Tag: drain pan

What Is Condensation?

How many of us have went out of our way to shop for a glass, tumbler, or cup that will not “sweat”. There is nothing I dislike more than grabbing a cup with water droplets! These water droplets/sweat are also known as condensation.

Condensation can be in many more places than just our favorite tumbler. One major place of concern of condensation is in the HVAC System.


Condensation occurs when water vapor in the air comes into contact with something cool. Molecules slow down and get closer together & the gaseous water vapors turn back into liquid water drops (condensation). Seems kind of harmless on our cups but in an HVAC System this can cause so much damage and cost a great deal of money.


Years ago, Lynn Burkhart- President of CRT, visited a very prestigious resort in Florida. An esteemed guest had a not-so-pleasant experience in the resort.  There was a leak on the floor above, this leak damaged several expensive belongings of said guest. Can you imagine the frustration of the guest and embarrassment of the resort?

Do you know how this leak occurred? That’s right. Condensation from the HVAC’s drain pans had overflowed and leaked into the room, from the ceiling. Yikes! There is never a good reason for water to emit from the AC Unit. That is a true sign that the unit needs some TLC (Tender Loving Care). Whether it’s maintenance, repairing, or replacing. 

PM (Preventative Maintenance) is important to the health of your HVAC system. A checkup once or twice a year will help to detect & prevent an issue before it occurs. 

You can also be proactive by providing a time-released drain pan treatment PanGuard (Certified Green) or Algae Guard (EPA Registered) to keep your drain clean & free from over flows.

We’d love to hear any condensation stories you have. Please give us a call, comment, or simply shoot us an email. We look forward to chatting with you. 

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.

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.

Client Story! First Time Installing Pancrete

Have you ever had a product do something unexpected? That’s what happened to one of our clients! Shandi, our sales manager, talked to him last week and he told her what happened the first time he installed Pancrete. Read Shandi’s blog post to find out!

I spoke with one of our valued clients today, as he says that they are interested in our newest product, Ceramic Shield (a chiller resurfacer). They have had much success with Pancrete and V570 (a few of our drain pan resurfacers) for the past couple of years.

He is a contractor in California that does large Pancrete/ V570 applications. They like the fact that it sets up really quick and to tell his funny story, he learned this the hard way. On his very first application, he did not realize how fast the product would set up, or maybe he did not believe me. He mixed the product and began very slowly, but then the product started heating up and setting up in the containers. Since then, he has done several successful jobs using Pancrete and V570. We laughed about it, but on another note, we manufacture super easy, DIY products for “ALMOST” anyone to apply, with success.

(As you can see below, Pancrete can easily turn a rusty pan into a bright, fresh new one!)

Pancrete Job Before Pancrete Job After

Now, as we have introduced our new product, Ceramic Shield, he is interested to know how it will bring his company more business, just as Pancrete has. Maybe we’ll be able to get some before and after images of the tube sheets and end caps from the chiller that he is going to test our product on! 

Stay tuned! 

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! Read more at cleanac.com. Contact 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!

Pancrete Job BeforePancrete Job After

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.

What’s in a name? A sparkling clean HVAC system!

What’s the one thing that belongs to you, but others use it more than you do? Your name! Perhaps our best-named product, the one we’re most known for, is Pancrete.


Would you replace your house or your vehicle if one small thing was broken? Of course not! You’d probably just repair it. Replacing things can be very expensive and time-consuming, but repairing and servicing can bring back their shine and make them last even longer.

Pancrete is one way to repair your HVAC system drip pans. It is an amazing product. Instead of getting a whole new HVAC unit just because your drip pan is rusted, why not just resurface? Our product can totally replace the bottom of your drip pan, without the fuss of replacing the entire unit.

Pancrete is a beautiful royal blue color and is very easy to apply. With its fast curing time, you won’t have to leave your unit off while it cures. AND you can put the unit back into service immediately. Check out this beautiful installation:

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The steps to install Pancrete are easy and simple. Here’s a quick guide! First, you have to start cleaning.

  • Remove as much rust and damage as you can.
  • Wash it all off with Clean Bond, which also works as a bonding agent for Pancrete.
  • Spray on Fast Attack to sanitize the area.
  • Make sure there are no holes. If there are, you’ll need to cover them with duct tape or use our Panhole Filler, which, when painted on, can fill holes up to 100 mils.
  • Plug the drain with a cork or piece of plastic tubing coated in Vaseline so that the Pancrete doesn’t stick to it.
  • Paint on V570 and let it dry for 4-6 hours to stop rusting and deterioration.

Then, you’re ready to apply Pancrete!

  • This product is a two-part process. So you’ll mix parts A and B back and forth 20-25 times to make sure it is mixed well.
  • Then, just pour it in the drip pan! Pancrete is self-leveling so all your hard work is done. Now you can sit back and let the product do its job. It takes a total of 6 hours to cure completely depending on the temperature outside, but you can put the unit back into service immediately.

Do you have a success story using our product, Pancrete? We’d love to hear it! Have photos? Please share them. We are so proud to offer a product that saves you time and money.