May 8th, 2013
$1600 in savings you can’t pass up!*
Discover the future of home comfort when you upgrade to an exceptionally efficient new Lennox® system. There’s no time like today to save on the technology of tomorrow, so act now to take advantage of up to $1,100 in rebates.* You’ll enjoy a new degree of comfort, plus significant energy savings — now and well into the future.
- Receive up to $1,000 on a complete home comfort system that includes gas or oil furnace, air conditioner or heat pump, and thermostat
- Receive up to $100 in rebates when you purchase a PureAir™ Air Purification System
- Receive up to $500 in tax credits on qualifying heating and cooling equipment
Contact us today and see how you can save!
*System rebate offers range from $300-$1,100. Rebate offer is valid March 25, 2013 through June 14, 2013 with the purchase of qualifying products. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
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April 18th, 2013
The air conditioning system is commonly run for more than 12 hours on a daily basis. While these machines are built to withstand long, daily use, this doesn’t mean that they are impervious to wear and tear. The internal structure of AC systems is very complicated and is usually sealed. Repairing them is better left in the hands of professionals. But simple maintenance checks can be done by the owners. Early detection of symptoms will prevent serious problems in the AC system. Fortunately, commercial air conditioning companies are here to give you tips on how to maintain your AC system.
Knowing the Symptoms
There are plenty of symptoms that can show that your AC system is not in its best condition. One of this is that your AC system is taking a long time to cool. There are many reasons why the AC system may not be working as well as in the past. There might be faults within the interior distribution system, the evaporator may be blocked by dust and fungi, the condenser might be damaged, and others. Other symptoms that mean you need commercial HVAC system repair include suspicious sounds, excessive heating, start-up failures and others.
Why Maintenance is Important
Commercial air conditioning maintenance is very important not only to keep your place cool and comfortable. Consistent maintenance also means avoiding huge expenses due to irreparable damage. AC replacement can be costly. But this expense can be totally escaped once owners pay more attention to the condition of their ACs. One great way to make sure that your AC systems are working well is by hiring HVAC experts like WC Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Inc. to do routine checks on your facilities. Not only will professionals be more capable of detecting problems before they worsen, they can also provide quick solutions to all types of issues.
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February 1st, 2013
Save up to $1,975 on a new home comfort system.
Upgrade to the exceptional comfort and efficiency of a new Lennox® home comfort system today and leave your old system in the dust. You’ll enjoy some serious savings right now, with up to $1,475 in rebates*, and you’ll save energy every month. All without sacrificing comfort.
Click here for printable coupon
|Receive up to $1,100*
on a complete home comfort system* that includes:
- high-efficiency air conditioner or heat pump
- high-efficiency gas or oil furnace or air handler programmable thermostat
|Receive up to $75
in rebates when you add on a PureAir™ air purification system to any qualifying system.
|Receive up to $300
in rebates when you purchase four or more solar modules. Must purchase qualifying system and install 4 solar panels. Only one bonus per installation/household.
|Receive up to $500**
In additional HVAC federal tax credits on qualifying installations that meet minimum standards.
Or, take advantage of special financing.
No Monthly Interest if paid in full within 12 Months***
On Purchases of Lennox HVAC product with your GE Home Climate credit card made between January 21 to February 15, 2013. Monthly interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within 12 Months. $29 account activation fee may apply. Fixed Monthly Payments Required equal to 2.5% of the highest balance applicable to this promo purchase until paid in full.
*System rebate offers range from $375-$1,475. Rebate offer is valid January 21, 2013 through February 15, 2013 with the purchase of qualifying Lennox products. Promotion dates may vary by location. Cannot be combined with any other offer. See your participating Lennox dealer for complete details. Valid in continental U.S., AK. Not valid in HI, Puerto Rico.
**See dealer for details and visit www.energystar.gov for more information on Federal Tax Credits. The reinstatement of what was known as the 25C tax credit provides for up to $500 in homeowner tax credit. As a bonus, the provision was made retroactive to include all qualifying installations starting January 1, 2012 as well as moving forward into 2013. Qualifying installations must meet minimum standards.
