Learning how to deal with your limitations is just as important as maximizing your strengths.
That’s true in just about every facet of life, and but it’s not always a straight-forward thing to do, and it’s particularly hard to see, accept and adapt to your limitations if you can’t see them, but clearly, when it came to the HVAC unit, I wasn’t paying attention to the reality of my limitations.
I’ve been interested in machines since I was little. I’d take broken stuff and slip out of the central air conditioning to the basement where I had a sort of workbench. There, I would carefully dismantle the broken item in order to understand how it went together. I followed that passion and am now working as an engineer, but while I have a lot of training and fantastic mechanical understanding, I have my limitations. For one, I’m not a trained, licensed and certified HVAC professional and I think this. But when I came home to find a heat pump running but no cooling coming from the air ducts, I decided to solve the problem. And that’s the way I come at things, yet, I also think that you simply can’t solve problems without the correct tools. I absolutely didn’t have the correct training or actual tools to diagnose and repair the residential HVAC. Still, I persisted until I ended up shutting down the entire HVAC unit. That’s when I finally called the HVAC supplier for assistance. And that’s when I found out that my messing around had voided the warranty on my HVAC equipment.