First, let me say I love the diversity of this forum and the wealth of knowledge that is here. You guys seem to be a great community - one I hope to be joining soon.
I live in AZ - Far SE valley to be exact and would like to learn more about HVAC. I have been involved with the CATV field as a contractor for years and know my way around just about any kind of electrical system - AC and DC. I love troubleshooting and can figure out just about anything pretty quick. I pride myself in doing a professional job with anything I am involved in.
I think there is a good niche in my area's HVAC market for a professional, reliable and most importantly - reasonable contractor. It seems that most outfits that are any good are not accepting any new customers because they are booked a year in advance and, the ones that are, RAPE people for a service charge - $275.00 for an hour's work (no materials - just labor), come on! Or, they are just not worth any amount of money. Everytime myself or any friends/neighbors have a problem it's "Oh, you need a new unit... we happen to be having a sale (or clearing out of this particular unit)" yadda yadda, you all know the drill of the shiester(sp?) salesman...
So, I would like to know where I could get schooling or learn more info on getting into this market here. Is there a good, or industry standard, "HVAC bible" out there? I do not want to get involved with new build, mostly just service and at some point, retro-fitting.
Are there any "online style" courses?
There are hacks in every field... I am coming to you people here to steer far away from the machette... know what I mean?
I know there are going to be the diehards that say you have to go through the school, then apprentice, then work with someone else... yadda yadda ten years down the road you can get a route.
I am not knocking experience but, I have never worked that way. I rebuilt my first engine when I was 14 and have always been able to read a book on something and then go out and do it, I have had my stumbles here and there, and I am by no means saying I am perfect or anything. But, I have time and again proven I can pick up things in a week that take most people a year.
I listen, I pay attention, I think ahead, I always ask why? to myself... and I am not happy until I know the answer. I find the problem, I do the research, I fix it right the first time.
But, in the little research I have performed on this field, there is a lot to learn and a lot to know.
Can you help a guy out?
Sorry for the long read.
Thanks in advance for your time,