Getting odd prank calls

Kids loved to make prank calls in my day.

I was actually one of those kids.

These days, because of how technology is with computers and cell phones, along with the invention of caller ID, prank calls are not as common these days as they were back then. However, they do happen from time to time. Recently, I have been getting a ton of prank calls on my cell phone from the same kids. At first it was funny, but after about the 10th time, it started to get annoying. The are calling and acting like they are some kind of criminals, making threats that they are going to blow up my central heating and air conditioning system if I don’t give them one hundred thousand dollars. It was pretty funny when I first started getting them. You have to admit, it is creative talking about blowing up a central heating and air conditioning system. When I was a kid making pranks, we would never make any kind of pranks talking about a heating and air conditioning system. Who knows where they got the idea to start talking about blowing up a heating and air conditioning system! At one point on one of the prank calls, I told them I was a certified heating and cooling specialist and that they could blow up my central HVAC system all they wanted. They started laughing at that point, because I took them off guard. I’m not an HVAC specialist, but it was a good come back! I’m actually surprised the kids knew what an HVAC specialist was too.

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HVAC maintenance in the apartment complex

The heating and air conditioning maintenance people in my apartment complex are nothing short of awesome.

Any time I have a problem with my central heating and air conditioning system, they are always there without any problems! I have lived in apartment complexes in the past where the HVAC maintenance crew were real jerks, and not to mention, very unreliable.

You would call down to the office and tell them that you have a serious issue with your heating or air conditioning, and they would say they were going to send someone up, and they never did for days! Then, when you would finally get an HVAC specialist that worked for the apartment complex up there, they would treat you like dirt and act like you either broke the central heating and air conditioning system yourself, or, that there was nothing wrong with it and you were crazy. Real low class people! One time I had to break my lease because the heating and air conditioning system was broke, and the heating and air conditioning people at the apartment complex refused to fix it. I almost threw a loss suit against them, but, I had found out that it would have costed way too much to hire a decent lawyer to sue them. After all of these bad apartment complex experiences with HVAC maintenance, I was so happy to have finally moved into an apartment complex where the HVAC maintenance people are really the best, and most friendly I ever had seen in my whole entire lifetime to date!

 

 

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Tips to Extend My HVAC System’s Life:

I hate how much junk mail I get in my mailbox everyday.

There are so many magazines and pointless advertisements that I never even subscribed too.

Not only does it bother me that I’m receiving a bunch of useless mail, but it bothers me that it’s all going straight to the trash. I do my part to recycle the paper, but it’s still not efficient. I’d say that out of ten pieces of mail I receive each day, only one is actually useful or something I subscribed too. The other day, I got an advertisement for my local HVAC company. I hire them to service my air conditioner and furnace every six months, so it wasn’t a surprise that they were sending me ads. The ad included 5 tips for extending the life of an HVAC system, and I was intrigued! The first tip was obvious, having the HVAC equipment serviced regularly. Since I was already doing this, I felt good. The second tip was to keep the air flow circulating, by leaving the doors and vents open throughout the house. The third tip is to make sure the HVAC equipment was getting proper down time in order to recharge. I wasn’t expecting that third suggestion, but vowed that I’d start turning off my HVAC system every once in a while. The fourth and fifth tip were similar, having the ducts cleaned and the outdoor unit cleaned. Cleaning the ducts was needed to remove the dust and debri that was circulating back into the air, and cleaning the outdoor unit was needed to better heat and cool the home. This was one mail advertisement I was thankful to receive.

 

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Beware What Lurks in Your HVAC Air Ducts

I keep a pretty clean house.

It’s probably due to my upbringing.

