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The Benefits for Your Facility

HVAC for business new yorkIf you manage a facility in Sullivan County, you have a lot on your plate. Let Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning make your life easier. We serve commercial as well as residential clients. Make us your HVAC company. We’ll keep your facility’s system running efficiently and trouble-free. And that increased efficiency will benefit your enterprise’s budget and decrease its impact on the environment.

Why is Commercial HVAC Maintenance Important?

A good facility manager invests in preventative maintenance that improves the longevity of their equipment and decreases the need (and cost of) emergency repairs, replacements, and component change-outs.

Here are four reasons commercial HVAC maintenance is important:

  1. Commercial HVAC maintenance helps facility managers stay ahead of costly breakdowns. You’ll have a better understanding of your building’s equipment and will be able to plan for repairs before they become emergencies. That will make your job less stressful and extend the life of your building’s HVAC system.
  2. Commercial HVAC maintenance helps maintain the efficiency of your building’s HVAC system (which will keep your facility’s energy bills as low as possible).
  3. Commercial HVAC maintenance will improve the air quality in your facility. You’ll be providing a healthier environment for your building’s occupants. That’s especially beneficial to anyone with respiratory concerns.
  4. Commercial HVAC maintenance is good for the environment because an HVAC system that receives regular maintenance consumes less fuel.

What Does HVAC Maintenance Include?

There’s more to HVAC maintenance than replacing filters. A certified and trained professional will provide a full inspection and identify any potential problems. A maintenance visit includes the following:

  • Examination of fuel lines and all points of connection
  • Inspection of exhaust outlets to check for leaks, corrosion, and other damage
  • A check of all electrical connections and voltage
  • Lubrication of all moving parts
  • Ensuring the correct amount of refrigerant is in the air conditioner

Our Commercial Fueling Services

Do you also manage a fleet of vehicles? Black Bear offers the following commercial services to businesses in the Sullivan County area:

With Black Bear fuel services, you’ll get quality, competitive pricing, and reliability.

Black Bear Works for Your Business

Let Black Bear maintain and repair your facility’s HVAC equipment. We’re Sullivan County’s first choice for HVAC installation, maintenance, and service. Our clients’ comfort is our top priority.

Contact us today to learn more.

Is It a Good Choice for Your Home?

heating oil new yorkIs Oil Heat the right choice for your Sullivan County home? In a word, yes. Oil heat is a safe and affordable way to heat your home. You can feel good about being a heating oil customer, and you can feel even better as a customer of Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We offer our customers a competitive heating oil price, reliable delivery, and convenient payment options. So make us your go-to source for home heating oil.

The Benefits of Heating Oil

There are a number of benefits to using home heating oil in your New York home, and safety is one of them. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits heating oil offers:

  • It’s safe. Oil cannot explode. It only becomes combustible once it’s been vaporized by an oil burner at temperatures above 140° Fahrenheit. Additionally, if there is a malfunction, safety devices within your unit are designed to shut your furnace or boiler off before carbon monoxide poisoning becomes a risk.
  • It’s clean. Heating oil has gotten progressively cleaner and more efficient for New York homeowners over the past few decades. And it keeps getting better. Much of the heating oil being used today has an ultra-low sulfur content. That’s the premium clean-burning heating oil that Black Bear delivers.
  • It’s efficient. New oil heat systems are incredibly efficient, clocking in with efficiency ratings as high as 95%. This means you get more warmth using less fuel. That can add up to an annual savings of 30% on average.
  • It’s more efficient. Heating oil burns up to 20% more efficiently than gas, and it’s 30% more efficient than electricity.
  • It’s good for your system. Because of the premium heating oil Black Bear delivers, your heating system will run more cleanly and that can help extend the life of your home heating system.

With so many benefits to heating oil, you can feel good about using it in your home. And when Black Bear is your heating oil provider, you’ll get prompt, safe, and effective heating oil deliveries.

Call the Bear, we’ll be there!

Black Bear Fuel Oil provides reliable heating oil delivery to our customers in northern Orange County, Sullivan County, and eastern Ulster County. To see if your New York neighborhood is in our service area, enter your ZIP Code here.

Contact us today to find out what Black Bear can do for you. Your comfort is our priority! 

