Once an HVAC technician, always a HVAC technician?
Don’t bet on it.
The average age of an HVAC technician is around forty-seven years old. And while forty-seven isn’t anywhere close to being too old to swing wrenches, you may want a change of career scenery after doing the same thing for thirty+ years. This series of posts will address typical ‘Next-Step’ career paths for HVAC technicians who possibly want climb a few rungs of the career ladder. We’ll cover what is needed to progress to the various jobs and what the benefits and draw backs are for each. The chart above represents typical advancements in our field and the difficulty associated in the jump to each. Peruse the chart, send us any questions you may have, and we will address the first steps needed for each progression.
Together they let you take a peek into the inner workings of the magic known as refrigeration, separately they’re about useless.
It seems everyone is fascinated with super heat. They’re quick to add refrigerant if the superheat is “high”, or start cranking on the TXV adjustment if it’s “low”.
First, “high” and “low” are pretty darn arbitrary references. What the heck is high? What’s “low”? What’s just right? (sounds like Goldy Locks and the three technicians….) Read more ›
For many, a “contractor” is a business predator.
“A person hired to perform work / provide goods at a certain price and/or time”
What an HVAC business offers is not transactional. You go far beyond “…provide goods at a certain price/or time.” Your HVAC business is comprehensive.
…providing a specialized service, including but not limited to lawyers, accountants, and consultants.
Fortunately, one of the most common mistakes is also easily avoidable; setting the unit.
From access concerns to performance issues, there’s more to locating HVAC equipment than keeping the arrow on the ‘This End Up’ sticker pointing skyward.
There are three primary placement concerns, and they’re as easily to remember as SOS.
The true meaning of Room Temperature!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxxYqE4Gil8
The confusion is understandable; a big round cylinder with three large tube connections on top, a smaller connection on the bottom (wait, there’s both a top and bottom?) and a miniature solenoid valve with three tiny tubes hanging off the side…scary.
The reversing valve is the heart of a heat pump, without it, there is no heat pump.
The good news is they’re easy to troubleshoot, once you understand its purpose and how it operates.
In Emily Prieffer’s article, The construction industry’s top workforce challenge — and 3 potential solutions, she found that 69% of general contractors are having a tough time filling craft positions. While the article is based on the construction industry its close relative, the service industry, is having the same issue.
Problems aren’t solved by people who don’t question…well…everything.
And, sometimes, the answers to the questions aren’t necessarily new. This week Kathy Jackson brought us her thoughts on a new/old solution to a relatively recent issue.
If you’ve been working in the HVAC service industry for a while, you’re probably (SHOULD BE!) well aware that the EPA is phasing out Freon (HCFC-22 or R-22) and plans to ban it completely by 2030. What will replace Freon? It’s a question on a lot of technicians’ minds. When looking to the future of refrigerants, it might be worthwhile to consider the past.
Take a good look at your company’s employees, specifically your service crew, and answer this one simple question: How old are they? Most of you will find your technicians are in their 40s and 50s. You may have a couple of apprentices in their 20s or early 30s, but the bulk of your work force is made up of middle-aged employees. (For all you middle-aged technicians out there, don’t worry about being middle-aged; you’re worth your weight in gold.)
Now let’s take a little trip back in time to the late 80s and middle-90s, and take a look at the average HVAC company’s employee roster. The apprentices were in their late teens to early 20s. The first-year mechanics were in their mid- to late-20s. The seasoned technicians were 30 to 40, and the sales people, estimators and service managers were in their 50s and 60s.