A SIMPLE motto makes it quite clear exactly what Weston and Weston can provide for customers – “we sell it, we install it, we service it.”
The “it” is refrigeration, air-conditioning and heating for domestic, commercial and industrial purposes.
From building coolrooms and fitting a a domestic air-conditioning system, to fixing industrial fridges and freezers, temprites and refrigerated transport, Weston and Weston can keep you or your produce hot or cold, as need and the weather demands.
“If you want it cooled or heated, we can do it,” company director Lionel Weston said.
“Air-conditioning in our terms is cooling down and the right humidity and the right temperature, whereas an evaporative cooler is as the word says, it cools.
“It doesn’t get you down to the right temperature. In the industry they’re known as swamp boxes.
“Because George and I are refrigeration mechanics we’re a little more to that end.”
Weston and Weston retails and installs Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin and Actron reverse-cycle systems, as well as annual servicing of a range of evaporative systems.
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“You build a relationship with us,” George Weston said.
“In the country people want to know if you sell a reputable brand because they want the service as well.
“If they recognise the brand, Carrier or Email - or nowadays Mitsubishi or Panasonic - and you fix it, that’s great. Out here you want to know who’s going to fix it because you recognise the brand.”
The business has evolved over the years, from its first job fixing a freezer in Narrandera takeaway shop, to massive commercial installations and contract work for supermarkets across the region.
“When we started we were refrigeration more than air-conditioning, then doing commercial stuff. We don’t do (domestic) fridges any more,” Lionel said.
“Refrigeration is a big industry now. Not a lot of people are doing it.
“We monitor all supermarkets from here. Down on the border, up to Tumbarumba, we do nearly 40 supermarkets. All the Coles, all the Woolies, Aldi, IGAs.”
Most of the evaporative installations by Weston and Weston now are commercial projects.
George said changing expectations meant an increased need for refrigerated reverse-cycle systems, even at a domestic level.
“People are expecting it,” he said. “You buy a brand new house and it comes with air-conditioning. You buy a car and it comes with air-conditioning. Back then it was an added feature, now it’s mainstream.
“Any space that needs to be heated or cooled, humidified or de-humidified, we’ll do it. We’ve worked at the walnut farm, Narrandera Fisheries, we’ve refrigerated for yabbies, fish, blood banks, operating theatres. We were doing ostrich eggs at one stage.
“In Sydney you get people who specialise in just cool rooms, or air-conditioning, or trucks. Here we do everything.
“One day you’re working on an air-conditioner, the next on an operating theatre, the next a truck, then back to an evaporative.”
That is also a positive Lionel has taken from his more than 40 years in the business.
“It’s a good trade where you’re not doing the same thing all the time and using your brain, and you’re travelling,” he said. “You set off in the morning and off you go.”