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  • GalvTexGuy

    Member
    February 10, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Yeah, I'm a big fan of Chris and HVACR Videos. I know it's tough running a service company, but I told him he needs to find an ace technician so he can delegate some of the service calls. He's going to burn out at the rate he's going. I did commercial A/C & refrigeration work for almost 40 years, so I know what he deals with on a day-to-day basis. Luckily, I have a job doing public school kitchens in the twilight of my career, so I'm not running the streets anymore doing service calls.

  • techtownmayor

    Member
    February 10, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    I can only imagine the strain of the job. He has several videos from middle of the night emergency calls, and I really feel bad for him in those. That, and having to spend a lot of time on a 110F roof! Then again, it will be -10F here this weekend, and I'd gladly have some of that 110F here! Thanks for your post!

  • thomasmann

    Member
    February 11, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    YES! I wear his hat every day, learned a lot from him. I do literally the same work he does but I'm Phoenix. So I can relate to everything he's doing.

  • ShawnF

    Member
    February 13, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Really enjoy his videos. As I am new to light commercial refigeration, I find it very informative. I also enjoy AC Service Tech. Bought the book and watch all his viedos as well even though they are more residential.

  • ectofix

    Member
    February 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Chris is good. I've watched him for several years now. Very detailed. Good summary at the end.

    Others I like:

    http://bluecollarroots.com/

    The BCR network is a collective of shows and content creators that
    specifically target the HVAC/R market with a combination of training and
    entertainment. Many blogs and podcasts packed full of good technical information. I believe they are affiliated with (or sponsored by) a company called Tru Tech Tools. Additionally, Jim Burgmann is a frequent contributor of training info at BCR. I suggest that anyone in this business do a search for him on YouTube and you are GOING to become enlightened.

    https://www.hvacrschool.com/

    Bryan Orr is the man. His website is packed full of training information via videos, radio-show-like podcasts (he has the voice for it), tech tips, etc. He is the president/co-owner of a large, successful Florida business called Kalos Services. He's a frequent contributor to the aforementioned BCR, ACHR News, RSES and other prominent websites in the HVAC/R industry. Bryan also has a YouTube channel, called HVAC School. It's wholly educational (from basics to the full gamut), along with some humor through the antics of one of his employees – BERT.

  • ectofix

    Member
    February 13, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    I wasn't done yet, but hit the wrong button.

    Here's the link featuring BERT.

    Anyway. Scaling back from the hugely educational stuff, another YouTube guy I follow is Dave – the one man operation calling his company Nor-Cal Refrigeration & H.V.A.C. He's located in…uh…Northern California.

    I like Dave's videos mostly because of the entertainment value. He has a wonderfully lighthearted spirit as he addressed some of the grungiest refrigeration jobs while we simply ride on the top of his head (or in his van) knocking out the jobs.

    His videos are real wold stuff. They're not classroom. His vids are much shorter than Chris', but are ones where I'm always wanting to tell him “Been there and done that”. No, not there in Cali, but I've been in the middle of some of those situations. Under the blazing hot sun of summer or (he doesn't much experience) iced over rooftops of winter.

    YES. Refrigeration systems fail in the winter too. They don't perform well in the winter if a headmaster or fan cycle control gives out.

    I also like the bike rides he shares. He's a music buff too (which he shares occasionally) and a scuba diver (which I've been…and he also shares).

    I find Dave's videos the most entertaining if I want to watch videos of the WORK I've already done…or could be if I was still doing refrigeration.

  • techtownmayor

    Member
    February 14, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for sharing others I should watch!

    It wouldn't be the first time my wife shakes her head disappointed after I spent an entire evening watching videos of someone fixing a package unit or a moldy ice maker.

    Soon, I'll combine a lot of these tips into a helpful post on the site with resources we can all benefit from (other than techtown of course!)

    It also reminds me that I should order some merch from any of them to help support their channels. Would anyone here be interested in some free hats and shirts from these channels? I'd be happy to buy them and share the love!

  • ShawnF

    Member
    February 15, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Stuff is always appreciated.

  • chrisstephens

    Member
    January 25, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Funny my daughter was telling me that she googled me and that there was an entire conversation mentioning me, that made me laugh.. anyways thanks so much for the nice words and the other channels mentioned are all great, I watch them all too!!

  • ectofix

    Member
    January 27, 2022 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for chiming in, @Cris Stephens!

    While composing and tamping out technical responses on a keyboards takes some thought and effort, very FEW realize what it takes to make a video.

    Having made (just) a few videos myself, I can appreciate the planning, composition, camera placement, recording, then the cutting & editing of making such videos. PLUS, the learning of your video editing program and the (eventual) final rendering. That all takes ALLOT of time.

    SO…thanks for what you do!

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