Tipping HVAC installers?

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I tried a search and there seemed to be conflicting opinions from what I saw. I'm having a new HVAC system installed today. It's pretty miserably hot in the area where they are having to add some duct work, if that makes a difference. I had chicken biscuits for the workers for breakfast (it's a southern thing) and I've had cold drinks available. However, I'm wondering if I should also give them a cash tip at the end of the day?
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No, its not a tipped position, they are probably making $20 - $30 an hour depending on locality.
Offer a cold drink, and perhaps a place to use the restroom.
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Yes, that had been my original thinking and I don't think I would have tipped if it was just a basic replacement. However, I know the work adding the new duct is pretty miserable and I'm leaning towards a "have a cold one on me" level cash tip.
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Personally, I'd tip them.
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I have tried to tip my HVAC guy a time or two when he was, imo, going above and beyond in extreme heat. He would have none of it. He is a long-time friend of DW's family (and seems to price his work to us accordingly--which was part of my reason for wanting to bolster his pay), so maybe that played a part, but I think it was just his professionalism.

I did persuade him to take a six-pack with him once as he mentioned he was planning to go work on his farm on the weekend. I think that will be my offer going forward :beer
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Not necessary at all, but if you want to it's fine and they'd be grateful.
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I never heard of tipping tradesmen with cash. Generally they say, "I'll do the job for x dollars', and x is what I pay. If they thought the job was worth more, I reckon they would charge more.

I might consider doing so if I made a request above and beyond the job I contracted for. For example, if I had a 'curb service' delivery to my home, I would tip cash to the delivery guy to schlep the package up my front steps into the house.

I 'tipped' some movers with ice cream novelties once. That actually went over pretty well. 8-)
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Since the install is today it's too late for my suggestion to be implemented. If your install is typically southern, then much of the ducwork and mechanics are likely in your attic. When I had my install done several summers ago, I offered to give the installers access starting around 3am. They were happy to get going in the dark (doesn't matter in the attic), and were done well before noon and before the attic temperature rose above 100F. Then we all had a cold one.
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No, there is no reason to. They are doing there job, not providing you some personal service, and getting fully paid by their employer.

Offer them a drink or snack if you want to be nice.

If you do tip them, don't forget to tip your attorneys and doctors, too. They provide a service.

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I wouldn't tip. I think your food and drinks were enough.
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I was a mover for a summer while I was in college and I appreciated families that fed us.... I still remembered to this and that was 40 years ago. Of course, I don't remember much from school.......
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I tipped today when they replaced my AC unit, $15 to installer and $5 for his helper.
Helper was appreciative, installer was supprised and appreciative
Yes, they are paid rather well, the reason I tipped is that they checked and added freon to my 2nd AC unit for free saving me over $100 in regular call charges.
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Here in AZ, a cooler of Gatorade, etc goes a long way.
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OP here. I decided to tip $25 for each of the 2 installers. They seemed appreciative, and weren’t insulted, which I had been a little worried about. They were here 9 hours and the attic work was pretty miserable, so I felt okay with it. Wasn’t quite sure of the amount, but $25 per person seemed reasonable.
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neilpilot wrote: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:35 pm Since the install is today it's too late for my suggestion to be implemented. If your install is typically southern, then much of the ducwork and mechanics are likely in your attic. When I had my install done several summers ago, I offered to give the installers access starting around 3am. They were happy to get going in the dark (doesn't matter in the attic), and were done well before noon and before the attic temperature rose above 100F. Then we all had a cold one.
I hope I won’t need it for another 20 years, but this is a great idea. Even starting at 5 or 6 would make a big difference.
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I wouldn't have thought to tip, but nothing wrong with it if someone wants to.
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rob65 wrote: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:00 pm I tried a search and there seemed to be conflicting opinions from what I saw. I'm having a new HVAC system installed today. It's pretty miserably hot in the area where they are having to add some duct work, if that makes a difference. I had chicken biscuits for the workers for breakfast (it's a southern thing) and I've had cold drinks available. However, I'm wondering if I should also give them a cash tip at the end of the day?
I like to buy lunch and provide cold drinks for workers when they spend all day at my house. I've never tipped one, though. Tipping is out of control in America.
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rob65 wrote: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:00 pm I tried a search and there seemed to be conflicting opinions from what I saw. I'm having a new HVAC system installed today. It's pretty miserably hot in the area where they are having to add some duct work, if that makes a difference. I had chicken biscuits for the workers for breakfast (it's a southern thing) and I've had cold drinks available. However, I'm wondering if I should also give them a cash tip at the end of the day?
Do you tip your car mechanic, your dentist, or your cashier? The same principle applies here IMO. They charge money for their time, no reason to pay extra...
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barnaclebob wrote: Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:39 pm I wouldn't tip. I think your food and drinks were enough.
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Yes, be friendly, hospital, offer food/water, etc. But no reason to give them money. They named a price for the job (most contractors factor in higher prices for working in bad temperatures) and that's what you pay them. It's completely different with someone setting a price for a professional/technical skill than someone serving you or providing you an "experience" in a situation where the employer does not offer them a reasonable wage and is passing the costs on to you. I'm a solid ~20% tipper at restaurants, but tipping for this kind of stuff is just absurd.
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Is the installer the owner of the firm? Is the installer the person that came out to give you a quote? No tip.

Is the installer strictly a worker bee with no say in pricing? Tip.

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Boy this topic brought back some memories. Installer used to be my 2nd job. Spending all afternoon in an attic in July(Texas) definitely broadens your scale of "hot". I remember exiting the attic to get parts and 100 degrees felt cool. Or coming home and finding the money in my wallet so wet you had to lay it out to dry. Now in my 60's and can still work in a 100 degrees, but have retired from 140 degrees, at least all afternoon.
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