Category Archives: Technicians

Benefits of Working for a Multi-Trade Business for Skilled Trade Professionals

Benefits of Working for a Multi-Trade Business for Skilled Trade ProfessionalsA career in the HVAC industry gives you an opportunity to work in a multi-trade business where electricians, plumbers, sheet metal workers and heating and cooling technicians work together in commercial and residential settings. Professionals in this field need a background in wiring, plumbing, or knowledge of HVAC systems. Below are some reasons why you should work in a multi-trade business:

  • Licensing is attainable. Oregon accepts apprenticeship experience as well as classroom hours to obtain a license within the trades. Within a few years, you’ll be on your way toward a prosperous career with opportunities without the school loans or high tuition costs associated with a college degree.
  • Work is steady. Many of the trades experience cyclical work, but regardless of your trade, there’s always a demand for HVAC services. When construction is booming, so does the HVAC industry.

    Because HVAC systems need professional servicing and repairs, there are fewer slowdowns working in a multi-trade business due to seasonal demands or those related to the ups and downs of construction.

  • Wages are good many multi trade companies offer 401k programs, and health insurance, along with other benefits and above average salary.
  • Job security. The BLS estimates that the HVAC industry will continue to grow through the foreseeable future because of new construction and system replacements. All buildings and homes have HVAC systems and their lifetimes range from 10 to 20 years.

    The HVAC field is one a leader in advancing and implementing technologies that cut energy consumption. Homeowners and building managers often replace these systems early to take advantage of energy efficiency and comfort improvements.

  • Room for advancement. As you learn this multi-trade business, you might want to explore the specialties within it or explore advanced training in your particular field.

Roth Heating & Cooling provides trusted HVAC services for the greater Portland area and is a multi-trade business. If you’d like to learn more about joining our team, please contact us today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Pixaline/Pixabay”

3 Reasons to Thank Your HVAC Technician This Summer

3 Reasons to Thank Your HVAC Technician This SummerThe best kind of HVAC technician is the one who does his or her job competently and professionally, setting your system up to run effectively and efficiently. These technicians, alas, get taken for granted, since the HVAC techs you’re likely to notice and remember are the ones who do a poor job. In June, take a moment to give credit where credit’s due — thank your favorite heating and cooling service person June 22 on HVAC Tech day.

Here are some reasons to show appreciation on HVAC Tech Day:

First, quality HVAC techs make sure your heating and cooling systems are performing as intended, providing reliable comfort in your home every day of the year. When the technician shows up for the recommended annual tune-up of your HVAC equipment, they’ll clean, adjust, test and inspect the entire system, and look out for any small problems that can develop into large problems.

Second, during regularly scheduled professional maintenance visits, the technician will look for ways to optimize system efficiency. The idea here is to adjust the equipment — whether a furnace, heat pump or air conditioner — so it consumes as little energy as possible while effectively heating or cooling your home.

Thirdly, you should thank your heating and cooling technician on HVAC Tech Day for keeping you and your family safe. Furnaces, A/Cs and heat pumps, if not properly installed, maintained or serviced, can pose safety hazards, whether through a gas or carbon monoxide leak in a combustion furnace, a leaky refrigerant line in an A/C or heat pump, or a problem with the electrical system.

A trusted, quality HVAC technician not only will ensure your heating and cooling equipment are running effectively, efficiently and safely, they’ll make suggestions on how to improve HVAC energy efficiency and performance, whether through home weatherization, installing programmable thermostat, or recommending an energy-efficient upgrade. Good HVAC techs also can suggest complementary systems for air cleaning, humidity control and ventilation.

Show your appreciation for reliable, competent, professional service on HVAC Tech Day. Contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling, serving the Greater Portland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Prawny/Pixabay”

You Should Look for an HVAC Pro With These Certifications

You Should Look for an HVAC Pro With These CertificationsScheduling professional preventive maintenance is essential for maximizing the performance and efficiency of your HVAC systems. Sooner or later, however, many homeowners experience a malfunction and need to call an HVAC technician. With so many to choose from, you may not know how to decide just who to call. Make your choice easy by working with technicians that carry these vital HVAC certifications.

