ComfortBridge™ Communicating Control System Added To Amana & Goodman 80% Furnaces

Goodman Manufacturing has announced the next phase in the roll out of ComfortBridge -equipped furnaces.  The new board-based communication platform has now been added to AMVC, GMVC, ACVC and GCVC8 80% variable speed, ECM-based 2-stage gas furnace models.

The equipment model number will remain the same, except the major revision (see
detail below), which will change from a BC or BD revision to a CA revision. Production
of the new CA revision models has begun, and warehouse inventory of the current
product will be shipped first until depletion.

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If you are an HVAC Distributors customer and have questions when you get the new furnaces, reach out to our Tech Services team at 800.228.4822 x5.

New DX11/DZ11 Daikin Light Commercial Models Available

Daikin has recently updated the DX11/DZ11 units to meet new performance standards.  These are large 7.5 and 10 ton split systems used in small commercial buildings, churches, schools, and for specific industrial solutions.

These replace the older models that were discontinued at the end of 2017, and incorporate the following changes:dz13sn-rightquarter-case-hr

    • Meet the new energy standards (effective 1/1/18)
    • Comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2016
    • All outdoor units now use 2-stage compressors
    • All air handlers now use 2-speed blowers
    • All air handlers are now voltage-specific

 

Unit Type Capacity Old Version New Version
Air Conditioner 7.5 Ton DX11SA0903 DX11TA0903
Air Conditioner 7.5 Ton DX11SA0904 DX11TA0904
Air Conditioner 10 Ton DX11SA1203 DX11TA1203
Air Conditioner 10 Ton DX11SA1204 DX11TA1204
Heat Pump 7.5 Ton DZ11SA0903 DZ11TA0903
Heat Pump 7.5 Ton DZ11SA0904 DZ11TA0904
Heat Pump 10 Ton DZ11SA1203 DZ11TA1203
Heat Pump 10 Ton DZ11SA1204 DZ11TA1204
Air Handler 7.5 Ton DAR0904 DAT09043
Air Handler 7.5 Ton DAR0904 DAT09044
Air Handler 10 Ton DAR1204 DAT12043
Air Handler 10 Ton DAR1204 DAT12044

Note: Please be aware that new units are not backward compatible with older units (and vice versa).

Updated specification sheets for the DX11T, DZ11T, and the DAT are now available.

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

ComfortBridge: Amana & Goodman’s New Communicating Interface for Equipment

Goodman Manufacturing has announced the next phase of its communicating equipment interface: ComfortBridge™. This technology will replace the current ComfortNet™ communicating thermostat.

What is ComfortBridge?
ComfortBridge is a board-based communication platform (versus the thermostat-based ComfortNet technology). It uses Bluetooth® technology to commission, configure and diagnose equipment. This frees you, as the contractor, to use the thermostat control of your choice with the equipment without sacrificing the communicating benefits of the system.

ComfortBridge is managed through either an on-board LED screen or through your smart phone using the Cool Cloud HVAC app (Android download | Apple download).

What units are affected?
All communicating system furnaces and air handlers will be upgraded to ComfortBridge-enabled boards. Starting July 2018, you may receive an updated communicating furnace with your order of the following models: AMVC96, ACVC96, GMVC96, GCVC96.

Because this is a revision to an existing model, not a new product, HVAC Distributors will make best efforts to sell through existing inventory (ComfortNet-communicating product) before selling the new inventory. This will give you time to download the app and learn more about the ComfortBridge technology.

What does this mean for you?

  • Thermostat Flexibility. You are no longer tied to the CTK04 to make the most of the equipment’s communicating features. You can use your choice of thermostats, including any brands your company may have standardized on.
  • Application Flexibility. ComfortBridge opens possibilities for 2-stage, modulating and inverter applications, hydronic connectivity, external dehumidification connectivity and ventilation connectivity that were not available with the CTK04 configuration.

But Wait, There’s More…

To get ready for this change, we encourage you to:

  1. Download the Cool Cloud HVAC app (Android download | Apple download) to your smart phone. Have all of your installing and servicing technicians do the same.
  2. Watch our tutorial from Eric Kravitz, HVAC Distributors’ Technical Support & Training Supervisor, on how the new boards work and how to make the most of your installation.
  3. If you are an HVAC Distributors customer and have questions when you get the new furnaces, reach out to our Tech Services team at 800.228.4822 x5. This service is available for HVAC Distributors customers only.

Flashshield Arc-Resistant CSST Available at HVAC Distributors

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One of the biggest concerns with installing gas furnaces is ensuring that the gas connections are not a fire hazard.  Two common causes of potential fires are lightning strikes (common within the HVAC footprint in Maryland and Pennsylvania) and power surges.

