There are two main streams of revenue for HVAC companies. Either they are installing large units on malls, hospitals or office buildings, or they are maintaining those units through preventative maintenance contracts and service level agreements.
Buying a field service software isn’t as simple as walking into your nearest Best Buy, grabbing it off the shelf and installing it on your computer. It’s a complex decision that requires demonstration of the product, implementation of the software and a full understanding of the benefits of what you’re purchasing.
The HVAC service industry is more competitive than ever, as higher expectations from customers are creating an industry that has shifted from a cost-centric and reactive approach to a value-centric and proactive approach.
The weather is changing and air conditioners are going to be turned off soon to be replaced by furnaces. And to ensure a furnace is running at peak efficiency, a visit by an HVAC technician for a regular maintenance schedule is needed.
If you’re going to implement field service software, getting one that is already integrated with your ERP and CRM systems is the optimal option. Harmony between two sets of software will not only increase the communication lines between the two programs but also save you valuable time on having to re-enter data that has already been put into one system. Think of it just like you would any part of your business. Your service department needs to be working with your accounting department for invoicing and billing, your inventory warehouses for stock levels, and sales for new products or services. If the lines of communication in person-to-person conversations are broken, it can cost your business dearly. It’s the same with your field service and accounting software.
Topics: Field Service Management
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Field service automation can mean many different things, but in most cases, we think of something happening automatically after being prompted to do so, without human intervention. In most cases, we think of the Internet of Things technology, where sensors detect a problem in a piece of equipment and send a notification that a service call needs to complete.
Field service software can do a lot of things, but one thing it can’t replace is your technician’s interaction with customers. Through the Internet of Things technology, preventative maintenance schedules, and past repair history, technician’s can learn a lot about an upcoming job before they get to the job site. But often first-hand information from the customer is what really will decide what needs to be addressed. With your technicians, often being the face of the organization, they are who customers see every day, dealing with growing escalations and concerns, and are walking into a customer’s space not fully knowing the situation at hand. So, while no field service application can speak to a customer directly, it can be a helpful tool to your technicians to bring a service call to a quick resolution, while keeping your customers satisfied.