My guy and I have been house hunting for a few months now, and we’ve found ourselves on a few adventures along the way. Of course, we’ve found ourselves in sketchy neighborhoods more than a few times and made a quick getaway drive. We’ve also encountered flamboyant real estate agents and eccentric neighbors that made us immediately wary of the situation. The most ridiculous venture of all, however, was last week when we may or may not have ruined an entire HVAC system.
The house in question had been foreclosed on, so we were digging around in some dirty and dingy conditions, in general. Since the home had been sitting vacant for some time, I was curious about the heating and cooling system. I wondered if the air conditioner or furnace had been operated in the past several months at all. I was also pretty sure that the whole indoor temperature control system was poorly maintained, based on the rest of the house. All of that curiosity got the best of me, so I started looking around for the thermostat. I soon found the temperature control device and switched on the air conditioner. However, nothing happened. The cooling system didn’t respond at all to the thermostat settings, as I expected. I switched over to the heating function and powered on the system.
This time, I heard a definite response as the furnace kicked into gear! About 15 seconds later, however, a huge banging sound rang out from the kitchen, and a terrible smell filled the home. The heater made a final screech and stopped operating before I could get back to the thermostat. After that, we sprinted to the car and drove away as if we just robbed the place.