My mom raised us on her own so, us kids were the ones who did the vast majority of the cleaning. However, my mom was very precise in how she wanted it cleaned. That instilled my thoroughness when it comes to house cleaning. If it’s out of place, I know it. That’s why I found it so weird to find little rodent droppings right in the middle of the floor. After being properly repulsed, I got me some traps. I set them through the house looking to end that business. Weeks went by with not one thing in the traps. Yet, the mouse poop was still showing up. Then it dawned on me. The droppings were falling from the HVAC vents. Again repulsed and a deep sense of gross out. The mice were in the ducts. The ducts were delivering me the HVAC treated air. I was, in effect, breathing mouse air. Near vomit. I could not get to the phone quick enough. The exterminator came out the next day and ended some mouse life. But, that still left the ducts. I called the HVAC company. They were kind enough to make me an appointment with a company who cleans ductwork. They came out and spent over 4 hours sucking multiple bags worth of filth from our ducts. It’s far more disgusting in my mind than it actually was. The cleaning crew supervisor said it was actually not nearly as bad as most. Still, who knew mice got in the air ducts? From here on, the ducts get cleaned once a year no matter what.

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A Professional HVAC Company is Vital When Facing a Job Transfer

Our real estate agent was also on the spot.

I read once that packing up and moving is on the same list as divorce and death. Nice company I suppose. But, there is indeed some truth to all that. Selling a home then packing up to move to a new city is certainly on most lists of ugly life circumstances. Unfortunately, it was made a bit more difficult due to an unforeseen HVAC upgrade. Days after learning about the transfer, during her first visit to our home, our real estate agent told us we had to replace the heating and cooling unit. After she explained the rationale for an HVAC upgrade, it was pretty clear that we would get a much better price on our home with a new HVAC system. The HVAC contractor with our heating and cooling company was awesome in expiditing the process. He was able to get the system measured, ordered and perfectly installed in under 2 weeks. Our HVAC guy even prepared a sort of pamphlet for prospective buyers. It showed the system that was being put in with all the stats, as well as, an invoice to authenticate the HVAC upgrade. In fact, the HVAC pamphlet was instrumental in receiving and offer after only 12 days on the market. Our real estate agent was also on the spot. She was so right about the HVAC upgrade being important in selling our home. We staged the home, made some kitchen upgrades and then paid for the HVAC system. This actually got us an offer that is a shade higher than our original target.

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My wife can’t stand the smell of our furnace

My wife and I recently enjoyed a book about living Off-Grid, and we decided to completely cut off our use of electricity in our house.

We have solar panels to run any devices that we need, and we decided to use propane for our furnace, refrigerator, and our hot water heater. At first, we looked into using a wood boiler to do all of this, but we decided that having to get wood all of the time was not something we were looking forward to. The only problem with this is that our propane furnace has been a huge hindrance to my wife. Propane furnaces force you to smell the propane throughout your house. Unlike the fridge and the hot water heater, the forced-air furnace pumped the subtle smell of propane throughout the house during the winter. The smell of our furnace lingers throughout the summer. It didn’t use to be an issue, but when my wife got pregnant, the smell of propane has made her throw up since. There is nothing more frustrating to me than to hear my wife gag whenever we use our furnace. Towards the end of winter, once the temperatures were above freezing, we turned off our furnace completely. I think that I will either need to sell the propane appliances and move to wood appliances, or I will have to go back to using electrical appliances. I will probably switch to a wood boiler for our heating needs because this will allow us to stay off-grid. All I need to do now is figure out how to preserve my food.

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One of my HVAC technician friends tried to get me to do something illegal

This HVAC technician had been to this house before, and he knew where he kept some of his valuable things.

Have you ever had somebody in your workplace try to pressure you into doing something that was completely illegal? As an HVAC technician, we spend a ton of time working in pairs of two. I typically liked working with only one other HVAC technician, but sometimes I was put with other HVAC technicians. Since our job was to install, diagnose, and repair HVAC units, we spent the majority of our time working in customer’s homes to repair their furnaces or air conditioners. One day, an HVAC technician and I were called in to repair the furnace of one of the richest men in our town. When we got to his house, he showed up his furnace, and he showed us how to get to the attic if we needed to. Then, he told us that he was going to leave for a few minutes and that he was probably not going to be back before we finished. I didn’t realize that at this moment, the other HVAC technician that I was working with had a terrible idea. This HVAC technician had been to this house before, and he knew where he kept some of his valuable things. The HVAC technician tried to pressure me the entire time while we were working on the furnace to help him steal something from this house. Eventually, after rejecting the idea so many times, I became worried that he was going to steal anyway and blame it on both of us. While he was out of hearing distance, I called our boss and explained the situation. I got to keep my job, and the owner of the house even gave me a large tip for being honest!

