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2 Unexpected Benefits of Being a Ruud Team Member
Feb 15, 2018READ POST
You thought the benefits of becoming a McCall's dealer were outstanding? Wait until you see the advantages of being a Ruud Team Member. Not only will you have access to products with all the features today's customers want, but you'll also be working with a brand name they already know and trust.
Acquired by Rheem in 1960, Ruud had its beginnings in the first water heater designed in the 1880s by Edwin Ruud. They've been creating solutions ever since! Here are the two main benefits of joining the Ruud Team which may surprise you:
1. Provide Customers with a Robust Selection of Quality HVAC Equipment
As a McCall's Supply dealer, you'll be able to share the power, efficiency and reliability of Ruud equipment with your customer base. Unlike other distributors, we don't settle for one or two models. We provide our dealers with a full range of products from Ruud and over 50 other trusted manufacturers.
You'll be able to offer your customers top-rated air conditioners with variable speed condensers and up to 20 SEER, as well as sturdy budget options. Provide gas or oil furnace installation, or take advantage of the growing heat pump trend. Don't miss out on packages or commercial services either. Whether you need to make quality part or whole-system replacements, we have the products you need to create a loyal, satisfied roster of clients.
2. Receive Exceptional Sales and Service Support
In addition, you'll get all the other advantages of working with McCall's Supply. Lead generation, training programs, technical support and more! Become a true professional by making the partnerships that count. Take your business to the next level with top-shelf products and support.
Contact our team today to enjoy all the benefits of becoming a McCall's dealer.
Do You Know When Your Business’s Air Ducts Need to Be Cleaned?
Feb 08, 2018READ POST
Maintenance scheduling issues make up the most common general HVAC service questions for business owners. The best routine will keep your systems running strong while using the least energy possible. The worst routines will wear your equipment out sooner than later and not do enough to keep your workers or clients comfortable. Without the proper maintenance, your business might even become a risk to people.
How Often Should You Schedule Commercial Air Duct Cleaning?
Depending on the work performed in your business, you should schedule a professional cleaning every three to five years. According to the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), this includes more than simply vacuuming out ducts. It also includes cleaning the blower motor and assembly, first and secondary heat exchangers, evaporator coil, drain pans and all filters, as well as registers, returns and access openings. Because it is a big job, include this work in your official maintenance plan, with care taken for proper ventilation.
However, there are times when excess dirt, dust and other contaminants call for changing your maintenance plans. Air ducts collect the type of materials capable of harming people's health and putting your business at risk. In certain industries, dirty ducts put you at odds with operational regulations.
Here are just a few signs you need to perform an air duct cleaning fast:
- Employees are complaining of allergies, headaches and other health problems
- Air quality tests are showing contamination
- Filters are getting dirtier than normal
- Build up in ductwork is visible
Get your general HVAC service questions answered and your specific heating and cooling problems solved. Contact our team at McCall's today to improve your business HVAC maintenance schedule.
3 Ways to Boost Efficiency with an Energy Audit
Feb 01, 2018READ POST
Did you know product upgrade benefits are capable of extending the life of HVAC equipment and improving performance? An energy audit will identify the ways a system is struggling. It's the first step in improving a home's comfort while shrinking heating and cooling bills. For such an affordable cost, an audit has the potential for tremendous returns.
Here are three ways to put an audit to work for customers:
1. Identify air leaks.
Air drafts disrupt the comfort control in the home. These streaks of outside air filter in heat and cold from the outdoors. This makes the HVAC system work harder to keep the home at the desired temperature. It burns excess fuel and causes premature wear on heating and cooling equipment. An energy audit determines exactly where these drafts are coming from and identifies the best way to stop them.
2. Assess the thermostat.
Did you know 90 percent of homeowners don't know how to use their thermostat features? Programming changes go a long way in keeping HVAC use at budget-friendly levels. The latest features make it easier than ever to ensure a home's comfort while curbing big energy bills. An energy audit will determine whether an upgrade would be cost effective for a customer's home.
3. Compare upgrade pricing and impact.
In recent years, the cost-saving ability of humidifiers and other system add-ons has become a bigger focus for HVAC companies. We now know how adding or removing moisture to an environment amplifies the effects of heating and cooling equipment. Used in tandem with a well-running system, they can make a big difference!
