Every member of the Dr HVAC team is a dedicated professional who is committed to providing you with the best possible service. It’s the Dr HVAC way to go above and beyond the call of duty, as you’ll read in some of the stories below.
When you open your door to one of our technicians, you can feel confident that you’re getting a licensed professional – and a nice guy. All of our technicians must have their Gas Fitter 2 license (or better), a great attitude, and pass a criminal background check before we hire them.
The Learning Never Stops
Our entire team has made a commitment to ongoing learning to keep pace as technology improves. We do this in several ways:
We have weekly meetings to to share knowledge and ensure everyone is up to date with the latest processes.
- We visit our manufacturers to take courses and workshops.
- We encourage our technicians to take time out to study for additional licenses and certifications.
- We know that to be the best, we must always keep raising the bar higher each and every day.
Do you want to be a part of a team like this?
Dr HVAC is growing and we’re looking for great people. If you’re interested in a career in HVAC, you can see our available positions here.
Here are some of the great technicians we’re proud to have on our team.
Erich graduated from George Brown College’s 3-year HVAC Technology program with Honours. He has his Gas Fitter 2, ODP, Residential Air System Design, Residential Heat Loss/Gain, Small Commercial System, and Small Commercial Heat Loss/Gain licenses.
He’s been a heating and cooling professional since January 2013, and was drawn to HVAC because he loves problem solving and troubleshooting. He loves the friendly, helpful atmosphere at Dr HVAC, where everyone always lends a hand.
Erich has two favourite stories about helping customers. “I was doing some maintenance on a furnace, and the customer’s 6-year old son was really curious about what was inside the furnace, because I had it opened up. With the parents’ permission, I let him watch what I was doing and answered his questions. He was really excited about the flames!”
“There was another time – a really cold night last winter, and at about 2 AM I got a call about a broken furnace. I realized that I didn’t have a part for their venter motor. That motor is critical for removing toxic gases from the home, and I could not start the furnace without it. There were kids in the home, and I just couldn’t let it wait until the next morning. So I went out to the truck and called wherever I could to get the part, and found someone who was open and had what I needed. Within an hour, I drove back to the home with the part and fixed the furnace.”
When he’s not helping customers, Erich is a pitching coach for minor league baseball.
Mike has been working in the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) trade since 2006. Educated at George Brown and Humber colleges, he holds a Gas Fitter Level 1 license, and ODP (Ozone Depletion) and Fall Arrest certificates. He is part way through his 313A Refrigeration Mechanic Apprenticeship. Once that’s completed and he’s passed the exam, he will be qualified to design complex commercial cooling systems.
He has always loved installing equipment and fixing things, so becoming an HVAC technician was a natural career choice. One of his favourite things about working at DR HVAC is that “you’re encouraged to do what you’re best at and enjoy the most”.
When asked if he had any stories about helping customers, he said, “Last February, I drove for an hour out to Whitby at 3 AM. The customer had called several companies, but no one would help him because it was so far away. It was a really cold night, about -20 or -25 degrees, and his furnace had broken down. He was really happy that I got his heat going again.”
What is his favourite part about being an HVAC technician? “I love fixing things as fast as possible, because that makes our customers really happy. You can walk away feeling good knowing you’ve helped someone.”
Mike is engaged, and enjoys fly fishing on his days off. He also loves playing with his dog Maya.
Tom is a veteran of the HVAC industry, having started his first job in 2002. He recently celebrated his 10-year anniversary of obtaining his Gas Fitter Level 2 license. He also has a 313A Refrigeration Mechanic and multiple certifications from heating and cooling equipment manufacturers. He was educated at George Brown College.
As someone who loves to learn new things, Tom fits right in at Dr HVAC. “Just because I’ve been doing this a long time, doesn’t mean I know everything. In fact, there are always lots of new things to learn. That’s why I love working at Dr HVAC, because the people are so great about sharing new things. At the other companies I’ve worked at, they don’t share information because everyone’s too afraid their jobs will get stolen.”
Tom loves the feeling he gets from helping people. “Just last night, I fixed a gentleman’s air conditioner for him. The fix was easy, but he was so appreciative that it really put a smile on my face.”
