May 28, 2015

Dishwasher Rebates from Home-Tech May 2015

DishwasherRebatesIf you’re a fan of the popular TV series “Mad Men”, you probably noticed that in the final episode of the series this past Sunday night, there was a scene that captured one of the main characters, 15-year old Sally Draper, standing at the kitchen sink, painstakingly doing the dishes. Keep in mind, the show was set in 1970 – before it was commonplace for homes to come with built-in dishwashers. It seems that there is actually a day dedicated to this chore – “Do Dirty Dishes Day” – okay, but not without an automatic dishwasher from Home-Tech.

Those Were (Not) The Days

If you’re over the age of 50 or so, you can certainly recall having to stand on a step stool in order to reach the sink, filling it with sudsy water, and scrubbing each individual glass, plate, pot, pan, fork, knife, and spoon – usually with a brother or sister on rinsing and towel drying duty, while a taller family member put all the dishes away. I don’t think any of us considered doing dishes a favorite chore. Especially when the water started to cool down, the suds dissipated, and bits of food rose to the surface (gross). All those kids in a dish-duty assembly line may have looked like a happy team, but trust me – they were not. It was just the last chore before we got to sit down in front of the TV. To say some of us may have rushed through the job to be able to turn on “The Carol Burnett Show” is putting it mildly. And inevitably, there was that one pot that still had a bit of burnt spaghetti sauce left on the bottom that would have to soak for several days. The only good news about washing dishes, was that allegedly, according to the ad pros on Madison Avenue, Palmolive dish soap would make your hands softer (“You’re soaking in it!) – yeah, right.

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Thankfully, dishwater hands, kids’ dish assembly lines, and sinks full of soaking pots and pans, ended later in the 70’s when dishwashers became more common, not just in wealthy homes, but in almost all homes. And these days, Home-Tech offers state-of-the-art millennium style dishwashers that are not only practically silent, but almost invisible, as they integrate smoothly into the rest of your kitchen. And best of all, we have dishwasher rebates to offer!

Wonderful Whirlpool

We love Whirlpool, and we’re currently offering a rebate on their Compact Tall Tub Dishwasher (model #WDF518SAAB) in black, white, or monochromatic stainless steel. It’s perfect if you have space issues in your kitchen, yet want an appliance that does a big job. Plus, it boasts the Quiet Partner Sound 1 package – between its convenient size and barely-there noise level, this dishwasher never disappoints.

Gee, G.E., You’re Great

We’re also offering a rebate on our G.E. 18” Spacemaker Built-In Dishwasher (Model # GSM1800FBB) in black or white, with strong racks designed for your biggest and dirtiest dish loads. The full-length flat door looks great with your existing cabinetry and adds elegance.

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The rebates continue with the innovative Bosch 24” Recessed Handle Special Application Dishwasher in sleek black (model # SGE63E06UC). With four wash cycles, a sanitizing option, and the distinction of being the quietest dishwasher in its class, this appliance will not only make life easier – it will make your kitchen more beautiful.

There are plenty of reasons to be nostalgic about the 70’s – Donny Osmond, Earth Shoes, and of course, “The Carol Burnett Show” – but washing dishes was never one of them – softer hands or not.

Women In Business Meet at Home-Tech

Women In BusinessAt employee owned Home-Tech, we love hosting a party – especially if it’s right on one of our favorite turfs – our Fort Myers Member Appliance Center on Plantation near Daniels.

Mix &Mingle

The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce monthly Women In Business gatherings are among the best events to network, have fun, eat, drink, and be merry. Whether it’s seasoned business leaders like Gail Markham who spoke about the importance of volunteerism at the event, or newcomers looking to meet new contacts, Women In Business is the perfect place get to know the ins and outs of the Southwest Florida business world.

Sparkling Crowd

Last Wednesday evening, Home-Tech was filled with a who’s who of area female leaders in business. There were Public Relations experts like Connie Ramos-Williams, Kimberly Pollock, and Erica Palmer. The nonprofit world was represented by the like of Angela Melvin, Stefanie Ink, and Angela Katz. Lots of ladies from Home-Tech were happy to help host including Sonya Sawyer, Tracey Hendershott, and Margo McQueen.

