There are an endless number of contractors and building/repair companies in every conceivable sector of the market and it seems that most of them are either downright unethical or literally criminal in their actions and how they handle business. HVAC companies are no different, especially ductwork cleaning businesses. To be a legitimate ductwork cleaner, you have to be certified by the NADCA, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, and most companies that claim to be aren’t and never bother to apply. This isn’t a trivial matter either, when you’re cleaning a ventilation system, you’re not just up there trying to clean out dust and lint–more often than not the substantial target in these cases is mold spores. If you impulsively tackle the job you can potentially take all of the mold spores in the person’s ducts and then spray them all over their house–on their furniture, carpet, and everything. Granted a lot of people have no allergic reactions to common mold, but sometimes it isn’t just benign mildew, you’re dealing with toxic black mold spores that can land anyone in the hospital in severe outbreaks. Just do yourself a favor and vet out the contractor you intend to hire and don’t be shy about asking for certification details. It’s a matter of physical health.
I live in a fairly old house that I inherited from my parents after they died and I still haven’t gotten around to replacing my heating and cooling system. Thankfully, I live in a rather mild climate and can get by with a few space heaters when winter rolls through, but sometimes it can get a little hot and muggy come July. There are a lot of lakes in the area so my air can get a little more humid on top of the typical summer heat. This year has been more extreme with the climate changes and I’m finding I have to run my air conditioner on and off throughout most of the day. The thing is, my walls are well insulated so I don’t get a lot of noise pollution from outside. When my air conditioner kicks on, I very rarely ever hear the condenser for probably more than a minute when that small bit of sound melts away into the background and out of my mind. That’s why I was somewhat shocked when my next door neighbor made an offhand comment about my air conditioner condenser “making a lot of noise” while I was watering my flowers the other day. I didn’t focus on it too much until my other neighbor, who is on the opposite side of my house from the condenser I might add, mentioned it too. But in this case, he was extremely kind about it and thankfully straight forward. I don’t like it when people beat around the bush about important things and try to be manipulative. He literally offered to come over and take a look at it since he’s a retired HVAC business owner. I owe that man more than I can physically thank him with right now–he not only fixed my fan motor, but he literally replaced it with a spare working one he had in his workshop. He put a new capacitor on the electrical relay as well. We’re even closer friends now as a result and I really owe him for being as kind about the situation as he was.
I graduated from college about 6 months ago, with a degree in electrical engineering. After six long years of college, I was ready to get out and start making money. I had a few job offers, but I really waited to find something that suited me. I just started my first job, and it’s no piece of cake. I’m working for a large HVAC company that installs building automation systems for heating and air conditioning systems. I know that it probably sounds like a difficult job, but my part is actually easy. I am in charge of installing all of the sensors for the building automation system. The HVAC system is set up with a special program. All of the sensors relay information back to the Mainframe computer. The sensors read the temperatures and humidity levels. The computer reads the information from the sensors, and sets the HVAC system accordingly. If the sensors relay high temperatures, the building automation system sends a signal to the HVAC system. The signal tells the HVAC unit to turn on the air conditioner and adjust the temperature. Most new office buildings have thousands of temperature sensors located throughout the building. Our latest project included adding 18000 HVAC sensors throughout a hospital building. The new hospital is going to open in six months time, and I’m happy to be a part of that project. The whole building is set up so the lights, HVAC system, and security systems are all automated.e The hospital is trying to stay green, and they are doing everything possible to be eco-friendly.
When my wife and I bought our house, we didn’t have much use for the formal living room and formal dining room. For many years, the rooms sat vacant with nick-nacks and old pieces of furniture. A couple of years ago, my wife and I decided to turn those rooms into a huge sunroom. Both of those rooms face the backyard and pool area. We removed the walls and added huge windows. The windows look out to the backyard, and the view is actually spectacular. We planned 2 have no heat or A/C in that room, but the large Windows have made that impossible. During the summer months, the large windows reflect a great deal of heat. The sunroom is easily 15 degrees warmer than any other room in our house. In order to combat the heat, my wife and I purchased a ductless A/C unit. The ductless A/C unit was a great choice, because we didn’t require a special HVAC team to perform the installation. My wife and I purchased the ductless A/C unit from a specialty store in town. It would have cost $400 for an HVAC installation team to install the ductless A/C unit. Luckily, My wife as an old friend who works for an HVAC company. She agreed to come over and help us install the ductless unit. The ductless A/C unit has been running for a full week now, and I can see a vast difference out there. Now that the sunroom is finished, we can finally start working on new flooring in the master bedroom.
