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  1. #1
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    Dec 2006
    New Jersey

    is it the company im with or is work slowing down

    I been with this guy for a few summers. every summer im running around to 8pm if not later. some night around 11. all summer long. this year im the only service tech. And it seems like im lucky at time to get 40 hours and other times to get 6 to 8 hours of ot. Wtf? most the work is in rich towns like wyckoff franklin lakes and saddle river we do all the other towns in my area. this company has been around for 40 years. Is it time i startt looking for a new employer or is the whole buisness slowing down. There is work but last summer we had 3 techs running around. I miss my overtime. emergeny calls are almost none. those who do call for emergeny are contract customers. I know i will always have work and friends have to me there companies are running about the same. how is everyones job. like last summer or slow?

  2. #2
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    Feb 2006
    I'd say it seems slower, but we added 3 techs so we are up to 8 ppl. i for one am glad to get off around 6pm now.

  3. #3
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    May 2004
    Rapid City, SD
    The company I'm with (huge commercial) is slow too. Not really scary slow, but not overly busy either.

    One guy keeps wanting to hire another guy, the rest of us are screaming no lol.

    I don't like OT, but I don't like the paychecks of less than 40 too often
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2004
    Austin, TX
    Look around.

    I worked most of the summer for a good company that was having a slow year.
    Had several weeks of 25 hours. A few barely over 40. Was told by everybody in the company that all the business's were having a slow summer.

    I can't take care of my family on 25 hours, forget about saving money in case of a mild winter.

    I looked for new employers. I figured someone who was looking to hire would have work.
    Posted my resume on MEP Jobs and applied to a company that had posted a job for a service tech.
    Received six or seven phone calls from companies who had more work than they could handle
    Interviewed with three who had good reputation, had firm offers with two.
    Both were offering a hiring bonus, an increase in pay and had lots of service contracts for work during the winter.

    You can see where this is going.....

    I started work last Friday with a new employer, with a raise and a bonus.
    A long established family owned company with lots of service contracts. Made 40 hours the first 4 days. Overtime all day Friday.

    I wish I hadn't waited so long to look around and taken everybody's opinion that is was just a slow summer.
    Last edited by allan38; 08-15-2008 at 07:31 PM.
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  5. #5
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    Mar 2005
    Suppy NC
    well it is down some
    i seem to remember agust always beening slow arround the last two weeks

    as gas proces drop and things become stable again it should pick up some but i dont see thinks getting nuts like they have been over the past few years

  6. #6
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    Jan 2008
    Reading Allan38's post reminds me that in the HVAC business we face two big challenges, being technically competent and also being sharp enough at marketing to keep the dispatch board full. The past few years it seemed like the board was overflowing and keeping the level of service high was the problem. Now it's returning to the initial skill of drawing enough positive attention to your company to keep everybody busy. Just doing what you've always done (marketing) is probably not going to cut it - unless luck is smiling on your company. But luck has a nasty habit of running out.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2002


    SLOW, it's HOT outside!!!!!!!!!

    WE can't keep up and we need installer's. Our business has not slowed down, we work 60+ hours a week. And if your the lucky on-call technician you will be close to 70+.. $,$$$.00 week..
    "Everyday above ground, is a good day".
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  8. #8
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    Aug 2002
    Office and warehouse in both Crystal River & New Port Richey ,FL
    In areas like ours,huge down turn in new constructon,it seems slow,not much OT for the techs.However all phases of the business are up ,except new construction related phases.

    We are down hundreds of new construction installs,so down the same for first starts and warranty calls.

  9. #9
    I am an owner, not a tech, so here is my take on whether things are "slowing up" for parts of the business. The economy is down significantly but not horrible.

    Residential Install - New construction is dead. If you have a job here hang onto it for dear life. Replacement-only contractors will hold their own for now - pray for weather.

    Residential Service - Should be steady, but not great. Homeowners will continue to cut back $$$ on many things. 2008 and 2009 will not be record years for anyone. Whatever OT you did this year, budget 10% less for next.

    Commercial Installation - Not great. Businesses are playing it safe and being tight with the checkbook. Ironically, an exception is foreign-owned firms. Our greenback is so weak that everything is on sale here! A new rooftop is a lot cheaper when they can pay for it with their Euros.

    Commerical Service - Will stay solid in most markets despite this economy. But these companies drive the most miles and are hit hardest by skyrocketing fuel and insurance. If you are nervous about your residential shop, then seek safety with a commerical service company for the next year or so.

    Might be some diagreement out there on these points, maybe because I'm only in the North East, but this is what I'm feeling.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Southeastern Connecticut
    I think if you work in the south where you still have hot weather you should do fine. I personaly have not had my a/c on for 2 weeks so I don't think most of my customers have either. Business really sucks up here.

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Slow here

    After putting my time in the trenches,I took a job in Richmond.Hired on in June in the middle of a heat wave. The owner was seeing dollar signs and made me an offer I could not turn down. I worked 55 hous on average with some good spiffs, until about 2 weeks ago. The phone just flat stopped ringing. My last paycheck had 3.5 hrs paid down time on it to make my 40. I'm worried that as the new and possibly overpaid guy that I'll be the first to go. I bust my butt and try to maximize every call. I get great feedback from the customers and have started to tell them after a compliment to let my boss know that they feel I did a good job. I hope it's enough. I made a move 5omi. for this job and to be let go would not be good.

  12. #12
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    Dec 2007
    Bucks County, Penna

    It's not you

    Things in my area are slow as well. My last company got rid of all their helpers recently because the lack of jobs. Now I'm looking for work and am finding out most every other company is also slow. Really is a bad time to be out of work, especially when you are laid off (meaning you didn't see it coming).

  13. #13
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    Dec 2006
    New Jersey
    things are getting worse my boss is saying it may be half days untill things pick up. At least all the heating check ups are gonna start in a week or 2. im getting worried. they been keeping me busy and with full days. hopefully it will be a really cold winter.....

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