How to Keep It Cool This Summer

central air service new yorkIn terms of temperature, this has already been a record-breaking summer across the country. Here in Sullivan County, we’ve also had some scorchers. Hopefully, you’ve already had a maintenance visit from Black Bear for your AC system and you know your air conditioner is primed and ready to work efficiently for you all summer long. But there are still some things you should know about how high summer temps can affect your air conditioner and what you can do to offset the burden on your cooling system when the weather really heats up.

High Temps & ACs

The hotter it gets, the harder your AC has to work to keep you and your family cool and comfortable. Last month already brought some really hot days. And this month is likely to be just as hot if not hotter. Those high temps can put a strain on your cooling system.

Here are some of the ways soaring temps affect your AC:

  1. Overburdened power substations can cause your air conditioner to fail for hours upon hours (possibly even days).
  2. High heat can negatively affect the longevity of your AC’s capacitors. These are electronic components that control motors in your cooling system that are key to its operation.
  3. If the high temps persist, your AC’s motors may burn out from overuse.

Help Your AC

There are a number of ways you can help your AC to work as efficiently as possible while reducing its workload.

  1. Close blinds and curtains to the sun during the day. This will stop the sunlight from heating up your home and forcing your AC to work harder to keep things cool.
  2. Check and change your air conditioner’s filter regularly (more frequently if you have pets) to help it run more efficiently.
  3. Use a programmable or smart thermostat. When you are home and awake, set the thermostat on the air conditioning to 78°F. When your home will be empty, set the thermostat to 85°F.
  4. Make sure your home is well insulated.

Keep Cool with Black Bear

If you haven’t yet, contact Black Bear to schedule a maintenance visit. That’s another way to make sure it’s in good shape and running as efficiently as possible. Our technicians can perform preventative maintenance and correct any potential problems. As part of your maintenance visit, we’ll also check the refrigerant levels to ensure there are no leaks, clean and tighten ducts and connectors, and oil up the motor within the AC unit.

Customers count on Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for affordability, quality service, and efficiency. Black Bear serves customers in Sullivan County and parts of Ulster and Orange Counties.

Keep it cool this summer. If you’re overdue for a maintenance visit, call the Bear, and we’ll be there!

Advice from the Plumbing Experts

flood cleanup new york

Summer is a great time to head to the pool. However, you don’t want a flood to create a pool of water in your basement.

Most basement floods are caused by an excess of water pressure in the soil surrounding your foundation. The cause of that pressure is usually intense. It can be the result of saturating rainfall or a concentration of water directed at the base of your house from gutters and downspouts. Improper window installation can also lead to flooding.

Eventually, that water pressure will cause cracks in your home’s foundation, walls, and floors, which could lead to ongoing water and flooding problems. So, how do you prevent these problems? And what should you do if you have a basement flood? Here are some tips.

Preventing Basement Flooding

Preventing a flood in your basement begins with addressing home plumbing basics and having a fundamental understanding of the mechanics of your Sullivan County home.

Especially if your basement is prone to flooding, here are some steps you should take:

  • Be proactive. Hire a professional plumber before the worst happens. One of Black Bear’s plumbing experts can identify any flood risks and problem areas in your home by performing a complete inspection of your drainage and plumbing systems, as well as your property.
  • Know your responsibilities. You’re responsible for your household plumbing (and what you put into it), along with pipeline connections up to your property line. Your municipality is responsible for anything that happens between your property line and the sewer main. Make sure you have the contact information for your municipality.
  • Look for and seal foundation cracks. You should seal minor cracks from inside your basement. If you have substantial exterior cracks, you’ll probably need to hire a professional contractor.
  • Regularly check your walls and floors. Water issues can eventually cause structural problems to walls and floors, which increase flooding risks. Look for signs of water damage and deal with them quickly.
  • Maintain your gutters and downspouts. Having efficient roof drainage is a key to managing flooding risks. Clogs, cracks, and other issues with your roof drainage system can speed runoff and cause pooling that could lead to sewer back-ups and water problems inside your house. Water should discharge as far away as possible from your foundation. You may want to invest in downspout extensions. And always discharge water to splash pads or grassy areas of your property rather than your sanitary system.
  • Keep street catch basins clear. Street catch basins and storm sewer grates drain water into the storm sewer. If these basins get blocked, they can cause big problems. Be sure to keep them clear.
  • Check your policy. Review your homeowner’s policy and be clear on what is and isn’t covered in the event of a flood.
  • Have good water use habits.
    • During a storm, avoid high water volume activities (running your dishwasher, washing machine, etc.).
    • Avoid pouring grease down your drains. These materials eventually cool, solidify, and accumulate in your piping system or the sewer main and can cause a sewage backup.
    • Use your toilets properly. Make sure only human waste and toilet paper gets flushed.

