I get along with my roommate

My roommate called me the to tell me that he wanted to take money out of our slush fund to buy an air conditioner. He said that he couldn’t stand it anymore and that even a window air conditioning unit would at least provide some cooling relief. I agreed that we could use it, but, I wasn’t sure if we could afford a new window air conditioning unit. Unfortunately, our apartment did not come with air conditioning so for most of the time we just suffered in the heat. I would open the windows sometimes so we could catch a nice breeze, but that didn’t happen often because it was so hot outside. I noticed there was something that looked enjoy a window air conditioner next to a dumpster on my way home from work last week. I decided to take a chance and pick it up. My roommate thought I was crazy when I brought it inside and didn’t understand why we couldn’t use our emergency money to just buy one. I told him to give it a chance, we plugged it in and it worked!. After awhile, we noticed there was a terrible smell filling the room. I decided to remove the front grill of the air conditioning unit and found there was mold inside the unit! We knew we didn’t want to sacrifice our health for a little bit of cold air. My roommate said that maybe we could clean it out with bleach or something. We pulled it apart and cleaned it thoroughly with a bleach solution. We made sure not to get any liquid into the motor and sat it outside to dry before trying to run it again.  When we hooked it back up, we no longer smelled anything nasty. I figured whoever owned it just threw it out because of the mold and perhaps didn’t want to bother with cleaning it. Now, thanks to our efforts we were able to enjoy cool relief for free.

indoor air quality 

I’m looking for a new air conditioner

For the longest time, my roommate has been complaining about the temperature in our apartment.  The place came with heat for the winter but no source of cooling for the summer. I get that is it’s hot but there didn’t seem to be any way of changing the situation.  That is until last week. Anyway, my roommate said that even a window unit would at least provide some cooling relief and he felt that we should purchase one from the hardware store. I agreed although I wasn’t sure if we could afford a new window unit.  We definitely couldn’t get anything that was nicer than that either so for the most part, we just suffered in the heat. I would open the windows sometimes to catch a nice breeze, however oftentimes it was just too hot outside, but one day, I saw there was something that looked like a window HVAC unit next to a dumpster. I decided to take a chance and it up. When I brought it into the house my roommate just looked at me like I was crazy. I told my roommate that I just found it by a dumpster and so we decided to hook it up in the window. When we turned it on, it started blowing out wonderfully cool air.  After awhile, I noticed there was a weird and not so pleasant smell. I decided to remove the front grill of the unit and found there was mold and dirt built up inside the unit! It was wonderful to have a little bit of cooling relief, although I didn’t want to completely ruin our air quality with breathing in mold spores. My roommate said that maybe we could clean it out with bleach or something. So we pulled it apart and washed it thoroughly with a bleach solution. I went to the hardware store and bought a new filter for it too. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort. We no longer smelled anything nasty. I figured whoever owned it just threw it out because of the odor but it was a great thing for us because we now had a practically free air conditioner that worked great!

air filter 

Cleaning the whole system

My roommate has been complaining that we need an air conditioner for weeks now. She tried to say that we should spend what little money we put away for a vacation on a window unit. At least we would get some relief.  I agreed it would help but didn’t feel it was a good choice to spend money on even a cheaper window unit. Most days, we just suffered in the heat. I would open the windows sometimes to catch a nice breeze, but most days it was just too warm outside. One afternoon, I noticed there was something that looked enjoy a window air conditioner next to a dumpster. I decided to take a chance and bring it back to the house. I told my roommate that I just found it by a dumpster and we decided to hook it up in the window.  When we turned it on, it started right up and started putting out cooling relief! As we sat there, enjoying the cold air, we started to smell a really bad odor. I decided to remove the front grill of the air conditioner unit and found that it was caked in mold and grime. It was fantastic to have a little bit of cooling relief but we didn’t want to risk getting sick from the mold and bacteria that were being put out into the air too. My roommate said that maybe we could clean it out with bleach or something. We pulled it apart and cleaned it thoroughly with a bleach solution. It was a lot of work, but we had that air conditioner pretty clean after we were done with it. When we hooked it back up, we no longer smelled anything nasty. I figured whoever owned it just threw it out because of the mold and perhaps they didn’t want to bother with cleaning it. It worked out perfectly for us though.

