OK so I need to replace a guy. Put the ad out (which I hate to do) I was very clear 5 yrs min, not an entry level position ect. I had a fair amount of Apps come in. I briefly talked to a guy that walked in and specifically asked for me given he worked for someone I knew real well. His appearance and brief talk went well, the boy could talk shop, didnt drink or smoke, single guy, lived local, looked to be 35 did say he had an issue with his DL he was clearing up from an out of state speeding ticket he ignored. So Frank is thinking hey, guy doesnt have any baggage, old enough to be past all the young drama stuff, a little light on paper in hvac but with other bldg mechanical background, hey I'll call him in which I did.
Well he peddles up to the ofc on a bike wearing a dirty white t-shirt. Im going mmm already. He knew he was going to have to demonstrate some trouble shooting on the Ofc furnace. I noticed he didnt have side boxes for tools on his bike so I gave him my box and meter. It was an older heil DC90, pretty straight up furnace. I told him there were no bad parts on the thing just a couple very basic common probs you run into to start with.
I left him alone and he went to work on it. A while later he finally pops in my ofc and says OK what is it? I cant find it and went on to tell me what all he tracked and traced. I asked him did he check the t-stat circuit. He said yes 'heat' is flashing on the stat. what!?? Then he guessed I pulled a wire.
Thinkin dude diagnose not guess. So I put the r-rc jumper back in.
Inducer starts up with no ignition. He starring at the thing and asked me why it didnt fire. I said thats for you to tell me. So back to work he goes. For a verrry long time. He pops back in and asked me for a pressure switch. I again reminded him there were no bad parts and asked him if you think there is a bad switch did you check the switch itself to be bad? Uh no and off he went for a while. I went in to bail him out of his misery, he was palying with the vac hose and just couldnt understand how he could get the thing to fire by sucking on it and wouldnt work hooked up to the inducer. I referred to a few reasons and he had that look in his eye of 'I dont get it'. So I went outside and pulled the rag out of the flue.
He said well you got me on that one so I started to explain this and that . Then I noticed something this guy was really good at doing and I mean really good. As I would explain something he almost could repeat my same words back nearly at the same time as if we were having the same thoughts. When I caught on to this I stopped in mid sentence. Silence. He was dead in the water. I smiled a bit through my cheesy mustache and thanked him for stopping in.
Ive been smoked and burned myself hiring BS partschangers before in my life. But I think I met the master.