***Offer applies only to single-receipt qualifying purchases. No monthly interest will be charged on the promo purchase if you pay the promo purchase amount in full within 12 Months. If you do not, monthly interest will be charged on the promo purchase from the purchase date. Fixed monthly payments are required equal to 2.5% of the highest balance applicable to this promo purchase until paid in full. Regular account terms apply to non-promotional purchases and, after promotion ends, to promotional purchases, except that the fixed monthly payment will continue to be required until the promo purchase is paid in full. For new accounts: Purchase APR is 26.99%; Minimum Monthly Interest Charge is $2. Account Activation Fee is $29. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreement for their applicable terms. Subject to credit approval.
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January 29th, 2013
The WC Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing, Inc. is proud to announce making it in Angie’s List last year. Being a 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner proves that WC Heating and Air is dedicated to giving its customers only the best HVAC service in the country today.
WC Heating and Air has been in the business for around 20 years. Throughout its years of service, the company has served both residential and commercial establishments in Riverside County. Aside from general HVAC and plumbing services, the company is also a leading name in central heating maintenance and air conditioning repair.
Some of the clearest testaments of WC Heating and Air’s unparalleled level of service can be found in customer testimonies. Satisfied clients have cited the professionalism, courtesy, and excellence displayed by WC Heating and Air employees and management, fueling commendations for the company. The company certainly lives up to its motto “We Can Because We Care:” real leaders go out of their way to serve and do what it takes to satisfy, and real satisfaction goes beyond just fulfilling orders. WC Heating and Air has exemplified great leadership in the industry because they have invested in honesty and dependability, reaping good relationships along the way.
Angie’s List has recognized the company’s outstanding dedication and level of service, and has awarded the company one of the most recognized titles in the online sphere. Angie’s List compiles reviews and customer experiences, and awards only the companies that have proven their worth with their clients. WC Heating and Air has consistently met the body’s requirements, claiming a coveted spot in Angie’s List Super Service Award as a result.
WC Heating and Air has proven their mettle in 2012, and is happy to do so again this year and the years to come.
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January 2nd, 2013
Air Conditioner Repair & Maintenance Services in Temecula / Murrieta
With a new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start on living life without waste or lazy habits. A great part of living in Southern California is the weather. Even during winter months, the temperatures aren’t so cold that a family can’t bundle up for a day while a technician upgrades their AC system. One of the easiest methods to saving money and energy is by upgrading your home’s equipment during this time. By purchasing some of these items off-season, a homeowner can save thousands of dollars from the usual retail price. January is also the time of year when most retailers are desperately offering discounts for last-year’s-inventory so they have more floor space for the latest designs and styles. In other words, it’s a great time to buy, upgrade, and save money in the Temecula area!
WC Heating and Air has the parts and tools required to install or upgrade any heating system in your home, whether it is for a Gas Furnace, Heat Pump, or Central unit.
Gas Furnace/ Central Heating
Today’s furnaces burn less fuel to generate heat meaning they also create less pollution that previous models. Modulating heat outputted units also provide continuous heat without having to cut out making homes more comfortable and evenly tempered.
There are several options available to the homeowner who wishes to have temporary options available to them for heat. Chimney Vent Gas Wall Heaters use Natural gas and are one of the easiest units to install. They require no electricity and contain a matchless pilot igniter. If your space is limited, there is also the option of installing a floor furnace. This type of model warms the room without need of a blower an is designed for low-fuel consumption. The non-electric pilot light also allows for heat to flow freely even during a power outage.
A heat pump is a unique type of air conditioning and heating unit. Unlike other units which use chemical or mechanical apparatus to change the temperature of internal air, a heat pump “extracts,” the heat from external air and pumps it into the home. In summer conditions this process is reversed allowing the pump to force the hot air out and the cool air in. Heat pump units work on electricity and require no fuel or pilot lights.
Purchasing off-season units can save a great deal of money because most retailers must off-load their old inventory before companies will send them new units for their inventory stock. Southern California is not a snowy climate that allows for a technician to install a new unit without damaging the home by exposure to whether.
