expanded its line of patented

Safe-T-Switch® electronic condensate overflow control switches with a new model, SS700E, designed to meet changes in A/C equipment being installed today. The new switch includes the  reliable, low power consuming, state-of-the-art microelectronics that has made Safe-T-Switch® the best condensate control switch on the market and is Code Compliant – Tested to UL-508.

 

As with all Safe-T-Switches®, the new models are designed for easy installation in new or retrofit situations to protect home and commercial building owners from costly damage due to condensate overflow. They also offer A/C specialists an easy way to insure customer satisfaction and reduce potential liability.

 

The new SS700E switch is designed to fit in the auxiliary drain pan; it does not need to be mounted to the pan and eliminates screws and clips. The SS700E’s logic circuit continuously samples the probes for water and will shutdown the system if water is detected. Onboard LED’s indicates the condition of the unit at a glance, removing any guess work and will automatically reset once the water subsides. The simple wire design makes for easy installation. The multiple position options on the brackets provides adjustable heights options. The rust proof stainless steel adds to the unmatched reliability of the switch. The new bracket is great for use with plastic overflow pans with round edges.

 

These new switches and all other Safe-T-Switch® models 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 www.rectorseal.com.

 

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.

 

THE RECTORSEAL CORPORATION  

 2601 Spenwick Drive, Houston, Texas 77055

SAFE-T-SWITCH A/C OVERFLOW SHUT-OFF SWITCHES WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART MICROELECTRONICS

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 www.rectorseal.com.

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.

THE RECTORSEAL CORPORATION

2601 Spenwick Drive, Houston, Texas 77055

Keep your A/C Ship Shape in Record High Temperatures

Temperatures have been soaring this summer, which means air conditioning systems are working overtime trying to keep things cool and dry inside your home.

One common reason an air conditioning service technician is called to a job is because of condensate drain lines clogging. A/C drain lines clog due to thick mucus-like algae that grows inside the condensate drainage lines.

Over time, sludge forms in an air conditioner’s drain line and closes them up, not allowing condensate to drain. This happens because the normal current from condensate is not enough to flush the line. Tiny particles form along the bottom of the ‘P’ trap and in other parts of the drain line. These particles collect in one spot causing a clog. The water will then back up into the air conditioning drain pan. After the pan is full, water will overflow into the house. This is when most homeowners notice the problem.

Clearing the condensate drain line can be a messy job. One way to clear it is to cut the line near the air handler drain pan and blow out the line with a water hose or high pressure air hose. Another method is to use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the clog; however this method requires an electrical outlet. A New product Mighty Pump™ is a lightweight but high powered pump that can vacuum or blow out a clog, is does not require any electricity. Simply attach the hose of the Mighty Pump to the A/C condensate drain line and pump the handle a few times to either vacuum or blow out a clog.

After the line is cleared, insert biocide tablets into the drip pan to prevent the growth of slime inside of your condensate line. This will prevent most blockages in air conditioning due to build up. Actabs™ Jr. is conveniently packed in bulk for treatments that last up to 3 months.

Another way to prevent flooding and water damage from a clogged condensate drains is to install a condensate overflow shut-off switch, this is installed on the drain pan and when a clog is detected the system shuts off preventing water damage. Safe-T-Switch has many models to fit different applications.