Articles by Barbara A. Checket-Hanks

Gilley's Quality Service Experts: beaming

Gilley’s earned an honorable mention in The News’ first-ever “Best Contractor to Work For” contest.
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Robinson Mechanical: Pursuing tomorrow's technicians

Robinson Mechanical earns an honorable mention in The News' first-ever "Best Contractor to Work For" contest.
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Some contractors really know how to treat techs well

The hvacr contractors who entered The News’ first-ever “Best Contractor to Work For” contest have shown themselves to be rising to the task, and in very creative ways.
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How to install air cleaners profitably

In order to maximize profits, it is critical to send installers who know how to do the job quickly and efficiently, and to price adequately for the time.
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The case of the heat pump freeze-up

Welcome back to “TECH TALK,” The News’ feature to encourage professional hvacr technicians to talk to each other about “live, from the field” applications, problems, and solutions.
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Tech talk

What to do if your air conditioner never shuts off.
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New compressors and variations: improvements abound

Compressor manufacturers at the IAHR Expo in Dallas offered an increasing array of variable capacities, improved servicability features for contractors and technicians, and additional features to enhance the units’ lifetimes.
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New compressors and variations: improvements abound

Compressor manufacturers at the IAHR Expo in Dallas offered an increasing array of variable capacities, improved servicability features for contractors and technicians, and additional features to enhance the units’ lifetimes.
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The technician shortage: Will a tax credit help?

Hvacr contractors could be eligible for a $15,000 tax credit for the number-one issue facing this industry — hiring and training apprentices.
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Safe service and lockout/tagout procedures

Lockout/tagout procedures ensure that machines and electricity remain temporarily off during service and maintenance.
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NEWSMakers: Chris Mathis

Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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