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Plenty of ladies loved being at Home-Tech for Women in Business. “It feels like you’re in someone’s comfy kitchen,” said Ink.

“It’s great how everything’s set up here,” said Ramos-Williams. “It’s perfect for a party – and for shopping!”

Vashalynn Natal of U.S. Health said it was her first time at Home-Tech, “It’s such a good concept – the set-up is so realistic of actual kitchens. It feels like home.”

Home-Tech donated a beer kegerator and a PureWash system to the raffle to generate more ticket sales for the scholarship fund. The mixture of men and women who attended enjoyed fresh Italian food catered by Blue Moon Pizza and everyone went home with a Service Agreement brochure and the special drink recipe for the night.

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We hope you’ll come by and see what Women in Business already know. Home-Tech is the place to be and be seen, whether you’re networking or looking for a new air conditioning system, a Service Agreement or a fabulous new appliance – we’ve got you covered.

Women In Business takes place in a variety of area locations on the first Wednesday of every month from 4 pm until 6 pm. For more information, contact the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce.

At Home-Tech, AC Repair Rhymes with Fair

Broken AC reducedOn Friday we discovered, much to our delight, that it was Mother Goose Day. If anyone should have their own holiday, it’s certainly Mother Goose whose clever nursery rhymes can be adapted to any occasion.

In fact, Mother Goose, who offered a great service and was a lifesaver for scores of parents as they rhymed their children to sleep, got us thinking about our own service department at Home-Tech helping folks with their AC repairs.

Because whether it’s a kindly old lady in an apron named Goose, or one of our fantastic Service Technicians in their snappy uniforms– a lifesaver is a lifesaver.

The Rescue of Mother Hubbard

Fabulous and fit Mother Hubbard

Always kept tools in her cupboard

Just in case of an AC repair.

She  always tried to care for her lair

But, sometimes, life can be unfair,

and the AC stops making cold air.


tools reducedShe opened up the instruction book

And attempted to give it a look.

But the fine print made no sense

And still, no air came from the vents.

So she turned on all the fans

And started wringing both her hands.

It’s hot and almost summer!

Broken AC is a major bummer.


And so she began to call around

Only to discover, no help to be found.

Suddenly, she remembered what Miss Muffet had said:

“Call Home-Tech when you’re AC is dead!”


She called and magically a Tech came to her door,

Like a Prince arriving by boat on a shore.

When she bought a Service Agreement her first call was FREE

She was so happy, she shouted with glee!


AC Crew improvedThis isn’t just a child’s nursery rhyme.

To have a repair won’t cost a dime.

A Service Agreement is your hero

And it’s magical when you pay zero.


Sweet dreams – from all of us at Home-Tech.






Take Children to Work Home-Tech Style

Steve and SonyaBack in 1993, Take Your Daughter to Work Day was established as a day of celebration and a way to celebrate women in the work force – in 2003, the celebration grew to include boys – and is now recognized as Take Your Children to Work Day. It’s always the 4th Thursday of April, and this year fell on April 22nd. But, here at Home-Tech, our President & CEO, Steve Marino has been taking his daughter, Sonya, to work every day since she was 7-years old. “Well, technically, Dad took me to work every day, because in the beginning, Home-Tech operated out of our house,” says Home-Tech CFO, Sonya Sawyer.

Bright Beginnings

When she was little, her sister had to move into Sonya’s room to make room for Steve’s office. And even at that young age, when her Dad went on service calls on weekends, Sonya would go with him, “It was fun,” she remembers. “I’d hand him his tools while he was working on an appliance, so I’d know the difference between a flat head and a Phillip’s head screwdriver. The customers were always really nice – sometimes, they’d even feed me,” she laughs.

