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