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R22 and You: Appreciate Depreciation

May 16, 2019

For business owners and facility managers, the concept of spending unnecessary money on a new HVAC system is, well, chilling. But so is the concept of leaving money on the table!

R22, also known as Freon, is on the way out. EPA action makes it illegal to produce or import R22 as of Jan. 1, 2020. That creates a challenge, as companies try to decide whether to replace compressors that use R22, convert them, or simply maintain them and hope for the best.

At the same time, another government action provides a strong incentive for replacing HVAC systems. The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows business owners to depreciate 100% of the cost of an HVAC system in the first year1, rather than spreading that depreciation over 39 years. The change can create tremendous tax savings.

Should you buy a new HVAC system in 2018, and capture those tax benefits? Every situation is different, and you’ll want to talk to your financial experts about your company’s approach.

Talk to Lee Company too

Lee Company uses predictive maintenance technology to help our facility customers determine the best plan of action. With Digital Sound Technology, smart glasses that capture audio and video, and other innovations, we’re able to provide insights on the condition and outlook for current equipment, so they can budget accordingly.

Create your R22 action plan strategically. Lee Company is here to help!

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/new-rules-and-limitations-for-depreciation-and-expensing-under-the-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act

R22 and You: What’s Your Action Plan?


May 16, 2019

Benjamin Franklin never got to enjoy air conditioning – Willis Carrier invented the first modern air conditioning system in 1902. But, Franklin could have been talking about today’s HVAC systems and R22, when he said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Fortunately, the EPA has given facility managers time to plan: The rule outlawing the production and import of R22 (also known as Freon) doesn’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2020.

Planning today can save money and headaches down the road. As you formulate your R22 action plan, keep these three factors in mind:

  1. The scope of your HVAC system
    How many compressors are in your facilities? How old are they, and how well have they been maintained? The useful lifespan of HVAC equipment averages around 15 years, but that varies. Do you have a good feel for the condition of the equipment?
  2. The cost involved with repair or replacement
    While most manufacturers are not recommending conversions, no one wants to buy a new HVAC system until it’s necessary. As you review the costs involved, remember that new systems may be more energy efficient. Also, with production of R22 down and further production cuts slotted for 2019, the cost of the refrigerant continues to rise – pushing repair and maintenance costs up.
  3. The other costs involved
    What’s the worst-case R22 scenario for your business? Let’s say the AC goes out on a hot summer day, and it’s clearly not cost-effective to repair the unit. Can you afford to open the windows and hope for a breeze while you wait for a replacement?

The best time to make a change
Lee Company uses predictive maintenance to help our facility customers take an educated look ahead, and determine the probable, useful lifespan of their HVAC systems. In Franklin, Tenn., (yep, our HQ town is named for Ben) and throughout our service area, we’re helping customers develop a strategic R22 action plan. Find out what we can do for you!

Decades of Dedication

April 26, 2019

At Lee Company, part of our mission is “to create a workplace where our employees can thrive.” We’re honored and strengthened by the many employees who make Lee Company their professional home – often for decades! We want you to know the dedicated pros making a difference for all the customers and communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to this 2019 achiever!

30 Years

Eddie Knight

Superintendent, Large Construction

Eddie started his career at Lee Company in 1989 as a plumber for our Large Construction Group, and then moved into Special Projects. In 2003, he returned to Large Construction as a plumbing foreman, and became a superintendent two years later. During his time at Lee Company, Eddie says he has been most grateful for the personal opportunities to grow, and the company’s focus on safety. In his current role, Eddie trains other Lee Company professionals, encouraging them to learn as much as possible. He believes, and teaches, that the best results are achieved when all trades work together.

“Be a hard worker; be dedicated in what you do. I believe in quality – first and foremost. Do the right thing and you’ll get the repeat business, and always be busy.”

Lee Company Partners With Envizi to Improve Facility Management With Data-Driven Maintenance

March 26, 2019

Industry leading software tool provides insights for facility managers at the equipment level. Data gathered and analyzed daily can improve use and maintenance of HVAC equipment.

