HVAC Sales Tips: How to Turn Leads into Customers in 5 Easy Steps

An HVAC brand is more than just a logo, slogan, and catchphrase—a “brand” is what your customers feel or think when they see or hear those things. In order to make a mental connection with your customers, you’ll need to develop a personal, emotional, and social brand identity. Once you establish what your HVAC brand is all about, you can start standing out against your competition, build long-term relationships with customers, and drive business growth.

Continue reading “HVAC Sales Tips: How to Turn Leads into Customers in 5 Easy Steps”

Two HVAC/R Industry Regulations to Watch in 2019

Guess what the top HVAC/R industry trends are for 2019? If you answered energy efficiency and going green, you’re on the right track.

These were the top most important trends attendees of the recent ASHRAE- and AHRI-sponsored AHR Expo predicted for this year. They’re also the focus of two regulations that could impact the industry in 2019.

Read on to learn all about them and how they could shape your work this year.

Digital Precision Meets Touchscreen Convenience in the NEW YELLOW JACKET P51 TITAN™ Digital Manifold Series

YELLOW JACKET® brings system measurement into the digital age with the introduction of the groundbreaking P51 TITAN™ Digital Manifold Series.

The flagship P51-870 features a 4.3-inch full-color touchscreen display and, when paired with our ManTooth™ app, full Bluetooth® capability to connect to a mobile device for remote monitoring.

“The P51-870 revolutionizes the way a typical 4-valve manifold can be used to diagnose an HVAC system,” says Gary Lampasona, YELLOW JACKET Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “With one device you can now diagnose the system and, with the power of Bluetooth technology, you can diagnose remotely, service and charge through the device, monitor pump down/evacuation, and perform leak testing both in a vacuum and at positive pressure.”

The P51-860 provides a monochrome backlit digital display and the same measurement capabilities and Bluetooth connectivity and as the P51-870.

For leak testing, charging, recovery or evacuation, you get everything you need to attach to a system and perform the job with unsurpassed speed, ease and accuracy.

Tech Tip: 500 Microns = 500 Microns

Welcome to what was intended to be my second article on refrigeration circuit practices and the importance of pulling a good vacuum on a system during installation or repair. This was going to be the time where I discussed POE oil being hydroscopic, how we can only evacuate about 50% of the moisture contamination out of POE oil (the rest must be removed with a filter drier), and how despite popular theory we do not measure the quality of a vacuum based on taking a 30-minute lunch. In truth, you have all heard this before and there are many great articles that discuss this very topic in the industry. Case in point, one of those articles inspired my new subject matter: 500 Microns = 500 Microns.

New Product: CoolAir AC SmartSeal External

AC SmartSeal External works on all materials — copper, aluminum, steel, plastic — and it’s great where copper meets aluminum. It works on holes up to about a fifth of an inch — and will last 12 to 15 years.

AC SmartSeal External is tested and compatible with all refrigerants and lubricants and won’t dissolve over time. Plus it won’t void warranties since it’s applied from the outside, with nothing going into the system.

Continue reading “New Product: CoolAir AC SmartSeal External”

Sweep Dreams are Made of This

Welcome to the first of a two-part series covering the subject of key refrigeration circuit practices. In this post, I will be discussing the importance of properly using nitrogen when brazing refrigerant lines. The process is called “sweeping” and this is not a new process. What has changed over the years is that POE oil has become the predominate refrigerant oil used throughout the world. One characteristic of POE oil is that it’s an excellent detergent and will literally clean the inside of tubing within the refrigerant circuit. This will become problematic when short cuts are taken during installation.

Continue reading “Sweep Dreams are Made of This”

Daikin Launches Updated SkyAir Single Zone System Products

Daikin has recently announced the launch of their updated SkyAir single-zone system products.  It consists of new RZR cooling-only models and RZQ heat pump outdoor models (where the 18k, 24k, 30k and 36k heat pumps provide 100% heating capacity at -4°F), new FAQ, FCQ and FTQ indoor units along with the addition of 4-ton systems for FTQ, FCQ and FBQ.

Daikin SkyAir is a 2-wire light commercial and residential family of cooling only and heat pump single-zone systems, consisting of a variety of ducted and non-ducted indoor units, ranging from 1.5-4 tons with lineset lengths up to 230’ while backed with a standard 10-year parts limited warranty.

Details About the New FTQ Multi-Purpose Air Handler

This new air handler provides a traditional ducted solution with the benefits of an inverter, variable-speed compressor in a side-discharge outdoor unit.

The FTQ is capable of upflow, downflow, horizontal left and horizontal right installation configurations and is designed for ZERO clearance on three sides and only 24” clearance on the front for service. It also has a smaller footprint compared with previous models, with a depth of 21”, width of 17.5-21” and a height of 45-53.4”.  The smaller size provides easier attic and mechanical closet installations.  It also comes standard with a factory installed disconnect switch and efficiencies of up to 16.0 SEER, 12.5 EER and 10.4HSPF (heat pump only).

For further SkyAir information, please click here or contact your local ECMD branch or associated ECMD sales rep.

 

What Is Field Service Management Software?

If you work in a home-services industry — and especially if you manage a team of professionals who make house calls — there’s a good chance you’ve heard about field service management software. But exactly what does this term refer to, and is field service management software applicable in your specific line of work?

To help you gain a clearer understanding of what field service management software is and how your business might use it, here’s an overview of everything you need to know about this revolutionary way to streamline your workflow.

Continue reading “What Is Field Service Management Software?”