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Building an HVAC/Plumbing Business Through Relationships and Service with Axel Mechanical


A well rounded discussion on the HVAC industry in the dumpster with Laurie and Mike Burke and Nate Williams. This conversation had everything from details on the industry and best practices for homeowners to the dynamics of a family business. Axel Mechanical Services ( serves customers in York and Lancaster County in HVAC, Plumbing and Remodeling. The company is woman led and Nate offers very personal and committed customer service to those in need. Axel Mechanical works primarily on heating and air conditioning and this conversation covered a great deal of ground. From practical tips and best practices on varying processes of home heating and air conditioning to some horror stories of problems customers have solved by Axel there were plenty of details on how to have a better working HVAC system. The discussion also included many details on the coming changes in refrigerant regulations to meet sustainability goals. All of these changes will cost money and hopefully increase efficiency in our systems, but with all of the green goals, though they are well intended it’s not certain that we have the capacity on the grid and the raw materials, primarily copper, aluminum and nickel to create the infastructure needed. Mike, Laurie and Nate also discussed the various elements of running a business, from billing, to scheduling and relationship building. In a people business it’s all about connection, something Axel Mechanical understands well. They commit to providing excellent service because they know that reputation is everything and giving quality service is the only way to survive. We hope you enjoy this inside look on an industry that will shape our future, from the perspective of the people on the ground making it happen! #hvac #plumbing #trades #manufacturing #sustainability #electrification


Acceptable Materials

Appliances including:
  • Stoves
  • Microwaves
  • Washers and Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • FOR A $10 FEE—Air Conditioners

End of Life Items Including:
  • Machinery (all fluids,pans and cylinders removed)
  • Farm Equipment
  • Farm Machinery
  • Lawnmowers
  • Cast Iron Patio Furniture
  • Cast Iron Outdoor Railing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Steel Wheels
  • Steel

Nonferrous Scrap:
  • Aluminum
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Aluminum Pots and Pans
  • Aluminum Siding/Gutters/Downspouts
  • Aluminum Patio Furniture
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Aluminum Wire
  • Auto Batteries
  • Brass Fixtures/Lamps Decorative items
  • Cable, Fence and Wire
  • Christmas Lights
  • Copper
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Pipes
  • Copper and Brass Plumbing Valves and Connectors
  • Copper Tubing
  • Copper Wire
  • Electric Motors
  • Insulated Wire
  • Radiators
  • Screen Doors/Windows (glass removed)
  • Stainless Steel

Prohibited Materials

  • Acetylene Cylinders
  • Asbestos or Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)- applies to both fibrous and solid materials
  • Any Scrap Containing Refrigerants (CFC or HCFC) (Freezers, Refrigerators)  Air Conditioners are accepted for a $10 fee
  • Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT/tube-style computer monitors or televisions)
  • Closed Compressed Gas Cylinders – high pressure cylinders with valve intact
  • Combustible or Flammable Materials – fuels, paints, degreasers, unpunctured aerosol cans
  • Corrosive Materials – highly acidic or caustic materials (battery acid, caustic soda, etc.)
  • Explosive Materials, Munitions, Shell Casings – includes suspect military scrap
  • Free Flowing Liquids (including water)
  • Hazardous Waste – toxic or poisonous materials or wastes
  • Infectious Materials – blood-soaked or biohazard items
  • Liquids or Scrap Containing Free Flowing Liquids – fuels, antifreeze, oils, hydraulic fluid, paints
  • Mercury Containing Materials – mercury-containing thermostats, switches or fluorescent light bulbs
  • Non-Metallic Items – concrete, wood, asphalt, dirt, debris, tires (more than 5 per auto)
  • PCB-Containing Materials
  • Whole tanks uncut
  • Radioactive Scrap – anything exhibiting radiation levels above background
  • Scrap with Small Capacitors that contain 50 ppm of PCBs