Keep one eye open

Going into the career of an HVAC repairman just made sense to me when I was younger. I loved to fix things, I loved working and talking with people, and I liked helping people out that are in need. One thing that I didn’t consider all those years ago was the fact that it is very dangerous to be an HVAC repairman, especially in the deep north. When living and working in the north where it is cold and snowy, this involves working with very large and heavy heated gas furnaces. I was out on call to a families house and had just finished up cleaning out an old furnace that had been given them problems for weeks. This unit was older than almost all the other heated gas furnaces that I had worked on in my short career, so I was having some problems finding what was causing the poor performance. After about an hour, I finally called it quits and was talking to the lady who had called me when suddenly I heard a massive thud and crash just behind me. Apparently whoever the HVAC service company that installed their furnace into the wall didn’t do a good job, because the heap of metal landed just half a foot from me, sending metal and scraps of plastic all over the place. If I had been standing just a little closer, that might have been my last day as an HVAC repairman. I guess that I learned to be a little more careful on the job that day!

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