what its like being a hvac technician
hello everyone, i'm considering to become a hvac technician, i need to know the advantages and disadvantages in this field, please list all you can think of base on your expriences. Thank You
Fairly easy to get a job.
Fairly easy start your own business.
You will learn lots and lots and lots of stuff.
Some degree of independence, even as an employee.
Pay is a little better than most trades.
Long hours, on-call too.
Rather stressful, mentally.
Little opportunity for advancement within majority of companies.
"You boys are really making this thing harder than it has to be". Me
"Who ARE you people? And WHAT are you doing in my SWAMP!?" Shrek
Service calls submitted after 3PM will be posted the next business day.
I give free estimates [Wild Ass Guesses] over the phone.
"I am sorry for interrupting, please continue with your quarreling" Some chick on TV
I agree with the first 3, but....
Originally Posted by dandyme
If you are working a lot you will be.....
4-cold in the winter & warm in the summer.......
Never give up; Never surrender!
-very good pay
-it's very gratifying work
-independence style of work(this can also be a neg if you don't like working alone)
-very easy to find a job and if you are a good technician you can pave your own way
-working outside when it's nice which to me is 50-75 degrees and not raining
-being on call( but it comes with the territory)
-very mentally stressful when it's extreme temps and you're on your 15th hour of work for the third or 4th straight day(the ot helps at the end of the week, well for me anyway)
addition to those listed above.
- Can be very hard on a new relationship (girlfriend or newlyweds)
- you will become a kick ass cook.
Originally Posted by yellowirenut
Your family eats without you because of the person that "It hasn't been working since wednesday........
and it's Friday night at 7 pm and they just now decided to call LOL!
Originally Posted by beshvac
And they will call someone else or be uncomfortable until Monday.
Originally Posted by johnbeck1000
Unlike many folks, I refuse to charge extra for after hour services.
But with my refusal to charge extra comes a scary condition, I decide what constitutes an emergency, not the customer.
Elderly, infants, sick folks, pregnant and product which will spoil.
That is emergency by my book, and I will fix them at the standard rate, no matter what time it is.
Otherwise, you can wait, or call someone else.
Makes me no difference.
Funny thing is, that the vast majority of my customers understand and appreciate the practice. They like the fact that if it is a true emergency, I will show up and fix the issue for no extra charge.
It might be a marketing ploy, or laziness or WTFE.
But it makes my nights easier and causes customers to stay customers, since I demonstrate a willingness to help them when needed, at no extra charge.
And I don't have to explain to the current WTFE, that I have to get out of bed, get dressed and drive across town in the middle of our special time.
And if I do, it is a genuine need to do so.
I'm guessing you own your own company then? the company I work for has OT but our normal customers pay straight time
Originally Posted by stonewallred
You will freeze in the winter and find new ways to warm your self with open flames...
Originally Posted by trouble time
You will sun burn in the summer and sweat in places you didn't know possible
You will get asked by everyone you know on a personal level to fix their hvac cheap or nearly free.
You will spend a small fortune on tools even if they are provided at work to fix said personal acquaintances hvac.
You will work when every one else is in bed sleeping.
You will adapt a keen sense of "smile and nod" if some one is too hot or cold when you have checked and rechecked to find the equipment is running properly.
I could go on and on and it's only starting my third full year of work...
The more I learn the smarter I work.
You can go from hero to a** hole in the time it takes to write the ticket out.
being on-call and late night/early morning emergency calls are a big negative. positive hmmmmmmmmm, allways in differant places not locked up in a office.