He also enjoys educating his customers. “Most homeowners don’t really know much about what’s going on in their house. I like explaining how things work, and what they should do or not do to help their equipment last longer and save more money.”
In his free time, Tom enjoys composing electronic music, and skiing in winter.
As the owner of Dr HVAC, Brendon has plenty of work on his plate. But he still loves visiting his customers in the field when he can.
Brendon was educated at Turner Fenton, Humber College and George Brown college. He is licensed as a Gas Fitter Level 1, ODP, and 313A Refrigeration Mechanic. He is certified to install Gastite, in System 636TM PVC Flue Gas Venting Systems, in Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), and multiple other safety certifications. He also has multiple manufacturer’s installation certifications including Trane and Mitsubishi.
Brendon is passionate about community involvement, especially charities that help youth at risk. As a personal project, he is helping a university team develop a new kind of cooling unit for large computer rooms that uses minimal energy.
With an incredible 30 years’ experience as an HVAC technician, Daniel has proven himself to be a great asset to the Dr HVAC team since he joined us in October 2015.
He studied Heating and Air Conditioning at George Brown’s Casa Loma campus, and has his Gas Fitter 2 license. Like all of us at Dr HVAC, Daniel believes in continuous learning. By March 2016 he will have his 313A Refrigeration Mechanic license as well.
“I’ve been doing HVAC so long because it’s always fun. I love it!”, says Daniel. “Talking to people is my favourite part. I like answering their questions, and explaining how things work and what the problem is if something’s broken. I also love animals, so when they have a curious dog I love to give them a pat. Most of all, I know when I leave their home the job is done right and they’re happy.”
One of Daniel’s favourite field stories involved a young couple in their first home. “The wife was unsure about all the new smells in the home, and she thought there might be a gas leak. I did a pressure test on the furnace and water heater both, and the hand-held gas sniffer didn’t come up with anything. To be sure, I tried a very simple but effective test: I put liquid soap on the connections. If there had been gas escaping, we would have seen bubbles. She thought it was pretty funny that it was so simple, but I am glad I was able to help her relax and enjoy her new home.”
When he can, Daniel loves to get into the great outdoors to do some fly fishing. “You have to be patient and calm, and respectful of nature. You need that for fishing itself and also for the art of tying flies.”
Ryan has been a professional heating and cooling mechanic since 2014. He earned his Gas Fitter Level 2 license from Halton Skilled Trades Academy. He also has his ODP (Ozone Depletion) certificate and a number of related safety certifications.
He has always loved fixing machines, but that’s only one reason why Ryan was drawn to a career in HVAC. “I love being the person who can help someone out,” he says, “and make them feel better on a really hot or cold day.”
The team atmosphere is part of why Ryan chose to join Dr HVAC in 2016. “There’s a great emphasis on training here. We’re always trying to become the best possible technicians we can be.”
Ryan is a huge supporter of causes relating to Crohn’s disease and colitis. “I have a friend with Crohn’s disease, so I do whatever I can to support charities that can help.”
Cooking and baking are big passions of Ryan’s, as are going to the gym and the basketball court. He also enjoys caring for his five rescued cats and one dog.
Evelyn and Colleen, Our Customer Service Team
Giving you a great feeling about Dr HVAC is the job of every single member of the Dr HVAC team. But there are two customer service heroes that answer your calls and help our technicians arrive at your door on time. Evelyn and Colleen work hard to make sure that our entire operation runs smoothly.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A DR HVAC SERVICE APPOINTMENT
Before your appointment, we will send you a photo of your technician so that you know who will be taking care of your heating and cooling equipment. Our “people-friendly” service means:
We come prepared in an official Dr HVAC van with the logo proudly showing on the side.
We arrive in a clean uniform with the DR HVAC logo and the technician’s name on it.
We keep your home clean by wearing shoe covers and putting down protective tarps in your home if needed.
We explain the full cost up front, so there are no surprise fees or hourly rates.
There is never any pressure to buy anything. We will happily explain the options and costs, provide a recommendation, and let you decide what’s right for you.
Once we’re done, we ensure our work area is as clean as we found it.
The day after the appointment, we follow up with you by phone to make sure you are happy with our work.