After years of working outdoors, almost every HVAC technician has at least one funny story about encounters with nature during a service call. In our area, it’s usually mice, bees, squirrels or raccoons. There was even one about an elephant (which I haven’t published yet…maybe next week).
It’s times like these that I am thankful that we live in New England, because in other parts of the country, they see rattlesnakes, scorpions and tarantulas inside AC condensers on a regular basis. Give me snow and ice ANY day rather than wondering if I have scorpions and tarantulas in my house!
After hearing a handful of these from our Advance Air technicians, I decided that many were funny enough to share, so I started to collect the stories and even published a few. I’m hoping to put together a few more over the next several weeks, but here’s a sample of the ones I’ve written up so far…
Our technicians have all had “creature” experiences of one type or another as they wiggle through crawl spaces or peek into outside condensers. I always have such fun picturing these big tough men running screaming from a flock of seagulls, or shrieking like pigtailed little girls at the sight of a mouse in the machines. So, at the risk of embarrassing said “tough men” it gives me joy to share … [Read more…]
One of the legendary foes of the HVAC technician is the seagull. Normally not a lovable creature by any standard, the awkward-looking, screeching gull becomes a vicious dive-bombing menace to the unsuspecting rooftop-unit-repairing technician. One clever technician dreamed up a scheme, inspired by his childhood gull-feeding beach adventures, to thwart his flying nemesis. Figuring that no … [Read more…]
Some of you may remember from my previous blog post, that the seagull is one of the biggest foes of the HVAC technician, truly a vicious dive-bombing menace. In our last story, one clever technician devised a strategy to distract the gulls so that he could work on the rooftop units. Some techs never even get a sporting chance… Before even making it fully onto the roof, Paul our poor … [Read more…]