central HVAC 

HVAC inside our home

For the longest time, my roommate has been complaining that we need an A/C unit. He said that even a window A/C unit would at least provide some cooling relief. I agreed but I wasn’t sure if we could afford a new window A/C unit. We definitely couldn’t get anything that was nicer than that either. So for most days, we just suffered in the heat. I would open the windows sometimes to catch a nice breeze, but oftentimes it was just too hot outside. One day, I noticed there was something that looked like a window A/C next to a dumpster. I decided to pick it up and bring it back to the house. I told my roommate that I just found it by a dumpster and so we decided to hook it up in the window. When we turned it on, it provided wonderful cooling relief! After awhile, I noticed there was a little bit of a funny smell. I decided to remove the front grill of the A/C unit and found there was mold inside the unit! It was great to have a little bit of cooling relief, but I didn’t want to completely ruin our air quality with this mold! My roommate said that maybe we could clean it out with bleach or something. So we pulled it apart and cleaned it thoroughly with a bleach solution. It was some work, but we had that A/C pretty clean after we were done with it. When we hooked it back up, we no longer smelled anything nasty. I figured whoever owned it just threw it out because of the mold and perhaps didn’t want to bother with cleaning it. Now we had our cooling relief!

HVAC tune-up 

The internship saved me

When I was in my junior year of high school, I was really struggling with my future. I wasn’t excited about the idea of going to college. All of my siblings went off to ivy league schools, but that was never a direction that interested me. I was more simple of a person. There was a mandatory college fair that I dreaded for weeks. I figured I could just sit in a corner and ignore the entire process. When I got there, I was surprised to see that there were other options than college. I had never heard about internship programs before that day. One in particular caught my eye. It was a program with the local HVAC provider. I was never interested in heating and cooling before, but I liked the idea of being trained in a trade that I could use. After my senior year of the internship, I would be offered a salaried position. The thought of having an actual career to provide for myself and a future family was very appealing. They taught me how to do basic maintenance checks, strip and clean out ductwork, followed by more complicated installations. Once I had all the basics under my belt, I could work for the company and learn the more complicated repairs later down the road. I had never been so excited for a new challenge. My parents saw that I was actually engaged in something for the first time. They were very supportive of my choice. After graduation, I started working within the first month. My very first installation was for my parent’s home.

I’m a bit worried about this furnace

I moved to the northern part of the country from a tropical beach last year. It sounds crazy, I know, but I was offered an amazing job opportunity with a great firm that I just couldn’t turn down. I thought it wouldn’t be that different. I knew that changing from a warm to a cold climate would definitely take some getting used to, but I never dreamed that it would be as hard as it has been. First of all, where I’m from, none of us ever even had a furnace installed in our homes. Air conditioning, sure, but heating? No way! Our temperatures rarely dropped anywhere below 78 degrees, even in the winter time. When I moved up north, the first thing I had to learn about was furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and space heaters. Apparently, if you’re not up on the latest ways to heat your living space, you can actually freeze to death up here! That’s a pretty scary realization for an island girl, let me tell you! I did a lot of research on the proper kind of heating unit to buy for my new house, and I found a very reputable HVAC company that’s located very close to my neighborhood. I’m glad that they’re right there because I fully anticipate that I will have questions about my new gas furnace, since I’ve never even tried to operate one before. At least there will professional HVAC guys close by to help me with all of my questions, even if some of my questions will probably seem really dumb to them!

emergency HVAC 

I’m concerned about the furnace

My friend Eric went to school to become a heating and air conditioning specialist. Last year, he started working for one of the local HVAC companies in our county. He really likes doing heating and air conditioning work, but he has some crazy stories to tell after a whole year on the job! Once we were having a beer, and Eric told me the funniest story about a service call that I have ever heard. He was doing an emergency furnace repair job at an assisted living home out in the country. He said that the home was full of little old ladies and one of them wouldn’t stop trying to flirt with him. He tried to stay down in the basement where the furnace was for the most part, but eventually, he had to come upstairs to check the thermostat settings. This one little old lady in particular came up to Eric and started trying to rub his shoulders and hold his hand while he was working on the thermostat. He tried to pry her off of him in a nice way, but he said that it was pretty difficult. He finally got the heater fixed and the little woman told him that when she was younger, she used to try out all of the heaters before she bought them, and all of the heating maintenance men, too. Then she told Eric that she thought he had a cute butt and she tried to tip him! I almost snorted my beer out my nose when he told me that story. Who knew that HVAC maintenance technicians led such exciting lives?

