HEY, let me know when you get that cushy service work...I was told its the Holy golden fin brush of the HVAC service field..35yrs still looking for it :grin2:
Originally Posted by Coolerhead
I started out in residential service and worked there for 2 years. residential companies have no respect for the employees all they care about is money money money money. I remember having to request all so I can make a 7 o'clock birthday dinner with my family they don't judge you by what you can repair but by how much you can sell I remember going for my review for a raise and my service manager telling me that we could have gave me more money if I would have made 500,000 for the company this year but I only made 350,000 they didn't care that I was 2 years in the field and they were sending me on senior tech calls or calls that other guys could not figure out. so I quit I now work commercial service and could not be more happy. I have more steady and set hours. No weekends. No homeowners. No more getting pushed to sell and I've learned more in 6 months then I've learned in the past year in residential
Nice thing about commercial is that it is a full time job. Lot of residential companies don't have enough work to keep you employed full time year round. Either running like crazy or home watching tv on unemployment.
There isn't a whole lot of opportunity to spread your wings in the residential side of the business... Furnace, A/C, boiler, humidifier, filter, hot water tank, maybe some appliance repair... That's about it.
Commercial is unlimited opportunity. Boilers to controls the sky really is the limit.
I interviewed with a residential co. last summer: The job was COMMISION ONLY!:gah:
Many are going this route anymore. I see it sometimes called 'flat rate pricing'. While I think that it is good for the company, effectively, the idea ends up making each technician a subcontractor...and then they complain about why they can't get good techs instead of wondering why their good techs aren't staying.
Originally Posted by obieone
I think the only real way to make good money doing residential is to be a sales tech or open your own shop and make all the profit yourself.
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Hvac is the most diverse trade there is. There is many different separate niches that one can specialize in. Some techs find it in residential, some commercial, some iaq, others controls while others are in chillers. Asking which is better is a relative term.
Originally Posted by comoutsid322
You sounded like a parts replacing tech. And zero knowledge
I can buy the argument for going back to residential.
Sometimes after humping half my truck a thousand yards ,to work on something heavy ,dirty ,a POS etc... I sometimes wonder why not go back .
Then I remember why....
The negativity of it ...
Customers upset because of money.
Getting barked at by dogs all day long.
Dirty ass houses
Houses so clean and white you cannot avoid leaving some kind of dirt.
dog**** in the house.
Industrial in the other hand ,as well as heavy commercial...
People are thrilled you can actually repair it and often look past the cost.
it is challenging
It pays more
There are pros and cons to all of it.
Originally Posted by mikeacman
Let's not forget that in retail, you are insulated.
They didn't approve that repair.
They didn't approve a new unit.
They don't want a better filter.
They don't want to have the coils properly cleaned.