View Full Version : preparing to retire in 10 years
03-26-2006, 01:19 AM
I have a good day job, but I'm enjoying studying HVAC and passing the 609 & 608. I have had good luck designing and building my own HVAC controls and MINOR repairs to our AC system.
When I retire I might enjoy working as a service tech. I wouldn't have to make much, I need something to keep my mind active.
I've noticed the brutal honesty on this web site. Do you think my plans are realistic? I have 10 years to aquire any equipment and technical understanding I would need.
What I don't know how to get is the hands on experience.
03-27-2006, 08:06 AM
taking a 28'extension ladder off the top of a van,and going up on roofs in the rain is in the future there...climbing in 125F attics on your stomach!might think of working within a shop.....dispatcher....parts/tool,it takes lot of in house to keep the techs going
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03-28-2006, 09:34 PM
go for it!
03-29-2006, 11:28 PM
Itís a good plan. Start now. Get your license. When I retire, I plan on moving a resort area on the coast. Do just enough to pay for bait and beer and if I do real well maybe a fine bottle of wine for the wife. Start small for your hands on. Friends and neighbors, minor stuff, you will come to a point where you will tell them to call someone else. For change outs, ductwork etc. You may want to get into the junk ice machine/refrigeration business. We got a guy that buys old stuff for pennies, fixes it for resale. He doesnít make much but itís an easy life!
03-30-2006, 01:44 PM
When I was a kid we'd have a guy in his seventies come to look at our a/c when it broke down. He kept going summer after summer doing a/c repair; his influence got me interested in this trade. I don't think he stopped until his health wouldn't let him go any further...into his eighties if I recall.
Just keep in mind he's likely an exception...the working conditions of this trade aren't kind to older knees, joints, and tolerance of heat and dust. I sure don't want to be crawling an attic in my seventies day after day. If I were to stay in a segment of the trade after "retiring" it would possibly be controls work...high end "smart houses" and commercial apps that use BAS or DDC systems, etc.
You sound like you have an interest in controls. Consider looking into it further...almost a field in itself, related to the vast HVAC trade.
03-30-2006, 08:12 PM
Thank you for your replies and your honesty.
So I will pursue NATE certifications next.
I have been buying equipment, Yellowjacket manifiolds and 6.0 vaccume pump, and other small odds and ends. What do professionals need in the way of gear? Looking thru the various posts here, I have picked up on Fluke being a standard to compare the other vendors to. What equipment do you use when repairing copper tube?
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