August 1, 2014

3 Tips to Keep Your Air Conditioner Hurricane Safe

hurricane safeLike it or not, it’s officially Hurricane Season in Southwest Florida – and all we can do is keep our fingers crossed that we don’t end up in the proverbial Cone of Uncertainty. Home-Tech is here to help you keep your air conditioner hurricane safe should the worst happen.

Hurricane Safe – Stay Away Jim and Anderson!

If you’ve lived in the area for awhile, you’re prepared for the storm watches and the close calls, but if Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel shows up to broadcast live from our beaches in a rain pancho, we’ll know we’re in trouble. Worse yet, if Anderson Cooper arrives wearing galoshes and has a camera man in tow, then it’s DEFINITELY time to head for higher ground.

Power Woes

During Hurricane Charley, back in 2004, there was plenty to contend with, but probably the most challenging part of the aftermath was lack of power. And to make it all the more worse, it was August – the steamiest month of the year. The heat and humidity sent many of us to bars, where there was air-conditioning, ice, and relief from the relentless stickiness. And pretzels – bars also have pretzels.

Keep Your Air Conditioner Hurricane Safehurricane safe

But for many unlucky homeowners, even when the power came back, they were still suffering in sweaty weather because their outdoor air conditioners had gone the way of Dorothy’s house in “The Wizard of Oz” – indeed, when you’re faced  with a category 4 hurricane that carries winds as high as 150 mph, your outdoor unit is at risk if it’s not tied down with hurricane strapping. The good news is that when Home-Tech installs your air conditioner, hurricane straps are part of our installation process, so it’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about when your eyes are glued to the weather radar and you’re filling up endless jugs of water.

3 Tips to Protect Your Air Conditioning Unit

Besides strapping, here are some recommendations from FEMA about how to prepare your air conditioning system before the storm hits:

  1. Turn off your air conditioner.
  2. If you have a window AC unit or portable air conditioner with discharge ducts that exhaust through a window or to the exterior, remove the unit/ducts and seal the opening.
  3. Cover any outdoor air conditioners or condensing units with a tarp or plywood to protect the air conditioner from flying debris.

hurricane safeHopefully, your refrigerator, washer, and various other appliances won’t be sucked up into the swirling vortex of a hurricane (seeing an oven fly by your window would be jarring, at best). But, if you purchase one of our air conditioning systems, we’ll make sure it’s secure. Home-Tech Service Agreement customers always get scheduled first for service when something goes wrong. So hurricane season may be a good season to think about getting coverage.

A Summer of Sunny Skies

Meanwhile, let’s hope for a relaxing, hurricane-free summer, where we’ll all be able to breathe a sigh of relief when storm season is over on November 1st — happy in the knowledge that Jim Cantore or Anderson Cooper did NOT arrive on our sunny, calm shores.

 

Father’s Day – Give Dad What He Really Wants

Happy Father's Day

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend we thought we would share a unique gift idea for your Dad – a Home-Tech Service Agreement, so he doesn’t have to make repairs anymore.

Poor Dad, or poor hubby (whichever the case may be) — a new survey conducted by the Daily Mail says that over 70% of people rely on their Dad’s to fix things until they’re at least 41-years old.

No kidding.

Offspring are calling their fathers to pop on over at all hours to handle a variety of home emergencies.

Included in the Top Ten Dad Duties Are…

  • Repairing the air-conditioning and/or heat.
  • Fixing a sink.
  • Replacing fuses or light bulbs in appliances.
  • Installing a kitchen.

Children in your 40s, it’s time not only for YOU to get a Service Agreement from Home-Tech, it’s time for you to get one for your Dad too — and it’s the perfect Father’s Day gift.

Dad Deserves a BreakDad fishing

Let’s face it, Dad has tons of socks, plenty of aftershave, and if he needs a new putter, he’ll go buy one himself. What he really wants is rest, relaxation, and peace of mind. That means not driving over to the kids’ house to diagnose and repair appliances. And better yet, not having to worry about those emergencies in his own home either. You may picture Dad with a tool belt around his waist and his head behind the refrigerator, but trust us, Dad pictures himself on the golf course, on a boat, fishing or sitting in front of the TV with a cold beverage cheering on his favorite team. And that means the security of Service Agreement Membership from Home-Tech.

service agreements goldGo For the Gold — The Perfect Service Agreement for The Perfect Dad

Home-Tech offers a variety of options when it comes to Service Agreements and your Dad deserves the best — that means the gold treatment with the Gold Service Agreement, it includes:

  • Unlimited service calls with NO service call fee, deductible or co-pay
  • Parts and labor are included
  • Emergency service, 7 days a week, including Holidays (especially Father’s Day!)
  • An annual air conditioning Clean and Check service
  • Free replacement if not repairable (equipment under 10 years of age, excluding water heaters)
  • Special Member Discount Pricing on air conditioning systems and major appliances

The convenience of immediate and professional service is just a phone call away.

