Today’s article doesn’t feature any how-to, but instead features some hilarious stories shared by HVAC experts across the world.
Is there some truth to these stories? Maybe –or maybe not. Up to you to decide!
The Crazy Unbelievable Story:
“Years ago a started with a new company and on the first day they had me ride along with a guy who i swore was Andrew Dice Clay. second call of the day is a no heat for an old lady, whole house reeked like dog, lady tells us the furnace is downstairs and to the left. i go first and larry Follows me.. we get to the lower level and i turn around and larry is gone..back track and there larry is Peeing in the ladys washing machine. said he couldnt wait and the lady would never notice an extra smell anyway. Working with same guy about a month later on a custom home in the boonies and we have to run a 50′ 1 1/8″ lineset. about 20 minutes into the task Larry says he has to go..there isnt a head on site and he cant use a tree for what he has to do..he grabs a McDonalds bag and heads for the unfinished bathroom on main floor and hangs his butt over the edge of the tub and proceeds to try and hit the bag..i’m laughing and keeping my distance when i hear a noise and look down the hall and see the homeowners high class wife and some other lady come in. i started laughing so hard i almost fell over and they walk down the hall looking at me like i was some kinda retard. they walk right into view of larry doing the deed. I heard “OH MY GAWD” and larry yelling a few expletives.. the ladys left really quickly and i laughed so hard i made myself sick..Larry didnt have a job much longer..”
“We Can Control Fire and Ice”
“I started working as a HVAC instructor at a school in Garland, Texas in late February. The first job was to be a co-instructor for a really amazing teacher and after 6 weeks I was deemed competent to teach my own class. My co-instructor had his own class before but was yanked after a week because he just couldn’t teach hvac nor could he draw a simple wiring diagram for a residential condenser with a hard start kit. After teaching in the morning, I sent him into the lab with 7 or 8 students. After about an hour and a half goes by (all he had to do was teach them basic superheat/subcooling) I went in to see what was taking so long. Chad said, “Hey, this units working really funny, the pressures are al.ost identical & there’s no superheat or subcooling!!” I looked at the gauges and asked the student to put him ammeter on the common line to the compressor. It read 0!!
The damned compressor was wired incorrectly & an “instructor” couldn’t figure it out. After that I lost all faith in him & ran myself ragged trying to teach class & monitor the lab. My supervisors were telling me to calm down, that I was going to burn out, but I didn’t want to throw this guy under the bus. After graduation, multiple students came to me confused as to why what I was teaching was different from what he was doing in lab. Apparently he wasn’t following the lesson plans & I’m very lucky that I had a few strong students who actually ran the lab for me. After that I left the school, ethically I couldn’t find any reason to stay there. It also took him about two hours to figure out one of the furnaces had a bad control board. The unit would cycle & light the burners but immediately shut down. He changed the flame sensor 5 times but never thought to see if it was actually drawing microamps DC when a flame was present, nor did he check to see if voltage was coming out of the board at the flame sensor terminal. Very scary. The school’s a 6 week program mainly supplied by GI Bill funding & they’re using veterans for a cash grab. Not cool in any way.”