Tag: Air Conditioning

Adding zones to your HVAC system

[Music] 6:09 now imagine a home where all of the lights are tied to 1 change to turn on that switch they all come on good that’s how most homes are heated and cooled with only one thermostat well the authorities at Angie’s record say there are advantages to adding zones to your HVAC approach some rooms for your home stay warmer or cooler than others a zoning approach the combination of a zone panel thermostats and a sequence of dampeners can maintain temperatures more even say you’re asking for cooling upstairs the dampers for downstairs will shut and block off the bloodless air to downstairs after which the air conditioner will come on and all of your air will go upstairs zoning an ordinary two-story house expenditures round $2,500 the foremost time to put in a doning method is when the condo is being developed so if you are within the method of building speak to your builder and spot if it makes sense to your dwelling to zones with their possess thermostat works fine for many houses having extra zones doesn’t mean having bigger efficiency or financial savings putting in a zoning method isn’t going to make your dwelling more effective you are not gonna see it for your utility charges but what you’ll see is a much more at ease temperature in the course of your residence some men and women try to zone by closing registers in special rooms however gurus say that may sincerely do extra harm than excellent we are going to see how people shut every register within the first flooring to try to drive more upstairs but that can make the air conditioner run too cold and freeze up now Angie says most houses improvement from zoning mainly those with vaulted ceilings or a room above a storage many gigantic home windows matters like that she additionally recommends programmable thermostats for highest efficiency

How to check hvac refrigerant charge level on mini split DIY

okay everyone thank you once again fortuning into our YouTube channel and the purpose of this video is if you haveinstalled a mini-split unit yourself or if you have bought one and it didn’tcome with enough refrigerant or maybe while you were putting in the flaredcopper lines on the inside and you had some refrigerant leak out of the systemjust like you see in this case here it’s starting to freeze up what you want todo first is you want to make sure that your refrigerant levels are up to parand what we’re going to do is connect this blue hose with these gauges on tothe connector down below now a standard connector like this one will not work soyou need to buy an adapter and that’s what we have here and I’ll post a linkon how you can get these as well but first you want to tighten it you want touse a little wrench make sure that it’s nice and tight and then you want to goahead and put this down at the bottom so we can get a reading so we’re going todo that next okay so as you can see down here I’vealready got my adapter in there and I made sure I tightened it well not onlyhere but here as well and what we’re gonna do is you open your low side andyou can tell if you’re doing this for the first time or you don’t know how totell it’s on your low side so some gauges will tell you low and high I meanthat’s as simple as it gets but it’s basically your blue hose you connect itto the access port don’t get confused with these two things here these arejust to open and close when you’re releasing the refrigerant so if you lookin there after you take these out you’ll see that you have a space for an Allenwrench that’s not for that for for what we’re doing here this is the part andyou’ll tell because if you were to remove this inside there’s like a littlepin that looks like a tire gauge it’s a straighter pal and that’s why you’regoing to connect your blue hose to so the sweet spot when you’re measuringyour psi down here you want it to be around the 117 120 range and you can seethis is about half so obviously it needs refrigerant so that’s how you can tellif your unit is not cooling very well or if you see some freezing like if you seesome freezing up here icing up and on the coils on the inside of your unitwhen you’re running in cooling mode that’s not a good sign so in this caseit obviously needs refrigerant so we’re going to go ahead and add it and to dothat we’re going to do another video and if you go ahead and click on the videothat will pop up on the screen it’ll take you straight to that so you can seehow we add refrigerant to it

