Blog tips about HVAC systems- Preventative Maintenance, Problems & Solutions, HVAC Industry News, and etc.

Because our HVAC systems just run in the background and we just expect them to do so, we forget that they are there. That is until they don’t work like they are supposed to.

Have you ever lost or misplaced your keys? I’ve done that multiple times within the past two weeks. One which involved locking them in my car. That was much fun! Remembrance has not been my friend as of late. To think I am only 17 weeks pregnant & have many, many more weeks/years of forgetfulness to come, isn’t very encouraging.

Forgetfulness isn’t just limited to loss of keys, forgetting to start the dryer after putting your wet clothes in, forgetting to set your alarm, forgetting your wallet, or even forgetting where you parked. Forgetfulness is not only common with pregnancy brain, but also common with our HVAC Systems.

So riddle me this, what if we paid more attention to our heating & air units from the start. I know when this baby comes along in September, seldom will I take my eyes off of him. Obviously, we shouldn’t literally go watch our HVAC unit, but the least we could do is pay more attention to it by showing it some tender, loving, HVAC Preventative Maintenance care. Much like the care for a baby, it doesn’t survive without you. The HVAC unit will not last very long without preventative maintenance.

What is HVAC Preventative Maintenance?

According to Trane, “Regular HVAC preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure trouble-free operation and peak performance. Pre-season maintenance is also important. It can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bill from getting out of control.”
http://www.trane.com/residential/en/for-owners/maintenance-tips.html

Be sure to Contact your local Contractor for Preventative Maintenance measures.

Who will get the award for being “Most Forgetful”. The nominees are Preventative Maintenance and Pregnancy Brain?
As for me, the winner is Pregnancy Brain. While you may not have the excuse of pregnancy, you certainly have the choice of caring for your HVAC unit with Preventative Maintenance instead of allowing it to be forgotten.

 

539149_10151972004281060_1823289601_nKristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Keeping the condenser coil and evaporator coil clean is one way to maintain a healthy HVAC compressor. As the blog linked to in this post states, “Dirty coils are a surefire way to damage a compressor and negatively impact compressor efficiency.”

To read more on things that affect and the importance of maintaining your HVAC compressor, click here.

 

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Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

I believe that in order to be great at what you do, you must believe in and love the career you are in.

Besides being excited about the many awesome and specialty products that CRT manufactures, my clients and prospects make my career the most enjoyable.

They make my day so fulfilling, and to know that I put a smile on their face is truly a pleasure, I do not for granted. 

Below is a glimpse of what encourages me on a daily basis to strive for excellence….

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Shandi Maddox, Corporate Client Services Representative of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

 

You can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by investing in Green certified drain pan treatment today! We will give you a 5% discount to get your lucky streak started off right!

Green certified drip pan treatment, PanGuard, is a timed-released drip pan polymer strip that keeps bacteria running smoothly down the drain; leaving you with spotless pans with no yucky residue that can contribute to overflowing pans, and bad In-door Air Quality. Protect your HVAC pans and environment with one easy step. Simply clean the pan and apply the strip.

 

logoControlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.

Much like the famous Shakespeare love story of Romeo and Juliet. The story of the two star-crossed lovers are nothing like the love you may possibly have for Algae Guard – drip pan treatment. There is no struggle or tragedy when it comes to our time released drip pan treatment- Algae Guard.

However, there may be a struggle if you are using tablets for your drip pan instead of a time released product such as Algae Guard. Tablets will actually help to deteriorate your drip pan. That is a tragedy!

You don’t want some tragic love story between your drip pans and the products you use, do you? You want the two things to compliment each other, right?
Look no further. Here is a bit of info about Algae Guard.

Algae Guard is a time-released drip pan treatment that keeps the pan clean & free from overflows. Time-released is a process that only allows the ingredients to be released as water flows through the product. Algae Guard is EPA registered and contains a biocide to be effective against mold, mildew, algae, and fungus.

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Ingredient Information

32% active ingredients: broad spectrum micro-biocide
18% other ingredients: blending of wetting agents, surfactants, detergents and corrosion inhibitor
C10 corrosion inhibitor: helps slow the corrosive effects of aggressive condensate water
Physical Characteristics

Slim strip design releases micro-biocides over a greater expanse of the pan surface allowing the condensate to carry the micro-biocides into the entire pan, not just a small area.
Flexible polymer aids in placement of the product into hard to reach places.
Retains a constant weight in water.
Water permeable fabric enclosure helps keep the product intact and visible for easy removal.
Non-dissolving, leaves no chemical residue in the pan.
Engineered for all sizes of air conditioning units.