Meanwhile, you’re still allowed to call your Dad for his wisdom, advice, and to babysit grand kids (these are the duties they actually like). But, leave the repairs to Home-Tech — and have a fabulous Father’s Day!

 

 

The Best Microwave – Home-Tech Recommendations

best microwavesWhen it comes to investing in the best microwave, we decided to talk to the experts in Home-Tech’s Fort Myers sparkling appliance showroom. There was a time when owning a microwave was a major luxury and consumers had to save their pennies to be able to afford one. These days, you can walk into just about any grocery store or even pharmacy and pick one up in between the styrofoam beer coolers and box fans — but, are you getting one that’s going to break down after a few months? It may be a bargain, but it’s not what you bargained for.

Less Service Calls . . . More Reliability

The technicians at Home-Tech repair microwaves in SW Florida homes each and every day so they know which brands are the most reliable. The appliance store only provides the best microwave brands with all the bells and whistles and that last the longest.  The appliance sales reps at Home-Tech walked us around the showroom and gave us a tour of the best of the best when it comes to microwaves. Yes — there are some snazzy features you’ll love, but most importantly, these appliances are reliable and THAT’S what it’s all about.

Here are the top three BEST microwave recommendations from Home-Tech:

The G.E. Profile (model #PVM9179SFSS)best microwaves 2014

  1. This sleek, stainless steel Convection Over-The-Range Microwave Oven not only looks great, it’s a G.E., and according to our experts, that means less calls for service.
  2. There are two oven wire racks, which makes multi-tasking easy.
  3. Plus, it’s also a convection oven — two great appliances in one!

The Bosch 800 Series Convection Over-The-Range Microwave Oven (model #HMV8052U)

  1. Another quality manufacturer that the appliance store at Home-Tech loves is Bosch.
  2. With an automatic defrost function and a sensor that lets you know when your food is done, this microwave is one of the best, most trustworthy appliances on the market.

The Whirlpool Microwave Hood Combination (model #WMH76719CS)

  1. Another solid, reliable microwave that will keep you cooking, not calling for service.
  2. This one not only features sensor cooking, but it doubles as a steamer.

You can see these top three recommendations and many more quality top of the line microwaves at one of Home-Tech’s showrooms or at www.home-tech.us.  Check them out and you’ll be cooking in your dream microwave in no time!

Appliance Insurance – Beware the Middlemen

PrintEmployee owned Home-Tech has been repairing appliances and air conditioning for over 33 years and Service Agreements, the perfect hedge against expensive repair bills. We have seen a lot of “appliance insurance” products popping up recently from banks, insurance companies, home warranty companies and even utilities that offer a lot of “big talk” about taking care of your appliances and ac units when they break down. Well here’s the skinny on all of this.

Those companies are middlemen, desk jockeys that only want to collect their fee and pass your repair off to unknown subcontractors. They don’t directly take care of your repairs like Home-Tech does. They are NOT local companies and they are not employee owned.

Be Wary Of This

  • Is there any emergency, after hours service?
  • Is he in a marked vehicle?
  • Is he licensed, fully trained, background checked, and drug free?
  • When will he get there? Will it be days? Weeks?
  • Is he qualified to repair your equipment?
  • Will you have to pay a service call fee?
  • Will he have the necessary parts on his truck?
  • Is his work guaranteed in any way?

Let’s face it!  A bank, an insurance company, home warranty company or a utility company are not in the repair business. You are really rolling the dice when you go with one of these companies. So, beware the middleman. Learn how Home-Tech’s Service Agreement differs from what the middlemen offer.

Go Localappliance insurance

Go with the local favorite in SW Florida -employee owned Home-Tech. Thousands of customers have been pleased with our service and continue to renew their Service Agreements year after year. Ask your neighbors who they use when they need an appliance or ac repair. Home-Tech repairs all brands, all makes and models. With over 90 trucks on the road every day you will see us over and over again out in your community making repairs.  Again and again you will hear about Home-Tech throughout SW Florida.

AC Service – Attaboy Joe

attaboy_sealblueWhen you call Home-Tech for service you get an outstanding technician like Joe showing up for you.  Our technicians are knowledgeable in both ac service and appliance service. We hear everyday from our customers and how much they like our technicians and the jobs they do. Today’s reviews are about Joe.  If you’ve had ac service from Home-Tech and would like to review us please do so on our Facebook page or on Google.

