A non-contact fork style meter that measures voltage and amperage at the same time. WHAAAT?
Check it out and tell ’em the folks at ZenHVAC sent you. (Note: this and two-fifty may get you a coffee…not a latte, grande, crappy, frappe coffee…just a plain old medium coffee coffee…maybe…ok, never mind about the whole coffee thing…,just check the meter out.)
Zen’s thought of the day:
“I only work on boilers”
“I only work on chillers”
“I only work on……”
Here’s what we have to say about the “I only work on” mindset-
“Your an expert on one? You’re valuable to one”
“You’re an expert with two? You’re valuable to a few”
“You know them all? You’re the one they’re gonna call”
Your specialty may be boilers, chillers, rooftops, whatever. But always remember; chillers and boilers won’t accomplish squat without pumps.
Think about it; the machines we work on are no different than any other machine.
Do pickup trucks break down? Yes. Do they normally break down for no reason? No.
Show me a truck with a blown transmission and I’ll show you a truck that’s being driven hard (operation) is hauling more weight than it’s designed to carry (application) or never had its oil and filter changed (maintenance). HVAC equipment is no different than a pickup truck.
Mechanics are the folks who change belts and filters, clean coils, punch tubes, grease bearings, replace / rebuild compressors, repair refrigerant leaks, replace failed fan motors, and perform general repair work. While mechanics fill a much needed spot in the HVAC ranks, their not as specialized as a technician. Most people who are mechanically inclined can be a good mechanic with some general industry training. Add a few years of field experience and they are the next generation of Technicians.
If Cooter from the Dukes of Hazard and Mater from Cars had a love child it would grow up to be an HVAC mechanic.
Technicians are the elite of an elite industry. If HVAC technicians were movie characters they would be Winston Wolfe from Pulp Fiction. They resolve problems that leave the rest of the heard scratching their heads. They jump in, get it done, and get out.
If Sherlock Holmes and Albert Einstein had a love child it would be an HVAC Technician…a butt-ugly love child, but a love child destined to be a HVAC Technician none the less.
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.