Tips for If Your Basement Floods

If your basement does flood, here’s what to do:

  • Don’t panic. Work diligently, but calmly.
  • Contact your municipal water department. Report your flood to your local government. This may lead to more resources being allocated to understanding and fixing the problems in your neighborhood.
  • Contact your plumber. One of Black Bear’s plumbing experts can check to make sure all your plumbing systems are operating correctly.
  • Clean and disinfect. Protect your hands, eyes, and feet during any flood cleanup. Sewer drains can contain toxic contaminants. Mix eight tablespoons of liquid chlorine bleach with one gallon of water to disinfect all surfaces flood water has reached.
  • Throw out questionable items. Take a photo of ruined items for insurance claims purposes, but don’t risk your safety by keeping them in your home.
  • Remove damaged drywall. To minimize the possibility of mold growth, remove all flooded drywall within 24 hours of the flood.
  • NEVER touch electrical items in standing water. Safety first!

Black Bear Is Here for You

Whatever your plumbing needs, Black Bear’s experts are here for you in northern Orange County, Sullivan County, and eastern Ulster County. To see if your New York neighborhood is in our service area, enter your ZIP Code here.

Contact Black Bear today to learn more about professional plumbing services in Sullivan County, New York!

Stay Cool without Breaking the Bank

summer thermostat temp new yorkMany of us are having to find new ways to economize. If you’re looking to save some money on your energy bills, it pays to be smart about your thermostat setting. You and your family can still be comfortable in your Sullivan County home without breaking the bank on your energy bills.

Your AC will work hard for you this summer. But you can make some smart choices so that it doesn’t have to work harder than necessary. The best way to make sure your AC is working as efficiently as possible is to see that it gets regular professional maintenance.

Black Bear’s certified technicians have years of experience providing AC maintenance for a wide selection of brands. As part of the maintenance visit, our technicians will diagnose and address any problems they encounter so that your AC is in top working order. Because the more efficiently your AC operates, the less you’ll spend to keep it running.

Setting your home temperature in the summer

When there will be someone in the home, set the thermostat to 78 degrees. However, raise the thermostat to 85 degrees for the times your home will be empty. According to the US Department of Energy, just a 7 to 8-degree increase in your thermostat setting for roughly 8 hours each day could reduce your energy costs by as much as 10 percent. When you consider how much your energy bills typically increase during the summer months, that’s significant savings!

If your AC or thermostat isn’t operating properly, call Black Bear for service. Or, if it’s time to upgrade to a new and more efficient AC system, Black Bear can handle that too. And all our AC installations include programmable thermostats to give you maximum comfort and control. With a programmable thermostat, you don’t have to remember to adjust the settings depending on the time of day. You can set it and forget it. You can also set it to adjust to your travel plans.

Call the Bear, we’ll be there!

Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning lives up to our name. We can take care of all your home comfort needs in northern Orange County, Sullivan County, and eastern Ulster County.

Contact us today to learn more about what the Bear can do to keep you cool this summer!

5 Money-Saving Tips

energy saving tips new yorkSummer vacations have gotten more expensive. This year you’re going to pay more to put gas in your tank and for just about every other part of your trip—from airfare to car rentals to food and more. At Black Bear, your comfort is our priority. But we don’t just want you to be comfortable in your Sullivan County home, we also want you to be comfortable with the amount on your energy bills. Even though it seems like everything everywhere is getting more expensive, there are some simple and cost-effective steps you can take to make your home more energy-efficient and save money while you’re on vacation.

