RectorSeal® Corp., Houston, a leading manufacturer of quality HVAC/R products, has acquired the total assets of Novent Cap LLC, Yorba Linda, Calif., the originator of the Novent® tamper-resistant locking cap for air-conditioning unit refrigerant access ports.
The March 15, 2012 acquisition, plus the recent development of its own GasGuard™ locking cap brand, now positions RectorSeal as the market-share leading manufacturer for one of the HVAC/R industry’s fastest growing market. Sharply increasing locking cap sales across the nation are being driven by the recent trends of teenage huffing deaths and black market refrigerant theft due to the inherently easy access of air-conditioning equipment Schraeder valves. The United Parents to Restrict Open Access to Refrigerants (UPROAR) (www.uproarorg.org), a lobbying group of parents who have lost children to huffing, recommends Novent locking caps on its website. Locking caps also have an environmental impact as their O-ring seals minimize refrigerant losses due to leaking Schraeder valves.