Tools of the Trade: Stack Heating and Cooling, Avon, OH

Tools of the Trade: Stack Heating and Cooling, Avon, OH

Stack Heating and Cooling has installed, maintained, and serviced steam and hot water boilers and heating systems for 25 years. The company opened a new showroom in 1997. In 2001, Stack Heating and Cooling was a runner-up in the Contracting Business Quality Home Comfort Awards. Brian Stack, right, is president. Here’s a look at what’s in the trucks, office, and shop of one of the nation’s leading hydronics contractors.

In The Trucks

Number and type of trucks/vans: Three box trucks, three sprinter vans, one Chevy Van, one Isuzu 14-ft. flat bed truck.
Inventory on trucks/ vans: Inventory is heavy on boiler repair parts including Grundfos, Taco, Bell & Gossett, McDonnell Miller, Weil McLain. We also carry an assortment of the usual furnace and boiler replacement parts.
Tools provided to technicians: combustion analyzers, magnahelic gauges, refrigerant recovery machines and gauges, soldering/brazing equipment.
Preferred tools and test instruments technicians carry: Bacharach, TSI, Magnahelic.
Preferred field communications method: Nextel, Blackberry.
Preferred ladders: Louisville.

In The Office

Preferred business management software: S2000WIN, Quickbooks.
Preferred load calculation software: Wrightsoft, Uponor ADS.
Preferred sales management software:
Preferred computer/ printer equipment: Dell.
Preferred photocopier equipment: OCE.
Preferred fax machines: OCE.
Business connection to the Internet via: DSL.
Preferred uniform supplier: Cintas, combination of rental and purchase.
Credit Cards Accepted: MasterCard, VISA.

In The Shop

Preferred heating equipment brands: Weil McLain, Viessmann, Lennox, Tempstar, Triangle Tube.
Preferred cooling equipment brands: Lennox, Tempstar, Unico.
Preferred accessory equipment brands: Honeywell, Aprilaire.
Preferred zoning equipment: Arzel Zoning.
Warehouse equipment: Toyota towmotor.
Amount of equipment inventoried: $75,000.
Number of technicians certified, and type of certification: Seven are certified. Certifications include EPA refrigerant; North American Technician Excellence (NATE), Radiant Panel Association (RPA), and State of Ohio HVAC, hydronic, and plumbing licenses.
Preferred distributor: REX Pipe & Supply, Woodhill, Famous Supply.

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