The Tradition Continues

Sonya says she loved having quality time with her Dad – and seeing him help people. As a teenager, Sonya worked at Home-Tech after school and on weekends. She became a CPA and worked at a large firm, but in 1999, her Dad offered her the CFO position. “He really treats me like any other employee,” says Sonya. “But, then again, everyone’s treated the same because we’re one big family here at Home-Tech. We take pride in being a locally owned and operated business.”

Family Pride

These days, Sonya’s been known to bring her 7-year old daughter, Chloe to work – and her 10-year old son, Brandon, is already getting his hands dirty by helping out in the warehouse. “He’s already told me that when he grows up, he wants to work at Home-Tech,” she says, smiling.

At Home-Tech it really is all in the family. From management, to our team, and to the customer – family pride means quality work. So if you take your daughter or son to work – you never know – they might end up working just down the hall from you someday.

Home-Tech Gets 5 Stars for Appliance Service

Home-Tech ReviewsI am rating Home-Tech five stars out of five. I am also rating the appliance service person who came to my home five stars out of five. Here is why….

The company representative I spoke with (Pat, I think) when I first called told me exactly what rates, pricing, and time frames I could expect.

The follow-up was exactly what the home base representative told me to expect…. they called early in the day to give me a two-hour window within which the service person would arrive, and I was called by the service person when he was within ten minutes of arriving at my home.

The service person arrived in a company vehicle, was clean cut, in a white shirt and khaki slacks, with identifying patches and a name badge on his uniform.air condioning service technician

The service person had already been briefed correctly on the description of the problem I’d given to the base representative, confirmed that with me, and got right to work. His manner was pleasant, reassuring, and professional.

It was obvious that the serviceman was experienced in servicing this and similar machines. He was able to identify the problem within the first ten minutes, and was confident that he could fix it within a short time.

The serviceman exhibited an excellent work ethic, keeping to the task, working even while my wife and I talked to him, and had the job done well within his estimated time.

Whether planned or by coincidence, it was a smart move by the company to send one of their more experienced and efficient service people on a call to a new customer.

The labor rates charged are, in my opinion, somewhat high. But then I was paying for: a) someone to come to me instead of my having to bring the problem to them b) their experience and backup support, and c) the assurance that I wouldn’t get someone who comes into my home sweating and smelly, asking for a drink, stopping work to jibber-jabber on the phone, telling me the worst outcome I can expect before he’s even looked at the problem, leaves his basic tools in the truck (while I pay for the time it takes him to go back and forth from the truck), and who works like he’s already burned out on doing the work he’s in – OR – an inexperienced upstart who must spend half of his charged time on the phone with the company asking for help and instructions.
I would not hesitate to recommend Home-Tech to a friend, neighbor, or other family member. I was entirely pleased with their service, the service person, and the results.

Incidentally, the service person who came to my home was Matt E.. Extremely nice, capable, knowledgeable, professional young man who, from what I learned of him in a short time, seems like he’s going to do well for himself, his family, and for Home-Tech.

J. Bogart

Home-Tech Hearts Our Community By Supporting the Heart Ball

2015 Heartball logoWhen it comes to giving back to the community, here at Home-Tech, we like to mix it up a little. You might see us pounding nails and lugging lumber as we help Habitat For Humanity build a first home for a local single mom and her kids. We love to help one of our favorite non-profits, the Animal Refuge Center, as hands on as we can, as we adore our furry friends. And given the chance to get involved with the sparkling, black-tie, glamorous Heart Ball, we always put our hearts into it every year.

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The Heart Ball supports the American Heart Association on a local level. With funds raised from this fabulous and festive evening at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa benefiting a variety of programs – from Go Red for Women, which is all about heart health for women, to educating children about healthy eating, exercising, and avoiding childhood obesity. But, that’s not all – the event is cosponsored by Lee Memorial Health System and Naples Community Hospital – making the event a true Southwest Florida effort – and Home-Tech is proud, as always, to be a sponsor.

