I haven't returned a recycled can of refrigerant since last year, but
someone told me it cost $80!! now to return a can. Is this true. I remember
when thiis first started, those basterds were paying us to return cans, now
we have to pay them $80!! How much are you guys charging customers for
recycling when it is needed. Like when a coil or drier needs to be replaced?
In addition to the $88 truck & travel charge for knocking on the door, I
charge an additional $96 for the 1st hour and then $24 for every additional
1/4 hour after that....PLUS $55 to connect the recovery machine for the 1st
pound of refrigerant and then an additional $10 for every pound after the
first pound. So what's the problem? $55 or $800....the customer pays for
everything. You need to stop "thinking like a contractor/mechanic" and
start thinking like a businessman. Have you seen how much a 3 bedroom hovel
cost today? How 'bout a gallon of gasoline?
You need to get with the program too Jabs... your leaving way too much on
the table by charging T&M. When you decide to learn the business of running
a business. Even with me being in rural south Mississippi, and you in Los
Angeles, my rates are higher than yours. How are you able to stay in
business when your cost of living is 3 times higher than what your bringing
in. Whats your net margin??? 10%?? You need to tighten up Jabs.
Last year I had a place to take my recovery cans... they swaped them out for
empty ones. Hughes Supply used to take them but they seemed to have issues
with it... had to do with liability, with cost issues, and their lack of
training. Another supplier (The Parts Store) will only take 125# bottles and
it cost $500 each plus a $150 bottle deposit...this is a bit excessive.
Seems to me that if suppliers are going to sell refrigerants, they should
also be required to take back the used stuff for recycling. I don't have a
problem with the cost for the service....The customer pays for everything.
BTW... I charge $82 just to take the recovery machine and/or can off the
create a line item in your flat rate pricing manual that refers to
refrigerant recovery and disposal of EPA hazardous waste. $149.99
ought to cover most situations, no? recycling machines aren't cheap,
nor are vac guages, micron guages, guage-sets, etc. Even if you
re-use the same gas, it takes your specialized equipment and your time
to perform the work of recycling, and time is money.
You turn it into URI and they dispose of it for you. One time use
cyclinder. The valves are open when purchased,
onced closed they will not reopen. It is a convienence and it is much easier to
tote then the 50#'ers. The supply
houses I use were having trouble getting the tanks emptied and returned in a
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