Tag: air handler refurbishment

Case Study: How Pancrete Changed a Drain Pan and a Career

We recently received some great news and a case study from one of our clients. Our product Pancrete really changed the course of his career! Thanks to Andrej Bagar of FLUXAIR Indoor Environment Solutions for this case study.

This will be a short history of my contact with Pancrete. My former boss had brought a few samples of cured Pancrete from one of the NADCA conventions a few years back and had mentioned how he thought it was an interesting product. I remember we were in the middle of a couple of large projects at the time and the matter was put aside for later. So the samples were sitting in my drawer until one of our clients asked me for a solution to a leaking drain pan. I went back to the office, did a quick online research of the product, took the sample to the customer and shortly after, I had an order for the restoration of two 9’ x 4’ badly rusted drain pans.

After my first job was done, it was quiet for a year or so until I got in contact with the chief engineer at one hospital who ended up telling me that most of their air handling units had the same problem. Good thing about the quiet period was that I had over a year long trial period, making sure that Pancrete performed as stated. After everything looked good, I felt confident to propose the same solution to the hospital.

And here I am today, restoring air handlers as my primary field with my own company. As I was working on the units, my scope of work started expanding as well, so today I am restoring and replacing other components as well, and waterproofing entire units, not just drain pans. My next project is the largest unit in the hospital. 

Want to learn more about what Pancrete can do for you? Give us a call at 1-800-766-9059 or visit us at cleanac.com.

Here are before-and-after photos of the drain pan our client recently resurfaced. Looks great!

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“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company based in Shelby, N.C., and have been creating independently-certified products for HVAC maintenance since 1986. Read more at cleanac.com. Got a question? Contact us toll free at 1-800-766-9057.

Product Unleashed: The Features of Panhole Filler

Do you have an older drip pan that is severely rusted, and may contain pinhole perforations through the pan bottom and/or sides?

If you do, as Michael Jackson would sing, “You are not alone”.

Since Pancrete is engineered to be a water-like consistency so it can self-level and flow under coils, it may also be able to go through any pinholes (if not blocked) that are present in the pan’s surface. Many pinholes are so small in size they may go unnoticed.

Panhole Filler prevents Pancrete from flowing out pinholes in older water drip pans. It bridges holes up to 100 mils thick (or to give you a better visual- the size of a coffee stirrer stick). This white product is also engineered for health and environment issues by being non-toxic, and chromium free. Additionally Panhole Filler functions as an anti-corrosive primer to further protect the surfaces from deteriorating.

PanHole Filler is applied at 10 mil thickness on the bottom of the drip pan. PanHole Filler is not a standalone product, it does require a top coat of Pancrete prior to the unit being put back into service. It is also recommended that Clean Bond be used as a cleaner and flash rust inhibitor prior to the use of Panhole Filler.

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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

What Are You Leaving Behind: Opportunities

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Have you ever made a trip to Walmart or your local grocery store? 

How many times have you went in with the mindset of what you need to get, only to return home and realize the ONE thing you went for you FORGOT! 

P.S If you don’t have to make trips to your local store, give me a call with your secret because we spend a fortune at Walmart. 

Okay, back to the moral of the story. 

In the HVAC world the possibilities are endless! We all know that there are so many things that can be done to prevent problems from occurring inside the HVAC System. My question for you is, do you look for the ways to prevent these problems from popping up? 

I would guarantee that a Contractor makes several visits out to job sites to check things out, maybe even do a quote. How many times have you went to check out a job, only to leave and realize that you could’ve prevented your client from having to spend thousands of dollars later on down the road, by offering them a simple, easy, preventative maintenance fix NOW. 

Today, everyone has an “I want it now” type of mentality. Well, why not use that mentality when trying to save and prolong your HVAC equipment. 

Don’t take a trip to your Air Handler and forget to remember ways to help your client out. 

If you are a client, don’t forget to ask if there are other ways your contractor can help you out. 

Did you take a thorough look at everything and make sure that you checked every nook and cranny? Give the quality of work that the client and the HVAC system deserves. 

In the months to come, we are going to be using the “What Are You Leaving Behind” as one of our blog categories because let’s face it. The HVAC system is an entire world of possibilities and opportunities. 

For instance, if the HVAC system is being looked at for a condensate drain pan leak; you have the solution to stop the pan from leaking. But did you walk away without suggesting a solution to keep the pan from corroding (which is more than likely the reason the pan leaked in the first place)?

I would love to hear some feedback on what other things you offer as a Contractor when you go to visit your clients and help them out. 

I would also love some feedback from the clients and how their Contractors have helped them out or maybe haven’t helped them out. 

Just like you leaving the grocery store and thinking, “Did I forget anything?”. Do the same thing when leaving the HVAC System- “Did I forget anything?”. 

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 an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and 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 BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Feature: NFPA 90A Requirements Led Us to Improvements

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The information above was taking from www.live-safe.org. As you have already read on the importance of checking and maintaining fire alarms for your safety, it’s also equally of importantance to take special cautions in areas where fires are known to take placeanywhere that electricity and wires are associated and/or where water and chemical resistance is needed.

Because of the concern and incidents over the years regarding fires and damage, CRT took the extra steps to ensure your investment is secure. Beyond, Pancrete and V570, air handler refurbishment coatings, that I am sure you have heard of (if not, you can refer to the links I’ve added); CRT developed versions of both product to be rated and approved by NFPA 90A requirements, the products were given the title of, T84 and V4138.

While reaching NFPA 90A requirements is one of biggest improvements in the development of T84 and V4138, some other improvements to take into account are: longer working time, better adhesion and penetration characteristics, and the ability to meet and exceed all fire and smoke codes that may be in effect in various locations.

As an end user, this product would bring you great peace, in knowing that you went that extra mile to keep and hold your investment at the highest standard as well as protecting it. As a contractor, it is a MUST that you check with building codes before taking on any new projects; not taking the right procedures could leave you with multiple fines to be paid, especially if their were to be a lost from not following codes.

If you have any questions on any of the products I have talked about in the above blog, please leave me a comment in the section below. I look forward to helping you on your journey. 🙂

chasnewChasity Walker, Publicity Manager of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and 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 BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com

Featuring: Fincoil Energy Solutions – V4138 and T84

Many buildings have specifications for coatings used in the HVAC system to be NFPA 90A Fire and Smoke Rated. Thankfully, products do exist to meet these specifications as well as meet VOC specs.

If you don’t believe me, read this recommendation letter from a very well known company- Fincoil Energy Solutions. They used both V4138 and T84 to meet regulations for fire and smoke in a hospital building and were more than pleased with the results.

You can also check out more information for these two products on our website at www.cleanac.com.

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kristen1Kristen Bean, Assistant Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an IFMA CSP, an EnergyStar Partner and 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 BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com