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    The customer is never wrong. They might think...

    The customer is never wrong. They might think they know what the problem is, but that doesnt make them wrong. You are in a SERVICE business, they are paying you for a service.You can sprinkle on...
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    If residential is based on selling stuff to...

    If residential is based on selling stuff to customers, what is commercial based on? How do techs make the company money in commercial?
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    I had an interview with a sales company.... The...

    I had an interview with a sales company.... The first thing they did was have volunteers come up and try to sell each other stuff. Say this pen is anything, try to sell it to him.
    I said i didnt...
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    "Always on time or you won't pay a dime"

    A company in my town is that motto. I feel BAD for its employees. I can bet if they are 30 seconds late to a call, the homeowner would be down their throat about having a free service call.

    I...
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    Why would you buy R22 if its being phased out? ...

    Why would you buy R22 if its being phased out? Buy more 410a, thats what everyones going to need.
    In 5 years when only a couple people have R22 systems, what is going to be the point. IMHO R22 is...
  6. edited the previous post.

    edited the previous post.
  7. Look at the spelling errors on that as well. That...

    Look at the spelling errors on that as well. That is pathetic.

    If he didn't care to put effort in that Craigslist post, do you really think he is going to put effort into servicing your systems?...
  8. great post. Thank you. Your rightt, it does...

    great post. Thank you.
    Your rightt, it does seem like residential is way more of a headache then commercial.
    all of the residential customers want everything cheap.... Your %100 right, every...
  9. I remember homeowners looking over my...

    I remember homeowners looking over my shoulder....

    One time i went to a house, the wife knew spanish, but the husband didnt. While i was checking the blower bearings, i heard something drop...
  10. You make it seem like im unmotivated. You dont...

    You make it seem like im unmotivated. You dont know me, how i learn, let alone how i work.... And i can say your typical of your generation, making assumptions.
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    I tell them to make a history of it, maybe the...

    I tell them to make a history of it, maybe the leak is small enough it will only happen once or twice...
    Then if i get sent to a call where there has been a history of it leaking, i will explain to...
  12. I got it figured out.....Im going to work for a...

    I got it figured out.....Im going to work for a residential company until I get into the apprenticeship.... Then, after my apprenticeship, decide if i want residential or commercial.
  13. Why doesnt it appear to be for me?

    Why doesnt it appear to be for me?
  14. They only accept applications 1 month out of the...

    They only accept applications 1 month out of the year.... it was LAST month... Now what?
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    I hate the train model furnaces tha in order to...

    I hate the train model furnaces tha in order to check the inside of the furnace, you have to take off the blower panel! how annoying..... Need blower amps? gotta wait 5 minutes for it to start up...
  16. heights scare me.... do you think residential...

    heights scare me.... do you think residential will probably be best for me?
    Can i do steam fitters union and be a residential service tech?
  17. How does union employment work?? after im done...

    How does union employment work?? after im done with the 5 year apprenticeship, what happens?
  18. Okay if i do the steam fitters union for...

    Okay if i do the steam fitters union for commercial hvac.... how does employment work?, Im confused about any union employment. I know only certain companys are union only.... How does it work? Do i...
  19. Will they have job placement after im out? what...

    Will they have job placement after im out? what do you mean after i turn out?
    So, if i put my heart and soul into it ill be fine right? i already take my work/school very serious.

    When you say...
  20. So after my appreticeship, after workin 5...

    So after my appreticeship, after workin 5 years.... How does job placement work?
    And I wont have to travel at all right?
    If my ultimate goal is hvac steam fitting thats different from a plumbers...
  21. Okay, it does have hvacr classes.... What about...

    Okay, it does have hvacr classes....
    What about after the first 5 years.... will they have job placement?

    So after i am a journey man, when i complete the classes.... Will i still be working for...
  22. Can i go down to the building and ask someone...

    Can i go down to the building and ask someone there?
    does it cost to do classes?
  23. It just says Plumbers, it doesnt say anything...

    It just says Plumbers, it doesnt say anything about hvac.... And when im doing it ill be doing HVAC service? I dont want to do it, and be stuck installing plumbing or installing hvac, i want to...
  24. And i have a friend who does that, i dont have to...

    And i have a friend who does that, i dont have to travel do i?
  25. I honestly dont want to do streamfitting.......

    I honestly dont want to do streamfitting.... thats not the same as hvac service is it? isnt steam fittin mostly plumbing?
  26. Im 23 years old, only 2 years and 4 month...