What is the Starting Salary for an HVAC Technician

Hey folks, what is an HVAC techniciansstarting salary? Thats what we are going to discuss todayon Fox Family Heating Air and Solar. IntroIf this is your first time watching our channel, please click the subscribe button. If you click the bell next to it youllbe notified of all of our new videos as its released. The first thing you need to know is, in thetrades like HVAC if you have a great personality, are clean cut, responsible, will get to workon time, and not drink alcohol or smoke weed on the job, youll probably go far in hisfield.Its a job that will keep you fit and strongbecause your carrying, lifting, pushing, squatting, climbing all around during your shift! Its also a job that never seems to be thesame day in and day out, which is what I absolutely love about HVAC. So, The US Bureau of Labor Statistics saythe need for HVAC techs is going to grow by 15% until 2026. At the same time there is major shortage ofblue-collar workers to fill those HVAC spots. Why is that? Is it because our parents have been tellingus since day 1 that we have to college and get a degree if we want to make somethingof ourselves? I think that might be it actually.Since my childhood growing up in the 80s,I have definitely witnessed the increase in white collar jobs out there. And those jobs today most likely need somesort of degree. I get it. However, I think the Baby Boomers and GenerationXers are making the push for that kind of thinking in their children. A mindset that has almost ignored the factthat we still have to flush toilets, turn on the heater, and sometimes fix our appliances,or run pipes for sprinkler systems. All jobs that do not require a college degree. Not only does it not require a college degree,but you wont have a crazy $15,000 college tuition to pay for when you do finally geta job. Skilled trades are acquired. Handed down from generation to generation. In my opinion, HVAC techs learn the best fromon the job training.Nothing substitutes learning out in the field. For those of you thinking about going to tradeschool, thats fine, but here I am and I didnt have to go to trade school. Now, one thing you need to keep in mind aboutHVAC technicians is there are so many types of HVAC jobs. I would say, Service techs, installers, andmaintenance techs are the HVAC jobs you probably think of the most when you think about gettinginto our field. But warehouses, need workers to supply thosetechnicians with the equipment they need. So maybe youd like to get into HVAC andwork in the distributors warehouse. You name a brand of HVAC equipment and thereis probably a supply warehouse in your area that carries that equipment and all the partsit needs for servicing. Your probably going to get a $10 to $15 anhour job working in the warehouses, but hey, you wont be crawling around attics either! In California we have Title 24 Techniciansthat act as a third-party verification technician who comes out at the end of all our jobs andverifies proper return air, refrigerant charges, andduct leakage.These guys are making hourly rates like $12.00plus they get a monetary bonus for each actual job they test. These guys are making good money, but theydrive to hell and back all over the state trying to get to their next job to make thatmoney. Looong days during the busy season, and shortdays of work in the slow times. Another HVAC job is Home Performance.Technicians deal with the whole house performanceand try to get existing homes to perform better for their customers by sealing up air gapsand penetrations to make the house less leaky. These techs usually work off commission. They are salesy type technicians selling aconcept of home performance. And the jobs they sell promise lots of rebatesfor the customer and a good salary for the technician. Ive already told you guys this, but whenI started out in the HVAC industry, I was 35 years old and had just left my job as abartender for 15 years where I was making really good money. Around $75,000 a year. But for me it was time to get out of thatindustry and move up to a real job. Because I was a mechanic in the Air Forceback in the 90s, I already knew I had an inclination for the mechanical field.Working with tools came pretty natural forme. So, I found my first HVAC job at one of thebig companies around here. The advantages of starting at a company likea bigger company, are steady work, for one. As an installer I was literally installingevery single day. It was grueling hard work sometimes, but Iwasnt at home sitting on my butt either. In 2010, they started me out at $10 an hour(pauseand stare) but I knew if they saw my work ethic, I wouldget a raise soon. And I did! I got my EPA and my 410A certificates whichgot me an extra $2 an hour, so within a month I was already at $12. A few months later, after they saw my workand how dependable I was, they gave me another couple dollars an hour which brought me upto $14. I was working for the install department at the time and had just been bumped up to $16 an hour beforeI started asking to go into the service side of the field. Well, my install manager wasnt having it.Instead she offered me a position as leadinstaller, running my own jobs for another $2 an hour. So, after one year I was making $18 as anHVAC technician. A couple months later I got up to $20 an hour. And maybe even on to $21.00 an hour. But naturally, my inclination was to moveover to the service side where most techs want to work. In order to do that my company made me goall the way back to $14 an hour so I could prove to them I knew the service side. So, once again I just had to keep workinghard and proving myself to get back up to about $18 an hour before I quit and startedmy own company. The crappy part of working for big companiesis this company had a ceiling of $25 an hour which is barely higher than the national averageof 22.00 an hour for HVAC techs.But take my technicians for example, theymake 20-27 an hour have opportunities throughout the day to make extra money on system add-onsthat we really think will help the system last longer and be safer for our customersfamily. They also sell complete systems while theyare out in the field. If a system is sold by those techs they geta percentage of the sale. In our case its 6% of the sale. Our techs love that big pay day when it hits! And now with us installing solar, their salestickets are getting bigger and their commission on a 20,000 solar sale on top of a 10,000HVAC sale really starts adding up. We currently have a tech that is getting readyto propose a 78,000 dollar job to a customer of ours for over 30kW of solar.If it sells, hell make over $4,600 commissionon just one job. Thats crazy! But back to when I started. Even when I got to $20 an hour, I knew I couldntgo any higher than $25 at my company. This is eventually what made me start lookingoutside of that company and onto bigger pay. So, thats just my story. So many technicians before and after me willhave a different story about how they got into the field and everything. And their starting salaries were probablydifferent than mine, probably higher starting pay for sure! I know of techs who started working at thestate for 18.00 an hour plus full benefits. But for the most part, HVAC Apprentices workersstart in the field around 16.50 an hour. On a national scale, the highest paying areasfor seasoned techs are the District of Columbia at $32 an hour. Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, and Connecticutare right at the $30 an hour mark on average. The states with the highest number of newopenings for HVAC mechanics and installers are Florida, California, Texas, New York,Arizona and Nevada. If you are coming into this field green, youmay need to start at the bottom and work your way up.This is the best way anyways because thenyou get to learn how your new company does things instead of trying to break you of old habits you may have learned at another company. Once again, its called the trades for a reason. And – Its a learning process. Well guys, good luck and stay with your dreams. I told you about the lack of techs in thisfield because I want you to be armed with that knowledge as you negotiate your pay.I mean theres always people out there whowill take your job and do it for less. But its a rarity someone wants to workas hard as an HVAC technician. Thanks for watching, and well see you onthe next video!.