heart ball 2Home-Tech Sponsors the Silent Auction

Previously, our very own rock star CFO, Sonya Sawyer, has been the co-chair of the festivities, along with her wonderful husband, Brian. This year, Home-Tech was thrilled to be the official sponsor of the Silent Auction, plus we donated one of our wine coolers for bidding which garnered a hefty amount for the cause. Over 500 guests attended, dancing into the wee hours to the band “None Other”, as NBC-2 Anchor Kellie Burns and Auctioneer Scott Robertson officiated. Spotted in the crowd from Home-Tech was our own Sonya with Brian, CEO, Steve Marino and his wife, Tammy Surratt, and Pam Marino, Service Operations Manager.  Also enjoying the fun, Pason and Renee Gaddis, Dr. Larry and Mrs. Becky Antonucci, Nancy McGovern, Kathy Tolle, Laura Regan, and so many more.

Home-Tech has a heart – and we LOVE having a ball – thanks to the American Heart Association of Southwest Florida for letting us join the party of giving back – we can’t wait until next year!


Spring Training is for Home-Tech Technicians Too

V__A0CEHome-Tech employee owners just attended a luncheon at the Minnesota Twins facility with the Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. It’s great having the Twins spring training “machine” just a hop, skip and a jump away from our Fort Myers location on Techster Boulevard.

It’s a Big Hit

The entire Twins organization is now in full swing with Spring Training as well as their rivals across town at Jet Blue Park. It’s a lot of fun to go out and watch all the AMAZING young players sharpen up their skills in batting, fielding and pitching. The stars of the team are right there to chat with you and the future stars are on fire with the love of baseball. It’s beautiful weather and great family fun for everyone in Fort Myers. No wonder baseball has been called America’s pastime since it began in 1845 with the NY Knickerbockers.

Training is a Home Run

Major league baseball is not the only organization that appreciates the concept of training beginners. With baseball training you start with the basics and as skills improve the guys move up through the organization, always hoping to make it to the big leagues. Home-Tech has a similar concept in place with our Apprenticeship Program. Several weeks ago, new apprentices were hired and are now involved in the intense training program lead by Home-Tech Trainer, Gary Close.NATE certified

Suit UP

Not only do they learn the ins and outs of appliance and air conditioning repair but also the standard of service that is required to be a Home-Tech technician. They are issued uniforms, just like baseball players and spend many hours in classes with hands on training. And their training doesn’t stop with “spring training”. Every technician, no matter how long he has been at Home-Tech still receives ongoing training. Imagine how much training is required to repair every brand and type of appliance and air conditioner. But they learn it, because that’s what it takes to make the cut with you, our customer.

Enjoy some baseball in beautiful SW Florida. Have a hot dog, a cold drink and popcorn. And when you get home from the game, if you need us, Home-Tech will go to bat for you!




Home-Tech CEO Steve Marino Goes Over the Edge

Steve Marino and Brian Sawyer

Steve Marino and Brian Sawyer

It’s not often that you can watch your CEO performing a death defying feat and on a Friday the 13th to boot. But that’s exactly what happened in Naples last week. Steve Marino, President and CEO of Home-Tech hung over the edge from the roof of the Naples Grand for a full minute and then began his descent, rapelling down, carefully at first and then James Bond style as he got the hang of it. All of this was done in order to raise funds to help with the life skills & education of our youth through Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida. The Over the Edge event continued on into Saturday the 14th with many participants enjoying their precarious descent and the cheers of the crowd below.

Many Sacrifices of Time, Talent and Energynaples grand

Home-Tech employee owners feel very motivated to support local causes and charities in our communities that we service. We are thankful to the residents of SW Florida for using our air conditioning and appliance repair services for over 34 years and feel compelled to give back. Home-Tech just recently began work on it’s 18th home construction project for Habitat for Humanity, is hosting the Duck Slap Party in Bradenton for the Pace Center for Girls Duck Race which is rapidly approaching, and has many more charitable events and giving lined out for the rest of 2015 to provide support in many different ways.

Much time, effort, sweat and great care is given by Home-Tech employees in order to provide service beyond the walls of Home-Tech. We hope to see you at many of these events.

