I have been lurking this forum here and there for a second opinion on lots of things, and have found this place to be really helpful, and am grateful for that!
I'm 39 years old now, and have been in HVAC in one fashion or another since right out of high school. I owned my own shop (large residential and light commercial install mainly) for about 14 years, I had a good service customer base early on for the first 7-8 years, but unfortunately, construction was SO busy, I could not keep up with it all, even with 5 guys...So I started subbing out my service work to a buddy starting up a company.
Needless to say, construction died, or at least it has around Chicago. I abandon hvac for a while once that happened (2008) since suddenly got flooded with sheet metal workers scrambling to learn service....or throwing parts at the problem, but you get the idea. It made it so cut throat, I fell back on a hobby to make money for a while. (cad cut decals, lettering trucks and motorcycles etc.)
Anyway, to wrap up a long intro, I'm easing back into it 4 years later getting a few jobs here and there from graigslist, and just working on friends stuff that goes down.
I'm finding myself out of practice on some things it seems.
Not the easy stuff, like reading voltage and amp draw, but the trickier stuff like a compressor going off on thermal overload, while the capacitor tests good, and the charge is good etc. It seems in those situations, I'm always kicking myself 2 hours after I get home, remembering something else I could have checked. I been second guessing half the stuff I do being out of practice , It's driving me nuts!
Ok, enough blabbing out of me. Glad to be here an meet you guys!