Save time by using our AHRI matchup tool like a pro.
Our website is a one-stop shop for creating an AHRI matchup. Skip the hassle of visiting multiple sites and find a matchup in one place. You will also be able to filter multiple matchup results, view matchup pricing, and add to cart.
View your invoices and bills online in one place. It’s easy – login to your online account for a one stop shop for invoices/statements and payments.
Once you log into your online account select the Pay Invoices tab under your Customer Portal. This will automatically log you into your online invoice and payment portal where you can view and manage all of your past and current invoices.
Click on the settings tab in your invoice portal to receive an email when a new bill is available, attach a PDF version, receive payment confirmation and sign up for paperless bills.
Interested in opening a credit account with East Coast Metal Distributors? Fill out the online credit application found HERE.
Do you request bids from your ECMD Sales Rep? Viewing and accepting bids is now easier than ever! You have access to them 24/7. You can download the bid as a PDF or CSV(excel) file for future reference. Login to your online account at www.ecmdi.com to start accepting and viewing bids today.
Follow these easy steps to get started today!
1.Login to your ECMDI account
2. Select “Bids” in the menu located on the left hand side of your Customer Portal.
3. Search for bids by the bid #, bid name, or job name.
4.Click on a bid to view items and pricing and select “Accept Full Bid” to add those items to your cart for easy checkout.
We hope this helps you look up pricing on our website like a pro. Still have questions? Contact your local branch or salesperson and we can help set up additional training on our website for you and your staff.
See inventory levels anytime, anywhere. Login to your account to view up to date inventory at your local branch.
Making sure the product you sell to your customer are in stock is an important part of any sale, which is why we make it easy to view inventory levels right from our website or mobile app. Login to your online account at www.ecmdi.com to see inventory at your local or nearby branch. No more calling your salesperson or branch to see if your products are in stock.
Green lettering, indicates that the item is available for purchase at your local branch. Click on the “Stocked At” drop down to select your local branch or nearby branch to view inventory that is stocked closest to you.
Working over the weekend or after our normal business hours? No problem! You can check inventory levels and have the system ready for pickup the next business day.
We hope this helps you look up inventory on our website like a pro. Still have questions? Contact your local branch or salesperson and we can help set up additional training on our website for you and your staff.
Logging into your online account allows you to view your own personal pricing. Shop and place orders 24/7 for easy pickup and delivery.
Staying up to date on pricing can be a tedious task, that is why ECMD has made it a breeze for you. Login to your online account at www.ecmdi.com to view your specific pricing on all products. Easily download pricebooks into either a PDF or CSV file so that you can easily manage pricing on your end. No more manual updates for potentially hundreds of products!
Technology is still progressing, and training is still critical
The health and safety practices of countless different industries changed when the pandemic hit. HVAC is no exception, and most of us have adjusted to life in the “new normal” of COVID-19 restrictions and concerns.
For some, this was also an excuse to put purposeful and necessary practices on hold. That’s not only a shame — it’s potentially damaging to both our businesses and the homes or businesses we serve.
At Fire & Ice, we’ve maintained a strict training regimen throughout the pandemic, and we’ve done so without outbreaks or unnecessary risks. While no plan is foolproof in the current environment, I believe it remains our duty to maintain training practices that enhance our service.
The ways this can be accomplished are a mix of practical and philosophical: committing to systemic training practices that aren’t remote, devoting resources and space to training, adhering to health and safety best practices, and creating training plans with customer end results in mind.
Remote and In-Person Training
Remote training has its place, but I’m here to tell you that it isn’t sufficient for your technicians.
The simple truth is that working with your hands in a live environment is the only reliable way to improve many skills that HVAC technicians need to be successful. Rare is the new trainee who knows everything they’ll need to immediately after their hire, or who can diagnose and fix the full range of issues after only school training and prior in-field experience.
Has the industry slowed down during COVID? Have innovations stopped being announced? Of course not. So if we don’t want to fall behind, proactive training remains necessary.
None of this should be news to business owners or installation and service managers. So how do you account for the pandemic?
Training Space and Materials
The first step is having a dedicated space for training and devoting the equipment and resources to building it out with a full array of equipment.
