You know service technicians. They're the guys you call when your air conditioner decides to go kaput on the first 100-degree day of the year. And installers see to it that new units are placed where they're supposed to be. But have you ever heard of a start-up tech?
Probably not. They're like little elves that come when nobody else is around to make sure everything is fixed up and ready to go. They make sure your AC unit works before you even turn the key and open the door to your brand-new house. Above and beyond ensuring you enjoy that first breath of cool air that welcomes you to your new home, here are a few other reasons why start-up techs deserve your respect:
Start-up technicians are great at hooking up---thermostats, that is. While installing a thermostat is not all that difficult, most people would prefer not to have to install one themselves in the new home they just bought. After all, who wants to have an immediate home improvement project when the process of buying a house and moving into it is already stressful enough? Plus, start-up techs have to make sure the wiring is correct at the unit's end as well as at the control's end. And if they're working on a house that has multiple thermostats and multiple units, they have to ensure that each unit is controlled by the correct thermostat and that that thermostat is sensing the correct temperature, a task that is sometimes more difficult than herding a bunch of anxious cats into a room full of dogs.
Heart Breaking, Back Breaking
Like service technicians, start-up techs have a very physically demanding job to perform. On any given day, they may haul a 50-pound ladder around several times (sometimes up more than one flight of stairs), carry equally heavy tools and equipment up and down said ladder multiple times a day, crawl on their hands and knees hundreds of feet through scratchy insulation in very tight attic spaces to get to a unit, and spend hours at a time hunched over in positions that would make the Hunchback of Notre Dame cringe. Sound like fun?
Smells Like Teen Spirit ... NOT!
One of a start-up tech's all-time favorite tasks (yes, that's sarcasm there, folks) is smelling natural gas. Yes, you read that correctly. Smelling natural gas. On purpose. Many units in newer homes are hooked up to the gas line, so once an AC unit is installed, the tech has to open up the gas line (in that tight attic space mentioned earlier) where it connects to the unit and wait until they smell gas so they know everything's okay. No gas smell means no work for the tech because they have to wait for the gas company or plumber to arrive and figure out what's wrong. In the meantime, they will either go to the next job on their ticket or wait for another job to come along.
So, the next time you turn on your air conditioner, please remember: service technicians may get all the attention and glory, but in the HVAC world, it also helps to remember the start-up techs who get things going in the first place. Contact a company like Stellar Heating Solutions for more information.