- Cast: Single male
- Plot/Narrative: Busy entrepreneur closes on and moves into new home. In haste (due to great deal on property), decided to forego scheduling hm inspection, only to find out just weeks later that place has major issue w/ mold.
- Repair/Service: Schedules appt w/ hvac company (referred to by selling agent, actually) to diagnose severity of mold and project ways, cost to improve/fix. Service tech confirms that mold is widespread and in depth but fixable–suggests air duct and internal structural cleaning (to flush out mold) + recommends installing dehumidifier in areas likely to suffer from excessive humidity–to which new owner agrees.
Being the hard-working, single guy that I am, life always seems to fly by at a rate of a mile a minute. Things had gone well for me lately though, mainly because I had recently purchased a new home–and my first-ever one at that. A planner by nature, I was so overcome with excitement due to the meaningful milestone that I skipped some significant steps in the pre-closing (preparation) phase of the purchase. I didn’t sweat some of the things at the time, but in the weeks that followed I wish I did back when I had a bid. One weekend, while going through the attic to find some room to store a couple extra items I had on hand, I smelled what appeared to be mold. After going through some of the other rooms I had yet to use much either before going back upstairs to take a more in-depth look at the attic, I realized that the matter was much more dire than I initially suspected. Immediately, I called one of the other real estate agent’s to get some advice on how best to handle the apparently widespread situation either by myself or with a company to assist in a providing solution. Referred to a reputable HVAC company in the area, I phoned them and set up an appointment that same weekend to have a mold assessment done and, if possible, a cleaning done, too. The inspection crew confirmed my suspicions during their walkthrough the following day, and they were even able to start the top-down, inside-out cleaning process that same afternoon. One day later, the entire task was complete and all menacing the mold had been neutralized.
- Cast: Wife + husband + kids
- Plot/Narrative: Family goes on vacay by car, and OTW bk condenser coil then fan(s)–order/specs unbeknownst to them ATT–go out (halfway during RTB).
- Repair/Service: Call insurance to confirm repairs covered (not)…stop at local car shop for diag (coil, fans) + repair in a couple hours time.
My husband, kids, and I all had been looking forward to our highly anticipated family vacation for some time. As a matter of fact, when the moment finally came, we packed our bags, loaded up the family van, and hit the road, jack! We were so stoked about the adventures that lay ahead of us that we actually failed to do all of our usual car inspection checks prior to our drive there or even prior to the return trip back. On the way back–approximately halfway through our drive, the van’s A/C started sputtering before it eventually fizzled out. Upset, we exited the expressway immediately, pulled over, and called our insurance company to confirm whether we were covered for any A/C repairs we knew we’d need. Unfortunately, it turned out that we weren’t, but we still wanted and, given our young kids, arguably needed to have our A/C serviced ASAP since we had hours of driving ahead of us. Once my wife and I looked up the closest car shop on our GPS, we pulled in and spoke with the service department team. Compassionate about our unlucky lot, they worked with us in order to get back on the road in no time. After a “lickedy split quick” diagnosis, our service technician returned with the news that our vehicle’s condenser coil and its corresponding fan had both gone bad. Thankfully, though, they had all the parts needed on hand. That being the case, the team was able to get the job done in essentially no time, especially compared to the amount of road time that awaited us once we returned to the road. Grateful for the silver lining in the midst of our storm, we were pleased with such outstanding service with a smile!