Most modern AC units exist in two parts: an indoor unit, such as a furnace or air handler, and an outdoor unit. The condenser is the outdoor unit that uses a compressor to pump refrigerant to the indoor evaporator to produce the cooling effect. This means the outdoor unit actually changes the temperature of the air with the refrigerant (usually Freon). Indoor and outdoor units are designed to work together. When the air conditioner is properly matched with a furnace or air handler, you get maximum efficiency and longer system life. A homeowner might not be able to gauge if a unit is correctly partnered with another without help. By hiring a qualified technician from WC Heating and Air, we can save you money in the end by making sure your set up is the most efficient for your space.
Not all locations in a building are accessible through ducting. Whether through design or remodeling, for spaces that require temperature control but have limited space, a ductless splits system is highly recommended. Unlike a window unit, which can damage window frames, leak, or cause other health concerns, a ductless split only requires a small three-inch hole through the wall to connect the outside and inside units to each other. This means it can also be mounted on any wall or ceiling without blocking window light or allowing for easy-access of unlawful entry. This type of unit is also significantly quieter than a window unit. Considering the size of the room, this type of unit might even being more cost-effective than a centralized AC unit if only one room requires temperature control.
Many things in this life cost money but the sun is free. Wherever you live on the Earth, the sun can find you. While solar technology is drastically changing, the cost of new units and cells is falling every day. By purchasing Solar Panels, a homeowner can even be reimbursed for the excess energy generated by those panels. Assembly Bill 920 authorizes utilities to compensate customers through a plan called Net Energy Metering (NEM) for excess generation at the end of their true-up period. The compensation price, similar to wholesale market price that the utility pays other generators is currently averaging just under 4 cents per kilowatt hour. At the end of your true-up period, If the number of kilowatt hours that your solar panels have returned to the grid exceeds the numbers of kilowatt hours you have used, you will be paid for the difference.
Photovoltaic (PV) Solar
This type of energy generation transforms solar radiation into electricity using semi-conductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect. Each panel has a 25-years-of-power guarantee with an up to 34.5% in Federal and State Tax credits.
Solar thermal systems provide environmentally friendly heat for household water, space heating, and swimming pools. The system collects the sun’s energy to heat the hot water needs for your home or swimming pool. Solar heating technologies can be used in any climate, but are especially effective in Temecula and Murrieta because of the temperate climate and constant sun. To take advantage of solar energy, you usually need to have an unshaded area that faces south, southeast, or southwest, such as a roof. In some cases, a solar professional may recommend west facing roofs for solar collectors. Home solar heating can lead to savings of 85% on utility bills over the costs of electric water heating.
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December 12th, 2012
There are a lot of people who advertise their services as an HVAC service tech who are not as qualified as they seem. Like many other professions, there is a level of danger when dealing with mechanical equipment. Without the proper knowledge or experience, expensive mistakes could be made that cost the homeowner more than just time and money, but patience and trust. This is a handy guide you can use when hiring service techs of any industry. To ensure we meet the high standards of our customers, WC Air will hold ourselves up to this list.
An HVAC Contractor is required to have a special license issued by the California Contractors State License Board to ensure they are knowledgeable about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. While there is no formal education that trains towards an HVAC license, four complete years on non-trainee experience in the HVAC field is required for the contractor to receive their own license. Only time as a foreman, supervisor, contractor or journeyman counts toward this experience requirement. In other words, a contractor will need to be hired by HVAC companies to do work on construction projects before they can get your own license. There are two tests for HVAC license applicants: the California HVAC trade exam and the California Law and Business exam for contractors. A contractor will need to pass both of these to get a license. The technicians you’re interested in hiring will have a license number if they are certified. This number can be compared against the board’s list to see if the licenses if current or if there have been any complaints levied against it. WC Heating and Air’s Contractor License number is #779604. Our record is a clean one we are proud of.