Below are five money-saving tips to help you save energy while you’re away on vacation this summer.

Save Money While Traveling

Passports? Check! Sunscreen and bug spray? Check! Bathing suits? Check! Whether you’re traveling internationally or locally, you probably have a checklist of things to do and pack before you hit the road.

There are also a few things you should add to your pre-vacation checklist to prepare your home for the time you’ll be away. Following these five tips will help you save money on energy costs while you’re away. That’s money you can put to enjoying your trip even more or add the piggy bank for your next vacation.

  1. Increase the temperature on your AC. If your Sullivan County home will be empty while you’re away, there’s no need for your AC to work as hard to keep it cool. Set the temperature on your AC to 85 degrees Fahrenheit for the time you’re away. If you have a programmable thermostat with a calendar feature, you can change the settings for the dates you’ll be away and set your regular settings to resume a few hours before your return, so you’ll come back to a cool home. And if your AC or thermostat isn’t operating properly, Black Bear can address and resolve any issues. We’re HVAC experts.
  2. Decrease the temperature on your water heater. Just as you don’t need to keep your home as cool when you’re gone, you also don’t need to keep your water as hot. Did you know that heating water accounts for approximately 20% of your home’s energy costs? Check to see if your water heater has a vacation setting. If it doesn’t, set the temperature to 70 degrees Fahrenheit for while you’re away. Black Bear also installs and repairs water heaters.
  3. Unplug energy vampires. We call certain appliances “energy vampires,” because they suck up energy even when they’re not in use. To save energy, don’t just turn your electronics and appliances off, unplug them. Aside from your refrigerator, you can unplug just about everything. For example, unplug your coffee maker, toaster, electronic chargers, TVs, washer & dryer, computers, printers, and gaming consoles. If you’re not planning to record shows on your DVR, you can unplug your modems, routers, and cable boxes too.
  4. Activate timers and motion sensors. Even though you’ll save money by unplugging most of your appliances and electronic devices, there are some things you should leave on—just not all the time. A completely dark house can be an invitation to burglars. But a home with the lights on all the time is wasting energy and money. You can add motion sensors to your outdoor lighting and put a few indoor lights on timers to help protect your home from break-ins without breaking the bank.
  5. Close your blinds and/or curtains. Close your home’s blinds and curtains to the sun to help it stay cooler. This is a good habit to have even when you’re not away on vacation because it will put less demand on your AC system.

Call the Bear, we’ll be there!

Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning lives up to our name. We can take care of all your home comfort needs in northern Orange County, Sullivan County, and eastern Ulster County. To see if your New York neighborhood is in our service area, enter your ZIP Code here.

Contact us today to learn more about what the Bear can do for you!

Things To Consider To Help You Choose the Right One

water heater options new yorkIt’s not an appliance people think about a lot, especially when it’s working well, but your water heater works hard for your Sullivan County home. You rely on it to supply your household with all the hot water you and your family need for bathing, laundry, washing the dishes, and more. And the bigger your household, the more hot water it needs. Hot water heaters are important.

Is It Time to Replace Your Water Heater?

When a water heater fails, it can cause thousands of dollars in damage. You want to replace yours long before that happens. The good news is that there are some warning signs to look out for. Here are a few telltale signs that your water heater isn’t going to last much longer:

  1. Leaks: If there’s water under your tank or it’s producing rusty water, that’s a sign of corrosion.
  2. Higher energy bills: If your usage isn’t increasing and fuel prices haven’t gone up, an increase in your energy bills may mean your water heater is losing efficiency.
  3. Hard water: If you start to notice white stains on your silverware or glassware, you may have a lime build-up in your tank. That will reduce its efficiency and shorten its longevity.
  4. Odd sounds: Sediment in your water heater can cause strange noises and will eventually lead to expensive repairs or premature replacement if not addressed.
  5. Age: A well-maintained water heater with a storage tank will last about 10 years. After that, replacement is usually wiser than spending more on repairs.

Purchasing a New Water Heater

If it’s time to purchase a new water heater for your Sullivan County home, there are some important things to know and consider as you compare each type of heater.

