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.
If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
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!
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.
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.
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
You sounded like a parts replacing tech. And zero knowledge