I never quite understood the meaning of the saying; when it rains, it pours until three years ago.
I would put it mildly and say that I found myself in a financial pickle, but in reality, it was a giant-sized cucumber.
Little did I know it was just the beginning of my misfortune. Three months on the unemployment line had not deterred my hopes of getting another source of income before my savings ran out. A cooling expert from the local HVAC business called me to confirm my availability for the air conditioning tune-up. I was only using the money for the bare minimum, so I told them I was away and would call them upon my return. My indoor air quality was going to suffer, but I had little choice. I would have to apply the little ac care knowledge I had gotten from the last cooling specialist who had come to my home. I had learned how to check for leaks in the HVAC duct, and duct sealing was simple enough for me to perform independently. I had also made plans with the new contractor to install a zone control system, but that too would have to wait until I found a new job. This desperate situation went on for a whole year, and by then, I was surviving on noodles. At some point, I would switch off the mini-split air conditioner to save energy. The heat pump technology is energy efficient, but I did everything to reduce my bills. The temperature control system had also started to give me grief, and I had a feeling that the thermostat had had enough of my neglect. With how things were going, I knew that if I did not do something soon, I would have to buy a new air conditioning unit.
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