There’s nothing as humbling as attempting a easy service or service, only to find that the process is all but easy. When I tried to change the oil for our beat-up aged pickup truck, I went into it with a drain pan, a screwdriver, 5 quarts of fresh oil plus our own foolish ambition. Three hours later, I emerged from the ordeal covered in slick oil plus grease, bruises plus cuts on our hands, plus 5 wasted quarts of oil due to our ignorance, but did you notice that I forgot an oil filter when I listed our supplies for the “easy fix”? Yeah, our point exactly! Anyway, I went through a genuinely similar ordeal when I decided I would perform our own seasonal heating plus cooling system check-up. The plan was as straightforward as it goes: change the air filter, vacuum the ductwork, check the refrigerant line plus hose out the coils plus fins of the cooling system unit. My first issue came from buying the wrong size for our air filter, so that had to be bumped back on our to-do list for this check-up, but next, I realized that our vacuum couldn’t reach more than a foot into the ductwork without hitting an elbow in the duct’s layout, meaning I needed a special hose to wash the ducts. That too got bumped back! Then, I tried to check the refrigerant line, plus managed to spray our legs with ice-cold refrigerant as I disconnected the hose! Utterly frustrated, I didn’t even bother trying to hose the coils down as I didn’t see the point, as something would easily go wrong. It’s a good thing I didn’t – the power was still on for the system, so I easily would’ve electrocuted myself while trying to hose down the fins of the cooling system system!
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020