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‘Skills Shortage Tsunami’ Is Hitting the HVACR Industry

The youngest baby boomers are now in their late 50s, and many are starting to eye retirement. This is hitting the HVACR industry particularly hard, as these older technicians have a vast amount of knowledge, which they will take with them when they retire. In addition, there are simply not enough younger workers interested in pursuing a career in HVACR to take their place.
The labor shortage has been an ongoing problem in the HVACR industry for decades, but with the impending wave of retirements, it will likely get worse in the coming years. This may lead …

Si-1931 + Gel-clear tablet: five reasons to prevent the formation of biofilm in supermarket aisles

The refrigerated display cabinets found in supermarket chilled and frozen food aisles produce large amounts of condensate which, if not managed properly, can cause a number of serious issues.

In 2018, building on a 40-year track record in condensate removal technology, Sauermann teamed up with Gel-clear, one of the leading names in the industry, to launch a new solution that offers optimal protection against biofilm: the leading cause of breakdowns and accidents in chilled food aisles.

Five reasons why our Si-1931 + Gel-clear tablet pack gives …

New Product Launch

New to market foaming condensate drain cleaner

Gel-clear are proud to launch the industries first non-hazardous drain cleaner for HVACR condensate drains. A safe alternative to acid/alkaline/caustic cleaners, it is formulated to kill biofilm forming bacteria in the overground condensate drains while cleaning and unblocking drains.

Condensate drains beneath the cabinet have always escaped the reach of conventional drain cleaning methods, all too often engineers will use caustic/acid/alkaline based drain cleaners as a last resort, and at risk to both themselves and the equipment they work on. The need for an appropriate …

Using Gel-Clear proven to reduce retail refrigeration carbon footprint

In April this year, an evaluation of using Gel-clear as part of a PPM regime across a large estate over three years produced some interesting findings.

Blocked condensate drains not only causes unwanted engineer call outs and disruption, but prevents retail refrigeration units from working at optimum efficiency. This inefficiency can lead to higher electricity consumption, damage to units and shorter unit lifespans.

If units aren’t operating at maximum efficiency, more electricity is required to achieve the same temperatures. If all electricity came from …

Wax Strips or Gel-clear tablets?

I still get asked to compare Gel-clear tablets to other products on the market, along the lines of ‘What’s the difference between the tablets and x?”.
It’s best to start with some simple, basic facts, and then move onto some that are not so simple. But they are facts, that need to be understood.
There are a couple of un-contestable constants like gravity, and velocity- these are both important factors in cabinet condensate drainage.

The smooth movement of water from point A to point B is the key to good drainage – smooth surfaces reduce friction; …

Si-1931 + Gel-clear tablet: five reasons to prevent the formation of biofilm in supermarket aisles

The refrigerated display cabinets found in supermarket chilled and frozen food aisles produce large amounts of condensate which, if not managed properly, can cause a number of serious issues.

In 2018, building on a 40-year track record in condensate removal technology, Sauermann teamed up with Gel-clear, one of the leading names in the industry, to launch a new solution that offers optimal protection against biofilm: the leading cause of breakdowns and accidents in chilled food aisles.

What is biofilm?

Biofilm is a naturally occurring substance and the main cause of fouling in condensate removal pumps and pipes. Biofilm will always develop unless steps …

A clean bill of health for buildings?

 Anyone looking at making their buildings Covid-safe should begin with the fundamentals of cleaning the system, says Paurick Gaughan
Since the importance of airborne transmission to Covid infection became clear, the ventilation and air purification industries have gone into overdrive and barely a day seems to go by without the launch of a new device or filter to combat it. 
But when all the glamorous new technology has been considered and showcased, the most tried and tested method remains – cleaning the HVAC unit. Whether you have an existing system or a shiny new one, it still …

Grey areas in grey water: condensate drains and industry standards

For as long as supermarkets have been selling refrigerated and frozen food from display cabinets, there have been issues with condensate drains and more specifically with blockages.

The problem is endemic to the supermarket industry – I would vouch that every person who has been in a supermarket will have seen the black and yellow absorbent strips at the foot of a cabinet – and although it causes thousands of hours of downtime and service callouts, as well as often causing a safety hazard, it is a problem that …

Drain Guard from Gel-clear – saving time and taking the headaches out of cabinet cleaning

Refrigeration cleaning and drainage specialist Gel-clear has introduced
the Drain Guard universal drain cover, a flexible magnetic guard to stop
debris getting in to the cabinet plumbing during cleaning.
The Guard has been designed after extensive testing to save time on
the job and provide a better alternative to conventional drain bungs and
plugs.

The fact that it is both flexible and magnetic means that it will fit to any
cabinet pan profile, to stop debris getting in, but is also easy to handle
when wearing rubber gloves. The clever device will also provide an …

Gel-clear receives top industry recognition for latest innovation in beating blockages

HVACR maintenance specialist Gel-clear has picked up a top industry accolade for its latest weapon to fight the scourge of blocked condensate drains.
The family firm won Maintenance Product of the Year at the ACR News Awards last Thursday for its bio-beta Pipe Chair – an innovative product that can play a big part in stopping blockages in refrigeration cabinets. Developed with the assistance of the University of Central Lancashire, it has been extensively tested to provide superb results, time after time.

Blocked condensate drains are an all-too-common hazard that is estimated to account for up to 40 per cent of refrigeration …

The First Food-Safe Non-hazardous Concentrated Cleaners For Refrigeration and AC from Gel-clear

Gel-clear, the refrigeration cleaning specialist, will be introducing concentrated versions of its popular non-hazardous food-safe cleaners: Eco-clear refrigeration sanitising cleaner and Air-clear HVAC coil sanitising cleaner. At the same time, Gel-clear will unveil Ice Clean, its first specialist cleaner for ice machines.

Created with performance in mind the new range are 10 times more concentrated than any other concentrate on the market and are built on the Gelclear ethos of solution lead, quality products.

These high performance products are the first non-hazardous concentrates on the market, with no COSHH requirements, and are NSF-accredited …

Lancashire Firm Helps Vietnam Fight Covid-19

Lancashire cleaning specialist Gel-clear has supplied its Air-clear air conditioning cleaner to Vietnam, where it is being used to help hospital, medical and food production facilities to fight Covid-19 and other contaminants.

The Darwen-based family firm has in a matter of only weeks set up its own bottling plant in Vietnam and arranged distribution throughout the region with local partner 3N Tech.

3N Tech, a Vietnamese HVACR industry supplier based in Ho Chi Minh City, will sell the Air-clear through its own branches and online and …

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