First let me say I just found this site and I am no longer in the business as during an install of a return box I blew out my back and that landed me a failed surgery. And this was the job I loved doing. I just want to keep up with some of the new equipment, I know there have been many changes since 1996 when I went out.
Tat said, as a small kid I took everything I could find apart so beatings were almost a weekly thing for me, the best was when I took apart my mothers iron and will that never worked right again lol
As I got older I started with electric and machinery rebuilding with family and that did not turn out good, So I took night classes to learn Air Conditioning and refrigeration as well as taking motor control, oil, plumbing, framing as well as gas seminars I took every class I could find. Bu that time I found I could no longer work for family so I started pounding the pavement and actually making a pest of myself going back every other week to AC companies.
I landed a job and started with installs I was responsible for the electric and refrigeration part of the install. After about 2 years they put me in service and I was enjoying it until I found out they expected me to sell people something anything weather they needed it or not. After going into a few houses as a call back (of other techs) I would find the problem that the previous tech did not find but charged the customer for parts that had nothing to do with the problem but did not install any parts. I would ten hand the tech the part and say you tell them they need this.
I only lasted another few months until I found another job, I then started my own company and did great until my partner robbed the company
So I we closed the company and I was sought by several companies and decided to work for one company that worked on mostly million dollar houses on the east end of Long Island NY. That that is where i destroyed my back and as stated above failed surgery and the rest lol.
At-least I can laugh about it but I do miss the money and the enjoyment or working at what I enjoyed.