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I regret every decision that I made with my HVAC company

A long time ago when the HVAC company that I worked for was at the height of its business, a few of the HVAC technicians and I made a terrible choice.

The HVAC technician that ran the company was a very mean guy, and he also didn’t pay the employees of his HVAC company very well.

A few of the veteran HVAC technicians became disgruntled, and they decided that they were going to start their own HVAC company to compete with our boss. I got caught up into the scheme, being promised that I would get a huge pay raise and a position as one of the head HVAC technicians, equal with them. What I didn’t realize was that they were stealing HVAC supplies from the HVAC company that they were working for. They began going to every single job that our HVAC company was working for and bidding a lower price. Since they weren’t paying for the HVAC supplies, they could offer a way cheaper price to do all of this work. Once our boss caught wind of this scheme, he promptly fired all of us HVAC technicians, and we had to move to our new company. At this point, I realized the mistake I had made. These guys were stealing to make their HVAC company work, and it was doomed to fail once they had nobody to steal from. I would quickly lose my job with this HVAC company that would soon fail, and I knew that my old boss would never hire me again. What did I get myself into?

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Getting odd prank calls

Kids enjoyed to make prank calls in my day.

I was easily one of those teenagers, then these nights, because of how technology is with tablets and cell PCs, along with the invention of caller ID, prank calls are not as usual these nights as they were back then, and however, they do happen from time to time. Recently, I have been getting a ton of prank calls on my cell PC from the same teenagers. At first it was funny, however after about the 10th time, it started to get discouraging. The are calling and acting prefer they are some kind of criminals, making threats that they are going to blow up my central heating and a/c plan if I don’t provide them one hundred thoUSnd dollars. It was pretty funny when I first started getting them. You have to admit, it is creative talking about blowing up a central heating and a/c, and when I was a child making pranks, both of us would never make any kind of pranks talking about a heating and a/c. Who knows where they got the system to start talking about blowing up a heating and a/c! At one point on one of the prank calls, I told them I was a certified heating and cooling specialist and that they could blow up my central Heating and A/C plan all they wanted. They started laughing at that point, because I took them off guard. I’m not an Heating and A/C specialist, however it was a good come back! I’m easily surprised the teenagers knew what an Heating and A/C specialist was too.

 

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Think about What Lurks in Your Heating as well as Air Conditioning Air Ducts

I keep a pretty scrub house.

It’s easily due to my upbringing.

My mom raised us on her own so, us kids were the ones who did the vast majority of the cleaning. However, my mom was very precise in how she wanted it cleaned. That instilled my thoroughness when it comes to condo cleaning. If it’s out of site, I suppose it. That’s why I found it so odd to find little rodent droppings right in the middle of the floor. After being officially repulsed, I got me some traps. I set them through the condo looking to end that business. Weeks went by with not one thing in the traps. Yet, the mouse poop was still showing up. Then it dawned on me. The droppings were falling from the Heating as well as Air Conditioning vents. Again repulsed plus a deep sense of gross out. The mice were in the ducts. The ducts were delivering me the Heating as well as Air Conditioning treated air. I was, in effect, breathing mouse air. Near vomit. I could not get to the PC quick enough. The exterminator came out the next afternoon plus ended some mouse life. But, that still left the ducts. I called the Heating as well as Air Conditioning business. They were kind enough to make me an appointment with a company who cleans air duct. They came out plus spent over 4 hours sucking numerous bags worth of filth from our ducts. It’s far more disgusting in my mind than it actually was. The cleaning crew supervisor said it was actually not nearly as awful as most. Still, who knew mice got in the HVAC ducts? From here on, the ducts get cleaned once a year no matter what.

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