Types of Water Heaters:

  • Conventional/Storage water heaters: They have a tank that stores and keeps water hot until it’s used. They cost less to purchase/install than tankless water heaters, but they’re less efficient. So your energy bills will be higher.
  • Tankless water heaters: A highly efficient option, they heat water on-demand and provide and endless supply of hot water. This means there’s no waiting for water to heat up and no wasted energy reheating water that has cooled down in the tank. Tankless water heaters also take up less space and last twice as long as conventional water heaters.
  • Indirect water heaters: They use your home’s heating system to heat your water. They’re quite efficient, especially during the cooler months when your heating system is running. However, because they must be integrated with your home’s heating system, installation is more expensive than with conventional or tankless water heaters.

There are additional things to consider when purchasing a water heater:

  • What type of fuel will you use (oil, gas, or electricity)? Your choice will affect the cost of installation and operation.
  • What size water heater do you need?
  • How efficient is it? The size of heater you choose, the heater’s efficiency rating, and how well the water heater is installed and maintained will affect its efficiency. That in turn will affect how much you pay to run your water heater. All the more reason to choose the pros at Black Bear when it comes time to install, maintain, or repair your new water heater.
  • How much will it really cost? In addition to the cost of the unit and the cost to install it, you should consider how much it will cost to maintain and operate your water heater as well as how long it will last before it needs to be replaced.
  • Whenever you buy a new water heater and whatever type you choose, the plumbing experts at Black Bear can install it for you. They can also provide maintenance and repair services to keep it in prime working condition.

Black Bear Is Here for You

Black Bear’s plumbing experts install and repair water heaters in northern Orange County, Sullivan County, and eastern Ulster County. To see if your New York neighborhood is in our service area, enter your ZIP Code here.

Ready to install a new water heater? Contact Black Bear today. Your comfort is our priority! 

Some Important Tips

home air purifier new yorkYour pets are part of your family. Your HVAC system is an important part of keeping your family comfortable all year in your Sullivan County home. As a pet owner, you need to stay even more vigilant to prevent dander, dirt, and fur from causing problems with your HVAC system.

Here are some simple tips for avoiding the potential problems pets can lead to with your HVAC system. You’ll be helping to maintain your HVAC system’s efficiency and will improve the air quality in your home—especially important for anyone in your household with allergies or respiratory issues.

HVAC Tips for Pet Owners

Here are some of the ways you as a pet owner can protect and best maintain your HVAC system:

  1. Grooming: Stay on top of your pet’s fur and dander by brushing them at least once a week and bathing them as your vet recommends. This will help to limit the amount of fur that could clog your filters and vents. Professional grooming on a schedule your vet recommends may also be helpful.
  2. Filters: Be diligent in checking and replacing your filters. Check your filters at least once a month. HEPA filters are the best to use, especially if anyone in your home has a respiratory condition.
  3. Cleaning: Keep a clean home. Vacuum your carpeting and furniture as least twice a week using a HEPA-filtered vacuum. Clean all bedding regularly, especially places your pets like to spend their time.
  4. Vents & Ductwork: Reduce the amount of dust and dander that gets recirculated back into your home by cleaning your vent gratings. Consider employing a professional to clean your ductwork.
  5. Maintenance: Regular maintenance is the best way to catch and address potential problems and keep your HVAC equipment clean and running optimally. Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning offers our customers comprehensive HVAC maintenance.

Black Bear Knows HVAC

Black Bear can make sure your HVAC system is running efficiently and trouble-free. Our technicians can diagnose and correct any potential problems and make sure your HVAC unit gets the care it needs to keep you and your family comfortable all year long no matter how many pets you have.

Customers count on Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for affordability, quality service, and efficiency. Black Bear serves customers in Sullivan County and parts of Ulster and Orange Counties.

Ready to schedule your HVAC maintenance visit? Call the Bear, and we’ll be there!

It’s Time to Get Cooking!

propane grill tips new yorkPropane is one of the safest fuels available. It’s also an extremely versatile fuel. There is so much propane can do in and around your Sullivan County home—especially now that you’ll be spending more time outdoors.

Propane warms your home and your water. It can heat your deck, patio, or pool. But one of the most fun ways to use propane is to prepare a feast for your friends and family. Now that June is here, it’s time to get cooking and fire up the grill!