Efficient

He is more than welcome at our home anytime. Pleasant, efficient, prompt and I like talking with him.
S. Blair, Estero

Polite and  Pleasure to Deal WithAir Conditioning Maintenance Service

The technician that came to our house, Joe, was very polite and a pleasure to deal with.  He went right to work and explained everything very clearly.  We will be using and recommending you company.  Thank you!
C. Falkenstein

Well-Informed, Polite

We are sending an “Atta Boy” for Joe. He was well-informed, polite, and professional during the service call on our air conditioner and washing machine. Thanks, Joe.

The Lasmans, Longboat Key

A Perfect Gentleman

I just want to say that Joe came and serviced our AC’s and was a perfect gentleman and was very knowledgeable. He also sold us an air purifier. Thanks for having sending a good tech. Sincerely,
J. Gardiner

Air Conditioning clean and checkExtremely Helpful

To whom it concerns:
I had my a/c unit checked today by Joe, and just wanted to let you all know how professional he was as well as helpful in answering all of my questions on my unit. This is a new location for me and a different type of unit so Joe was extremely helpful.
W. Gorecki

Valuable AC Maintenance

ac101Part of the value of having a GOLD Service Agreement with Home-Tech is that one annual air conditioning maintenance and clean and check is included at NO CHARGE. Our expert technicians are a valuable resource when it comes to your ac maintenance. If you haven’t scheduled your clean and check yet this spring, call Home-Tech today to make your appointment.

Very Valuable to Seasonal Clients

To Whom It May Concern,

We scheduled a maintenance appointment for our two air conditioning units on Friday between 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The service was great…..call received regarding the time frame a technician would arrive and Chet appeared within that time frame. He was very polite and professional; serviced both units and cleaned all return filters.

Your service is so valuable to us as seasonal clients. When an issue arrives we have always had immediate service. We sincerely thank you.

Sincerely,

R. Marcon, Naples, Florida

Extremely Careful with Our House

To Whom It May Concern:
This is to say that Dan did a commendable job servicing our two AC’s. Dan was very personable, very professional, and extremely careful with our house environment. I appreciated his work ethics and thorough check which resulted in finding a crucial problem with a valve that would have led to major problem if gone undetected. He timely took care of ordering the part and in two days the part will be installed so that we are back with proper air conditioning.
Home-Tech should be proud to have Dan as one of their service people carry the banner of Home-Tech.
Sincerely.
Homeowners, B. Truax, Bonita Springs, FL  

A Wonderful Job

Good morning.

Joe just left our home about ½ hour ago after performing our semi-annual AC system clean and check and I wanted to let you know that he did a wonderful job, was professional, and even “up-sold” me into purchasing a UV anti-bacterial device/system for our AC system. Thank you for having such fine people working with Home Tech. It is one of the main reasons why we have remained faithful customers for over 20+ years – first in Naples and now in Bonita Springs.

Thanks!

M. Norbeck, Bonita Springs, FL 

 

 

Appliances Have Come A Long Way, Baby – Which Means Happier Moms!

vintage washerAs you order flowers, pick out the perfect card, and make brunch reservations for Mother’s Day, we here at Home-Tech are reflecting on how much easier moms have it in 2014 than back in yesteryear. Sure, we still work hard at keeping our homes in shape, raising kids, and maintaining a career – but, looking back at how primitive appliances once were, you’ve got to wonder how our grandmothers and great-grandmothers managed without anti-depressants or spa days.

Washing Woes

In 1940, grandma had to first fill her brand new state-of-the-art washing machine with water. She then had to feed each item of clothing, one by one, through a ringer – then she had to hand crank the clothes clean. You can still purchase a vintage washing machine for mom on some Internet sites, but unless you want to be disinherited, I suggest a diamond tennis bracelet instead.

Ice, Ice, BabyGE Kitchen

We’ve made leaps and bounds with refrigerators, too. In the 1920′s, our foremothers had to contend with ice boxes. An ice box didn’t mean little cubes for your Diet Coke or a freezer for your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. It meant a wooden box with a block of ice in it — period. And great-grandma had to hope for the best that the ice man would cometh on the regular. If not, there was no Febreeze back then to mask the smell of spoiled food.

Dish Pan Hands

As far as dishwashers went in the turn-of-the-century, moms had to first pump the water into a bucket and then transfer it into two tin tubs – one for washing and one for rinsing – but, first, she probably had to make her own soap. Even as fancy and easy as dishwashers are today, we suggest NOT letting mom touch a single dirty dish on Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed on a tray with a rose and a mimosa is the recommended way to go – and by the time she decides to get up, the kitchen should sparkle.

Home-Tech has the best appliances by Maytag, G.E., Bosch, and more to choose from and to make mom’s life easier (a weekend at a resort is always a good idea, too). Happy Mother’s Day!

