working on the condenser in the rain
It's my first year of working on ac and I'm on call tonight. It's the first time I've gotten calls for ac work at night and in the rain. I have to call the customer back and explain that it's not safe to work outside on the condenser in the rain. How have you handled this problem and is it just because there is a hurricane hitting this area tonight?
I usually tell customers I can't do any thing in the rain. I have seen some gung ho types try to do it under an umbrella. But from experience I can tell you that 220 while standing in water is a very memorable experience that I do not want to visit again. I was very very very lucky or maybe the big man upstairs just has pity on fools.
Originally Posted by earlburnermann
I would get out there and fix them up, but thats just me. Would you take the day off if it was raining at 12pm? Get a big tarp to drape over you!
Have you talked to the customer, what do they describe the problem as, maybe its a quick fix?
Yes, all of my techs (not installers) would take the day off at noon rather than work in the rain. Certainly wouldn't go out on a late call in the rain. They don't want to get wet, they don't want their tools wet, they don't want the components of the customer's A/C wet. We had one poor installer who stuck it out in the rain get rewarded by ruining his micron gauge last year. Tarps can do so much.
The customer told me that the air coming out of the vents where not as cool as it should be. I've been in the oil heating business for almost 30 years and am used to working under some pretty crummy conditions. I Don't have a problem coming home tired and dirty. Just want to make it home.
Originally Posted by Damien
Well, could be a simple as a bad fuse in the disconnect? Maybe just a bad Cap? It's a judgment call I guess, if a guy wants to take the risk or not.
if you didn't go out forget till monday morning..i'm down in Lindenhurst heavy rain and winds..sunday forget it...call you servie mangaer if it is a store he'll be closed tommorow...
That was my 220 experience. As soon as I stuck my meter on disconnect. A bunch of pine straw come of the roof with about five gallons of water behind it. I remember seeing the water hit my hands. The next thing I remember is sitting up about ten feet where I was with a melted meter in my hands. No ones comfort is worth a human life.
Originally Posted by Damien
Not working in the rain isn't an option for me.
I won't work in lightning and I'm not going to open a system up in a storm, but otherwise, break out the rain gear, get a good hat and get back to work.
for commercial refrigeration i will work in the rain, for residential a/c they can wait for it to stop or call you..
Originally Posted by jpsmith1cm
no doubt if its refrigeration, its got to get up and running yesterday.
Originally Posted by t527ed
no one likes working in the rain, it sucks to be wet but sometimes the **** just has to get done.
just charge them extra
there is a big difference in working in the rain and working during a huricane!
pacnw offers some good advice.
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up here in the Northeast, there is no such thing as "an air conditioning emergency"
If a customer calls and insists I come out in the rain, I ask them "how do you like working with electricity, for example replacing a light switch"
9 times out of 10, they say "I save those jobs for an electrician"
My response is "now think about that while standing in a bucket of water, I'll be there as soon as the rain stops"
so far no one has had a problem with that.
make your own judgement, but how much is your life worth.....$15-$20-$30/hour.....
it won't rain forever
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