HVAC Distributors stocks Flashshield™ because it offers the highest level of protection against both indirect lightning strikes and electrical system fault current arcs up to 600V. This means that when you use Flashshield, as a certified Gastite installer, you can be confident that you’re providing the highest level of safety for your customers.

How does it work?

Why Flashshield?

  • It saves time. It installs in about 1/3 the time of rigid pipe.
  • It reduces job cost. It reduces gas fittings required by about 75%.
  • It is the safest product you can provide your homeowners. It’s listed to ANSI LC1 and ICC-ES PMG LC 1027 standards, and its multi-layer insulation protects from corrosive elements that may also weaken pipes and cause fire hazards.

Flashshield is available at all HVAC branches and through Web Order Entry. As with most gas piping, it requires certification to purchase. If you need the certification, Gastite has an on-demand online certification course that you can take to be certified within 60 minutes. The certification is also an excellent refresher on general gas piping basics.

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.

ComfortNet CTK04 Now Includes Voice Control

Consumers are increasingly looking for ways to connect their lives and homes.

Goodman has recognized this trend and has updated the ComfortNet CTK04 to include voice controls. When you install a CTK04 and connect it to the Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway, your homeowner can use many of today’s popular home electronic assistants to control their Goodman or Amana brand  ComfortNet system.

Some of the home electronic assistants  and apps that are compatible with the new CTK04 include:

  • 518738-google-home-vs-amazon-echoAmazon Echo is a wireless speaker that uses Alexa Voice Assistant to control devices in your home.
  • Google Home is a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.
  • The Honeywell Total Connect Comfort app allows you to control the CTK04 directly through your smartphone and/or tablet.

This new voice control options is another way the ComfortNet CTK04 control separates itself from the competition by integrating with some of the biggest smart home companies today and making a great product even better for your valued customers.

ComfortNet CTK04 thermostats, Honeywell Residential Internet Gateway and Google Home devices are in stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry.

 

Rinnai On-Demand Water Heaters Now Vent with PVC

HVAC Distributors stocks Rinnai’s Ultra Series models, which can be vented with either PVC or CPVC. Previously, Rinnai product could only be vented with polypropylene piping.

Additionally, Rinnai has expanded its Ultra Series line with lower BTU options for single family and smaller multi-family units using natural gas or propane heating. HVAC Distributors has the 160 MBH (RUCS75i) in stock.

RUR Models Provide Installation Flexibility
You can install the Ultra Series RUR models with any plumbing system – even if the homeowner doesn’t have dedicated recirculation return lines, which saves your team time and materials on installation.

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These models have a dedicated recirculation pump, internal bypass line and thermal bypass valve to adapt the on-demand water heater to the existing plumbing system. If a homeowner already has a dedicated recirculation return line, the Ultra’s time-and temperature-based Comfort and Economy modes can be programmed to provide the homeowner with customized comfort and energy-savings control over the unit.

Compact & Meets DOE Energy Efficiency Requirements
Rinnai’s on demand water heaters are compact and meet current DOE energy efficiency requirements, making them an attractive option where space is limited for water heater installation.

The Ultra Series features Rinnai’s highest hot water capacity per BTU, providing the ability to support multiple, simultaneous hot water demands and more venting solutions on the same unit:

  • RUR98 model has a 13:1 turndown ratio
  • RUC98 model has a 13:1 turndown ratio
  • RUCS75 model has a 16:1 turndown ratio

HVAC Distributors also continues to carry the Luxury series, which is polypropylene-vented.

Rinnai tankless products are in-stock and can be ordered at any of our HVAC Distributors locations, by phone or through Web Order Entry (use the “HVAC No.”, below, to quickly order what you need).

Ultra Series (RUR Models: Do not require dedicated recirculation return line)

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
445801 RUR98i-NG 199 MBH NG 95% 73 lb
445802 RUR98i-LP 199 MBH LP 95% 73 lb

Ultra Series (RUC Models: Require dedicated recirculation return line)

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
445720 RUC98i-NG 199 MBH NG 95% 62 lb
445798 RUC98i-LP 199 MBH LP 95% 62 lb

Ultra Series (RUC Models, Smaller Capacity: Require dedicated recirculation return line)

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
452516 RUCS75i-NG 160 MBH NG 93% 57 lb
452517 RUCS75i-LP 160 MBH LP 93% 57 lb

Luxury Series

HVAC No. Mfg Part No. Input MBH Fuel AFUE Weight
410336 RL94i-NG 199 MH NG 82% 46 lb
410336 RL94i -LP 199 MBH LP 82% 46 lb
398501 RL75i-NG 180 MBH NG 82% 46 lb
398502 RL75i-LP 180 MBH LP 82% 46 lb

If you have questions about the Rinnai line, contact your Account Manager. If you are a contractor in our service area (NY, PA, MD, DE, WV, VA) and would like to purchase Rinnai from HVAC Distributors, call your closest branch to find out more about this product!