We have a job opening in our Quincy IL location

Immediate Opening for Warehouse / Delivery Driver

 

HVAC Distribution Company in Quincy, Il is seeking an individual for a full time warehouse and delivery driver position.

 

We are looking for a warehouse and delivery driver that is able to do the following duties

  • Prepares orders by pulling from stock for the purpose of meeting delivery requirements
  • Assists in receiving stock and non-stock items for the purpose of ensuring specifications, quantity, and quality of orders are correct
  • Participates in physical inventories for the purpose of verifying stock and identifying losses
  • Loads and unloads delivery trucks for the purpose of receiving stock and/or filling orders for transport
  • Performs all functions within the scope of the warehouse for the purpose of providing warehouse operations
  • Delivers a variety of items to customers on a scheduled and/or unscheduled routes
  • Able to operate a forklift

Job Requirements

  • Class C Drivers license or be able to acquire a Class C license for up to 26,000lbs trucks
  • Good driving record
  • Able to lift items repetitively throughout the day
  • High School diploma or equivalent

Compensation & Benefits

  • Compensation based on job skills
  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Holidays and Personal Time
  • 401K
  • Health Insurance

 

Application

Employment application

 

Submit Resume/Application to:

TF Ehrhart Co.

Attn: Mike Pettitt

2212 N 42nd St

Quincy IL 62305

or email to: mike.pettitt@tfehrhart.com

Are you a Connected Contractor?

What’s all this buzz around connected devices?  At the business after hours I attended last night the business talked about internet everywhere.  Our industry in HVACR is no different.  Wi-Fi thermostats from Honeywell and Pro1, Wi-Fi enabled tools from AAB, and hooking up tablets to a machine for diagnostic work.  You have heard the saying “work smart not hard” technology is allowing us that privilege everyday.  A Wi-Fi enabled stat can have your contractor information programmed in so at the tap of a finger the customer can call you when there is an issue.  With Wi-Fi enabled tools you can measure airflow and pressures to create a service report and email it from your phone.  With mini splits gaining a favorable market share the technology inside the units requires technology outside the units to plug in and troubleshoot error codes and issues.  Stop into TF Ehrhart today to learn how you as  contractor can be in the know on the latest connective technology in the HVACR world.

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Samsung’s DVM S VRF system is the right choice

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In a commercial application comfort, efficiency, and reliability are at the top on a customers list.  With the DVM S system from Samsung you get the industry’s leading VRF system in efficiency and capacity, with exceptional control options.  This is the number one choice for engineers, contractors, and building owners.  Features include a IEER rating of 38.2 and a capacity of up to 44 tons, web based control for up to 4,096 indoor units from a single interface, and wired and wireless zone control options.  Talk to your salesman about how a Samsung unit can help you close the deal with your customers.

 

AHR Expo in Orlando

January 25-27 2016 Orange County Convention Center

The AHR Expo brings 60,000 HVACR professionals together to see the latest products and technology, learn from the industry experts, and build relationships.  TF Ehrhart makes it a point to attend major conferences and shows such ask the AHR and ASHRAE and HARDI in order to stay relevant in the industry.  As your wholesaler its important to understand the trends in the manufacturer’s market and what new products and technology will be available for contractors.   Attending these shows allows us to be better equipped to meet the ever changing needs and demands on the HVAC market.  We look forward to serving you in the future.

Cold temperatures are here to stay learn how to protect your house from the cold

Winter weather is no fun in the Midwest area of the Unite States.  T.F. Ehrhart has been servicing this cold area since the early 1900’s and we know what needs to be done to protect your home in this cold weather.  First off have an efficient furnace, that has been checked in the Fall to make sure there are no cracks in the heat exchanger and there is a clean and appropriate size filter in place.  If you have a chimney make sure the liner is free from debris and the cap on your roof is in good shape.  After that here are a few more tips to make sure things stay as warm as possible.

  • Keep drapes and blinds closed, except when windows are in direct sunlight.
  • Put up storm windows, or install sheet plastic window insulation kits on the inside of windows.
  • Cover or remove any window air conditioners.
  • Insulate electrical outlets and switches on exterior walls with foam seals available at home centers.
  • Caulk any cracks or holes on the outside of your house.
  • Repair or replace weather stripping and thresholds around doors and windows.
  • Run paddle ceiling fans on low in reverse (clockwise when looking up) to circulate warm air.
  • Put draft snakes on window sills, between window frames, and against doors.

