Editors Blog

How Not to Start an HVAC Company

June 30, 2010
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Seriously, what is the deal with all the bad how-to articles on the web these days? I frequently see an intriguing headline for an article that claims it will teach me how to do something I’m interested in learning. But, invariably, when I click on “How to train for a 10K” or “How to save money on vacation,” I’m disappointed by the lack of valuable information I find. The supposedly great how-to tips are frequently oversimplified and often filled with misinformation.

Just this week I came across an article that told me how to start my own HVAC company in seven easy steps. Yep, seven steps were all it was going to take me to become a pro business owner in the industry.

Step 1 told me to find out what HVAC certifications and licensing were required by my state. Then, for Step 2 I needed to come up with a business name and an eye-catching logo.

Whoa, wait a sec - what about vocational school and training? What about a step explaining how to actually gain the knowledge and skills necessary to repair and install HVAC systems?

And what about apprenticeship? Wouldn’t it be nice to learn from the experienced masters in the industry before going solo?

Shouldn’t any of this matter before I designed that sweet logo for Kimberly & Daughters Air Conditioning?

Well, not according to the so-called how-to article. Step 3 told me to purchase equipment, and Step 4 told me to create a price list for my services. By Step 6 I needed to start adding employees to handle my company’s increasing workload.

And, finally, Step 7 told me to focus on customer service and then sit back and watch my business flourish.

Give me a break.

Have you seen any articles like this out there? What’s the worst how-to article or tip you’ve seen related to HVAC?
You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.


NEWSmakers: Julian Scadden

Training is an ongoing process. Julian will discuss how you can generate maximum return on time and energy invested training by following a three part process. Listen to this podcast to get expert tips on training, tracking and follow up. 

More Podcasts



NEWS 04-14-14 cover

2014 April 14

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con