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AWARDS

DESIGN

Recognizing excellence in HVACR Product Design

2022

DEALER

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About the Awards

The 2022 Dealer Design Awards

For the past 19 years, The ACHR NEWS has honored HVAC design excellence. The contest was established to honor exemplary manufacturing, design, and implementation. It has consistently delivered on that promise, displaying some of the most innovative and conveniently installed, maintained, and serviced products ever created.

Our panel of independent contractor judges, many of whom are ACCA members, had a tough task narrowing down the abundance of product applications that were received. Scroll down to see the gold, silver, and bronze winners across 13 product categories.

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Trane Link by Trane Residential

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GOLD

HVAC residential equipment installation

The Unico System

Unico Inc.

SILVER

V-Coil residential HVAC equipment

V-Coil

Carrier

BRONZE

High Efficiency HVAC Residential unit

Ducane LYNX® 18

Allied Air Enterprises

GOLD

Electric HVAC High Efficiency Unit

Ultra-Low NOx Gas/Electric Packaged Unit

Nortek Global HVAC

SILVER

Condensing Tankless HVAC unit

ProLine® XE Condensing Tankless with X3® Scale Prevention Technology

A.O. Smith

BRONZE

the winners

HVAC Residential Equipment

HVAC High Efficiency Residential Equipment

HVAC Commercial Equipment

Trane Technologies’ Trane Link system took home the Gold award for the HVAC Residential Equipment category.  


According to Mark Woodruff, senior product manager, the inspiration was hearing contractors agree their No. 1 problem was finding qualified technicians. “We started to realize that we could solve those problems with technology, and ultimately, that new technology became our Trane Link system,” explained Woodruff.


Woodruff said the product was designed to simplify “the installation, commissioning, diagnostics, and remote monitoring of Trane variable-speed HVAC systems” and provide techs with a plug-and-play experience. Through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, contractors can remotely troubleshoot “virtually any system issue,” while homeowners can control their system remotely through the Trane Home app.


The Trane Link system also includes a SmartCharge function, which automatically completes the refrigerant charging process by providing verified measurements and instant feedback through the Trane Diagnostics mobile app. “They connect the refrigerant bottle to the equipment, they run the Smart Charge algorithm, and it automatically will charge the system for them while they do other work,” said Woodruff.


The top reason for a callback is incorrect settings, so the system comes with a guided setup wizard that walks the installer through any custom configurations the system can't determine on its own, like line set length or accessory installation. “Some of the hardest things for my installers to do is to set the equipment up correctly. [The Trane Link] basically programs itself, and it definitely speeds up the install,” said Brandon Krantz, service and install manager at Krantz Kooling & Heating. “It gives me a lot of peace of mind because when that installer leaves the job, I know that the equipment is set up correctly.”


One DDA judge commented, “This is the future of our industry-automated systems that take the guesswork out of proper installs and repairs.”


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Trane Link by Trane Residential

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CATEGORY GOLD WINNER


A full line of Trane Link equipment will be available to our independent dealer nationwide in Fall 2022. www.Trane.com/residential

Large HVAC Equipment

NYK

Aermec distributed by Mits Airconditioning

GOLD

Press Fittings for HVAC Equipment

XL Press Fittings

Rapid Locking System (RLS)

SILVER

HVAC Boiler

CREST® boilers with Hellcat combustion technology

Lochinvar

BRONZE

HVAC Light Commercial Equipment

Air-Source Heat Pump

RQ/RN Series Low Ambient Variable Speed Air-Source Heat Pump

AAON

GOLD

Architectural Curtain interior view

Architectural Contour Air Curtain

Berner International

SILVER

Split Heat Pump system

Split Terminal Heat Pump (STHP)

Fujitsu General America Inc.

SILVER

Commercial Controls

HVAC System diagram

GEN V

Zonex Systems

GOLD

Control System shown on a tablet and mobile phone

Lennox® CORE Control System

Lennox Commercial

SILVER

Commercial control device

KE2-Edge Manager Plus

KE2 Therm Solutions Inc.

BRONZE

Components & Accessories

Reversible Magnetic Hex

C-RHEX® SAWTOOTH Cleanable, Reversible Magnetic Hex (Driver (1/4” & 5/16”)

Malco Products

GOLD

Condensate Pump

ULTRACP Series Condensate Pumps

DiversiTech

SILVER

Side view of a P-TRAP

Combat P-Trap

Combat P-Trap

BRONZE

Contractor Services & Software

Logo for Copeland Mobile app by Emerson

Copeland™ Mobile Smartphone App

Emerson

GOLD

Symphony Contractor Connect screens on two mobile devices

Symphony Contractor Connect

WaterFurnace International

SILVER

fyxify system screens on a mobile phone and tablet

fyxify

fyxify LLC

BRONZE

Electronic Tools

Electronic press tool

RP 351 Press Tool

Ridge Tool Co. (RIGID)

GOLD

Electronic press tool kit

M18™ FORCE LOGIC™ Press Tool Kit w/ One-Key™ with 1/4"-7/8" Streamline™ ACR Jaws

Milwaukee Tool

SILVER

Infrared Sensor Leak Detector

Infrared Sensor Leak Detector

Fieldpiece Instruments Inc.

BRONZE

Hand Tools

Handheld power tube expander

BreakFree® Power Tube Expander

NAVAC Inc.

GOLD

Handheld vacuum pump

10 CFM Vacuum Pump

Fieldpiece Instruments Inc.

SILVER

Handheld Power Flaring Tool

BreakFree® Power Flaring Tool

NAVAC Inc.

BRONZE

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor thermostat for air quality

75F HyperStat

75F

GOLD

Filters and other components for an indoor air quality system

Ultimate Indoor Air Quality System

Lennox Commercial

SILVER

Indoor air quality device

TDFi-RT

Ruskin

BRONZE

Refrigeration & Ice Machines

Propane refrigerant scale

Atlas DS-5000 Propane/Flammable Refrigerant Charging Scale

JB Industries Inc.

GOLD

Evaporator control device

ESP+ Intuitive Evaporator Control

Trenton Refrigeration

SILVER

Refrigeration Condensing Unit

TQ2 - Quiet Refrigeration Duty Condensing Unit

Trenton Refrigeration

BRONZE

Residential Controls

Smart thermostat

Smart Thermostat HD

Building36

GOLD

Wireless zoning system

Bliss Invis-A-Stat

ZONEFIRST

SILVER

Wireless HVAC Controls

Wireless Relay Plus

iO HVAC Controls

BRONZE

Testing & Monitoring Products

Combustion Analyzer

NOVO Combustion Analyzer

Seitron Americas Inc.

GOLD

Wireless Measuring instrument

Wireless True RMS Clamp Meter w/ Motor Testing

UEi Test Instruments

SILVER

Voltage meter

Fluke 378 FC Non-Contact Voltage True-rms AC/DC Clamp Meter with iFlex

Fluke Corporation

BRONZE

Thank you to all the Dealer Design Award Participants and Judges

Join us again in 2023!

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