FRANKLIN, Tenn., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — It’s been said that “information is power,” and when it comes to complex HVAC systems, today’s technology is proving the wisdom of that age-old quote. To provide facility customers with the best information possible, Lee Company is partnering with Envizi, a market leader in data and analytics software. The new collaboration expands Lee Company’s use of intelligent analytics-based technologies to better detect, diagnose and predict issues impacting customer operations, which includes real-time audio/visual findings, geofencing, and digital sound technology.

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Celebrating a Remarkable Journey!

February 21, 2019

At Lee Company, part of our mission is “to create a workplace where our employees can thrive.” We’re honored and strengthened by the many employees who make Lee Company their professional home – often for decades! We want you to know the dedicated pros making a difference for all the customers and communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to these 2019 achievers!

20 Years

Robert “Cowboy” Davenport

Sheet Metal Foreman, Special Projects

Robert’s journey with Lee Company began back in 1999, when he hired on as a sheet metal mechanic with Special Projects. Since then, he has traveled throughout the South as a superintendent and lead mechanic, supervising and working on many challenging projects. Even as a foreman, he takes a hands-on, boots-on approach to every assignment and leads by example. A proponent of continual learning, Robert encourages colleagues to attend Lee Company University and thrive.

“Always do the job like it is being done at your own house. Integrity is a key value to have. Decisions are all about principle. Like the people you work with. Lee Company has been exceptionally good to me and I’ve been good to them.”

Decades of Dedication

February 20, 2019

At Lee Company, part of our mission is “to create a workplace where our employees can thrive.” We’re honored and strengthened by the many employees who make Lee Company their professional home – often for decades! We want you to know the dedicated pros making a difference for all the customers and communities we serve. Periodically, we’ll highlight team members as they reach milestone career marks. Thanks and congrats to these 2019 achievers!

20 Years

Dylan Walford

Foreman, Fab Shop

Dylan joined the Lee Company team on Jan. 27, 1999, as a sheet metal helper, just one month after his high school graduation. Our team quickly realized that he was talented and hard-working, never afraid of a challenge. With a devotion to learning as much as he can, Dylan earned his certification in piping. He now serves as a shop foreman, assisting the Fab Shop supervisor. Dylan is respected as a knowledgeable and helpful resource, and a man with tremendous integrity.

“I got where I am today by keeping my nose down and working hard. I want to be remembered as a valuable, hard-working employee.”

“Ring the Bell” at Morningside of Franklin

February 18, 2019

Today we “Ring the Bell” for our longtime customers at Morningside of Franklin. Morningside is a senior living community located in Cool Springs, about one mile from our former Franklin headquarters.

Our Home Services team has served the Morningside community for over 20 years! Not only do we take care of their homes, many of our service technicians have developed personal relationships with the residents and are often requested by name.

Many residents refer us to their neighbors and as a result, Lee Company has over 300 loyal Morningside customers! The friendly folks at Morningside truly enjoy their Lee Company experience and they look forward to the service visits from our technicians.

So, thank you to the residents of Morningside and thank you to all of the Lee Company employees who take care of them!

4 Tips to Keep Your Refrigerator Running Smoothly

December 05, 2018

If you notice anything worrisome as you’re maintaining your refrigerator, give us a call. Lee Company offers expert home appliance maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair services.

You open the fridge to start prepping for your holiday dinner and the turkey is lukewarm. The fridge has gone out and everything inside has spoiled.

This is a nightmare that no homeowner wants to experience, so we’re here to help with four tips to keep your refrigerator running more efficiently to save you money and help prevent a breakdown.

  1. Wipe down the door gaskets.

Use warm water and just a touch of mild dish soap as this will to prevent damaging the gasket. If you’ve noticed condensation on the outside of your fridge, it may mean you have a leaky gasket. Check for cracks or worn spots as you’re cleaning.

  1. Vacuum your condenser coils.

Depending on your refrigerator model, the coils will be located either in the back or underneath the unit. Unplug the fridge as you’re vacuuming to be safe. If you have pets, you may notice buildup on the coils, especially if the coils are under the fridge. Too much hair and dirt buildup will prevent the condenser coils from cooling properly, causing your unit to work harder than it needs to.

