Well, I managed to do it again. Last weekend I had to go to the emergency room for the third time this year! Like my last two visits, the cause for my trip to the hospital was no accident. If anything, I would say that I have to learn my lesson the hard way, and I have to learn it three times before it sticks! This all happened because I got the bright idea of trying to refill the refrigerant line for my A/C system at home. The HVAC service technician that comes by our house every couple of months makes it seem so simple and easy to do, so how can you blame me? To be fair, heating and A/C technicians go through extensive hands-on training to perform this and hundreds of other services for HVAC equipment, so naturally he would make it seem simple. I was a fool to think that I could take any old can of refrigerant from a hardware store, and try to fill the refrigerant line without even using the right hose. Since the hose that came with the refrigerant canister was too small, I had the bright idea to force the line open with a tool and try to “pour” the refrigerant into the A/C unit. As you might have already guessed, this didn’t prove successful – it did, however, result in a ton of pressurized refrigerant from inside my system being shot into my face and eyes. The doctors at the hospital told me I should be blind, and it was a good thing I had sunglasses on when this happened. I guess I need to just get over this urge to fix everything myself, and call a professional when I need one!
August 5, 2020
August 5, 2020