Steamy Couples Come In Red When It Comes to Washers & Dryers

ValentinesAs we approach Valentine’s Day, counting the number of times the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trailer has played on TV has been a challenge; plus, keeping track of the many times the movie premiere has been mentioned on the Internet; OR adding up the number of magazines the stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan have been on. But, their characters, Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey aren’t the only hot, steamy, romantic couples being talked about during Valentine’s week.

Love Is In The Air

George and Amal Clooney certainly come to mind – yes, millions of hearts broke when the sexiest bachelor alive recently took a bride, but the tall, stunning, British lawyer he chose to be Mrs. Clooney seems to have been worth the wait. In an acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards this year, he said, “”It’s a humbling thing when you find someone to love. Even better if you’ve been waiting your whole life . . . and when your whole life is 53 years. . . . Amal, whatever alchemy it is that brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”

One of country music’s most sparkling couples, is also the cutest and most devoted – Miranda Lambert recently said of her husband, Blake Shelton, “I never saw him as a ‘hot husband,’ but I understand why women would think that. What makes him hot to me is that Blake is a real man’s man. He’s not one of those girly guys at all. He’s definitely a country boy, and what you see is what you get.”

Get out the Kleenex for this one. When it comes to royalty, Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate don’t seem to have the stiff upper lips that most royals do – in photos, they’re affectionate, laughing, and look truly in love – in fact, when Prince William proposed to Kate and gave her his late mother, Princess Diana’s famous sapphire engagement ring, he said in an interview, “The ring is very special to me – and Kate is very special to me now. It seemed only right to put the two together. It was my way to make sure that my mother wouldn’t miss out on the excitement that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together. We’re both very, very happy.”

Steamy and Red Hot

Here at Home-Tech, we have our own happy couple – not only that, they’re even hotter and steamier than the stars mentioned above – we’re sure of it. It’s all about washers and dryers here at Home-Tech. In sexy Merlot, the Samsung Front Load Washer (model #WF5400) and its partner, the Electronic Front Load Dryer (model #DV5400) in the same bold, sassy color are a new couple on the Home-Tech showroom floor, but we predict their relationship is solid and will stand the test of time. The washer features SuperSpeed, which means a 40% faster cycle, plus Steam Wash, which eliminates stains without pre-treatment. The dryer steams away wrinkles and even features an inner dryer rack for your delicates. So, not only does this couple have a fabulous working relationship, they also look amazing – on Valentine’s Day and every day, look to Home-Tech for hotness.

Ground Hog Day 2015 Means Good News For Air Conditioners

6MoreWeeksIf you grew up in the North East or the Midwest, you probably remember when Ground Hog Day really was a big deal. In the dead cold of winter, that fat, furry rodent could change your whole outlook on the next six weeks of weather depending on whether he saw his shadow or not. Which if you think about it, is kind of nuts – Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog doesn’t have a meteorology degree, or any computer models, and yet he gives us hope — or dashes our hopes. And this week, on February 2nd, he dashed them – IF you live in a region where there’s actually a winter. Happily, here in Southwest Florida, we do not.

 Six More Weeks of Florida Winter – Not So Bad

Phil the furry rodent seeing his shadow means only good news to Southwest Floridians – our air-conditioners can continue their long winter’s rest, while the arrival of our power bills brings us joy instead of causing us to tear our hair out. And the best part? We get to leave our windows and glass sliders open, allowing fresh Florida air into rooms where only ceiling fans are needed to regulate temperature, and if it’s slightly chilly, we pull a blanket over our shoulders rather than cranking up the heater. When Phil sees that shadow, it only means six more weeks of fabulous Florida weather – AND the perfect opportunity to have Home-Tech come out to check and maintain your air-conditioning unit.Lee County AC Repair

This weather won’t last forever, the long summer months are inevitably on their way and preparedness is the key to not being stuck in a hot, humid house with a broken air-conditioner in August. Let us check your filter, fluids, and ducts – it’s the perfect time of year for it. Call Home-Tech today at 800-800-8356 and ask about an A/C Clean and Check.

And let’s hope that groundhog was right – at least for our sake. For your northern friends and relatives, you may want to prepare your guest room.