Building Muscle in Business, Part 1: HVAC

One of the best businesses to show off your newfound muscles is HVAC – Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

hvac technician, heating and air conditioning, central ac unitWhat always makes me chuckle a little is when new homeowners, and surprisingly, not-so-new homeowners don’t fully understand what “HVAC” is. They think it’s just an odd term used by professional, or recognize the “AC” part. For those not in the know, HVAC is an acronym for Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and I am sure you can agree that it is a mouthful and precisely why no one wants to say the full name.

It is important to take notice, however. It blows me away that some companies state that they’re sending over an HVAC Technician, but their business will only work on your air conditioning or your heater. I have never understood why some companies will only do heating or cooling, or don’t offer anything more than basic services.

Some companies only offer HVAC Installation. While that is an important thing to offer, it shouldn’t be the only thing you offer. In fact, personally, I’ve had guys who only installed parts, charged a ton, insisted on being paid under the table, and then when it came time to have them do some HVAC Repairs, they only wanted to swap the parts out for a new install. Not exactly my idea of being on the up and up.

HVAC Maintenance, honestly, should be a lot like car maintenance; you know that some problems are going to be big and costly, but, by law of averages alone, there should be some minor, cheap fixes in there as well. After all, there’s a lot of moving parts, be it belts, fans, motors, and coolant. Not all of those are high dollar, but some people charge as if they are.

Cherry Hill NJ can be especially hard to find someone knowledgeable and affordable. Often, they charge as if you live in Alpine, and they hardly do anything at all. Thankfully, there’s Cherry Hill Heating and Cooling, but they’re about the only company I would trust. They truly do offer it all, and I find them to be reasonably priced. Sure, some things hurt a little more in the wallet than others, but it often evens out.

Another thing I look for with HVAC companies is how much they charge for the initial estimate call. It sucks, but many businesses charge for an estimate; they may call it a “service fee” or “house call” or “diagnostic fee”, but whichever way you want to slice it, they’re charging you to tell you what’s wrong. And unfortunately, whatever high number they hit you with to fix the problem is probably going to run over.

Do yourself a favor, consider asking them before they get to your house if they offer free initial inspections or estimates. You may indeed get very lucky and find one that does, and you should certainly call them. Just know that it may be a free first call because they don’t actually know what they’re doing.

Get a good idea of what they’re going to charge and for what, and you’ll be in good shape. There’s nothing worse than a surprise bill for bad service.

And if your are looking for a good muscle job, train in your local area to become a certified HVAC technician. Your muscles will love you for it!