AC Service Reviews

PrintIt’s that time of year to get your AC Clean and Check done.  If you are a GOLD Service Agreement Member this service is included in your coverage.  There is no charge for it.  Home-Tech technicians are very busy now doing AC service as the temperatures rise in southwest Florida. Today’s Attaboys are about Chet.  If you have had an experience with Home-Tech that you would like to share about please do so on our Facebook page or you can give us a Google review.  We really do love hearing from our customers and our remarkable technicians like hearing your feedback as well.

Explained Everything

I would like to compliment the young man who came out to do our annual cleaning and filter change service today. His name was Chet. He was one of the nicest young men I have ever had come to my home. He explained everything he was going to do, took his time doing it, and was very efficient. We have always had good service from Home-Tech and this service again was excellent. Thank you.

D. Regan

Personable – Great JobAC Repair Home-Tech

Chet was at our home yesterday for our clean and check. He was very personable and did a great job.

J. Hackett

Friendly, Thorough, Listened

Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that Chet did a great job on our yearly check today. He is a very friendly and personable employee. He was thorough and listened to my concerns.

Thank you.

E. Klus
Naples, FL

Helpful and Followed Through

Just like to mention the work that Chet did at our home.  He was thorough, he was very helpful and did his best to fulfill Home-Tech’s obligation to service our AC and to get us up and running.  He was aware of his limitations and followed through to get us to the next level of service that was needed.  Thank you.

B. Zack

Great Job

Chet was here today to perform annual service on my a/c. He did a great job. Very personable young man and you should be proud to have him as an employee of Home-Tech.

M. Lord

Captiva

May Day! May Day! My Air Conditioner is on the Fritz!

air conditioning may dayMay has officially arrived and in Southwest Florida, that basically means the beginning of seven long months of heat and humidity. In other parts of the country, they’re happily waving goodbye to one of the most brutal winters ever, as they joyously open their windows and doors to allow a lovely spring breeze into their homes. But here, we’re doing just the opposite. We’re closing everything up and cranking our thermostats down (as I pen this missive, it’s 91 degrees and 60 percent humidity – and it’s only May 1st). But, what if, just what if, it stopped working?

Scary Summer

We all have fears – but if you’re like me, one of the most terrifying things imaginable is having your A/C die. A good, working, cold air conditioner is key to survival in our tropical climate. Some say they’re “fine” with opening windows and running ceiling fans, but I’d rather pay for air-conditioning than just about anything. I’m happy to give up a new pair of shoes or a handbag if it means keeping my thermostat at 70 degrees at night. And any woman who has ever experienced a hot flash KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.

Home-Tech to the Rescue!

Last summer, my fear came to pass. Our A/C was not pushing out cold air – and it was August. It was also a Sunday evening (of COURSE). My first thought was to check into a hotel, but then I remembered Home-Tech. The Tech Rep was there lickety-split – and luckily it was an easy fix – he replaced some fluids and the A/C was doing its thing again before I was nearly forced to dunk my head in a sink full of ice water.

First Call’s On Us

Home-Tech is your May Day call on May Day or ANY day if your air-conditioner – or any appliance – needs a fix. And remember, the First Call’s On Us! That means Home-Tech will cover your first repair up to $200 when you purchase a Gold Service Agreement – taking the anxiety out of a long, hot summer is SO worth it. Personally, I’ll never forget the technician who saved my life with a May Day call last year – and my husband is grateful, too – menopausal women in non-air conditioned environments should be approached with caution. Trust me.

Appliance Repair – Girls Don’t Wanna Worry

appliance repair red hat ladiesThis past week, we celebrated Red Hat Society Day, when thousands of Red Hat Ladies around Southwest Florida did what they do best – they dressed up in red and purple with some feathers and some sparkles thrown in – and got together for lunch, the theatre, shopping and more. And Red Hat ladies don’t relegate these outings for just one day a year, they have fun every chance they get. We can all learn a lesson from our lovely friends in the Red Hat Society. Life is far too short to fret about appliance repair or air conditioning repair needs when you could be out having fun. That’s why we here at Home-Tech are so thrilled to offer options when it comes to our Service Agreements. Your air conditioning and every major appliance in your home can be covered and you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing it.

All That Glitters is GOLD and SILVERhometech red hat ladies

Our Home-Tech GOLD ($379 – $499, plus tax, per year) gives you unlimited service calls, including clean and check – plus parts and labor, and is designed to help you with a worry-free lifestyle. Or check out Home-Tech SILVER  ($99 – $199, plus tax, per year). That means all parts and labor are included (customer is responsible for service call fees). Our Service Agreement Department can help you with the various options within both levels of Service Agreements, so come stop by and say hi (red hat is optional) and let them explain the details or just give us a call today.

So, gather your girlfriends, raise a glass, and let Home-Tech handle your appliance and air conditioning repairs.