Tag: condensate pan

This Crazy Pancrete Installation is Great for Business

The uses of our product, Pancrete, can vary in so many ways! Typically, Pancrete is a product used to resurface rusty, leaking HVAC drain pans. But one client turned his store’s countertop into a Pancrete display!

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Bobby Mantle with Strategic Filtration in Houston, TX, used Pancrete to create a beautiful countertop in his store. He said he decided to use it because it was so beautiful, and it was an easy way to show his clients what Pancrete looks like when installed.

Bobby said it was a very easy process. First, he built the counter out of wood and added a lip to the sides, just enough to pour the Pancrete into. He poured it 1/4″ thick and then caulked the edges to ensure the Pancrete didn’t leak out. It bonded seamlessly to the wood.

His clients love the way it looks and feels, especially with that beautiful blue color. They see it every time they visit his location.

What a cool idea! Have you ever installed a product in an unusual way? Tell us your product stories!


About us

“The CRT Tipster” is an HVAC tips and news blog owned by Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. We are a chemical manufacturing company in Shelby, NC, that creates products for HVAC maintenance and more! Find us at cleanac.com, or call us toll free at 800-766-9057.

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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About us

“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.

9 Ways to Maintain Your HVAC & Improve Efficiency

What does a typical HVAC maintenance check-up include? A number of things that can improve your efficiency and reduce your electricity costs. That’s why it’s so important to have your unit maintenanced regularly – at least once per year.

Here’s a look at what HVAC maintenance technicians can do to maintain a unit’s efficiency and cleanliness. This check-list is brought to you by our partners at Energy Star.

  1. Check thermostat settings to make sure the cooling and heating system keeps you comfortable while you’re at home, and saves you energy while you’re away.
  2. Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on the motors. Bad electrical connections can make your system unsafe and can reduce the life of its most important components.
  3. Lubricate all moving parts to reduce friction in motors and lower the amount of electricity used.
  4. Inspect the condensate drain in your central AC, furnace and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode). If a drain gets clogged, it can cause water damage in the home and affect the humidity indoors.
  5. Check the system’s controls to ensure proper and safe operation, and check the starting cycle of the equipment to make sure it starts, runs and shuts off properly.
  6. Clean the evaporator and condenser coils, since dirty coils reduce the system’s ability to cool your home quickly, resulting in a longer-running system, higher energy costs, and a shortened lifespan for the equipment.
  7. Check your central AC’s refrigerant level and adjust if necessary.
  8. Clean and adjust blower components to provide proper system airflow and improve overall comfort. Airflow problems can reduce efficiency by up to 15%!
  9. Check all gas or oil connections, gas pressure, burner combustion and the heat exchanger. If a connection is improperly operating, it can cause a fire hazard and health problems.

What can I do?

You’re probably wondering what you can do throughout the year to lengthen the life of your system and save money on heating and air costs. Energy Star offers this tip: Inspect, clean and change your air filters once a month in your central AC, furnace and/or heat pump. Your HVAC contractor can show you how to do this.

For more, check out this video for five AC maintenance tips, from Rachel Hardy of Angie’s List. Hat tip to this article on the site! “5 Things to Know About A/C Maintenance”

Product Spotlight: Is that Alka-Seltzer? Fail.

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

From the Field: Avoid the Umbrella

rihanna Pop singer Rihanna received some great news to spark her birthday celebration last week. The now 26-year-old found out that papers would soon be signed giving her a $10 million settlement, stemming from bad financial and real estate advice she received in 2009. At the heart of this matter was a $7 million home in Southern California – rotting from water and mold damage!

While Rihanna’s situation was caused by leaking balconies and faulty construction, the same thing could happen in any home or business due to overflows and clogs of the HVAC condensate drain pan.
This potential for water damage is largely unknown to building owners and tenants, as HVAC systems are only a concern when they aren’t functioning properly. But by this time, it could be too late.

For years the industry relied on water-soluble tablets to clean the pans of potential hazards. As demonstrated in Kristen’s blog , while these tablets are effective in the short-term, their chemical nature causes them to quickly dissipate. This leaves one to either grin and bear it or constantly perform HVAC maintenance. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

In 1985, Controlled Release Technologies invented PanGuard, the HVAC industry’s first timed-release drain pan treatment. PanGuard is guaranteed PG limited warranty to provide continuous, 24-hour protection for either 3 or 6 months, depending on size purchased, or it will be replaced for free. Find a tablet with that kind of offer!

So now you need to make a choice: Either make like Rihanna and get under your Umbrella ella ella eh eh eh, or protect your investment with PanGuard today!

If you have a similar water damage horror story, or a success story using PanGuard, we’d love to hear about it. Please leave your comments in the section below.

jonJonathan Dunagin, Marketing Director of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc. located in Shelby, North Carolina. More information about the company, and its products, can be found at http://www.cleanac.com and by calling (800) 766-9057.