Environmental Protection Agency 608 Certification

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) makes rules and regulations regarding refrigerants. This is understandable since refrigerants have historically been harmful to the environment. As a result, the EPA requires that technicians handling refrigerants carry EPA 608 Certification.

As a homeowner, EPA 608 Certification is important to you because refrigerant is the lifeblood of your air conditioner or heat pump. Refrigerant is the substance that absorbs heat from your home to cool it. If you use a heat pump for home heating, the refrigerant runs in reverse and releases heat inside your home.

NATE Certification

Many career-minded technicians seek certification by the NATE (North American Technician Excellence) organization. The NATE organization doesn’t train technicians. They only test and certify technicians. The reason NATE was founded more than 20 years ago was to spearhead HVAC expertise in the field, build a more educated workforce, and promote HVAC technologies through public awareness.

Another point why NATE certification is the gold standard among HVAC techs is that NATE requires re-certification every two years. This may involve re-testing or continued education hours. NATE certifies technicians in core HVAC knowledge and at least one HVAC specialty field.

HVAC Excellence Certification

The HVAC Excellence certification is another respected achievement among technicians, HVAC companies, and customers. The HVAC Excellence organization’s goal has been to promote technical education and set a high bar in the HVAC workforce, and they continually succeed.

If you want a knowledgeable and reliable technician working on your HVAC system, make sure they carry the right HVAC certifications. Since we opened our business in 1976, Roth Heating & Cooling technicians have been the best around!

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “ArtsyBee/pixabay”

Factors in Great HVAC Customer Service

Factors in Great HVAC Customer ServiceWhether you want to schedule routine HVAC maintenance or you need to repair or replace the equipment, choosing a reputable contractor who puts their customers’ comfort and well-being first can give you peace of mind that you’re in good hands. How can you identify great HVAC customer service? Look for the following qualities in each contractor you’re considering:

Reputation

Two factors that tell you whether a contractor provides excellent service are the length of time they’ve been in business and their reputation. Good contractors are well-established, and they can provide unbiased references from a number of satisfied customers. They’ll also have positive feedback online, and good reviews with the Better Business Bureau.

Qualifications

Conscientious HVAC professionals are up-to-date on required licenses, and they protect their employees and customers with workers’ compensation and liability insurance coverage. They also make sure their technicians have North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification, which demonstrates a high degree of skill in HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair.

Affiliations

The best contractors are affiliated with recognized HVAC industry associations, such as the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).

Equipment Sizing

Reputable contractors don’t use a vague rule of thumb when sizing new equipment or just match the capacity of your existing equipment. They make sure the equipment is accurately sized by performing a detailed load calculation using ACCA Manual J. Then, they select the right components using Manual S, and verify the ductwork size and layout using Manual D.

Efficiency Expertise

Contractors who care about customer satisfaction stay current on HVAC technology and know how to properly install high-efficiency equipment. They can explain the efficiency ratings of the equipment they recommend, and give you figures on your potential energy savings and estimated operating costs.

Pricing

A reputable contractor won’t give you a lowball estimate over the phone. Instead, they’ll pay a visit to inspect the HVAC system and discuss your needs or concerns and then give you a detailed written estimate that’s fairly priced.

If you’re searching for a Portland HVAC contractor who makes customer service a top priority, contact us at Roth Heating & Cooling.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “Lukiyanova Natalia frenta/Shutterstock”

Insist Your HVAC Technician Check These Things During A/C Maintenance

Insist Your HVAC Technician Check These Things During A/C MaintenanceA/C maintenance plays an important role in keeping your home cool and comfortable throughout the summer. With this in mind, it pays for your HVAC technician to go over your system with a fine-tooth comb, as this can stop potential problems in their tracks.

However, it’s easy for your technician to miss a few critical things during the maintenance process. Here’s what you should insist your technician check during your next maintenance appointment.

Outdoor Condensing Unit

Make sure your HVAC technician takes a look at the outdoor condensing cabinet and all of the components within. This includes the condenser fan, compressor, condenser coil and refrigerant expansion valve. Also, any overgrowth surrounding the bottom of the condensing cabinet, such as tall weeds and grasses, should be removed.