For those of you with vehicles that are parked outside and not in a garage we have listed below a few other items that may come in handy.  These can also apply to homeowners with a garage or shop building that is not heated also.

  • Check antifreeze levels in cars. Add if needed, then run the engine to circulate the new antifreeze through the radiator and engine block.
  • Add freeze resistant windshield wiper fluid, and spay to circulate it in lines.
  • Check air pressure in tires, since cold weather causes the pressure to lower.

Stay safe and warm Spring is only 29 days away!

-Ryan

Warning on Recharging R22 Systems with Wrong Refrigerant

Propane based refrigerants are not a bad thing when paired with appropriate systems.  The EPA is warning home owners, air conditioning technicians, and manufacturers of propane based refrigerants, that there is a serious hazard to safety when using propane in existing motor vehicle and home air conditioning systems.  Many of the R22 refrigerants that are being marketed to consumers to use for their home or car contain flammable propane and the systems they have cannot use that style of refrigerant.  The EPA has not received any of these newer refrigerants to test or review which means their effect on personal health and the environment is unknown.

When using these types of propane refrigerants it is possible that they could combust when putting them in units where they are not designed.  This can cause great bodily harm, property damage, and in a severe case even death.  The EPA is taking action against companies who are marketing their products incorrectly or as substitutes for non flammable refrigerant.  If you have purchased any of these items let us know and we will help you take appropriate actions to alert the EPA and the FBI in their quest to get these items off the market and keep people safe.

You can also take action on your own.

“The large number of possible victims necessitates that we ask for your assistance in one of the two ways listed below. Any responses are voluntary but will prove useful to our investigation. Completion of the questionnaire would help us further identify you as a victim and greatly help our investigation. Please submit details via the Preferred Method—Complete the attached online form/questionnaire on the FBI.gov website: https://forms.fbi.gov/super-freeze.”

Planning Ahead To Get Your Business Ahead

We have all heard that we need to plan ahead and we know this but how many times do we actually do this?  After all, planning takes time when we could be doing jobs right now that are making us money.  This logic isn’t wrong but it is slightly flawed, what is that time you spent planning made your next jobs more efficient and saved you time, and that saved you money?  The article below by Butch Welsch entitled, “My Two Cents: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail”.  This    is a great article for Contractors to read about how to improve their process from first interactions with the customer until the job is installed and billed.  Check it out!

My Two Cent: Failing to Plan is Planning to  Fail

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The saying, “Failing to plan is planning to fail,” is attributed to Ben Franklin. While I wasn’t around to hear him say it, it’s a statement that certainly applies to HVAC contractors. In the past, I’ve talked about the need for long-range planning, and that need is still there. Today, however, I want to talk about planning for that next replacement job. It is important from the contractor’s profitability standpoint, as well as the customer’s satisfaction, that the job is planned out carefully in advance. As a contractor, you need to have systems in place to ensure the proper planning is done for every job.

Once the sale has been agreed upon, our next step is to arrange an installation date in order to have the job on our installation board. The salesman and replacement foreman determine the skill set needed for the job and assign the job to one of the lead installers with those skills.

Next, a job ticket is generated that details all the pieces of equipment, zoning items, controls, etc. that will be required. The job ticket also includes the planned installation date and installer. Naturally, things occur that may change the install date and/or installer, but establishing those in the beginning provides a good starting point.

As soon as possible, one copy of the job ticket is given to our person responsible for purchasing. That person then verifies which items are in stock and which need to be ordered to make sure we are prepared on the install date. It is important that all of the details the salesperson has agreed to with the customer are shown on the job ticket. Put it in writing. Don’t count on someone remembering that he said this or that.

At this time, if the purchaser encounters a problem, he or she needs to get with the salesman so that everyone is aware of the issue and any alternative necessary arrangements can be made.

If there are any significant duct-work modifications, such as the moving of supplies, returns, or similar installation functions, we’ve found it cost-effective to have a foreman stop by the home to obtain all of the necessary measurements. Although our install trucks have the capability of making some fittings, we have found that, to provide the finest in quality and efficiency, having the fittings and parts made in the shop is the best method. When the foreman returns to the shop, he prepares the detailed shop drawings as well as the complete list of all material items that will be needed on the job. This includes gas line materials, electrical items, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe, fittings, etc.

Since the install date is clearly on the job ticket, the shop foreman knows when to have the materials fabricated for the job.

The day before the installation, all of the items we will be sending to the job are collected together in a location assigned to the installer who is scheduled for the job. Those locations obviously need to be as close as possible to the warehouse doors.

