Tagged: HVACR

ArmorPad™, High-Strength & Light-Weight

ArmorPad’s light weight requires only one installer to transport; durable polymer shell resists UV, cracking, crumbling and spalling of its cementitious competition.


The ArmorPad is constructed of a dense foam core base enveloped in a shell of durable polymer on five sides that aesthetically simulates the texture and color of gray concrete. The entire product line of 24, 30, 32, 36, and 40-inch-square (61, 76, 81, 91, 101-cm2) x 3-inch-high (7.6-cm) models saves jobsite costs, because only one person is needed to transport and install it. For example, a 36-inch-square x 3-inch-high ArmorPad weighs only 8-pounds (3.6-kg) versus competing foam core pads with cementitious shells weighing 35-pounds (15.8-kg), or solid concrete pads weighing more than 300-pounds (136-kg).

ArmorPads also surpass the competition in durability tests, which prove the weight of a truck driving over it can’t crush it, drilling into it can’t crumble or crack the polymer shell, landscaping implements can’t spall the surface, and equipment weight of even the largest of residential condensers can’t indent or depress it.

The ArmorPad polymer shell is not sprayed on, but rather molded into a one-piece, strong and durable extrusion that’s compliant with ASTM D-2299 standard “Recommended Practice for Determining Relative Stain Resistance of Plastics.” The polymer surface perpetuates a brand new appearance, because of its built-in resistance to UV degradation, coil cleaning chemicals, landscaping chemicals, weather and canine urine.

The ArmorPads also boast the industry’s most dense foam core, which minimizes permanent compression damage and holds anchors securely. The foam core bottom also features a unique foil-backing that resists moisture and an embedded chemical repellent that deters burrowing animals and insects.

Other ArmorPad features include:

  • Design and performance-tested in the field with contractor focus groups;
  • Designed for 90-percent of the industry’s condenser sizes of up to five-ton systems. Additional size introductions are planned in the future;
  • Ideal for retrofits where larger, more efficient condenser replacements require a larger or new equipment mounting pad;
  • Can be secured onto and cantilevered out over smaller unsightly, but structurally-sound existing pads during retrofits;
  • Easily accepts and securely holds drilled-in hurricane clip anchors in high wind zones;
  • Available through most traditional wholesale HVAC/R distributors.

For additional information on the ArmorPad product line or other HVAC/R products from RectorSeal, visit www.rectorseal.com email: marketing@rectorseal.com; or call 800-231-3345.



18 Feb

RectorSeal® Wins Product Design Award for AC Leak Freeze PRO

AC Leak Freeze® Pro with Magic Frost wins a silver Dealer Design Award sponsored by Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigeration News Magazine.

Houston–RectorSeal® LLC, a manufacturer of quality HVAC/R products, won a Silver product design award July 24 for its AC Leak Freeze® PRO with Magic Frost refrigerant leak sealant in the 14th annual Dealer Design Awards (DDA) Program’s “Components & Accessories” category. Sponsored by the weekly trade magazine Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News (ACHR News), AC Leak Freeze PRO with Magic Frost, was judged by an independent panel of HVAC contractors and competed with 80 other product design entries.

AC Leak Freeze PRO was introduced last January and is a quick, easy and safe applicator for applying RectorSeal’s renowned AC Leak Freeze refrigerant leak sealant into commercial and residential air conditioning and refrigeration systems. Unlike some disposable refrigerant leak sealant applicators, AC Leak Freeze Pro doesn’t require a labor-intensive R-410A system pump down and safely withstands all typical refrigerant pressures. The Magic Frost portion of the patent-pending AC Leak Freeze formula is a lubricant additive that extends compressor lifecycles.

Approved as an OEM product by many tool and compressor manufacturers, AC Leak Freeze Pro with Magic Frost is the HVAC/R industry’s safest formula for service technician and the refrigeration system. Its proven compatibility flows with the system refrigerant/oil to permanently seal small leaks and prevent them in the future. The AC Leak Freeze PRO with Magic Frost formula is not moisture activated, has a safer flashpoint rating than the competition, and doesn’t use or create polymers that can potentially clog compressors, recovery/evacuation units, Schrader valves, capillary tubes, TXV valves, micro channels or manifold gauges.

AC Leak Freeze PRO helps preserve the environment from refrigerant leaks. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that emissions of HFC and PFC refrigerants were 149.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2015, a figure that doesn’t include the widely-used HCFC refrigerant R-22.