  1. Check your temperature gauges and set them in the middle.

This one is easy. Check the temperature gauges inside your refrigerator and freezer to make sure they’re set correctly. Sometimes a warm fridge is caused by nothing more than a dial accidentally being hit. Gauges should be close to the middle to keep things at the proper temperature and prevent your fridge from working overtime.

  1. Check freezer vents to make sure they’re unobstructed.

It’s best to keep freezers only about three-quarters full to allow air to fully circulate. So if you’ve been cramming your freezer, you may want to make some room. If you spot crumbs or food ties inside any of the vents, get them out before they get sucked into the evaporator fan.

Signs your refrigerator could use some love

If you notice any of the following issues with your fridge, it might be time to call an appliance repair expert.

  • Won’t stay cold or takes a long time to cool down
  • Runs continuously
  • Not running at all (is it plugged in?)
  • Ice build-up in your freezer
  • Puddle underneath your refrigerator
  • Runs loudly or makes banging sounds
  • Condensation on the outside

Call our appliance repair professionals

If you notice anything worrisome as you’re maintaining your refrigerator, give us a call. Lee Company offers expert home appliance maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair services. You can depend on us for on-time arrivals and on-the-spot repair quotes from highly trained, certified, friendly technicians. We’re here to help with all your major appliances including refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, ovens, freezers, dryers, and washing machines. Schedule your appointment today so you’re ready for the holidays!

2018 Vans4Cans Food Drive Results are Here: We Did It!

November 16, 2018

2018 Vans4Cans Food Drive drop off at Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

We have officially wrapped up this year’s Vans4Cans food drive and couldn’t be more excited. We want to thank everyone who contributed to this incredible success from the bottom of our hearts.

We delivered the food collected during our Vans4Cans campaign to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Food Bank of North Alabama, and Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland. Thanks to our employees, our customers, and our partners, Lee Company raised 80,084 pounds of food surpassing our 70,000 pounds goal!

The entire Lee Company team pulled together and had a blast creating opportunities to bring in food and raise funds. From our Home Services technicians to our office teams, everyone did their part to keep the drive energized. We had bake sales, soup sales, and even decorated co-worker’s desks with flamingos as part of our in-house fundraising efforts. We are already looking forward to Vans4Cans 2019!

What do the campaign results mean?

Because of you, a mother won’t stand before an empty pantry, with no idea of what to do.
Because of you, a father won’t have to say, “No,” when his child asks for dinner.
Because of you, a family will sit down at the dinner table, bow their heads, and give thanks for food. 

Every day we are thankful for the opportunity to serve our communities. Today, we thank you for helping us make a difference through Vans4Cans.

The Middle Half 2018

November 13, 2018

Lee Company at The Middle Half 2018 in Murfreesboro

It was another great year for the Murfreesboro Half Marathon, fondly known in the community as “The Middle Half.” Our team of Lee Company volunteers handed out Gatorade and water at the last water station on the course, cheering on participants for the final stretch of the race. We also had another group of volunteers stationed at the finish line handing out co-branded race wraps (buffs) to the over 2,000 finishers! There was a great buzz of energy in the air, and we were excited to cheer for the participants.

We love working with all the wonderful race coordinators, including Deborah Roberts who coordinates the many water stations on the course.

“Lee Company has done a fantastic job over the past 4 years of providing the volunteers needed to sponsor one of our vital water stations. I could not have done my job without their leadership and I look forward to working with them in the years to come!” commented Deborah.

Four years of sponsoring this race and we look forward to supporting it and continuing to work with Race Director, Melissa Miller, for years to come.

“Lee Company’s sponsorship of the Murfreesboro Half Marathon has made a big contribution to the support for our runners over the years” said Miller. “The addition of the custom Lee Company sponsored race wraps (buffs) were a huge success with the participants this year. Lee Company’s support for the race, as well as their focus on supporting and improving our local community is very much appreciated.”

Supporting the communities we serve is at the heart of what we do. Watch for us in 2019 at the Murfreesboro Half Marathon, we’ll be there cheering everyone on!

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