Just had to ask if this has ever happened to anybody else?
Started the call about noon. Just a quick preventive maintenence on a residential, 3 split system house. All rheem equipment, all R22 refrigerant, no problem right? WRONG!!
Started out having to rebuild a condensate drain on an upstairs unit just to get the filter out. I guess the 9 guys before me just figured that since the drain was in the way, that particular filter didn't need to come out?
So anyway no big deal but then I go to reset the furnace breakers on the main (5 ton) unit and one of the breakers won't reset. Aggrivating, but breakers fail. None on the truck so I gotta go to the shop. Shoulda pulled the breaker but ofcourse I didn't so I just grabbed all available 60 ampers and headed back to the house.
Now many of you willl know what I mean when I say that getting all those power wires into those breakers aint easy. So I finally get the replacement mounted and ready to go and I SWEAR TO YOU, when I hit the other breaker to turn the system on, it does the same thing!!!
Now of course this is about the time that the homeowner comes sniffing...
Awesome!!! Try explaining this with a straight face! Two hours in and I haven't washed a single condenser!
Now, as I've stated, I brought more breakers than I needed as well as a rheem heat kit that was lying around just in case. So luckily I've got another 60 amp breaker ready to go. But it accepts spade terminals so I've gotta crimp 8 of these on right?
Meanwhile... turns out this homeowners got his own handy dandy amp meter, and he's behind me checking these old breakers for continuity to see if I'm just tryin to sell him parts....
So he's behind me and I hear... click - nothin, click -nothin, click - nothin, click - beeeeeeeeeeeeeep!
So great! Now this a$$hole thinks this breakers good!
Ofcourse he wanted me to put it back in but I'd already invested the time to crimp on all these terminals on so I said "Your sure right boss", washed and checked operation of the condensers, and left with both new breakers still in there.
To top it all off, when I get back to the shop, my boss wants to give me that "have you been smoking crack all day" look!
The homeowners still got the one that he couldn't get to work so that ones paid for, but the other one... I told my boss I'd buy the other one if he just wouldn't send me back! lol!
I wasn't even gonna try because I figured this stupid breaker would just make me look like an a$$, but luckily one of the guys grabbed a meter and started playing with it. The third time he flipped it on, it didn't make... Thank you lord!!