Daikin Unveils Texas Technology Park

The new Daikin Texas Technology Park is one of the most technologically advanced HVAC manufacturing facilities in North America.  Covering an area of approximately  4.1 million square feet on 500 acres of land, it is the third largest factory in the US and the fifth largest in the world.

Located just outside of Houston, Texas, the new facility is designed to better serve customers, employees, and the environment by consolidating manufacturing, engineering, logistics, marketing, and sales into one campus.

The $417 million facility is expected to put about 5,000 people to work in the Houston area through direct employment and the expected arrival of related businesses.

Click here for a virtual tour.

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Up to $100 Rebate for Rinnai Propane-Fired Products

Rinnai propane-fired products are eligible for up to a $100 rebate through December 31, 2017.

Rebate Period: Offer valid April 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Eligible Products & Rebate Amounts:

  • SE+ Series Tankless Water Heaters (models RUR98i-LP, RUR98e-LP, RUC98i-LP, RU98e-LP, RUC90i-LP, RU90e-LP, RUC80i-LP, RU80e-LP) – $100 rebate
  • SE Series Tankless Water Heaters (models RUCS75i-LP, RUS75e-LP, RUCS65i-LP, RUS65e-LP) – $100 rebate
  • HE+ Series Tankless Water Heaters (models RL94i-LP, RL94e-LP, RL75i-LP, RL75e-LP) – $100 rebate
  • HE Series Tankless Water Heaters (models V94i-LP, V94e-LP, V75i-LP, V75e-LP, V65i-LP, V65e-LP, V53e-LP) – $50 rebate
  • Commercial Products Demand Duo ™ Commercial Hybrid System  – $100 rebate
  • Condensing Boilers (models QP130N*, QP85N*, Q205S-LP, Q175C-LP, Q175S-LP, Q130S-LP, Q85S-LP, E110C-LP, E75C-LP, E50CN*, E50CR-LP, E75CR-LP, E110CR-LP, E60SR-LP, E85SR-LP, E110SR-LP) –  $100 rebate (propane models/converted models only)
  • Direct Vent Furnaces (models EX38C-LP, EX38CW-LP, EX22C-LP, EX22CW-LP, EX17C-LP, EX11C-LP, EX08C-LP) – $100 rebate
  • Vent-Free Fan Convectors (models FC510-LP, FC824-LP) – $50 rebate

Contractors, make sure when you’re installing Rinnai Propane equipment, you include the claim form for the rebate. Instructions to provide homeowners is provided below.

Rinnai products are available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Claim instructions to share with homeowners:

  1. Purchase Rinnai qualifying product between April 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 AND install by January 15, 2018
  2. Complete the claim form & have it signed by the installing contractor
  3. Submit the claim form, the invoice for purchase & installation of the qualifying product & the invoice for a propane kit (if applicable) to Rinnai, at the address on the Claim Form.

Ductless Tools to Save You Time (Ductless Days of Summer 2)

Last year, we provided a round up of HVAC Distributors new tools to help you with ductless installations.

We have some new tools to add to the list to help you with ductless installations to save time, reduce call backs & increase your customer’s satisfaction with your work.

Contact your local branch or account manager for pricing and availability. Web Order Entry customers can see that information through the Web Order Portal.

 Yellow Jacket’s Mini-Split Tool Kit (includes 16″ tool bag)

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This tool kit includes everything you need to install or repair a mini-split unit (any brand), including:

  • Heat Pump Manifold designed to handle all mini-split refrigerants & pressures, including heating modes
  • 60″ PLUS II Hoses (RYB), 1/4″ with 1/4″ flare fittings
  • Adjustable Metric Torque Wrench
  • Vacuum Charge Valve with side port
  • And more

You can also purchase the 8 Head Torque Wrench Kit (HVAC Part: 422773) by itself.

RectorSeal® NoKink™ Flexible Refrigerant Line Connector

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Easily install refrigerant lines coming out of the wall to the ductless indoor unit with this flexible line connector.

Other benefits include:

  • 3″ long copper end for easier flaring
  • UL listed for R410A
  • Maximum working pressure of 800 psi, and a burst strength of greater than 4,000 psi.

HVAC Distributors stocks 1/4″ x 3′, 1/2″ x 3′, 3/8″ x 3′ and 5/8″ x 3′ sizes.

Here are the simple installation instructions:

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Goodman Tubular Upgrade Warranty Program Updates

Goodman Manufacturing offers a Tubular Upgrade Program, which provides contractors with the option of upgrading homeowners with a non-functional clamshell-type heat exchanger (covered under the terms of the original warranty) to a new Goodman brand furnace featuring a tubular heat exchanger at a discounted price.

