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.

Goodman Manufacturing Introduces U.S. Alumacoil as Coil and Air Handler Manufacturer

Goodman Manufacturing issued Product Marketing News (PMN) C-GN-OT-972 announcing that safety and rating plates on common coils and air handlers will list U.S. Alumacoil™ as the manufacturer, starting with units produced August 2015.

U.S. Alumacoil is a registered business name (D/B/A) for Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P.

The purpose of the change is to consolidate these common components under a neutral name to ensure that you can present systems as Amana, EverRest or your private label without the distraction of a different brand name on the common components. The products are still manufactured in Goodman’s U.S. facilities by Goodman Manufacturing.

According to the PMN, the name U.S. Alumacoil was chosen to celebrate Goodman Manufacturing’s continued focus on U.S.-based assembly and manufacturing facilities and the fact that Goodman was the first HVAC manufacturer to produce an All-Aluminum evaporator coil.

As an HVAC Distributors’ customer, please note that:

  1. When you receive U.S. Alumacoil-branded product, it is the same Goodman®/Amana® common product that you have received from us in the past. AHRI ratings for the product are the same. Product model numbers are the same. The only change is the manufacturer listed on the safety and rating plate (U.S. Alumacoil instead of Goodman Manufacturing, L.P.).
  2. The common unit carries the warranty of the outdoor unit brand.
  3. If you re-badge your products with a private label, continue to do so with these products. If you would like to find out more about private labeling, contact us.

If you have questions about this update, feel free to contact us to discuss your specific situation.

New 34.5″ Chassis High Efficiency Furnace Venting Table

Goodman recently issued Service Bulletin SF-064 to provide updated venting tables for the 34.5″ furnaces.

It is important to note that this service bulletin pertains to furnace venting tables for the models specified in it.  While the bulletin stresses the importance of using the most current venting tables available, it is NOT stating that any furnace installed using an outdated vent table should be changed.  Re-piping the venting of a furnace where the tables do not agree should ONLY be done if there is an issue where the vent is proven to be a problem.

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Aluminum Coil Cleaning Best Practices

Goodman recently issued Service Bulletin SA-026 to address inquiries related to recommended cleaning practice for aluminum evaporator coils.

Best cleaning practice is to simply flush the coil with water. Alternately, you can use an approved, non-chlorine cleaner (such as Nu-Calgon – EVAP-Green – available at HVAC Distributors).

From Goodman:

After testing various coil cleaners and drain pan tablets, it has been determined that any cleaner or drain pan tablets containing chlorine can be harmful to the aluminum tube evaporator coils in our equipment. Constant exposure to the chlorine in the cleaner and chlorine outgassing from the pan tabs can cause tube corrosion and/or fin pack corrosion causing premature aluminum evaporator coil failures.

Example of coil damage caused by chlorine exposure
Example of coil damage caused by chlorine exposure

The recommended cleaning method for both copper and aluminum tube evaporator coils is to simply flush the coil with water. Alternately, you can use an approved cleaning agent to clean the coils (Nu-Calgon EVAP-Green or Sunshine Makers Extreme Aircraft & Precision Cleaner). Ensure that coils are rinsed well after the use of any chemical cleaners.

This information is included in Installation Manuals and as a label on evaporator coils and air handlers, starting late February 2015.

HVAC Distributors stocks Nu-Calgon – EVAP-Green – Part/Product #4191-08, which is one of the approved chemical cleaners for aluminum coils. Ask for it at our branches if you are using cleaners for your Spring Tune Ups.

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!