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Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

If something is failing or going amiss with your HVAC unit, chances are, your HVAC unit is letting you know something is not quite right. However, most of the cues come in the form of sounds that many of us may overlook. If you hear your HVAC unit grinding, squealing, screeching or squeaking, it is letting you know it needs help. I was unaware of these cues and overlooked them. It ended up costing me a lot of money in repairs. I want to make sure that does not happen to other people, so I made this website. I hope you learn how to interpret the noises your HVAC unit is making so you can get it the repairs it needs before you incur a costly repair, or worse, permanently ruin your unit for good.

Grinding, Squealing and Screeching: Interpreting the Noises Your HVAC Makes

The Differences Between A Plumbing Repair Job And Contracted Plumbing Work

by Billie Carlson

People are often confused by the work plumbers do daily and the work performed by plumbing contractors. While plumbers can accept contract work, they have to put bids in for these jobs, which is in sharp contrast with the ease in which plumbers accept repair jobs on a daily basis. All plumbing contractors are plumbers, but not all plumbers are plumbing contractors. It depends on the type of work and a few other differences in the types of work expected. The following reveals other differences between plumbing work plumbers do daily and plumbing contract work.

Plumbers Never Do the Same Work for the Same Customer Twice

Most plumbers receive phone calls from customers asking for help with plumbing problems. Plumbers schedule these appointments into their days. They never see the same customer for the same job twice. Plumbing contractors, on the other hand, are contracted to work for the same customer/client for two to twelve months, spending every day installing and/or replacing plumbing in a new or old building.

Plumbing Contractors Have Guaranteed Work

When a plumber has secured a contract job, he/she has guaranteed work with a guaranteed income. Unless he or she does something really wrong and if fired from the job, the plumbing contractor can depend on the income from that job until that job is complete. Conversely, a plumber has periods where he/she has no work coming in at all. Entire days may go by before customer calls come in, and the plumber has more work to do.  

Plumbing Contractors Are Responsible for Engineering Plumbing Design

Plumbers may replace pipes, faucets, spigots, toilets, and plumbing hardware, but they typically do not completely redesign or design how plumbing will go. Plumbing contractors do. When they are handed a contract, they have to engineer and design how and where all of the plumbing in a building is going to go, or they have to replace all of the existing plumbing and figure out how to best do that. It may take the contractors weeks to formulate the plumbing design plan because they have to work with other contractors to make sure everything works out.

Plumbers That Do Not Do Contract Work Are Sole Operators

Plumbers typically work alone or occasionally with an apprentice. It is much easier to fix a toilet or leaky sink pipes as a sole plumber because no one else has to be consulted. As a contractor, the plumber has to work with a construction contractor, an electrical contractor, an HVAC contractor, and/or an architect to get everything installed just right and make absolutely certain that everything is up to building codes.