My journey to being a certified air conditioning technician

Sometimes when we are young, we barely take things seriously, and we think we have all the time.

When I started learning about the HVAC business, I blew off training more than a couple of times.

One day I sat through a lecture about an HVAC service plan, half asleep because I had a bad hangover. The senior a/c rep asked me about the steps taken during an HVAC tune-up, and I started whining about installing a thermostat. That day I was lucky not to have been thrown out of class. Later that week, the same air conditioning technician called me to the office. She was straight up with me, and he told me that if I did not take what I was learning, I would be better off investing my energy in something passionate because I was wasting precious time. We did not talk much, but the little we spoke of stuck with me, and I realized if I was going to bother showing up for class might have as well made the best of it. We learned about different cooling products, but I decided to specialize in geo heat pumps. I was the one in charge of changing the HEPA filter at home. I took it upon myself to teach our neighbors, an elderly couple, how to clean their washable filter, showed them a simple a/c care routine, and gave them energy-saving tips. I knew them from when I was little, and they were more like my grandparents. Even after being a certified cooling workman, I still worked on their air conditioning system for free. During their renovation project, I installed my first whole-home air purification system in my parents’ home.
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