Many things can cause an HVAC system to act undisciplined and lose efficiency but that alignment between me and the tech kept the HVAC unit in line
The task of instilling discipline in kids is so much different today than when I was the one being “instilled” with that quality. In my day, if I did not exhibit the proper level of discipline with schoolwork, chores, and even mealtimes, my father would say in a stern voice, “You’re going to be punished”. The punishment ranged from a simple grounding to what might be considered child abuse today. At school, I was assured that whatever the “board” of education (the paddle) administered, I would get double that at home. It was a “triangle of discipline” with my parents and teachers aligned against me. Today that triangle is reversed. Kids now sit atop the point while the parents and teachers blame each other as to why “Johnny can’t read”. Meanwhile, Johnny gets away scot-free for his behavior. My kids are grown now, but there is still a triangle of discipline at my house between me, my HVAC unit, and our professional HVAC technician. He visits twice a year to check on how I’ve been treating my furnace and air conditioner. In the past, he would ask me how the unit was running, and based on my observations, he would make repairs and criticize the unit if it was not behaving properly. Many things can cause an HVAC system to act undisciplined and lose efficiency but that alignment between me and the tech kept the HVAC unit in line. Nowadays, the Tech visits and immediately begins to blame me for my lack of discipline about changing filters, keeping leaves away from the outdoor compressor unit, and abusing the thermostat. He says I risk double the punishment, once in summer and once in winter if I do not improve my HVAC discipline.