Thermostat

Your HVAC technician should also check the thermostat to ensure it’s working properly. If you have a programmable thermostat, your technician may even be able to help you set it to cool your home efficiently at various times throughout the day.

Air Filter

A dirty air filter can easily drag down your A/C’s energy efficiency and cause other problems in the long run. Make sure your HVAC technician replaces the air filter as part of the A/C maintenance regimen. Most experts recommend the air filter be replaced at least every three months.

Access Panels

Last but not least, your HVAC technician should make sure that all access panels on the indoor evaporator cabinet are securely in place. In addition, all potential obstructions should be removed from around the outside of the unit.

For more information on A/C maintenance, contact the professionals at Roth Heating & Cooling. We proudly serve the Portland area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “patrimonio designs ltd/Shutterstock”

How to Hire the Best Contractor For All of Your HVAC Needs

How to Hire the Best Contractor For All of Your HVAC Needs If you want your heating equipment to run smoothly this winter, hiring an HVAC contractor you can trust is an essential task. This job isn’t too hard to complete, as long as you do your due diligence. We suggest you consider the following tips when selecting the best contractor for your HVAC needs:

  • Ask around — There’s a good chance that the best HVAC contractor around is already being utilized by friends, family, or co-workers. This is why your first step should be to ask people you know if they can recommend someone.
  • Get a list of references — Once your hunt begins, be sure to obtain a list of references from each prospective contractor. Choose the first letter of the last of the contacts to ensure that you get a fair sampling, then call each person on the list.
  • Expect a home evaluation — Before a contractor agrees to conduct any work, they’ll want to evaluate your home’s needs and find any potential problem areas.
  • Check for proper licensing, insurance and bonding — A reputable contractor won’t have any problem providing you with documentation that shows they meet all licensing, insurance and bonding minimums based on local or state regulations.
  • Inquire about brands — HVAC companies typically carry a limited number of brands. Sometimes, they have their favorites and stick with a very small amount. Find out which brands they use and research them if needed.
  • Suggestion of Energy-Efficient Equipment — A contractor should not try to dissuade you from upgrading to more efficient equipment. In fact, they should be singing the praises of Energy Star-qualified equipment, including those in their most efficient category.
  • Get everything in writing — Prior to working with a contractor, make sure every detail of the job is put into writing. This should cover the equipment that will be installed, time completion estimates, how to handle problems, cost estimates and any other pertinent details.

If you would like more information on what to look for when hiring an HVAC contractor, please contact the experts at Roth Heating & Cooling. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Portland and the surrounding areas since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

Credit/Copyright Attribution: “3Dalia/Shutterstock”

Finding an HVAC Professional is Easy if You Follow these Tips

Finding an HVAC Professional is Easy if You Follow these TipsFinding an HVAC professional for your Portland area home is an important decision. You don’t want to leave your heating and cooling equipment to just anyone off the street. To get the very best contractor for your hard-earned money, we suggest that you follow these tips: Continue reading

Signs You Should Disregard a Prospective HVAC Contractor

Signs You Should Disregard a Prospective HVAC ContractorSelecting a reliable HVAC contractor can be a challenge. Do you simply take the recommendation of friends? Should you select one from the phone book or from an Internet search? Here are some tips for avoiding HVAC contractors who are less than professional: Continue reading

Hiring the Right Contractor for Your Cooling-System Installation: A Portland Homeowner’s Checklist

Hiring the Right Contractor for Your Cooling-System Installation: A Portland Homeowner's ChecklistHave you decided to purchase or replace an air conditioner this summer? If so, make sure you also choose the right contractor for A/C installation. If you select an unlicensed or inexperienced contractor, because of their lower bid, the money you save now will be nothing compared to the money you spend in energy waste and unnecessary maintenance and/or repair costs later on. Continue reading

Tucking In Your Air Conditioner For Its Cool-Weather Hibernation

It’s about time to turn off the air conditioner and prepare for the cold months. In caring for the air-conditioning unit, always make sure to read the manual instructions first. Read on for tips on winterizing your outdoor unit:

Continue reading