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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Question:

 If I plan on specializing in residential and light commercial duct cleaning, should I use a HEPA duct vacuum or a Gas Portable?
 

Answer:

 HEPA and Gas Portables are both great options to use on residential duct cleaning. However, when moving onto larger systems found in a light commercial application, the higher airflow from a Gas Portable will yield the same result with less effort and time on the job. Using a vacuum that creates higher airflow can often times mean that you'll experience a significant savings in your labor cost.

Question:

 How should I maintain my Kohler powered air compressor to last for many years?
 

Answer:

 Your air compressor will last for many years and thousands of machine hours if maintained properly. Air compressors require regular air filter changes in both the engine, and the pump. Also, air compressors require regular oil changes in the engine, and the pump. Engine maintenance should follow a 100 hour schedule in which the air filter is changed, the oil is changed, and the oil filter (if applicable) is changed. Every 200 hours, the spark plugs should be changed or re-gapped to .040", and the fuel filter should be changed (if applicable). Air compressor pumps use Non-Detergent 30 Weight oil. This means that the oil is free of additives and detergents that keep it from breaking down. Because non-detergent oil is used, pump oil should be changed every 90 days, regardless of use. Pump air filters can follow the 100 hour maintenance cycle.

Question:

 How should I maintain my General Power Vacuum, with a 20 HP Kohler Engine, to last for many years?
 

Answer:

 The General and it's Kohler engine will last for many years, and thousands of machine hours, if maintained properly. Maintenance is suggested every 100 machine hours and includes the following: Oil Filter, Air Filter, and Engine Oil. Every 200 hours, it is suggested to change or re-gap spark plugs to .030", and replace the fuel filter. Also, with any air cooled engine, keeping dirt and debris buildup on the engine block surface to a minimum will help the engine to run cooler and maximize the life of internal motion components.

Question:

 How much money can I expect to make in the air duct cleaning business?
 

Answer:

 A one-man crew can clean a residential air duct cleaning system fairly easily. A one-man crew can do 2 jobs per day, at a approximately $375 per job. At 10 jobs per week, the potential weekly gross earnings would be $3,750, and the potential yearly income would be $195,000. If you intend to work weekends, and large custom home jobs, this figure could easily be greater. (The amount charged for residential service will be dependent upon your location, certification, advertising, and licensing)

Question:

 After I purchase my air duct cleaning equipment, how do I get started?
 

Answer:

 Starting a service business requires more than just the best equipment. As a business owner, you will need to execute a successful advertising campaign. Many methods of advertising have been successful for duct cleaners including: door hangers, newspaper ads and coupons, coupon mailer programs, local home shows, word of mouth, and professional relationships. Try to find other service professionals in your local area that provide other services whose customers could mutually benefit by both His service and Yours.

Question:

 If I need Air Duct Cleaning Training, where can I get it?
 

Answer:

 At Meyer Machine & Equipment, we can provide you and your technicians with real On-The-Job training, as well as classroom training. We have NADCA Certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists on staff to train your technicians the acceptable methods in which successful duct cleaners work on both residential and commercial job-sites.

Question:

 What is NADCA?
 

Answer:

 NADCA, is the National Air Duct Cleaner's Association. They are a non-profit trade association dedicated to the continuous progress and education of HVAC Inspection, Maintenance and Restoration Industry. Certification can be obtained through this organization. They can be reached at http://www.NADCA.com or 855-GO-NADCA. (Note: Meyer Machine & Equipment has been a member of this association since 1993)

Question:

 How can I pay for my new Duct Cleaning, Dryer Vent Cleaning, or Insulation Removal Equipment & Supplies?
 

Answer:

 We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We accept personal, company, and cashier's checks. We can process ACH Payments for One-Time or On-Going purchases, and we can also process Bank Wire Tranfers.

Question:

 Are there leasing options available?
 

Answer:

 Yes. Meyer Machine & Equipment works closely with financing companies that specialize in financing capital purchases for service companies. For more information on leasing, please contact a sales representative at: 1-800-728-3828.

Question:

 How can I keep my insulation bags from ripping when I'm removing insulation?
 

Answer:

 Insulation bags, like any porous filtration product, can become clogged with fine dust particles. An operator working by the vacuum and bag can use a broomstick to occasionally tap the pores of the bag clean. If the bag looks very firm or taught, and cannot be tapped clean, the bag may need to be replaced. High levels of dust in insulation materials such as cellulose and vermiculite may cause insulation bags to become excessively taught after smaller amounts of material have been removed compared to fiberglass.

Question:

 How many disposable bags do I need for a removal job?
 

Answer:

 - Calculate the volume of insulation to be removed. (Length x Width x Depth)
- Divide the Volume by the Capacity of Each Bag, 75 cu. ft. (Volume / 75)
- 70 ft long x 20 ft wide x 6" (.5 ft) deep = 700 cubic ft - 700 cubic ft / 75 cubic ft per bag = 9.33 Bags for the Job
- Red InsulBag, GBD010, holds approximately 85 cubic feet, 12-Pack GBD011
- White Disposable Filter Bag, GBD002, holds 75 cubic feet, 12-Pack GBD003