In homes, offices, restaurants or schools, we know just how important it is to keep the air conditioner(s), refrigerator(s) and freezer(s) in good working condition. This makes air conditioners important and the business very lucrative. Let’s look at how to start air conditioning business in Nigeria.
How To Start Air Conditioning Business in Nigeria
1. Knowledge and Qualification
Formal refrigeration and air-conditioning apprenticeship takes between three and five years to complete, and you may find one through a local chapter of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (acca.org) or the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ashrae.org)
A refrigeration and air conditioning business requires an upfront outlay of cash to set it up and maintaining it. You need capital to finance the following:
- Tools and equipment
- Initial advert etc
3. Structure Your Business
Identify the legal structure you want for your business. You can choose from a sole proprietorship, a corporation, a limited liability company or a partnership. Register your business name through the CAC website.
4. Tools and Equipment
You will need to purchase some basic tools and equipment to start, including basics such as hammers, wrenches, drills, pipe cutters and benders, acetylene torches and gauges to measure pressure and fluid levels. You will also need more specialized equipment such as voltmeters, thermometers, and manometers. Also a stock of basic items that you will require to repair the units you service, such as different types of coolant, belts and specialized piping.
Create a website that shows the services you offer and the area in which you operate. List your credentials and include testimonials from satisfied clients as you get them, to help promote your company. Advertise in your local newspaper classifieds, and print flyers and business cards with your services and contact information.
6. Offer Free Assessments
Homeowners will welcome the opportunity to have their air-conditioning and refrigeration equipment checked by a professional. This will give you an opportunity to sell your services to the client without having to wait for him to find you.