From Goodman:

Here is how the program works:

  1. Once a dealer verifies the homeowner has a non-functional Goodman clamshell heat exchanger covered under the terms of the original warranty, the installing dealer can provide the homeowner with the option of a new furnace at $150 below the dealer’s purchase price from the distributor. This discount applies only to furnace cost. It is the dealer’s responsibility to negotiate all additional costs with the homeowner including labor, freight, or any other costs associated with the installation, service, repair or operation of the unit.The new furnace will be backed with all standard limited warranties associated with the specific model selected for replacement, including a 10-Year Parts Limited Warranty and a Lifetime Heat Exchanger Limited Warranty. All warranties are available to the original registered owner and his or her spouse provided the unit is installed in an owner-occupied single-family residence and the unit is properly registered online with Goodman within 60 days after the upgraded installation occurs. Online registration is not required in California or Quebec. See www.goodmanmfg.com for complete warranty details.

  2. To qualify, the installing dealer must complete a FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT form, disclose the program to the homeowner and provide the homeowner with a completed copy of the FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT. The dealer must also retain a copy of the completed form to submit with their warranty claim to their distributor.

  3. Dealer must provide the participating Goodman distributor with:

A.  the completed and signed FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT form; and

B. the Warranty Claim Form; and

C. The non-functional furnace or rating nameplate.

Then, the dealer will be provided a $150 discount towards a future Goodman serialized equipment purchase by the participating distributor.

This program is only available on qualifying clamshell-type heat exchangers. Following is a list of qualifying & non-qualifying models, based on current claims requested through Goodman Manufacturing:

Qualifying-NonQualifying Models

For HVAC Distributors customers, we have provided a link to the FURNACE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AGREEMENT form on our web site for your convenience. Print this form to use for exchanges, then return the materials listed in Step 3, above, to your local HVAC Distributors branch.

Ultravation Introduces New Ion Generator For Indoor Air Quality

Ultravation® has introduced the Orion™ ion generator for odor and fine particulate reduction to help your customers breath better.

The Orion™ ion generator can be used independently or in combination with other IAQ systems. The negative and positive IONS generated by the Orion™ charge even the smallest airborne particulates causing them to bind together in clusters large enough for capture in filtration. It enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of any air filter. You can also add an Orion™ ion generator as an additional stage in the breakdown of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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Features and Benefits:

  • 3x more powerful than other air cleaners
  • No ozone
  • Connects to any 24 VAC transformer or any existing Ultravation 24 volt IAQ product
  • Adjustable electrodes enable installation in strategic locations
  • Magnetic mount provided to simplify installation when possible
  • 6 ft. quick release power cord included
  • Wall plug-in adapter available
  • Works with any HVAC system, ice machine or PTAC system

The Orion™ is available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Daikin Announces Updated Consumer Website

Daikin has announced the launch of the newly updated daikincomfort.com website. The new website offers a complete visual refresh from the previous version and provides a simplified layout with content organized for the consumer experience.

The updated daikincomfort.com will initially focus solely on the consumer and include residential products only. Professional content and commercial product information remains at daikinac.com at this time.*  The updated website includes a new responsive design that is optimized for all internet browsers. Consumers can easily navigate from the Homepage (shown below) to all areas of the website, with prominent placement for Product Registration and Warranty Lookup.

*The content of daikinac.com will be enhanced and integrated into a new professional section of daikincomfort.com, with an anticipated launch later this year.

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New & Improved Features:

  • A newly integrated Product Selector page provides users with minimal HVAC knowledge to identify product features and  select the best match for their needs.
  • The Find a Dealer locator is prominently displayed at the top of each page so the consumer can find a nearby dealer when they are ready to purchase a new system.
  • Future content improvements will include recommended maintenance and basic troubleshooting tips and more about Daikin’s commitment to customer service.

The full Press Release is located at www.daikincomfort.com/press-releases.

Daikin ductless products are available at any of our HVAC Distributors locations and can be ordered by phone or through Web Order Entry.

Amana® Products Now Have Premium Product Packaging

To better differentiate its Amana brand, Goodman Manufacturing has introduced premium product packaging on all Amana-brand high efficiency equipment:
condensing units, heat pumps, furnaces, and air handlers. The packaging enhancements are designed to better protect products in transit and provide homeowners with a premium experience upon delivery of their new unit.

New packaging includes a larger skid, full unit coverage, and a tighter fitting lid.

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Premium Packaging (left) vs. Standard Packaging (right)
  • Larger skid provides margin on each side
    of the unit to help reduce bump damage
  • Sleeve provides full unit coverage and protection
  • Tighter fitting lid to prevent slippage and provide enhanced protection

 

The new premium packaging also clearly shows the American Pride logo  (below) for homeowners to see.

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Goodman Manufacturing, in conjunction with The ACHR News, conducted a survey of contractors that showed, when asked, 75% of homeowners prefer a product made or assembled in the United States.

HVAC Distributors Amana dealers will start to see delivery of units with the new packaging, effective immediately.