The first time my HVAC unit broke down on me

When I say that I used to not know anything about central heating and air, I truly mean it. My parents had always taken care of that at the house, so when I got my own place, I was completely lost when it came to HVAC and proper maintenance. In fact, I pretty much ignored the HVAC system for several months after moving into the house I was renting. To its credit, it was working pretty well, right up until last August. In the first half of the month, I started to notice less and less cool air flow coming from the vents. Finally, one hot afternoon when I went to turn on the air-conditioning, there was pretty much no airflow whatsoever coming out of the vents. I was completely lost as to what the problem might be. All I knew is that I really hoped that it wasn’t expensive, because at that moment, I really didn’t have much money saved up for such things. I decided to be an adult and call up a nearby HVAC company and schedule an appointment. The HVAC man came out the next day and he was so quick to immediately know what the issue was and go to the source of it that it made my head spin. He showed me an absolutely filthy disposable air filter. He graciously and kindly explained to me that these ai filters needed to be switched out at least every 60 days. It had been more like 180 days! Looking at that air filter, even I could see how there would be no airflow coming from the A/C at all!

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