I’m no HVAC technician

Confidence is a tricky thing.

In most cases, it’s hard to get buy in this world without a bit of confidence.

At the same time, there is a fine line there as well. Too much or misplaced confidence can end up sabotaging good intentions. For me, a recent HVAC experience proved that too much confidence can be costly. What I was really trying to do was to get the HVAC cooling back on and save the family a bit of money. The air conditioning stopped blowing cooling air on a Saturday morning. Since it was the weekend, this would have cost us extra to have the HVAC technician come out. And of course, I don’t want to spend a dime that I don’t have to spend. So instead of calling the HVAC company, I chose to see if I could fix the air conditioning myself. This is where the over confidence comes in. I’m pretty handy around the house and am mechanically inclined. But, a trained, certified HVAC technician I’m not. Yet, this logic somehow escaped me as I went online to diagnose the problem with the HVAC equipment. It appeared to me that I needed to recharge the refrigerant. So I went to the hardware store and bought the kit for that. What I didn’t have were the proper gauges in order to know when to stop filling the refrigerant. And that resulted in me over filling the refrigerant which then cracked some important HVAC components. So not only did I have to pay for the weekend service charge, I had to replace valuable HVAC equipment as well.

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