7 Benefits of Propane

However you use propane, it offers a lot of benefits. Here are seven of them:

  1. Propane is safe. Propane is one of the safest fuel options out there. Thanks to a highly regulated industry and built-in safeguards on propane appliances, propane has a tremendously strong safety record.
  2. Propane is efficient. Its average efficiency is over 90%. That efficiency means you’ll save time and money whenever you use a propane appliance.
  3. Propane saves you money. In large part because of its efficiency, using propane is good for your budget. Propane appliances cost less to operate than their electric counterparts do. The cost of propane is also less volatile and more predictable than that of other fuels.
  4. Propane is convenient and reliable. With a tank on your property, you’re not at the mercy of a utility service. Propane is also highly portable, so you can take it camping etc.
  5. Propane is green. Propane’s efficiency contributes to its small carbon footprint. It also burns cleanly and generates almost no greenhouse gas emissions.
  6. Propane is great for cooking. Propane cooktops, ovens, ranges, and barbecue grills offer the precise temperature control that a chef of any skill level can appreciate. Your propane grill will heat up quickly and give you a great sear.
  7. Propane is as all-American as burgers and hot dogs. Rez-Bear is proud to supply our customers with only propane that’s produced in America. In fact, most of the propane used in the US is produced here.

7 Benefits of Grilling with Propane

Grilling with propane has its benefits. Here are seven of them:

  1. Propane grills are easy to start.
  2. Propane grills offer precise temperature control and consistency.
  3. Propane grills get hot quickly.
  4. Propane grills are easy to clean.
  5. Propane grills save you money (roughly 50% less than cooking with electricity).
  6. Propane grills are great during a blackout because they don’t depend on an electrical component.
  7. Propane grills are highly customizable. You can keep it simple or add features like multiple cooking levels, rotisseries, side burners, smoker boxes, and more.

Call the Bear, we’ll be there!

Rez-Bear offers reliable and prompt propane delivery in northern Orange County, Sullivan County, and eastern Ulster County. To see if your New York neighborhood is in our service area, enter your zipcode here.

Contact us today to request a propane delivery or to sign up for automatic deliveries.

An Intro to Mini-Split AC Systems

ductless ac new yorkWhen summer really heats things up in Sullivan County, you want to know that your cooling system can handle it. Especially if you have an older system, now is an ideal time to decide if it makes more sense to repair or replace it. As you make your decision, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with some of the cooling system options that are available to you. Chances are that a mini-split system would work well in your home. So let’s take a look at mini-split cooling systems and who they’re ideal for.

Ductless Cooling Advantages

There are a number of reasons a mini-split cooling system might be right for your Sullivan County home. Lots of homeowners love that mini-splits don’t require ductwork. That makes them adaptable to just about any house. Here are some other advantages:

  1. They’re quick and inexpensive to install.
  2. They can go almost anywhere. All you need is a wall. That also means you don’t need to lose the view from any of your windows.
  3. They’re great for allergy suffers or anyone with respiratory problems. Allergens and microorganisms can thrive in the ductwork of a central AC system.
  4. They’re more efficient than window air conditioners and central air conditioning systems. If you have leaky ducts, you can lose up to 30% of the cool air generated by your central AC. You’ll have no such problem with a mini-split system.
  5. They produce less noise than a window air conditioner.

Is a Mini-Split Right for You?

A mini-split cooling system is a good idea for your Sullivan County home if…

  • Your home doesn’t have ducts.
  • You have an old, ugly, or noisy window unit you’d like to replace. You’ll also get more natural light and a better view of the outside without a window unit.
  • You have rooms that are challenging to keep cool. You might choose to supplement your existing cooling system with a mini-split.

Call Black Bear for All Your Cooling Needs

Whatever your cooling needs, Black Bear has you covered. You can count on us to deliver fair prices on air conditioning equipment and related services. We install both central AC systems and mini-split cooling systems. We also offer preventative maintenance for a wide selection of brands.

Customers count on Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning for affordability, quality service, and efficiency. Black Bear serves customers in Sullivan County and parts of Ulster and Orange Counties.

If your AC needs to be repaired or replaced, call the Bear, and we’ll be there!

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