The best way to find reliable people to trust in your home is to ask your friends and neighbors for trustworthy recommendations. If your friends and neighbors have had bad experience in the past with a technician, they will let you know. No one recommends someone they don’t believe in. You can also contact local trade organizations to see whom they recommend. This isn’t always the most sound-proof method as there is no way to compare pricing of referrals. But keeping your ears open will help focus your search. About 40% of our clients come from referrals. This is because WC Air spends the time to meet each client’s needs as if they were our only one. No two houses or places of business are alike. Where one method might work well under a certain set of circumstances, it might not always be the right solution under other conditions. A happy customer might not know how each problem was addressed by a certified tech, but they will certainly be aware if it works or not in the end. We get such a high rate of referral clientele because our fleet of contractors are adaptive to any situation, completing the problem on time and on budget.
Whether you are speaking with a technician who someone referred to you or to one over the phone you found online, never fret to ask for references from the technician of past clients that have been satisfied with their work. Speaking to former clients will ensure the technician has them as well as the quality and business dealing with that business. If a technician refuses, they probably are not the quality you need and should be avoided. WC Air will gladly provide references upon request. We have provided service to such a wide variety of clientele that we can certainly find someone for you to speak with who has had a similar project as yourself.
4) Home Evaluation
Some jobs don’t require permits or inspection once they have been completed while others do. This is due to a variety of factors ranging from the size of the project, what is exactly done, the type of building the service was performed in, ownership of the property, age, and changes in legal construction methods. The contractor you hire should know if the job requires a permit or not and should be able to procure it without bothering the homeowner. The contractor should spend significant time inspecting your current system and home to assess your needs both before and after their work. An outside contractor must inspect many jobs that require permits prior to approval for human residence. A bigger system isn’t always better; a contractor should size the heating and cooling system based on the size of your house, level of insulation, and windows. A system that is too large might not pass inspection. A good contractor will inspect your duct system (if applicable) for air leaks and insulation and measure airflow to make sure it meets manufacturers specifications. One factor that separates our technicians from the rest is that we treat every job like a permitted job and inspect everything before giving a project our stamp of approval.
5) Written, Itemized Estimates
A contractor should always be able to provide you an estimate or quote in writing. This does not guarantee that their quote will be a free one as the technician usually has to arrive with all of their tools ready to work in a company truck to the premises. For the technician to qualify the problem and estimating the total creates hard costs that cannot be redacted once the time has been spent. A free quote service might sound good on the surface, but might have unseen costs add up if the company doesn’t meet the rest of the factors on this list. When comparing contractors’ proposals (bids), be sure to compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties. A lowest price may not be the best deal if it’s not the most efficient because your energy costs will be higher or the time of the project will be greater. Paying for an estimate ensures a more accurate quote because the technician is on the clock to earn the bid. Take the technician off the clock and they’re less invested in accuracy.
6) In Ink
Always get a contract. This protects all parties involved. Signing an agreement of any kind is considered a legal contract. Sign a written proposal with a contractor before work gets started. This will protect you by specifying project costs, model numbers, job schedule and warranty information. If you would like a copy of one of WC Air’s sample written contracts, please contact us and we’ll send one your way. We believe in transparency with our customers.
7) Pass it On
If you find a good service technician or company, by all means tell people! Review sites help customers connect with companies while more specific review sites like Angie’s List help highlight good contractors in the Temecula and Murrieta areas. Home Advisor is a wider selection than Angie’s List with a larger emphasis on commercial and industrial applications of contract work. WC Heating and Air is proud to rank highly among all of these resources. We hope that if you decide to use us as a resource and are happy with our work, you will reciprocate my reviewing us on one of these websites.
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December 4th, 2012
Living in California affords its residents long summers and mild winters. With the changing seasons and drop in temperatures, some might feel the need to purchase a heater. Over half of the western world experiences a snowy climate as one time or another. Heater companies make a variety of products equal to all of the places they might be needed. To prevent overcompensating for the mild winters in California, WC heating and Air Conditioning would like to educate you how to find the proper model for your home. None of the products mentioned here are endorsed by our company but are spotlighted as examples of what is available for home installation without burning out your power lines or your wallet.
I’m thinking of replacing a water heater.
