Shining the Spotlight on Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric’s July Award Winners

Every month, several employees at Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric are recognized by their co-workers and management for their contributions to our company and for accomplishments in their work, as: Employee of the Month, Office Employee of the Month, Most Improved Employee, and Service Technician of the Month.

Meet our July 2019 awardees.

Helder DaSilva – Employee of the Month
Helder (pictured, right) has always been an electrician, working for various electrical contractors before coming to Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric—his first HVAC employer. He joined our team in late May 2017.

“I like the challenge this work presents,” said Helder. “It’s a good feeling when you finish a job and have happy customers and the satisfaction of a job well done.” He explained that there are at least four people on an HVAC installation job and that everyone pitches in. “There’s great team spirit here and everyone—installers, technicians, electricians—work together to get the job done.”

Helder said that although summer is the season for air conditioning work, he’s busy all year ’round, wiring standby generators and electrical panels, installing lighting, and working on heating systems (furnaces and boilers) during the winter months.

Ruben DeAlmeida – Most Improved Employee
When asked about his recognition as Most Improved Employee, Ruben (pictured, left) points to his work ethic and his growth on our job sites as a professional electrician. He came to Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric around the start of the year. This is the first HVAC company he’s worked at and said, “I get to use my skills as an electrician in new ways; it’s the same concept but different format.”

Like Helder, he notes that everyone here is very nice to work with and very willing to help each other, which he feels stems from company management and our belief in the importance of taking care of our employees. Thank you, Ruben!

Kathy Bauer – Office Employee of the Month
After many years of commuting into Manhattan, Kathy decided to work closer to home and joined Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric as a bookkeeper last November. She also likes the teamwork here and how everyone supports each other (can you detect a theme?).

“I think everyone’s picked up on Jack’s style,” she said, referring to our general manager, Jack Lamb. “It’s really like a family here. No one is afraid to ask for help and everyone gives it.”

Kathy is one of four office employees. She said that some front-office duties cross over among staff members and since they all know what the others do, they can assist when needed, which contributes to the team feeling. “There’s a lot of support here,” she noted, “and I’ve learned a lot about customer service. My office mates know there’s a proper way to handle customer calls and issues, and they share those skills with me.”

Paul Corio – Service Technician of the Month
Paul has been at Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric for almost four years; this is the third time he has been named Service Technician of the Month, based on all-around work performance and customer service. As a heating and air conditioning service technician, Paul handles HVAC service and troubleshooting, and routine maintenance.

After technical school, Paul repaired major appliances and gradually made his way to Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric. Like his co-workers, he noted that everyone at the company gets along well and helps each other out as needed.

When asked what he likes about working here, he said, “We are all professional here. The technicians are in uniform and there’s a chain of command which makes it very organized. Plus, the company is up to date with technology, with the tablets we use in the field and the high-quality HVAC equipment we work with.”

At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, our 22 employees have each played a role in the many awards our North Jersey HVAC company has won for many years. We’re always looking for quality people to join our team, especially HVAC technicians, installers, and electricians. Contact us at info@bloomfieldcooling.com or 973-237-0505 to find out about job opportunities throughout the year.

Keep Your Standby Generator Standing By 24/7

Running the self-test is an important part of your generator’s maintenance plan

Standby generators are the gold standard for emergency electrical power for your home or small business. When there’s an outage, the generator kicks in automatically and provides service for hours or days, energizing your fridge, phone and all your essentials. It will do the job whenever you need it—if you do your job to maintain it properly.

Once a standby generator is permanently installed in your yard, it will last a long time if well-maintained, potentially 20 years or more. The self-testing feature is a primary reason these generators are so reliable.

How self-testing works
Each week, the standby generator turns itself on for about 10 minutes, based on a programmed schedule. The day and time can be set from the control board, and for convenience, your installer can program your unit to run self-tests weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

The Generac11kW Home Backup Generator, WiFi enabled. Photo, Generac Power Systems, Inc.Any problem that’s detected is read by a remote indoor monitor that transmits data to your maintenance team, who will determine if your generator needs service.

Also important: the test charges the 12-volt car battery the generator uses so it’s ready to go the moment a blackout occurs.

Is it noisy?
Most generators are relatively quiet during the self-test, like a car idling in your driveway. Some of the best standby generators on the market, like the Generac Guardian series, have recently been enhanced to further lower the decibel level.

Be sure to listen for and monitor the results of these exercises. You can also read the display inside your generator to gather all the data points from the last test run. Another simple visual inspection: check the external indicator light, which should be green if it’s running properly. Red indicates an operating problem and requires a service visit by a certified technician to keep the warranty intact.

Remote access to data
If you’re away from home, don’t worry. The Generac Guardian series and other top-of-the-line generators have remote Wi-Fi monitoring capability. Weekly data results can be transmitted to a smartphone, tablet, or PC.

“Our customers can check the status of their generators even when they’re at work or on vacation,” notes Mike DeJoseph, owner of Bloomfield Cooling, Heating, & Electric, Inc. “If they get an alert that their generator is running when it shouldn’t, or if there’s an operational problem, they can contact us right away so we can check out the issue.”

Maintenance to-do list

  • Monitor oil levels monthly, or more when the generator is running for longer periods of time; be sure the breaker and unit are off before pulling out the dipstick. Oil levels are key to maintaining the warranty.
  • Keep the area around the unit clear and easily accessible, especially near the intake and exhaust areas. The generator needs air to work properly. Leaves, snow, or nesting birds and animals can all interfere with operation.

Scheduled inspections
A factory certified technician should fully inspect your generator annually or more depending on usage and more extreme weather. Make sure the installer or contractor has a comprehensive checklist for your specific unit which includes:

  • Starters and alternators
  • Transfer switch operation and controls (detects service interruption and disconnects your house from the utility)
  • Air (intake and exhaust, filter replacement)
  • Electrical connections and voltage input
  • Fuel lines and hoses
  • Oil and oil filter (change at least twice a year)
  • Load testing (to verify overall reliability to run at full kW output)

For ultimate peace of mind, Bloomfield Cooling, Heating, & Electric, Inc. offers a preventive maintenance contract, which ensures inspections are done correctly, thoroughly, and on time. We are a factory authorized dealer for Generac and offer certified service for Generac and Honeywell generators, the industry’s leading brands. Your work is always performed by certified technicians from a multiple-award-winning HVAC company.

Check our website to read about standby generator and our latest generator maintenance specials; then call us at (973) 237-0505 to set up your appointment or for more information.