In looking back over just the past week, I realized that every day on the job I hear a story involving a sizing problem.  Today I heard a guy say that he was replacing a furnace, coil and condenser in a condo.  I know that this is a prime topic for “new” material, so I asked what size unit he was going to install. The response was a 100,000 BTU, with a 3-ton, etc, until he found out that the supplier was out of stock. He then changed course and went with a 125,000 BTU furnace with a 4-ton coil and condenser.

I sensed a giggle coming.  “What did the load calc call for?” I asked foolishly.  “The what?”  “Never mind.  How big is this condo?” I asked.  “I dunno, it’s small; maybe seven or eight hundred square feet,” he replied. “That’s an awful lot of heat and A/C in a small place.”  “I know, right?” sneered the technician.  “I should probably charge them more!”

Oh, yeah, that’s what you should do.

If you don’t know why we’re all laughing right now, I’m going to have to ask you to leave.  Please, get back in your station wagon, take your $29 tool kit and your cloth “duck” tape with you, and find a new career.  Maybe you can try the mining industry; you can use all of your hammers there and you don’t even need a drop cloth.  You know, a drop cloth — the thing you put down on the floor to keep it … ahhh, just forget it.

ABOUT Richard J. Schuster

Rich Schuster has worked in many phases of the HVAC and plumbing industries since 1991, from apprentice to general manager in the contractor segment, and later as a rep for a large HVAC wholesaler. He has written two books with a focus on installation training basics. His latest book, "101 Ways to Suck as an HVAC Tech," is available on Amazon. Rich can be reached at .