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.

Who Determines the Best HVAC Brands?

Would you believe that it’s the installing contractor?

Below are reviews of major heat pump brands, pulled from FurnaceCompare.com, a site that describes itself as “the only comprehensive, unbiased source for air conditioner, boiler, furnace and heat pump data on the web.” It comes up as a top search result for ” reviews” searches related to HVAC products.

The names of the brands have been erased from the detail to help illustrate a couple of points.

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Consumer Reviews from FurnaceCompare.com, retrieved October 26, 2016
  1. All of the brands have more negative reviews than positive ones.
  2. Because of how FurnaceCompare.com uses customer reviews to rank products, a product with fewer reviews will rank more favorably than a similar product with more reviews. If products don’t have a similar number of reviews, the popularity rating is meaningless.closeup
    For example, the #33 and the #22 product have the same 3/5 rating. A greater percentage of customers have reviewed and recommend the #33 product. These are all indicators that the #33 product is probably more popular than the #22.

In a brand comparison article, Brands vs. Brands, author Kelly Burgess makes some key points about what makes a “best” HVAC system:

  1. “Because every house and every installation is unique, there really is no uniform way to compare how well central air conditioners perform in the home. Even user reviews are of limited help as poor performance could be due to poor installation rather than any fault in the equipment.”
  2. Many of the high-rated brands are selective about who is able to install their products, and have policies to ensure the installing technicians are well-trained.

We noted in a previous article that mistakes by installing technicians can drastically reduce the energy efficiency of equipment. As an HVAC professional, how many installation mistakes can you identify in negative reviews of your primary brand?

More importantly, what are you doing to make sure your homeowners have a quality installation, and therefore a quality brand, experience?

You can’t change the reviews (incidentally, a few articles cite that 5% of negative reviews online are written by people who haven’t purchased the product they’re reviewing).

You can control your customer experience to minimize installation errors that may result in a negative review.

When you are a Partner for Success with HVAC Distributors, we help you ensure that your team provides your homeowners with a quality installation experience. We have dedicated training professionals who teach technical classes on the products that we support. Check out the current training that we have available on our training page.

Each of our branch locations is a certified testing facility for NATE & EPA testing.

If you are an HVAC customer, you can request customized training on that page if you have a specific topic that you’d like us to cover with your team.

We also have a business development program that can help you ensure that your front line staff are presenting themselves – and your company – in a professional, knowledgeable manner. Ask your Account Manager for more details.

Are Your Techs Costing Your Customers Money?

Did you know that improper installation of equipment can decrease the efficiency of HVAC equipment by more than 30%?

According to a 2014 study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), duct leakage can cause a 30% energy penalty. Equipment oversizing and refrigerant undercharging can decrease equipment efficiency by 20%. As ACCA President & CEO Paul T. Stalknecht, noted in a letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, multiple installation faults can decrease efficiency by more than 40%.

When you sell a homeowner a system based on higher efficiency, you don’t want to field a call after 30 days where they’re asking where their savings is.

The good news is that you can control how your techs install equipment, and HVAC Distributors can help you.

First, we offer NATE testing at all of our locations, to help your techs get and maintain NATE certification. NATE certification exams are based on real-world knowledge of HVACR systems, and are designed to ensure that technicians are able to properly size and charge equipment and install complete HVAC systems.

Second, we have three full-time technical support people on staff who provide targeted training on key technical “pain points” to help your techs understand the fundamentals of proper installation and maintenance of equipment. Our Technical Training Supervisor, Eric Kravitz, was recently highlighted in NATE Magazine, discussing our flexible training options and revamped training program.

To see our current training classes, NATE/EPA testing dates, or request a custom class for your company, click here.

Eric will also be presenting at 2016 ComforTech in Philadelphia on September 21.

 

 

2015 Fall Training Schedule Announced

The Fall 2015 Training Schedule has just been released and we are excited to be offering some new classes this season, including Amana Inverter Training (exclusive to Amana dealers) and Hydronics Essentials…just in time for boiler season! Training from HVAC can help you to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to keep up with the constantly changing technologies in the HVAC world. Plus, most HVAC training classes qualify for NATE credit hours!

Click here to view the full 2015 Fall Training Schedule and register for classes.

Upcoming Beckett Burner Training

Beckett Burner training is coming to a town near you!  This program is specifically designed to enhance the knowledge of technicians from beginner to advanced levels.

Program Topics:

Gas Burner

  • Introduction to CG4 Power Gas Burner
  • Gas Supply & Venting
  • Sequence of Operation
  • Primary/Flame Rod Rectification
  • Flame-Quality Adjustments
  • Component Identification
  • Combustion Testing
  • Principles for Retrofit Applications

Oil Burner

  • Overview of AF/AFG and NX burner components & features
  • Use of OEM specification book
  • Electrode & head positions for the burners
  • Combustion equipment and efficiency testing

Electronics
Hands-On Training (select sessions only)

Cost: $150

To register, visit http://www.beckettcorp.com/nep/.  Online registrations receive a $25 discount!

2015 Spring HVAC Training Schedule Announced

The Spring 2015 Training Schedule has just been released and we are excited to be offering some new classes this season! Training from HVAC can help you to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to keep up with the constantly changing technologies in the HVAC world. Click here to view the full 2015 Spring Training Schedule!

2014 Fall HVAC Training Schedule Announced

The Fall 2014 Training Schedule has just been released and we are excited to be offering some new classes this season!  Training from HVAC can help you to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to keep up with the constantly changing technologies in the HVAC world. Click here to download the full 2014 Fall Training Schedule!

To register for any of our classes, simply CLICK HERE and you will be directed to our online registration page. Class registrations close 48 hours prior to the start of the class.