The best place to start your research into a new heating system is to trust the experts who have to test products like this for a living. Consumer Reports has been testing every available product they can get their hands on for reliability, durability, safety, and other factors. When a recall of a product is issued, it is usually Consumer Reports that has brought the call to action because they have found it unsafe through their testing. Fighting for the right of the buyer to have access to quality merchandise is their mantra. In November of 2012, Consumer Reports released an extensive study on all available water heaters on the market for example. Before purchasing any model, consult Consumer Reports to see if it is a good one for your needs.
Another option available to you for research is the Energy.gov website and their Energy Saver initiative. Unlike the Consumer Reports article that lists mostly gas and electric models, the Energy.gov link also includes solar and Geo-thermal options for the more climate-conscious consumer.
I would like to only heat one room.
WC heating and Air is not always required to replace an entire HVAC system if it seems only one room is cold. Just like any other home purchase, consider searching for online reviews to see what others think of what you might be buying. We found a great article on Apartment Therapy about the Best Space Heaters of 2012. This itemized list links the consumer with a variety of space heaters they can buy online. The Apartment Therapy website has already reviewed each of these in previous articles, so this is their final list for their year and their top recommendations for keeping you warm.
I would like to replace my Furnace
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. Most AC units are tied to the heating furnace, as it is more efficient to have central ventilation than dual systems. Our good friend Consumer Reports reviewed the top Gas Furnaces for 2012 and created another buyer’s guide for your review. Another option is Furnace Compare where a person can check on ratings based on user experience. This site is exclusively for furnaces so the topic can get pretty intense in some of the discussion threads.
I feel more confident now.
That’s good. The trick is to feel empowered by your knowledge. When you decide to upgrade or repair your heater this winter, think of WC Air and how we were able to help you make the right decision. That is a sign of true quality.
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November 27th, 2012
Some children aided by God’s Kids in Liberia.
God’s Kids is a non-profit organization that WC Air has supported for years. Their mission is dedicated to giving orphans hope for the future. They do this by raising the standard of care and accountability for orphanages around the world. Gods Kids provides quality nutrition, clean living places, and adequate medical care for orphans. Each orphan in God’s Kids’ program is equipped with education and life skills to be prepared as contributing citizens to their societies. Last year, WC Air’s president, Russell Cochran, donated money towards the construction of a roof to the organization to help support and spread their good deeds through the world.
A group of orphans from the Philippines.
The Plight of Orphans Worldwide
Child Protective Services and the Foster Care system here in the United States have a lot of room for improvement. While the ideal of how these systems should be handled differ from person to person, all Americans can agree that our handling of orphan children is better than some of the conditions available in other countries. Here in the United States, if something along the line breaks down, those responsible can be held accountable for their misdeeds. This is not true in all countries. God’s Kids works to establish and maintain a system to ensure orphans will receive the best possible care and donors confident about the use of their gifts and donations. Organizations like theirs ensure that orphans are not abused or mistreated in the hands of their guardians.
In Southern India, fishing takes elbow grease.
Food and Agriculture
In many countries that God’s Kids participates in, there are food shortages. One of the methods of generating a sustainable culture is to teach these children life skills that will benefit them in their adult lives. Aside from education and spiritual guidance, God’s Kids also focuses their attention on teaching children how to care for themselves an others in more practical ways. Farming and agriculture are skills taught to these children and their caregivers. Orphaned children often lack of proper diet. Much of the food the orphans aided by God’s Kids eats are often grown, cultivated, and harvested by the organization. The orphanages that God’s Kids works with create their own garden spaces to rely less on outside funding for food.
More happy orphans helped in Liberia.
I’d like to help
We here at WC Air understand that at this bountiful time of year it is easy to forget those who are not so lucky. We ask that our customers give to the less fortunate and welcome the unwelcome this holiday season. While we have chosen to support God’s Kids, we encourage you to find your own charitable path. If you would like to support God’s Kids, you can like their Facebook page or the organization always take donations. Their facebook page is constantly updated with success stories of children they have helped in the past as well as tons of photos of their good work in the world.
