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    [QUOTE=Matt Schwartz;2564332]The thing about AC work that interests me is that I live in Los Angeles and I already know people who need their house AC fixed! Summers here are boiling, all over the damn place! Isn't there awesome potential to do work on the side? Who HERE is doing their OWN AC side business, own full-business all day long, repair thing?[/QUOTe

    Oh my....this is about to get interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Schwartz View Post
    The thing about AC work that interests me is that I live in Los Angeles and I already know people who need their house AC fixed! Summers here are boiling, all over the damn place! Isn't there awesome potential to do work on the side? Who HERE is doing their OWN AC side business, own full-business all day long, repair thing?
    The top money in big cities is commercial union work. You'd have a very hard time getting in. It can take years unless you go through the apprenticeship program.

    And, most employers would take a dim view of you doing a lot of side work, especially if the side work is residential, and you are working for a residential contractor. There are a LOT of systems in steamy atticks, too.
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    hot attics

    "Jul 12, 2008 ... Roxbury man's stint in 'cold suit' saves his life after heart attack. Morristown Memorial able to prevent brain swelling ...
    www.dailyrecord.com"

    Maybe there is a commercial version of a cold suit available for people who have to work at elevated temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhoIsThat? View Post
    "Jul 12, 2008 ... Roxbury man's stint in 'cold suit' saves his life after heart attack. Morristown Memorial able to prevent brain swelling ...
    www.dailyrecord.com"

    Maybe there is a commercial version of a cold suit available for people who have to work at elevated temps.
    NASCAR and others use a cool water capillary suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    NASCAR and others use a cool water capillary suit.
    Thanks; I could never have come up with these keywords by myself.

    As to crawling under buildings, watch for ticks. The same suit might help with that.

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    Matt, I would say if you really are in great shape and don't mind hard work (from the list of some of your past jobs you don't) I would go for it. I started late also.... mid 40's and am only a few years into it but I like the work and as for the physical part of it.........I can do whatever some of the younger guys can. You might be in better shape than some of your 20 some year old co-workers. Don't forget that it's not all bullwork. I've worked with some 60 some year olds that would put a lot of these younger guys to shame with their work ethic and production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Schwartz View Post
    What is the top, highest paying part of this business? Because that is where I want to go ASAP. Thanks
    Hey I'm no pro, but I think that's where most of us want to go. So get in line. Seriously, you got a heckuva background, You'll do just fine probably, as long as you dont have any pre-conceived notions of pulling in $8k a month.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Schwartz View Post
    this seems more recession proof than other fields.
    Have you noticed what is going on now ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marybear View Post
    Have you noticed what is going on now ?
    I sure have.

    I think I made more money this winter than at any other winter time in my life. This spring looks like I will do 20% more than last spring, and 30% more this summer than last.
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  10. #23
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    Man, I'm 56 and have been in this trade for more than 30 years and got laid -off Jan. 11th. The job openings in this field are down right now but as summer gets closer things tend to get better. I will tell you for sure if your just starting out better get into commercial or refrigeration or you'll find it very hard to get work.
    "Everyday above ground, is a good day".
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    Yes you can fined good work but it is harder. Good luck

    You can find work in HVAC but its harder for older guys with out a lot of experience. I was your age when I graduated with a AAS degree in HVAC and had a hard time. There were guys who fluked out finding jobs but I had a hard time, In my area, in south east Texas, most employers want some one with out a lot of experience to work in the attics and they think a older guy can’t Handel the heat. One actually told me that off the record. I did finely found a good job. The job I got was in maintenance of every thing and not totally in HVAC.
    In short. Yes you can fined good work but it is harder. Good luck

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    At your age i dont think residential would be a good place to start out, because just like somebody said you probably will be working your way up the ladder before you actually become a service tech.

    Commercial ain't all peaches and cream either, lugging tools and equipment up on 100 degree rooftops will beat you down too and if your the new guy you will be doing most of the lugging

    You could try cellsite hvac, its a great place for guys new to the field to come in as a service tech and for those older guys who want a less physically taxing job in hvac.

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    What is the top, highest paying part of this business? Because that is where I want to go ASAP. Thanks
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    don't we all? Also this type of work is not recession proof. There are many threads on here of individuals looking for work..many just out of tech. school. Sorry about your situation but this is not a field where tech school will give you all the knowledge to say to an employer "i want 60K a year" look at starting way below that

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