Regal Beloit Corporation to Offer Tour on Manufacturing Day

Regal Beloit Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electric motors, electrical motion controls, power generation and power transmission components, announced that it will host a tour of its Florence, Ky., manufacturing processes on Tuesday, October 3. The event is open and will begin at 8 a.m. EDT. Manufacturing Day, in its sixth year, is a celebration of modern manufacturing and helps to raise awareness of the profession and career opportunities. In 2016, there were more than… Read More

Carbon Monoxide: Leaking Gas Valves

By David Richardson With the floods impacting millions in Houston and throughout Florida, I’m reminded of the flooding in central Kentucky more than 20 years ago. During that event, many HVAC technicians found themselves cleaning out water-logged gas valves as they tried to get furnaces running again. I’m sure many of you are shaking your heads since you know those valves could fail in the open position, spewing gas into the equipment and building. While… Read More

How to Strike Up a Conversation about Financing Options

By John Harris Most manufacturers in the HVAC industry strongly support the idea of their local contractors offering financing options to homeowners. When it comes to contractors, however, it’s a mixed bag. Consider these three distinct groups: Proponents: Contractors who strongly believe financing options are an indispensible tool to help sell and who have factored that tool into their business and selling processes. Detractors: Contractors who say, essentially, “All my customers… Read More

AHRI Releases July 2017 U.S. Heating and Cooling Equipment Shipment Data

Residential Storage Water Heaters U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters for July 2017 decreased 8.4 percent, to 311,242 units, down from 339,690 units shipped in July 2016. Residential electric storage water heater shipments decreased 6.1 percent in July 2017, to 294,070 units, down from 313,191 units shipped in July 2016. Year-to-date U.S. shipments of residential gas storage water heaters increased 2 percent, to 2,542,293, compared to 2,492,545 shipped during that same period in 2016. Read More