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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2004


    I am a residential service tech with more than 7 years in the field. I do not mind schooling (went to four years of apprenticeship, NATE, journeyman licence, CFC, and some others) nor do I mind long hours, on call duty, horrible traffic, (DC area) or mean customers.

    What bothers me is how seasonal this field is, and sometimes you get less than 40 hours a week. And at the end of the year you realize you didn't make what you wanted to make (especially when you're trying to support a family). So I've decided to break into a different field. Would you recommend commerical service or refrigeration?

    I'm not very familiar with either field - their hours, seasonality, overtime?, etc. I assume that refrigeration might be more steady year-round work, but maybe not. If any of you fellows has any insight or advice, I'd appreciate it.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    I have done commercial refrigeration and saw a lot of slow time. I have been doing commercial/industrial A/C service for the past 10 years and love it.We get a little slow in October but then winter inpections start and we are busy until the warmer months roll around.My average hours are 53/wk.When applying for a job ask what they do when work gets slow, what their techs average hours are.Good luck.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Maryland's Eastern Shore
    I'm in a similiar boat... The company I work for now doesn't allow us to dip below 40 a week, BUT it is no guarentee (sp?)... I was thinking about going into electrical or plumbing in addition to HVACR... Kinda expand my horizons, keep me busy... I've done both... Are there any companies out there that are interested in that type of technician?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2002


    Why not work for a company that offers res,com, and com. refrigeration services? Be diversified and you'll just wish for a slow down.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Baltimore area
    Hey petaco have you considered industrial HVAC ?
    I also work in the DC area. The cpompany that I work for is hiring now. If you would be interested reply here and I will give you contact info. Oh by the way we are guarenteed 40 hours on our paycheck even if we only acctually work 30. It kinda makes it nice not having to worry about getting your hours in.

    [Edited by refrtech on 01-15-2005 at 10:33 AM]

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    refrtech, I'd be interested in learning more about what you do in the industrial field. I hadn't considered that...

    You can email me at Thanks!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2005


    I am in the same boat as Refrtech and Fixerup and I love it!

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