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Carrier flips switch on rent-to-own

BY HBSDealer Staff

HVAC giant Carrier has a new plan to bring equipment to the people, in three words: “rent to own.”

The company signed a strategic agreement with Microf LLC to provide an alternative to traditional financing for qualified Carrier heating and air-conditioning customers.

Microf now offers its rent-to-own solution through Carrier’s extensive distributor and dealer network, enabling an additional option for homeowners to obtain quality products. Carrier, a world leader in high-technology heating, ventilating and air-conditioning solutions, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

“Carrier is pleased to work with Microf to provide a rent-to-own HVAC option to our customers,” said Matthew Pine, VP marketing, Carrier residential HVAC. “This strategic business relationship benefits customers and dealers by giving them the broadest range of options to meet their heating and cooling needs.”

Microf will support dealers and their customers with a quick and user-friendly application process, a flexible product offering and specialized HVAC expertise. The rent-to-own option will be available for customers who meet minimum financial standards. Microf’s alternative to traditional financing enables more customers to enjoy improved comfort and air quality with an affordable monthly payment.

“We at Microf are excited about working with Carrier and the opportunity to expand our dealer network and customer base,” said Jay Kimbro, Microf co-founder. “Our unique rent-to-own concept will ensure more consumers are able to meet their heating and cooling needs with an affordable monthly payment.”

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Handheld drain gun attacks sinks

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General Pipe Cleaners BD Drain Gun power drain cleaner with new Quick-Grip chuck makes drain cleaning faster and easier than ever. Ideal for the maintenance professional, the easy-to-use BD Drain Gun quickly clears clogged sinks, tubs and laundry drains.  

The patented Quick-Grip chuck tightens firmly against the drain snake with just a quarter turn and allows the user to tackle stubborn clogged drains quickly and easily, according to General Pipe Cleaners, a division of General Wire Spring Co.

It features tough Flexicore cables with a wire rope inner core for toughness and flexibility, a durable plastic drum and convenient grip shield, according to the company.

The variable speed control motor lets the user start at a low speed to eliminate starting “kick,” then run at whatever speed is best for the job. The 3.2 amp motor is double insulated and UL approved. 

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