“These awards give us a unique opportunity to recognize the outstanding research and development efforts that go into many of the products serving the HVAC/R industry,” said Mike Murphy, publisher, ACHR News, which is distributed nationally to more than 33,000 members of the HVAC/R industry.

24 Jul

HVAC: Upgrading flex to rigid in the attic. Is it worth it?

ejwjzs9Malsotano writes:

Since I’ve moved into my house, I’ve noticed that the upstairs has pretty terrible ventilation. It stays quite warm in the summer, and much cooler in the winter.

I’m trying to track down some of the issues (like very little airflow coming from the vents), but after poking around in the attic, I couldn’t help but notice these fairly long runs of flex used for the return air: http://imgur.com/a/SCe2q

I guess my question is, would replacing these with a proper rigid installation improve the situation much, or is it not a very strong bang-for-buck upgrade?

Yes, long flex runs particular when not sized, routed and supported properly will reduce airflow and reduce efficiency. Also, you are again correct that rigid ductwork is more efficient than flex. However the primary reason you are having comfort differences between upstairs and downstairs is that heat rises. If you fix the airflow so that you are getting the same comfort level on both floors then when your turn on the heat this fall, that extra airflow will cause your upstairs to really over heat. I recommend zoning the two floors using motorized dampers and separate thermostats. This will require professional design and installation. I do want to caution you in this area, zoning done right is one of the best things you will experience. However, if done wrong, can be a nightmare. Make sure your contractor has reference from other zoning jobs or you do other due diligence on the contractor.

– James Bowman
National Technical Manager – HVACR

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15 Sep

Condensate Drain Line

mightypump_webTemperatures have been soaring this summer, which means air conditioning systems are working overtime trying to keep things cool and dry inside your home.

One common reason an air conditioning service technician is called to a job is because of condensate drain lines clogging. A/C drain lines clog due to thick mucus-like algae that grows inside the condensate drainage lines.


06 Jul

Cleanout Tool dislodges A/C condensate drain line blockages

ss1-shotWith bidirectional design that can position pressurization for upstream or downstream blockages, SS1 Directional Cleanout Tool clears clogged debris from ¾ in. primary and secondary condensate drain lines of up to 20 ton air conditioners. ABS plastic tool uses Safe-T-Switch® SS1 inline overflow/shutoff switch body or any condensate drain ¾ in. PVC inline tee as access cleanout fitting, and sturdy lazy L-shaped tool’s 5/8 in. OD ribbed nozzle fits into ¾ in. ID fittings and helps maintain tight seal.

RectorSeal® Corp., Houston, a leading manufacturer of HVAC products and accessories, has introduced the SS1 Directional Cleanout Tool for clearing clogged debris from 3/4-inch primary and secondary condensate drain lines of all air conditioner brands and sizes. The tool uses RectorSeal’s popular Safe-T-Switch® SS1 inline overflow/shutoff switch body or any condensate drain 3/4-inch PVC inline tee as an access cleanout fitting.

The sturdy ABS plastic tool fits through the top of an SS1 body after removing the electronic float switch. The sturdy lazy L-shaped tool’s 5/8th-inch (O.D.) ribbed nozzle fits snuggly into 3/4-inch (I.D.) fittings and helps maintain a tight seal. The opposite end features a plastic female fitting that tightly connects a shop vacuum, RectorSeal’s MightyPump™ drain line pump or other pressurizing device hoses.

An installed SS1 combined with the Directional Cleanout Tool saves service call time, because it eliminates the need for cutting a condensate line for access. Proactively installing an inline safety switch that includes a cleanout access port, such as an SS1, eliminates cutting the drain line on each service call and complies with the new “Drain Line Maintenance” stipulations of the International Mechanical Code (IMC-Section 307.2.5) and the International Residential Code (IRC-Section M1411.3.3).

Other features of the SS1 Directional Cleanout Tool are:
· bidirectional design can position pressurization for upstream or downstream blockages;
· circumvents labor-intensive jerry-rigging of a blockage dislodging tool or adapting fittings for nitrogen or CO2 cartridge drain line blow-out;
· fits condensate drain lines of all residential and most commercial air conditioning systems up to 20-tons;
· can be left on the jobsite or carried in a toolbox.

Besides the SS1 Directional Cleanout Tool, RectorSeal also offers a complete line of condensate line drain switches, cleanouts, biocides, drain pans and other accessories that expedite HVAC service calls, protect property, increase profits and provide customer satisfaction.

20 Apr