The Fire & Ice Training Center allows us to hold larger demonstrations, even in recent months. You may not have that luxury, but creating a dedicated space is still a priority.
The type of training you can perform may be limited by space — maybe only a few people can safely be in the room at the same time — but there is still a benefit.
The same is true of the time of year. When cooling season hits, we frankly don’t do much training unless it’s very specific and necessary. But the center is used quite a bit during slower months. Forming a long-term training plan, then sticking to it, is key.
A single training space can be the difference between relatively smooth operations and dozens of callbacks during the year’s most demanding months. How many thousands of dollars are being lost because there wasn’t a piece of equipment that allowed your technicians to understand the problem beforehand? Only you can answer that, but the idea that training opportunities pay dividends for your business should be obvious.
Safety and Health Precautions
How do you stay safe? Some safety recommendations are universal to all walks of society, but some can benefit from our industry expertise:
Stay distanced. Plan training around the available space, and stay distanced at all times.
Wear PPE. This is something HVAC professionals should be good at. We know the benefits of good filtration for your health, and personal protection equipment (PPE) is your own personal filter.
Filter your air. MERV 13+ filters have been shown to be effective at capturing COVID particles. If you’re not leveraging this knowledge into increased protection for your employees, you’re missing an opportunity.
Keep the air clean. Similarly, we know the benefit of air purifiers. The Reme Halo Air Purifier has been proven to be 99.9% effective at neutralizing COVID. We use these in our shared workspaces to decrease the risk of contracting the virus.
Provide safety resources. Do your employees have ready access to medical-quality masks? Hand sanitizer? If not, you’re leaving them to fend for themselves, which is a recipe for disaster.
Does this mean you’ll be risk-free? No. Nothing in life comes without risk these days. But you’ll be effectively limiting your risk, and thus limiting the risk your business faces from things like virus outbreaks and loss of customer trust around your health and safety practices.
This takes clear direction and leadership to instill the mentality company-wide.
What Customers Deserve
I firmly believe that what is best for our customers and employees is best for our business. Even if it takes time and effort to set up regular training practices, the long-term benefits are myriad.
Fewer callbacks, more empowered technicians, and a tool for recruiting (“Hey, check out our personalized training center!”) are just a few of the benefits. Several of our employees have told me what a boon our training center is, and it’s certainly reduced the number of callbacks we’ve had, which in turn reduces things like annoyed customers and bad reviews.
It’s possible to do on a variety of budgets, even amidst the pandemic. If you commit to training in a way that incorporates these elements, you’ll be able to build a successful plan that uplifts everything your technicians do.
Marketing during this crisis calls for new and lean strategies. We’ve put together a list of steps you can take right now to foster customer engagement whether you’re currently open for business or not, as well as resources we’ve created for small businesses and examples from other pros.
On a recent cold afternoon, I received a call from a frantic service technician. He diagnosed a faulty gas valve in a gas furnace, arrived on the job site with a new gas valve, taken time to ensure the new valve was installed properly, and then observed in horror as the exact same failure to ignite happened with the new valve. Now, let us all be honest with ourselves … after all, nobody is watching … we have all been that technician. We have all experienced the horror of realizing our diagnosis is wrong. Not a good feeling … and far worse if the furnace is in a closet and the homeowner is standing over your shoulder.
After the technician took a few deep breaths and regained composure, we began to go back through the furnace together.
Power surges are commonly blamed when controls go bad on high-end units. I am not sure how often this is an accurate diagnosis versus how often this is just an easy scapegoat for unexplained parts failures. Plus … let us all be honest for a minute and acknowledge that as technicians we have all been guilty of condemning a control board because the system was operating abnormally and we did not understand what was happening … so therefore it must be that fancy looking control board.
The most important take away from this blog is change. your. oil.
The proper oil in a vacuum pump acts as a blotter and absorbs all of the moisture and non-condensables. As the oil becomes saturated with these contaminants, the efficiency of the pump is dramatically reduced.
Maintaining clean oil in the pump ensures that the pump will operate at peak efficiency and prolong its life.