 

539149_10151972004281060_1823289601_nKristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Have you ever seen alka-seltzer placed in a cup of water? Watch this video, and see that within seconds the alka-seltzer dissolves.

These days everyone in our society is looking for the best, quickest, and easiest. Let’s face it, if you can have the best thing out there and it’s also the quickest and easiest, you’re going for it. The problem is when choosing the quickest and easiest, the best quality is not always an attribute. Sadly, what has occurred regarding HVAC condensate drain pans is that everyone chooses the quick and easy tablet verses the quality of a timed-release product.

Much like alka-seltzer, HVAC tablets placed in condensate pans begin to dissolve immediately. However, these tablets last a bit longer, but disappear within the first week or so. This might address the problem for the short-term, but who’s going to remember or want to revisit that drain 6 times a month? Besides, these tablets contain chlorine, which further corrodes the condensate pan and shortens the time until a repair or system replacement is needed. So instead of solving the problem associated with pan overflows, now these tablets have just added additional work and headaches.

But don’t fear, Timed-Release technology is your solution. The products listed below were the very first timed-release products developed for HVAC drain pans and evaporative coolers. The ingredients are suspended in a polymer strip, and as water flows through the product the ingredients are released. If no water is flowing through the product, then no ingredients are released. This doesn’t hold true for tablets. Tablets aren’t engineered to stop releasing ingredients whereas timed-release products are.

PanGuard, developed in 1985, is the FIRST timed-release technology for condensate drain pans. Over two years was spent in the initial development and testing, and improvements are still being made to keep PanGuard ahead of the pack, including a reformulation to make PanGuard a certified GREEN product.

Cooler Guard is the FIRST timed-release maintenance for evaporative coolers. Almost a year in development and two months of field test results combined to make the product effective against scale deposits.

So, what are you really costing yourself by choosing tablets? In 10 years, what will your pan look like by using a tablet? Are you really getting the quality protection you need to keep the drain pan free from yuck? Did you know the yuck in the pan is actually in the air that you breathe?

Are you ready to place money IN your pocket instead of always dishing it out? If so, give us a call and we can give you the timed-release treatment.

539149_10151972004281060_1823289601_nKristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina.  CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

There are three very important methods to be familiar with when it comes to Maintenance up-keeps. As with any maintenance up-keep there are a few different approaches you can take. In this blog though, we are defining Reactive, Preventative, and Predictive Maintenance, all in regards to the HVAC Industry.

When a professional sets out into the HVAC world; they should choose which approach is best for the business or consumer; and depict how you are going to save the most money in the long run. A lot of times depending on the approach one takes in the field will help you determine if you are working with a true professional.

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So, to break it down by maintenance approach, we are going to start with Reactive Maintenance, which I believe is the least attractive of the three. Reactive Maintenance is an approach that takes place after the equipment is already at a “no-turn around” type condition and is often times referred to as Management by Crisis – which is when a manager is creating more crisis than he is preventing. This meaning that the equipment is broken down and that there was nothing done before hand to prevent the situation from occurring. These type fixes are going to take the most out of your pocket, and require the most attention (taking you away from greater responsibilities). As a professional, this would not be the most appropriate approach to take.

Preventative Maintenance, however, goes a step above Reactive, and is one that should be done at all times when dealing with HVAC equipment. Preventative Maintenance is making an attempt to at least check the condition of your unit rather there seems to be an issue or not. With HVAC, this approach is important for the simple fact that you can’t always see equipment deterioration or bacteria from the outside. And when you go with the “out of sight, out of mind”, is when we end up with Reactive Maintenance. This approach will help you to stay on top of things, so that you can catch the problem before resulting in system failure. This approach seems to be one of the more popular approaches.

Lastly, Predictive Maintenance, is going to be your worry-free approach, this technique is designed to help you determine the HVAC’s condition and better predict when maintenance should be performed. Basically, you have it on schedule to be repaired before the problem/break has presented itself. While this approach may not be the most popular, it creates the best results and is the best approach to take.

In a nutshell, Predictive Maintenance is going to result in more cost savings over routine or preventative Maintenance procedures, while Preventative does the same over Reactive Maintenance, saving you more over the reactive approach, more so than Predictive over Preventative.

Are you a professional? Which maintenance approach do you prefer? Leave me a comment in the section below.

 

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Chasity Walker, Publicity Manager of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is a manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of ASHRAE, and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

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