    Im 23 years old, only 2 years and 4 month experience. 2 years of school, and 4 months of residential.
    Most companys here are private... Where do i startt an apprentiship, there isnt a union here...
  27. Intermittin problems scare me.... I dont want to...

    Intermittin problems scare me.... I dont want to run into one and have my boss say "WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG" or what if i go to a service call at like 4 am, and its an intermittin problem, and i cant...
  28. So if the problem is intermittin, and you cant...

    So if the problem is intermittin, and you cant figure it out.... You would have to work there for 3 or 4 days? What if you still cant find it?...

    How does parts work? if i need to replace a part,...
  29. Wow!

    Wow!
  30. Over 20 years? wow! I have never seen a...

    Over 20 years? wow! I have never seen a commercial service guy in action.... When they arrive to the job, who do they report to? or do they just start workin?.... If something breaks down who do...
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  32. oooo okay. Imma be honest, im not in commercial...

    oooo okay. Imma be honest, im not in commercial right now. I just wanted to compare and contrast commercial vs. residential. Theres a job opening for a commercial apprentice.

    One thing i am...
  33. I meant challenging. I changed it. he said...

    I meant challenging. I changed it. he said profit margins are lower, it just seems like residential would be higher because if a few componants break down you can recommend replacing the unit and...
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    So your going to convice one of your guys to...

    So your going to convice one of your guys to steer away from good habits? Why not just do it with all of them so you dont have to worry all the time?
  35. How is the work not as challenging?... it seems...

    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...
  36. He is selling his services, why in the hell would...

    He is selling his services, why in the hell would he show a system thats iced up all the way to the compressor!?...

    You want to show good, not bad.

    You want to flood the buyers mind with good...
  37. You only need to put wet rags to isolate the part...

    You only need to put wet rags to isolate the part your soldering. So that you dont burn the building down. You would be a fool not to isolate the part your soldering. Heat transfers from copper,...
  38. Commercial technician, thinking about switching to residential.

    Good idea?
  39. Thank you for all your input. But, the thing...

    Thank you for all your input. But, the thing is... I want to work for a residential hvac service company. I just don't want to be sent to modern unit calls, and then get in trouble for not selling...
  40. Are all major residential HVAC companies sales companies?

    I finished school a few years ago, and it seems like all my schooling was pointless. I want to be hired based on my past experience and my technical knowledge. Not how well I can sell.

    It seems...
  41. Being by yourself too much has made YOU even...

    Being by yourself too much has made YOU even laugh at yourself. You would do just fine in a 8 x 8 padded room with a straight jacket on.
  42. Im not talking about tech work, im talking about...

    Im not talking about tech work, im talking about installation.

    After being an apprentice/helper, will i be by myself? I always thought it was either 1 installer, and 1 helper, OR 2 installers, ...
  43. Atleast i know every day that i will be working...

    Atleast i know every day that i will be working just as hard as i did yesterday, today.
    As a service tech, i could be doing easy tune ups all day on brand new systems, and the next i could be doing...
  44. Okay, I just dont want to be finished being a...

    Okay, I just dont want to be finished being a helper, or an "apprentice" and then be by myself after that.

    After i become a helper/apprentice, I will always have 1 other person doing residential...
  45. I figured atleast an installer and a helper, or 2...

    I figured atleast an installer and a helper, or 2 installers would be doing 1 install/replacement.
  46. Did my boss mean "teams" as in a helper and a...

    Did my boss mean "teams" as in a helper and a installer?
  47. I even remember at school teacher saying there...

    I even remember at school teacher saying there would always be 2 people to 1 installation or replacement.

    And a friend came up to me and asked why i wanted to change, i said because its boring by...
  48. So i wont be with someone all the time? I...

    So i wont be with someone all the time?
    I figured installation there was 2 people all the time. Even my boss was talking "teams".

    So after i become a helper, I will pretty much be doing...
  49. That makes me nervous, you had no helper. I...

    That makes me nervous, you had no helper.
    I figured there would always be %100 always atleast 2 people to 1 residential install.

    Even my teacher said installs always had atleast 2 people.
    I...
  50. What i meant as in learn everything, i mean get...

    What i meant as in learn everything, i mean get the routine of installation. Like finishing a "apprentiship", but my boss doesnt call it an "apprentiship".

    And i have only been a service tech for...
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