Ready to learn more about product upgrade benefits and how you can help your customers to take full advantage, contact our team at McCall's Supply, Inc. today.
2 Insanely Powerful Certifications You Need for a Successful HVAC Business
Jan 25, 2018READ POST
Want to know how to improve your HVAC business? There are a multitude of success stories based on any number of factors, but if you really want to boost your business and create a success story for yourself, take a look at your certifications. Here are two insanely powerful certifications you need for a successful HVAC business:
Certification #1: State Contractor's License and PSI Certification
First and foremost, you and your technicians must hold a license and obtain certification through the state. PSI, an international company that creates exams for a number of industries, conducts these exams. They test for knowledge and competency on trade knowledge and industry practices. The PSI exam will test your knowledge in areas such as:
- Sound, vibration, and seismic control
- Hangers and supports
- AC and heat pump systems
- Chimneys, flues, and vents
- Ventilation and exhaust
- General safety
Certification #2: NATE Certification
The NATE certification, or the North American Technician Excellence certification, is for HVAC technicians. It carries national recognition. While you don't need the NATE certification to start your business or provide HVAC services, it is a feather in your cap when it comes to recognition in your field. NATE certification is a way to validate your knowledge in the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It's a sign to customers and potential customers that you are a leader in your field and have the knowledge and expertise to provide the service and product knowledge consumers need.
Don't dismiss the right certifications as nice to have, when they can make or break the success of your business. For help with prepping for the PSI exam and other certification programs, contact the team at McCall's to find out more about how to improve your HVAC business.
3 Steps to Becoming a Competitive McCall’s Dealer
Jan 18, 2018READ POST
If you're an HVAC dealer in a rut, you might be wondering about the benefits of becoming a McCall's dealer. Let's take a look at why you should do it, and the three steps you need to know to become a competitive McCall's dealer.
Benefits of Becoming a McCall's Dealer:
- Access to a wide range of products you need to support your customers
- Training and support to keep you and your staff educated on the latest in HVAC technology and sales
- Tools you need to run a successful business including a lead generator, access to customer information, and website information to make sure what you put out there is accurate
Steps to Becoming a Competitive McCall's Dealer:
1. Understand what you need to provide to your customers, including a diverse line of name brand products, including partnerships with over 55 name brand vendors, which McCall's can offer if you're willing to take advantage of it.
2. Utilize the Ruud Design Star program and have access to generate more leads, have tools at your fingertips to create professional proposals, and boost your sales close numbers.
3. Access additional training and education to ensure you and your team stay up to date on the latest information in the HVAC industry, training to help you boost your business, and even PSI exam prep for your techs.
All you have to do to start boosting your business and become competitive in your industry and your area is to reach out and contact the team at McCall's. For everything you need to know about the benefits of becoming a McCall's dealer, contact us now.
3 Ways to Stay Warm While Waiting for Your HVAC Tech
Jan 11, 2018READ POSTGeneral HVAC service questions come in all shapes and sizes. But when your heat is out and you're waiting for your HVAC tech to arrive, instead of shivering, do some simple troubleshooting to help you stay warm. Here are some simple things you can look at to help fix the problem, or avoid it in the future:
#1: Check the Air Filter
A dirty air filter can make your heating system cycle on and off, causing it to work harder than it should, and potentially leading to damage to the system itself. The air filter's primary job is to protect the heating system from dust, dirt, and debris that could otherwise get into the moving parts and damage the equipment. If the filter is dirty, your heat won't function properly.
#2: Check the Pilot Light
If your system uses gas, there's a pilot light that ignites it when the heat needs to go on. If the pilot light is off, ignition won't happen and your heat won't work. Check to be sure the pilot light is on. The HVAC tech can check it further to be sure it's clean and functioning as it should.
#3: Don’t Forget About the Thermostat
This seems like a simple solution, but it's possible the thermostat has incorrect settings or improper functioning. Check to make sure the settings are correct and it's getting power. If it needs calibration, the tech can do that when they arrive. But check it in the meantime, as it could be the root of the problem.
Winter's here, and so is the cooler weather, but you don't need to freeze just because you have an issue with your heating system. Contact the team at your closest McCall's dealer for heating issues and any other general HVAC service questions.