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2 Benefits You Will Experience When Using McCall's Quality Products
Oct 18, 2018READ POST
Why should you sell McCall's quality HVAC products? It’s time to take a closer look at the benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer.
Wondering about the benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer? There are a few things you should know. First, let’s discuss a word called “curation.” Curation is the expert selection of a collection of items. Curation is becoming a more valuable skill set than ever before, and that's as true in the heating and air conditioning business as it is anywhere else.
These days, another big word called "algorithms" is the one handling curation. In the old days, you'd walk into a record store and, when the cashier saw you buying an album, he might recommend something similar. Now, they have data processes that can figure out what you might like. That's all well and good for music. A new album only costs a few bucks. But what about a car, a home, an HVAC business?
These are long-term investments, and the human element is still an essential factor in curation. So that's one of the major benefits you can enjoy when selling McCall's quality products. Our team works tirelessly to find the best HVAC products and accessories on the market, so you have the top selection to offer your customers.
Becoming a McCall’s Dealer Means Attentive Customer Service
Another major benefit: customer service. At McCall’s, we offer our valued dealers the kind of attentive customer service you just can’t find everywhere these days:
- When you call with a question, we are there.
- When you have an HVAC issue you just can’t quite figure out, we’ll be there then too.
- When you are trying to find the perfect product for a new client, we can offer expert recommendations.
This kind of support and customer service will be a tremendous asset to your HVAC business. Contact us now at (843) 386-3323 to discover even more benefits of becoming a McCall’s Dealer.
2 Things You Need to Know about Your HVAC Before the Next Cold Front
Oct 11, 2018READ POST
What are your general HVAC service questions? Get the answers you need before winter hits.
We can’t avoid it any longer—winter is just around the corner, which means you need to get answers to your general HVAC service questions STAT. Maybe you are wondering how to get your furnace ready for its time in the spotlight. Or perhaps you need to know what you can do to achieve higher energy efficiency to cut back on energy costs.
The pros are here to answer your burning questions. Here are three things you need to know about your HVAC before the next cold front:
#1: How to know if your furnace will even work on the first night you need it.
Here’s a great way to give it a trial run. Pop open a few windows, put on some shorts and a tank top, and run a heat test. Crank your thermostat up, run your furnace for a bit, and make sure it's producing heat.
Is it working correctly? Does the air smell funny? If so, that could mean that you need to swap your air filter. If the smell persists, then you probably need to clean out your air ducts. Is it making funny noises? If so, then your best bet is to call in an HVAC professional. If you didn't get your HVAC a checkup during the summer or early fall, now is the time for your annual preventative care appointment.
#2: How to know if there are problems brewing with your furnace.
Are there any little problems that might become big problems with daily furnace use? If your HVAC isn't producing funny noises or smells, you may still need to take a look at the intake vent outside of your home. Is anything clogging the intake vent? Look for signs of moisture. If you see bubbling or chipped paint around your HVAC unit, rust around the vent pipe, or mildew, then you probably have a leak you need to address.
Here’s a secret: it’s way more convenient and affordable to fix a problem now rather than later when everyone else is calling with furnace issues.
A quick checkup now can save you a lot of time, money and frozen toes later on. If you haven't made an appointment for an annual preventative maintenance visit yet this year, call on our expert team at McCall’s Supply. We can connect you with one of our highly qualified HVAC dealers to meet your needs and to answer any other general service questions you may have.
3 Reasons Why Cleaning Leaves around Your HVAC Prevents Breakdown
Oct 04, 2018READ POST
Cleaning up the leaves in addition to product upgrade benefits can help you to avoid an HVAC malfunction.
It may not be at the forefront of your mind this fall season, but considering product upgrade benefits for your HVAC should be on your to-do list. Doing this in addition to keeping the dead leaves from piling up around your outdoor system are the right steps to take to ensure your HVAC runs optimally all season long.
Here are three reasons why you need to take care of those leaves, plus a bonus tip on how to get the right product upgrade benefits for your system to do its best job this fall:
#1: Raking the leaves. It seems like a simple fall maintenance task, but it’s common for homeowners to let the dried leaves pile up around the HVAC unit, especially if the unit is in the backyard away from the neighbors’ prying eyes. The more leaves around your unit, the higher the risk of them blowing into the fan, which can lead to unnecessary clogging and system wear and tear.
#2: Removing leaves and debris that have settled on top of the A/C unit. To take care of the stuff that’s settling on top of the system, make sure the unit is off, then use a broom to sweep it as clean as possible. The system has to work extra hard to get the air circulating if there are leaves in the way.
#3: Hose down the unit. As long as the temps aren’t freezing, go ahead and turn the system off and give the unit a good hosing down with water. A spray nozzle will help you to create the necessary force to remove dirt and debris that can cause your system to work too hard to do its job efficiently.
Bonus Tip: Ask your HVAC technician about product upgrade benefits that could help your system to work more efficiently this fall. From handy air conditioner covers that can protect your unit to humidifiers that can create a healthier indoor air quality, your technician will be able to point you in the right direction.
Looking for more expert advice and tips to keep your HVAC system running optimally throughout the year? Our team at McCall’s Supply, Inc., can help. Connect with us online now to get started.
3 Traits to Look for When Hiring a Successful HVAC Technician
Sep 27, 2018READ POST
If you’re wondering how to improve your HVAC business, look no further than your own HVAC technicians.
