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    Control Board Repair business

    Hello,

    I'm an electronics technologist with over 30 years experience in instrumentation and control. My electric furnace was running one coil instead of 3 during the first cold snap in late December. For respect for other trades and professionals, I placed a call from my local HVAC specialist company.

    The guy found the problem in 10 minutes, the control board was fried. He called around to see if he could replace the 6EH20-1 board from York. He called me 2 days after saying that York discontinued the board, he offered to replace it with relays and sequencers. He was appalled and I was also, that York stopped selling that board. I told him, to leave it as is and I would repair the board myself. I paid him for the service call. I repaired the board after.

    My question to you is:

    Is running a website for repairing that board and other HVAC boards, is a viable business in your honest opinion ?

    I don't want to make big bucks but I would like to help some people trying to keep their HVAC system for a while and to save money.


    Thanks for your time,

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    Quote Originally Posted by intravino View Post
    Hello,

    I'm an electronics technologist with over 30 years experience in instrumentation and control. My electric furnace was running one coil instead of 3 during the first cold snap in late December. For respect for other trades and professionals, I placed a call from my local HVAC specialist company.

    The guy found the problem in 10 minutes, the control board was fried. He called around to see if he could replace the 6EH20-1 board from York. He called me 2 days after saying that York discontinued the board, he offered to replace it with relays and sequencers. He was appalled and I was also, that York stopped selling that board. I told him, to leave it as is and I would repair the board myself. I paid him for the service call. I repaired the board after.

    My question to you is:

    Is running a website for repairing that board and other HVAC boards, is a viable business in your honest opinion ?

    I don't want to make big bucks but I would like to help some people trying to keep their HVAC system for a while and to save money.


    Thanks for your time,
    Your UL Listing would go out the door and you would inherit a huge liability

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkapigian View Post
    Your UL Listing would go out the door and you would inherit a huge liability

    Interesting. But what about of y'all that go out every day and do repairs on all the rest.
    I think Introvino has the same legal right to solve this guys problem as we have and all the others from cars to TV's
    Liability mostly comes when blame is evident. In other words "cause".
    I just don't see the problem here. And to answer the OP's > Ya I do think there is a need here. And it just gets better when large companies abandon their customers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hvacker View Post
    Interesting. But what about of y'all that go out every day and do repairs on all the rest.
    I think Introvino has the same legal right to solve this guys problem as we have and all the others from cars to TV's
    Liability mostly comes when blame is evident. In other words "cause".
    I just don't see the problem here. And to answer the OP's > Ya I do think there is a need here. And it just gets better when large companies abandon their customers.
    Oh, I have soldered more than one board in my life, I agree....I would never sell one and call it good

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    Problem comes from having to immediately fix a heat source for the customer. We cannot say "I'll send this off overnight UPS to the repair shop and ask for an expedited turnaround and red label return, so we should have your heat going by the end of the week if all goes well"

    Might take a poll of commercial guys though. Some of the commercial equipment could benefit from this service IF you have a way to test the boards for function after a repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intravino View Post
    Hello,

    I'm an electronics technologist with over 30 years experience in instrumentation and control.
    .......

    My question to you is:

    Is running a website for repairing that board and other HVAC boards, is a viable business in your honest opinion ?
    ........
    I think it could be.
    The biggest hurdle will be getting established.
    There are already company's that specialize in providing obsolete electromechanical components so this may be the next logical extension of equipment life step.

    I think initially your target customer will not be a contractor but rather in-house/end users as your service will save them $$$ with minimal associated risk.

    To a contractor, if the equipment is no longer (readably) serviceable the logical thing to do is to recommend replacement.
    To use your service exposes them to liability (that the board/your repair doesn't last).
    Plus they lose the revenue of equipment replacement.

    To help get established I recommend you start a thread asking for volunteer boards from members here.
    You pay for shipping (both ways) and they re-install the repaired boards & report back their experience.

    After some time you will get a better idea if this idea will work or not.

    Eric

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    I friend of mine knows somebody that repaired boards, not for furnaces but an ungodly expensive control board with a known defect. He made big bucks doing it but you wouldn't make enough on small furnace stuff to make it worth your while.
    It's not what you're capable of doing that defines you, it's what you do on a daily basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkapigian View Post
    Your UL Listing would go out the door and you would inherit a huge liability

    UL or CSA, no, if you use the same relays that are UL/CSA approved, nothing would affected.

    CSA does talk about this in their manuals somewhere. CSA are much more stringent then UL. I used to work in a repair shop and once it's approved by them, as long you use the same or equivalent part that is approved by them, you are OK.

    The liability that a Idiot would burn his house and then blame your repair, that is much more serious.

    I think initially your target customer will not be a contractor but rather in-house/end users as your service will save them $$$ with minimal associated risk.
    Yes, that is what I was looking at but is there a market ?

    Boards can be shipped overnight, so that is not a problem, testing the relays is not problem. Testing the complete board, that is an other issue.


    To a contractor, if the equipment is no longer (readably) serviceable the logical thing to do is to recommend replacement.
    To use your service exposes them to liability (that the board/your repair doesn't last).
    Plus they lose the revenue of equipment replacement.
    Yes, I talked to someone in Quebec and they said some contractors would not like this, you make them lose a $ 3K sale of a new furnace.

    Thanks for your input.

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    I think initially your target customer will not be a contractor but rather in-house/end users as your service will save them $$$ with minimal associated risk.

    Quote Originally Posted by intravino View Post
    Yes, that is what I was looking at but is there a market ?
    Depends on how well you market your services.

    Quote Originally Posted by intravino View Post
    Boards can be shipped overnight, so that is not a problem, testing the relays is not problem. Testing the complete board, that is an other issue.
    Better be able to handle any board-any time or find what you can/are limited doing & stick to that.
    Eric

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