Best AC Company in Phoenix Scottsdale AZ [HVAC Warranty Tip]

I’m very excited to have back with us today,we have Chris Hays with Hays Cooling & Heating. And tell us about your company. We were a small mom and pop shop that we started in 2001. We’ve grown to quite a few employees. I was going to say, look at you. We’re expanding. You’re all grown up. Yes, getting older. You’ve taken off. Okay and some of the stuff I know people,constantly I’m telling people, get your either air conditioner or heater serviced. Mainly the AC, because people wait until it’sway too long and then all of the sudden you know it’s forget it. They do, the other thing is that even witha new system you still have to maintain those new systems per the manufacturer warranty. Do you really? Yes. Okay so, I maintain mine, so I didn’t knowthat but I at least keep up with mine so we’re all good.They are starting to check and they are lookingat the records now, so they are coming back to us and asking us for the records and ifthe records aren’t there, they aren’t going to cover the warranty. Okay, and so if someone does have a problem,besides the fact that they do need to have you come out and do the maintenance, or justkind of maintain it. But if they do have an issue with somethingcan you guys come out and say okay, yes this needs to be replaced or yes, we can just fixit. Does it kind of go that way? That’s exactly what we’re good at and if yoursystem is older there’s a great promotion going on, 0% for 48 months and up to $1,000in an instant rebate from Hays Cooling and Heating. Get out, okay.Partnered with Trane. Well, that is fantastic, and we just loveTrane. Yes. Okay, so people can just give you a call andjust figure out what they need and you’re going to help them. That’s what we’re here for. I like it, well thank you so much for joiningus. Thanks for having us..