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  1. #1
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    Hey fellas, I have a very good job offer right now. I have been a residential tech for nearly 7 years now. Toss in maybe 1-2 Commercial rtu calls a month too. I have never worked on a freezer, period. Obviously I am in good understanding with residential work, the refrigeration systems, airflow, superheat/subcool charging methods, etc. BUT, no experiance working with freezers, walkins, etc.

    I have explained this to the place looking for a tech, so to keep the pressure off myself if I run into problems.

    I guess what Im asking is was it very difficult for you ex res techs in the transition to refer work? I have wanted to get into this side of the field for awhile now.


    Thanks in advance, Chad.
    You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel...

    http://rapalaguy.spaces.live.com/

  2. #2
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    You'll love it. Forget most of what you know, and you'll be fine. Just kidding of course, as long as you have a good understanding of the refrigeration cycle, and you aren't afraid of doing things the correct way, you'll be able to switch right over.

    Good luck,
    John

  3. #3
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    Thanks John!
    You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel...

    http://rapalaguy.spaces.live.com/

  4. #4
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    Chad,

    I have found the difference between a HVAC tech and a Refrigeration tech is...I know I am going to get some heat about this but I am not talking about a tech that does both. OK guys!


    An HVAC tech is a good control man while a Refrigeration tech knows the refrigerant cycle utilizing all different refrigerant types and metering devices.

    An HVAC tech can sleep in on weekends during the off season while a Refrigeration tech runs 24/7/365 on emergencies.

    It is not an easy transition but you WILL like it and you can also count on us to help.

  5. #5
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    Originally posted by lusker
    a Refrigeration tech runs 24/7/365 on emergencies
    You're not kidding about that. People can live without their AC overnight or over a weekend, but get a walk in cooler that is down, and you'll be there at any time, day or night. We've done large semi-hermetic changeouts at 4am before. It comes with the territory.

  6. #6
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    Your customers work the strangest hours in the world. They will expect you to do the same.
    Experience is what you have an hour after you need it.

  7. #7
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    Chad you'll hate the hours....but you'll love the checks.....

    I had 7 years Comm. and I managed to last this long..you'll be fine

    You still taking charge of this years football pool????

  8. #8
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    Thanks guys, Ill let you know if I take this job. Its slow as molasses right now in the residential side here in Minnesota.


    Yes Fitter I will start up the football pool again this year. Hopefully that site will be free again this year, it seemed to work well last year.

    You picked a fine time to leave me loose wheel...

    http://rapalaguy.spaces.live.com/

  9. #9
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    good move

    Do it..make the jump
    If they are offering you the job and they know where you come from , what do you have to lose ?

    You will definatly be more secure in work....now you will know both.

    P.S. there are plenty of controls in refrigeration also....don't believe the hype .

  10. #10
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    What is this

    "RESIDENTIAL", of which you speak?????

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    Re: What is this

    Originally posted by condenseddave
    "RESIDENTIAL", of which you speak?????

    "Residential", noun, names place whare market men sleep when NOT on duty.

    Also place of homogenious relationships with family members.
    This is the place where communication takes place "face to face" and without the use of personal cell phone inbetween motor rooms.

  12. #12
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    and . . I thought i'd add
    A/C's you can be a bit off and they work fine
    Reefers you can be a little bit off and they work fine
    Freezers have to be just right. So much more to these
    units. I've seen the wierdest things in freezers from
    warped walls to blown out condensate drains. If they
    ain't perfect -

  13. #13
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    Re: Re: What is this

    Originally posted by R12rules
    Originally posted by condenseddave
    "RESIDENTIAL", of which you speak?????

    "Residential", noun, names place whare market men sleep when NOT on duty.

    Also place of homogenious relationships with family members.
    This is the place where communication takes place "face to face" and without the use of personal cell phone inbetween motor rooms.
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Interesting concept.

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