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November 19th, 2012
There are different types of air conditioners on the market to meet a variety of client needs. This is a simple step by step guide to figuring out what kind of equipment you might need and to judge if the current setup you have is the correct configuration for the size of the building you are handling.
Types of AC Systems
Central Air Conditioning (split system) – Allows even cooling throughout your home but requires air ducts to be already in existence or to be installed.
Portable or Room Air Conditioner – Offers affordable cooling that can be moved easily between rooms as needed but requires a great deal of electricity to keep running and not recommended for large spaces.
Window or In-Wall Air Conditioners – Inexpensive and easy to install. Window units can cool single rooms but are not as easily moved as a portable ac unit. Again, they require a great deal of electricity to operate and are not recommended for large spaces.
Choose the best sized AC Unit for the space.
Size for a Split or Central AC – This unit needs to be considered with great care. A unit that is too large or too small will greatly affect either your physical and/or financial comfort level.
Size for a Portable AC – This type of unit should also be decided after considering a few important considerations.
How do I pick the right unit?
Air conditioners are rated for energy efficiency with a SEER or EER number. (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating) Typcially ranging from 8 to as high as 18 on highly efficient central ac units the higher the (S)EER rating the more energy efficient the model is and the lower your cost to operate it.
Read reviews on Air Conditioners to see which are highly rated. Checking consumer watch groups and appliance reviewers may save you from making a mistake on a air conditioner that is too noisy or is not as good at cooling.
- How many different fan settings are available? The more settings available the more likely you are to get just the right amount of airflow and perhaps save some energy in the process.
- Does it have an air filter that helps reduce allergens? Your air conditioner is going to be circulating air though your room or house. Reducing allergens can improve your indoor air quality.
- What is the warranty? The warranty length will vary considerably depending upon what type of ac unit you are purchasing. Make sure you have a minimum one year warranty for a portable air conditioner and expect a 5-10 year warranty on a central unit.
- Does it come with a remote control? Believe it or not many people base their AC or thermostat purchase on this!
For more information on choosing the right unit for your needs we recommend calling WC Heating & Air today!
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October 16th, 2012
In the second part of our series on saving money in relation to power usage, WC-Air focused on simple tricks the consumer could do at home to save hundreds of dollars a year. While replacing bulbs and taking surveys are some of the easier fixes to do, there are methods advanced readers could take more charge of their energy bill.
Water Heater Temperature
Lowering a water heater temperature to 120 degrees F is a wonderful way to save 6%-10% yearly in energy costs without much noticeable difference. Programmable thermostats can save approximately 10% of yearly home cooling and heating bills. These devices can store and repeat multiple settings depending on time of year, current temperature, humidity, and even hook into your existing home alarm system.
Solar film can be purchased at any hardware store. It comes in a variety of styles and sizes but the most important things to remember about purchasing solar film for energy conservation needs is to keep the reflective side pointing outward. Several types of solar film come with different finished. Some are tinted types while others have printed patterns or a reflective side. Installation is simple and will be covered in a later posting about energy efficiency. WC-Air has a large workforce that would love to assist you with your installation needs should you require a helping hand. Adding the film to your windows prevents UV and other damaging sun rays from entering the home and destroying valuable pictures and artwork. It also prevents up to 70% of heat conduction from the outside simply by eliminating the light. Keeping the inside cooler reduces the need to turn on the AC. Coupled with a programmable thermostat and a large chunk of funds stays in the consumers pocket with little effort.
Insulate your life
Other methods include adding new insulation to your attic. Make sure the new insulation has the appropriate R-value, or resistance to heat flow. This rating should include the values of climate, location, state laws, and elevation. A good rule of thumb is the higher the R-value, the greater the effectiveness of the insulation. Fixing leaks around the home using a latex silicone or other energy efficient calking will also reduce loss of heat or cool air to those tiny fissures. Getting down on your hands and knees and plugging every tiny crack might not seem like a pleasant job but doing it yourself could save a ton of money. Asking a licensed technician like those here at WC-Air might cost a little more, but it also guarantees that the job will be done right as we see this kind of thing all of the time. Weather stripping kits for windows and doors should be included in this step of plugging up gaps.
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