I recently moved into an old farmhouse in the northern part of the country where it regularly drops below zero in the middle of the winter. Unfortunately, the only heating method available in the house is an old poorly maintained fireplace and chimney, there is no furnace of any kind and only a window air conditioner for cooling. I had been in a situation before where I had to survive through the winter by chopping wood, and with the plentiful dead trees on the property, I wasn’t worried about finding my source, nor was I concerned about the work involved. But it became clear to me within a few weeks of use that the current fireplace wasn’t going to cut it. It felt nice and toasty in my living room within five to six feet of the mantle, but once you got further or went as far as the hallway into my bedroom, it felt stone cold with no warmth whatsoever. I considered buying a plugin radiant heater for my bedroom but I wanted to invest in a solution that worked for the rest of the house, not just my bedroom while I’m sleeping at night. I considered repairs or modifications to the fireplace, but that can be extensive and costly, not to mention time consuming and not something you can easily find labor for in the 30 degree weather. That’s when I found the wood stove; it dates back to the 1500s and is an incredibly efficient little invention. The basic concept is an enclosure of some kind, usually stone or metal, that conceals a fire and then funnels the smoke out a ventilation pipe to a chimney. But since there is sometimes up to five feet between the base of the wood stove and where your fireplace would be traditionally, it allows more of the heat to radiate out the sides of the woodstove and directly into your house, minimizing energy loss in the smoke exhaust. It has taken a bit to get used to chopping wood daily again, but it pays off when I know I’ll be getting every last bit of heat energy that I can out of each piece I cut.
I live in a fairly small apartment complex where everyone knows each other and we all act like a large family. Many of us have different trades and skills and regularly trade work with each other when necessary. I usually do the cooking and barbecuing whereas my buddy next door is a HVAC tech and our friend overhead on the floor above is an electrician. It’s an old building and the electricity in our units tends to be finicky so the neighbor above is called on a lot more than my services as a chef are requested. But recently, I noticed my air conditioner just wasn’t cooling my place as efficiently as it usually does so I gave my buddy next door a call. He swung by the next day after I offered to cook him some tasty burgers in return–to which he agreed without hesitation–and he quickly took the panel off my air handler and got to work. First off, he noticed that there was a considerable amount of dust buildup inside the air handler and we both decided to clean that out before he went any further. At that point, he then determined that the system was low on freon, and thankfully he had some in his truck. Once that was refilled, the system was working much better now, but he kept looking through the whole thing to make sure he didn’t miss anything. Finally, he noticed that the drip line that deposits the water buildup inside the machine was starting to clog so we got a hose to blow that clean. Now everything seems to be back to full working order. I saved myself several hundred dollars just by cooking my neighbor a plate of burgers.
When it came to film theory, Dave across the street from me, is a master. Dave teaches film theory at the local community college. He knows about every movie ever made. I have enjoyable conversations with him about popular movies and what they symbolically mean. However, when it comes to physical labor and doing things around the house that require tactile performance, Dave would rather simply hire someone to come and do it. His house is rather new and doesn’t require any specific maintenance. When he came home from work the other day, he noticed that his gas heater didn’t turn on like he expected. He called me over and we examined what was wrong. I am not a handyman myself, so I suggested he call the HVAC techs. He agreed and I left. A day later, I saw the HVAC van parked in Dave’s driveway. Two men brought in their tools and other materials. The were there for a total of two days. Rather than call him to ask what was the progress, I let him be and decided to call him next week. That Friday I saw him dragging his old gas heater on his lawn for the garbage men the next day. I asked him what the final prognosis was and he said the burner on the old heater was broken and couldn’t be fixed. He brought me inside to look at the new one. The new heater was shiny and brand new. The pipes were new and the nozzles were gleaming black. I congratulated him and asked him how much he paid. Dave told me in the thousands! I didn’t judge him, but if the only problem was the burner, he should have just gotten that fixed for cheaper.
My boyfriend and I were dating for 6 months, before he met my mom. I didn’t want to introduce him to my parents, until I knew things were serious. I was married once before, and things didn’t work out very well. My parents loved him to death. They took it very hard, when we filed for divorce. My new boyfriend Mark is a sweet guy. He is smart, sensitive, and very handsome. He has a great job with an HVAC company. A few weeks ago, my mom called to say hello. She seemed frazzled and frustrated on the phone. She said the air conditioner wasn’t working very well, but she didn’t want to contact the HVAC company. It was close to the end of summer, and she didn’t want to spend money on the air conditioner. I thought this was the perfect time for my mom to meet Mark. I called Mark at work and asked if he had some time to meet my mom and look at her air conditioner. He was happy to help and offered to pick me up and take both of us to my mom’s house. I called my mom and told her I was coming over to help with the air conditioner. She didn’t know what I could do to help, but she was happy to see me for a few hours. When Mark and I arrived in his HVAC company work truck, my mom was really surprised. When I introduced Mark as my boyfriend, she was even more surprised. Mark found the drain line to be clogged, which was causing the problems with the air conditioner. He had everything fixed in under an hour. I think it was a great first impression.