One of the most effective ways for figuring out how to improve your HVAC business is to take a look at the individuals who deal directly with your customers. In most situations, this means examining how your HVAC technicians act and work with the people you serve. Because HVAC technicians have direct contact with customers, they can make a big difference in the overall success of your company.
For this reason, who you hire to be part of your team can determine the success of your company. Here are the traits to look for when you are trying to find the right candidates for the job:
Trait #1: Honesty
Honesty may be the most important trait of a successful HVAC technician. Customers know the technicians are human beings, so they don’t expect perfection. But they do expect technicians to keep their word and not rip them off. Most customers understand when difficulties arise or unforeseen circumstances exist. When these unfortunate situations happen, they want the technician to be upfront about what’s going on. In all situations, being able to count on your technicians to have good character, including honesty, can go a long way toward creating a solid team.
Trait #2: Reliability
A good HVAC technician is someone you and the customer can rely on. They get the job done when they say they will, and they arrive on time. People like to know what to expect and an HVAC professional can become successful simply by being dependable.
Trait #3: Highly Skilled
Having the know-how and experience to get the job done right the first time is another key component of a successful HVAC technician. Honesty, reliability and good intentions are great, but not if the job isn’t completed properly. Choose to hire technicians who have the qualifications, training and experience to represent your company well. To discover even more ways on how to improve your HVAC business, get in touch with our team at McCall’s Supply, Inc. today.
Two Ways to Take the Headache out of Selecting a New HVAC Supplier
Sep 20, 2018READ POST
There are many benefits to becoming a McCall’s dealer, including avoiding the hassle of finding a new HVAC supplier.
Anyone interested in discovering the benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer will be happy to discover one of the major benefits: having a reliable supplier who can meet the needs of your customers. There is also the advantage of always having HVAC products in stock when you need them. Any HVAC business owner knows how much these benefits can mean to business.
But how exactly do you figure out who your new HVAC supplier should be? Let’s take a look at two considerations:
#1: Consider Geography
There are so many HVAC suppliers in the United States that it can be daunting to determine where you should begin in your search. First things first—establish a preferred geographical location.
The best HVAC supplier means little if it is too far away or does not service your particular area. The first thing to do is search only for suppliers that sell products in your area. The next step is to confirm the supplier is close enough to be practical. If shipping or traveling costs are too high with a supplier, you will soon find yourself looking for a different company to provide for your HVAC product needs.
#2: Check Reputation
An excellent shortcut to finding a new supplier is simply to ask other HVAC professionals and companies who their supplier is. If you see a common name pop up in your discussions, then you probably know who your next supplier should be. At the very least, you will be able to get some advice as to which companies to avoid. Sometimes choosing the best supplier may not be easy, but avoiding the bad supplier is.
In your search for your next HVAC supplier, don’t forget to check out our experts at McCall’s Supply, Inc. We know you’ll love the benefits of becoming a McCall’s dealer, and we would be happy to share more about our company and products with you. Connect with us online now to get in touch!
3 Savvy Ways to Determine If You Should Repair or Replace Your AC Unit
Sep 13, 2018READ POST
One of the more common general HVAC service questions is whether to replace or repair an air conditioner when it stops working.
Many general HVAC service questions are in regard to whether it’s a better idea to go for a repair or a replacement when the A/C quits working. There’s a pretty simple way to look at this when your HVAC system is new: in nearly all cases, a repair makes more sense, because a newer system requires a large investment—it shouldn’t require extensive repairs in the first place. One of the benefits of having a newer system is less need for repair.
However, when the HVAC system is older, it may be time to strongly consider a replacement. Older models tend to be less energy efficient and require repairs regularly to continue running. When you feel like you are constantly putting money into your older HVAC system or breaking your budget on repairs, a replacement may make the most financial sense.
Other than the age of your system, here are three other ways to determine if a repair or replacement is best for your HVAC situation:
#1: Cost of Electricity
If you live in an area where the cost of electricity is high, it might make more sense to replace rather than repair an old air conditioner. This is because when the cost of electricity is high, every kilowatt hour you can save will be worth more. For example, if electricity costs 10 cents per kilowatt-hour, it will take twice as long to make back your money on a new, more energy efficient air conditioner than if electricity costs 20 cents per kilowatt-hour.
#2: Size of Your Budget
This sounds pretty obvious, but it’s also one of the most important factors to consider. It doesn’t matter how much nicer or more efficient a new air conditioner is if you can’t afford to buy one. If you only have $500 to spend and a repair costs $400 while a replacement cost $2,000, the decision of what to do may seem straightforward. However, it’s important to keep in mind that many HVAC companies offer financing to help those working with a tight budget. Talk to a trusted HVAC expert before forking over money repeatedly for repairs just because you don’t have the money on hand to buy a new one.
#3: Time Involved to Repair or Replace
The time it takes to complete a repair versus install a replacement can be an important factor as well. If it’s in the middle of a heat wave and you have hardwood floors in your home, you may not be able to wait several weeks until an HVAC contractor can complete a replacement of a central air conditioning unit. In this situation, you may have no choice but to go with a repair and plan for a replacement at a later time.
To ask any additional general HVAC service questions concerning repairs or replacements, feel free to reach out to our expert team at McCall’s Supply, Inc.