Listening to the receptionist

When you’re a professional furnace and air conditioning technician, you never really know what you’re going to run into when you get called out to a job. One hot summer day I got sent out to a residential neighborhood on the east side of town. Earlier in the day, the homeowner had called the HVAC company that I worked for to report that his air conditioning wasn’t working. Since the temperatures that week were in the high nineties, we were working overtime on air conditioning units. We tried to get out to maintenance calls especially quickly for the elderly, since they can’t really handle the heat well at all. The receptionist at work said that this homeowner sounded pretty old and agitated because of his broken A/C unit. I headed over to his house right after my lunch break, so it was the hottest part of the day. I was grabbing my tools out of the A/C maintenance truck and walking up to the door when the door flew open all by itself. Before I could even say a word, an old man yanked the door open and was standing there in front of me, in nothing but his tighty whities! He asked me if I was there to fix his air conditioning and I said, “Yes sir!” I mean, what else could I say? The man turned to lead the way toward his HVAC unit and muttered over his shoulder, “Well, it’s about dang time you finally showed up! I’ve been waiting for some A/C all day and I just about ran out of clothes to take off!”

air conditioning unit 

I could only dream

I’ve never had a fireplace in any of the houses that I’ve lived in, but I’ve always wanted one. Ever since I was a little girl, I always thought that it would be so cool to be able to have an open flame inside my house. I also love the smell of woodsmoke, so having a fireplace has always been at the top of my wish list! For my 40th birthday, my husband sent me away on a girls’ weekend with two of my best friends and he told me not to come home until very late on Sunday night. Since I never get time away from home and the kids, he didn’t have to tell me twice! I took off with my friends and had a super fun mini-vacation. Then, when I finally came home on Sunday night, I had the biggest surprise of my life! My husband had called an HVAC company to come in and install a fireplace for me! This particular HVAC company not only deals with regular heating and air conditioning units, they also specialize in gas logs and regular wood burning stoves and fireplaces. I was so excited that I couldn’t stand it! The HVAC maintenance worker was still there putting the finishing touches on my new fireplace and he showed me how to work everything. He even said that we might not be needing our furnace as much this winter if we learned how to use the fireplace correctly. I wouldn’t mind never using our furnace again as long as I can sleep next to my new cozy fireplace! I was so happy and surprised with this amazing gift that my husband had installed for me! I never would have dreamed that the best gift ever would come gift wrapped in an HVAC maintenance truck!

HVAC installation 

We’re enjoying the box fans

I work for a local coffee shop that opened about a year ago now. From day one, I’ve noticed that the proprietors don’t seem to focus on the experience had by customers in their shop, and only think about the final product: the coffee itself. I give them credit; we have a massive variety of beverages stemming from coffee, but the shop itself? Not great. The decor in the shop is minimal, and not in a way that’s pleasing to the eye or brain. It looks more like the front desk of a doctor’s office when you walk in the front door. There’s very little room for customers to linger after receiving their drinks, which I think was intentional – the owners are very suspicious of people who stay too long in their shop. The worst part about working here is the relentless heat from all the coffee machines. Since it’s such a small space, it takes only a few coffeemakers to make it feel like an oven behind the counter! I’ve complained to the owners several times about how the heat is only driving customers away. Their response? Two box fans; one on each side of the counter. Clearly the owners have no comprehension of how air conditioning works! I tried to cope with it as much as I could, but the fan only served to blow hot air in my face and in the faces of customers. Finally, I went to the owners one last time, and told them I would call the department of labor if they didn’t fix the air conditioner. That seemed to be the kick in the butt they needed, as we were outfitted with a room air conditioner behind the counter. Finally, some relief! This room air conditioner was barely noticeable, and I could use a remote to make it colder or warmer without disrupting my work. Why couldn’t they have done this when the shop first opened?

air conditioner service