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2014 AHR Expo: Part 2

Where is the refrigerant industry headed?
April 11, 2014

At each AHR Expo I look forward to meeting with the people from Airgas — an important supplier of refrigerant reclaim services to our industry — because I can rely on what the company tells me.


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Foreign flare at the 2014 AHR Expo

Plenty of overseas manufacturers displayed their HVACR wares at the 2014 AHR Expo.
March 13, 2014

This year was billed as the largest AHR Expo in the Northeast to date. The impressive turnout to the Javits Center occurred despite the record cold and snow that brought New York City to a virtual stop on the second day of the show.


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Don’t forget to check for indoor airflow

A maintenance must.
February 11, 2014

The purpose of an A/C “preventive maintenance” or “tune-up” call is to clean up a system after a year of wear and tear, and to make sure it is working at peak efficiency.


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Put a charge in it

Noninvasive preventive maintenance is the way to go.
January 16, 2014

If you needed a tool that would best describe an HVAC technician or his company, it would be his manifold and gauges. Other than hand tools, that’s the one most technicians carry. So, it would be unusual to think of a tech going on a “preventive maintenance” or “tune-up” call without connecting this device.


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Stop cleaning coils with corrosive solutions

Keep it running.
December 16, 2013

Service agreements and tune-ups or “preventive maintenance,” as is required by most A/C equipment manufacturers to fulfill warranty obligations, too often is poorly done by servicing dealers. Frequently, more harm is done than good.


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Should you take a chance on risky credit?

Rolling the dice.
October 1, 2013

The common industry thinking is that offering risky credit is a bad idea. However, that rule may not always be the best one to follow when you consider actual potential losses vs. potential benefits.


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Can you mix R22 with R410a?

You can, but it doesn’t work.
September 1, 2013

 I recently read an article in a local HVACR magazine that somewhat addressed this problem, which I guess we all should have foreseen coming because R22 is getting very scarce and its price is skyrocketing. 


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Understanding your customers can minimize risks

Be prepared for your contractor customers.
August 19, 2013

 The supply-house business always is hazardous due to the chance of losses when your contractor customers file for bankruptcy. However, if you know the signs, you can minimize the risk. 


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One-stop shop

Make it easier for your customers to do business with you.
July 12, 2013

One of the biggest mistakes any supply house management team can make is to force its customers to buy from a competing supply house or hardware store.


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The evolution of compressors

How wasted energy ensured longer compressor life.
June 19, 2013
Through my many years traveling to shows such as the AHR Expo and the annual HARDI convention, I’ve gained many friends.
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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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How To Use Your Strengths To Fight The Threat Of Amazon Supply

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND A new 8,000 lb. gorilla, Amazon Supply, has taken aim at many of the customers of PHCP supply houses. Supply House Times columnist Dick Friedman, an authority on business planning and the strategic use of inventory, warehouses and technology will present strategies and tactics for you to compete with Amazon Supply.

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April 2014

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In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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