There are several reasons why a “$29.95 Service Call” is unrealistic, and in most cases false advertising.
An experienced air conditioning service technician with five or more years of service earns about $35.00 per hour without considering any fringe benefits or overhead costs.
The overhead costs for an air conditioning service technician can vary based on several factors, including the size of the business, location, level of expertise, and specific services offered. Some common overhead costs in addition to the technician’s hourly rate that an air conditioning service technician might incur include:
- Employee Wages and Benefits: This includes benefits such as health insurance, retirement contributions, and paid time off.
- Training and Certification: HVAC technicians often need continuous training and certification to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and industry standards. Most of our technicians attend at least 40 hours of paid training per year.
- A legitimate service company also does background checks on prospective employees and existing employees on an annual basis to protect their customers.
- Insurance: This includes liability insurance to cover potential damages or accidents during service visits and workers’ compensation insurance to protect employees as well as customers in case of workplace injuries.
- Most insurance companies also require pre-employment drug testing and random drug testing periodically.
- Tools and Equipment: Air conditioning service technicians require specialized tools and equipment for installation, repairs, and maintenance.
- Vehicle Expenses: Many HVAC technicians use company vehicles, and this includes fuel, maintenance, insurance, and vehicle depreciation.
- Insurance companies initially check technicians driving records ant then periodically check to make sure a company has safe drivers.
- Office Space: Rent and utilities for office space, including a physical location for administrative tasks and customer service.
- Marketing and Advertising: Costs associated with advertising the business, such as online advertising, print materials, and website maintenance.
- Office Supplies and Administrative Costs: This includes computers, software, phones, and other office supplies necessary for day-to-day operations.
License and Permit Fees: HVAC businesses need various licenses and permits to operate legally in their respective areas. Most service contractors in Florida