ICP is announcing the transition from Blue Fin Coating to a new Golden Fin Coating on the indoor and outdoor coils. The systems are susceptible to hostile environments and over time contaminants can corrode the heat exchangers or particles can accumulate within the coils, this causes the heat exchangers performance to degrade leading to capacity loss, high head pressure and eventual compressor failure.
In order to minimize heat exchanger corrosion or dust accumulation, a coating can be used to protect the metal from harsh environments.
Benefits of the Golden Fin Coating Coils are:
- Improved Wettability (ability to repel the water on the coils)
- The Golden Fin has a smaller contact angle compared to Blue Fin coating, so the condensation on the coil flows easier, increasing the heat exchange efficiency.
- Improved Anti-Corrosion Capablities, avoiding the fins of the to rust as easily
- This unique anti-corrosive golden coating on the fins of the condenser coil helps withstanding the salty air, rain and other corrosive elements, increasing the life span of the coil by minimizing corrosion
The New Golden Fin Coils will be implemented on all the Ductless units produced after January 01, 2018 (serial number V011810001) Model Families: DLFPHA, DLFSHA, DLFEHA, DLFSCA, DLFLCA, DLFSDA, DLFLDA, DLFSFA, DLFLFA, DLCPRA, DLCSRA, DLCERAA, DLCERAH, DLCLRA, DLCMRA
Note: The ductless systems are not advised to be used in coastal applications without a proper coating on the cabinet and other components of the system. Different options of coating are available with third party companies.
Millions of residential and commercial property owners across North America, as well as around the globe, rely on heating and cooling systems from International Comfort Products, LLC. ICP has been designing, manufacturing and marketing these quality systems under several brand names, including Comfortmaker, for more than 50 years. Products are made in world-class manufacturing facilities located in the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Today, ICP is part of Carrier Corporation, a unit of the United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), which provides products and services to the aerospace and building industries.
ICP/Comfortmaker takes pride the their long history of service to the heating and air conditioning industry. And as the company has grown, they have kept focus on craftsmanship and embraced new technology to make their products more energy-efficient, durable, reliable, and easier to install and maintain. They also offer technical training and support to ensure that dealers understand how to install and service their products. The FAST Parts business ensures that parts and accessories that might be needed to service their products are readily available.
Because they were founded on a standard of excellence, their products are manufactured to some of the industry’s toughest standards and are covered by some of the best warranties in the industry.
These are some of the reasons why Grove Supply chose Comfortmaker to be our Heating and Cooling line of choice and partner in helping our customers achieve success in their business.
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View the 2 minute video from Wayne Atkins here.
By Wayne Atkins
The HVAC Business Doctor®
How do you price your service labor rate? Whether you use “time and material” or “flat rate,” there has to be a method. But which metrics should you use to price your labor rate correctly?
The best way is to calculate your costs for a service call. First find out what your average labor cost is by adding up all your technicians’ hourly rates and tacking on at least 40% to 50% for fringe benefits and unapplied time. Using that method, let’s assume your average labor rate is $30 per hour.
Next, add up all your service vehicle expenses including depreciation and divide by 12 months, then divide by the number of vehicles. The average for most companies in the U.S. is $13 per hour. Combine the technician and vehicle expenses, and the total cost to put a technician in the field is $43 per hour.
Adding up all the costs
If your labor and vehicle costs are similar to the example above ($43 per hour), now you know what you should be charging the customer. In many cases, a time and material rate near or over $100 will scare off customers. It’s a perceptual barrier that’s difficult for them to overcome. This is one of the reasons why many dealers have converted to flat rate. If you haven’t yet, you should consider it.
Flat rate is not evil. It’s just a different way to price your services. The car industry has been using it for many years. It allows you and your firm to make more profit and pay better wages to retain your technical staff. I highly recommend that you at least investigate flat rate for residential service if you’re not already using it.
Good luck selling!
Grove Supply Branches Out into Competitive HVAC Market
Grove Supply, Inc. launches a new store in Southampton, PA dedicated to Heating, Cooling and Ventilation products.
Southampton, PA, March 17, 2014: Grove Supply, Inc. a longtime, locally owned, plumbing, heating and hvac distributor headquartered in Warminster, PA is opening their first location dedicated to filling the specific needs of Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Contractors. By expanding their already robust selection of HVAC and Hydronics Equipment parts and accessories, Grove Supply will offer an environment tailored to this industry.
Grove HVAC Supply is located at
661 Second Street Pike
Southampton, PA 18966
Grove Supply, Inc. opened its doors in 1948 to service the Bucks County, and growing eastern Montgomery County area as a supplier to the heating, plumbing, HVAC, industrial and institutional markets.
They have 18 vehicles on the road everyday coming from any one of their now 15 locations stretching from the Jersey Shore up to Allentown.
ICP is pleased to announce a new tool for finding split system air conditioner and heat pump combination ratings. Easier to use and specific only to your brand, the new database incorporates a number of friendly features:
- Drop-Down lists showing all model numbers – no typing in part of a model number
- Option to specify indoor (coil) model, or search on all indoor models
- Option to specify furnace model, or search on all furnaces
- Option to search with a minimum SEER
- Capability to export results to an Excel file
- Retained history from February 2013 going forward – find combinations that have been “archived” at AHRI
Look for th link to the Combination Ratings Database at the Go website, under Product Information. Once on the page, click the Comfortmaker logo.
Thank you for your continued support!