It is extremely important that the materials for each job are clearly separated from the other jobs. In the rush and hectic pace that typically occurs in a contractor’s shop in the morning, clearly marked and separated items are crucial to timely operation.

Depending upon several factors, such as job location, type of job, etc., we will have either the lead installer or the helper go directly to the job while the other comes to the shop to unload yesterday’s trash and load the items that are in his assigned location for today’s job.

If there are any special instructions, in addition to them being shown on the job ticket, our replacement foreman will explain those instructions to the installer at that time. This step is extremely important. Customers expect their particular requirements to be performed just as they outlined them with the sales engineer. Making sure communication is excellent between the sales staff, the replacement foreman, and the installers is probably the most important factor in proper planning.

In our business, things change at a moment’s notice. As a result, I can’t guarantee that planning like this will cure all the problems that might occur on an installation, but I can assure you that by taking these steps you will greatly reduce a number of avoidable errors.

 

 

 

How to Keep Your Heating and Cooling Clean and Safe this Year

p900gxHere at T.F. Ehrhart in Quincy, IL, we feel that having clean air is of utmost importance to consumers.  That is why we carry HVAC supplies such as the    Sanuvox P900GX Portable UV Air Purifier.  A Sanuvox air purifier is a benefit to consumers because it is lightweight, about 11lbs, and has a powerful blower that can pull in the air to purify it with the UV lights.  The P900GX can cover 900 square feet, and works great in offices or homes without forced air.  Many homes in Quincy, IL still have radiant heat and no way to purify air without a portable unit.  If you would like more information about how the P900 can reduce bacteria in the air by up to 95% you can rad about it here.

 

Have Fun in the Sun on July 4th

Happy 4th of July

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 Its going to be Sunny and warm this Friday come into T.F. Ehrhart Thursday before 5:00 to make sure you can beat the heat this weekend!

 

 

HOMES Act Introduced In House

On May 23, Representatives Dave McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-Verm.) introduced the Home Owner Managing Energy Savings Act of 2013 (HOMES) that would authorize a significant new federal incentive for making energy efficient retrofit improvements to existing single family and some multifamily dwellings.

The legislation specifically endorses contractors accredited by ACCA’s Quality Assurance programs as eligible to perform the qualified retrofit jobs.

The HOMES Act would create the Home Energy Saving Retrofit Rebate Program to provide a rebate to homeowners who make qualified improvement to their homes based on the resulting energy savings. Improvements that result in at least 20 percent energy savings would earn a $2,000 rebate. For every 5 percent in additional energy savings, the homeowner can receive another $1,000 – up to a total of $8,000 or 50 percent of the project’s cost. A variety of improvements are eligible under the HOMES Act, including qualified HVAC appliances, doors, windows, insulation, or other home improvements to lower energy costs.

In order to ensure the rebate dollars are used wisely, contractors who perform work eligible for the rebate program must be accredited by ACCA as a QA Home Performance Contractor, RESNET as an Energy Smart Home Performance Team, or accredited through the Building Performance Institute (BPI). They must also employ technicians certified by the North American Technician Excellence (NATE), ACCA, RESNET, BPI, the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA), or a regional weatherization program; and they must carry at least $1 million in general liability insurance, and abide by all manufacturers installation requirements.

“ACCA applauds the efforts of Representatives McKinley and Welch in introducing this legislation,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “This rebate program will help create jobs, save energy, improve indoor air quality, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.”

The Home Energy Saving Retrofit Rebate Program would require a home energy audit to precede any retrofit work. The audit would set the energy use baseline and present the opportunity to consider all possible retrofit options. Once the retrofit work is completed and verified, rebates would be awarded based on modeled energy savings. The program has a rigorous quality assurance component. The first ten retrofit jobs performed by a qualified contractor under the program are verified, with 60% of jobs verified thereafter.

“More and more Americans are realizing that energy efficient retrofits financed or incentivized with public funds must be done right,” continues Stalknecht. “The HVAC equipment, the largest energy user in any household, must be sized properly and installed correctly in order achieve the intended results. Contractors accredited through the ACCA Quality Assurance program can help homeowners find greater energy savings with new, high efficiency HVAC equipment that eventually save enough money to pay for themselves.”

The legislation would authorize $500,000,000 to be allocated annually in fiscal years 2014-2017. Rebates would be paid directly to the homeowner through a rebate aggregator and after quality assurance checks are made.

The HOMES Act was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.

 

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