Editors Blog

Taking Care of Business: Economy Bringing Out the $19 Guys?

January 12, 2009
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

It was bad enough fighting off these guys when the economy was good. Now that the economy has gone south in many parts of the country, the $19 guys may start coming out of the woodwork.

I’m talking about the HVACR contractors (a term I am using loosely here) who advertise $19 clean and inspect on furnaces. You know the ones - rusting white service vans with at least one hubcap missing, nonuniformed technicians with dirt smudges on their unmatching attire, wearing an old Atlanta Braves baseball cap (no offense Braves fans), and reeking of cigarette smoke.

Yes, some of these $19 guys have the nerve to say they represent the HVACR trade. It’s no wonder the local TV stations want to catch these guys in a sting. It’s fun to pick on them. It’s even more fun when the $19 service call turns into a “major repair” costing hundreds of dollars. Well, not fun for the unsuspecting customers. Heck, the $19 guys have to pad something on to the invoice. Even they have some overhead.

Have you seen the price of gas, I mean cigarettes, these days?

Let’s do our best to ignore these guys and maybe they will go away. But then again, maybe they will keep giving the legitimate contractors some extra service work - cleaning up their mistakes.

Better yet, keep doing what you are doing: quality work at a good price. At least the majority of your customers will appreciate that, even in tough times.
You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: Jeremy Begley

Jeremy Begley, home-performance specialist and Web and social media manager with National Heating and Air Conditioning Co. in Cincinnati discusses how and why you should add home-performance philosophies to your contracting repertoire. Posted on Sept. 12.

More Podcasts


NEWS 09-15-14 cover

2014 September 15

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Venting R-22

The NEWS reported that a man received prison time for venting R-22. Should EPA step up enforcement?
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