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Profits are slimmer, customers are more difficult, more involved, demanding and cheaper, the work is not as challenging. I would switch to all commercial if I could
I would go back to resi if I were all out of options, but I would be miserable.
How is the work not as challenging?... it seems like it would be WAY more challenging to do commercial, just because the equipment is heavier, and your dealing with more then 1 person... My teacher said in commercial your going to have a skinny girl closer to the furnace thats too cold, and a fat girl at the end of the hall, thats too hot.
It seems like you would have to do way more work too, because in residential if the unit and a bunch of parts break down you can recommend replacing the whole unit.... doesnt seem so with commercial.
Wouldnt working on roof tops, and heaters in high places make it seem way more challenging
One thing i am scared of is heights. In residential i dont have to worry about heights at all where im from.
How could residential be more involved? it seems like commercial would be more involved...
Im scared of heights as well. I just stay away from the edges of roofs, problem solved.
It's harder to convince residential customers to pay that amount for their appliance to be fix, and they usually ask several technicians before having it service. As for commercial places, the owner wants their equipment fix ASAP, they need to do their business man. I would want ALL COMMERCIAL work if possible.
residential repairs are not mandatory...if they don't have money...you no worky. plus they can get more bids. because of this, the profit margins CAN be slimmer, however, they can be higher too because the customers tend not to have any technical knowledge.
commercial repairs are mandatory (generally) because of business requirements. but commercial customers tend to be more knowledgable because they need to be.
residential work tends to be exactly the same 'day in and day out' but then you get to really know the equipment and the problems pretty quickly and you also get to go home at night
commercial work tends to never be exactly the same everyday. this is where it can be challenging, however, since it is always different, it tends to be difficult to stay 'up to speed'.
a great tech in either field is very valuable.
i prefer commercial and industrial work. lots of it. i love the challenge!