Are “these” guys the Jack-of-all-trades?

Do They Know Jack?

With summer quickly approaching it will begin to be the busy season for house buyers and sellers. That being said, home inspectors will be called rampantly.

A home inspection is a critical part of the home buying process and it is extremely useful. An inspection gives you a detailed layout of literally just about everything about the home. The important things such as the hvac system, roof, electrical system, walls, attic, and many more different areas of the home that “really” matter.

Yes your home may be beautiful on the outside but, is it just as beautiful on the inside? – Sounds like a sappy love story does it not?

A report from a certified home inspector will show the seller and more importantly the buyer, crucial things that need fixed or replaced with the home or property in question.

Home Inspector Bart Lichtenauer with BCE Home Inspections in Pickerington OH has some tips for the buyers and sellers looking for an inspector.

 

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Sellers

  • Preventative maintenance is the core factor when having a home considered in good-great condition.
  • To prolong the life of your water heaters, it is recommended to have them drained once a year to but back on the buildup of calcium.
  • Furnaces should be tuned up regularly. If your unit is newer, once every 2-3 years is okay but, if you have an older unit (20+ years) it should be looked at annually. Many HVAC companies provide service agreements that will help cut back costs having your unit services yearly.
  • Hand in hand with the furnace tune ups, make sure you stay on top of changing the furnace filter as well. every 2-4 month depending on the quality of filter your buy.
  • Plan on once a year shutting off the pipes underneath your sinks by simply closing them off and opening back up. This helps with calcium and lime build up and can prevent you from having to deal with the main water valve if a leak occurs.

Buyers

  • Find a good inspector (preferably a certified one). In different states the rules and licensing are different. Some states you do not need to be licensed to perform home inspections. Looking at American Society of Home Inspectors website, www.homeinspector.org, which shows ASHI certified home inspectors or www.nachi.org which shows InterNACHI certified home inspectors is a great place to begin.
  • Find out or ask the inspector about his background. Are they knowledgeable in the different areas you need inspected? A great inspector will be a Jack of all trades to say the least. Having one that has been around all things “home” would be a plus to have.
  • Tag along on your home inspection to find out the most important areas of your home that may need work done. Be wary of a home inspector that will not allow or does not welcome you to join them on the inspection.

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HVAC Training Schools

HVAC Trade School

HVAC training schools aim to teach you a high in-demand trade that is fairly simple and down to earth. With many trades, experience is key. It will take time to learn and master the trade to be proficient in it. I actually grew up in a home with HVAC skills. I have personally worked on job sites and learned the ropes of the Heating and Cooling Industy doing Residential and Commercial jobs. Personally I never had any true training besides learning from someone who was very skilled and had many years of experience in the field. You can go different routes doing installs or more on the service side and becoming a technician. The service side is were the schooling will come in handy. Learning different systems and troubleshooting can be in depth and I would recommend getting schooling and training if you choose to become a technician. HVAC schools help people like you tap in to an industry that has a variety of options once you learn the techniques and processes.

Overview

HVAC stand for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC can be installed in homes, offices, apartment buildings, malls, and other structures and helps us live indoors comfortably without worries of what is going on in the outside world. In addition to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, there is another part of HVAC that is more modern. That is HVAC/R, where the R stands for refrigeration. This is another part of the Heating and Cooling Industry and would be something covered in depth if you chose to take classes and schooling.

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Job Requirements

The taks for a professional HVAC Technician can vary day to day depending on the contracted job. This can entail anything from installing units to basic repair and maintenance. There can and probably will be days you do many different job activities to complete one project at a job site. Here are a list of some of the things that you may run across in this profession:

  • Installing air conditioners, furnace and heat pump units
  • Installing ductwork and trunk lines that circulate the air throughout a building or space
  • Reading blueprints and coordinating with other contractors on the plans of the blueprints. Sometimes you have to change plans and adapt to all other skill trades if the prints show conflicting areas
  • Running electrical wiring and controls
  • Perform maintenance on different pieces of equipment, checking for leaks, adjusting blower motors and burners, and checking thermostats, electrical circuits, and other unit components
  • Solving issues and repairing problems that are found in any part of the HVAC system
  • Adjusting the controls of a system and recommending appropriate settings
  • Running tests on the furnace, heat pump, air conditioning unit or other piece of equipment to ensure that it performs at maximum efficiency
  • Testing for carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to ensure a customer’s equipment is operating safely
  • Selling service contracts or replacement equipment to customers

Recommended Schools

Many schools will teach you everything you know and the price can vary as low as $2,000 to $35,000. Some schools also may have you take different certifications and help you in the process of getting licensed. There are different certifications that you are able to get for the industry and getting licenced is something that you would definitely need to look into if you were wanting to take your skills learned and start up your own Heating and Cooling Company

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One of the Schools we recommend are Brightwood College. They have an extensive Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Program that is worth looking into.

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