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Elderly lady thought a thief was in the air duct

As an HVAC technician, I’ve had my fair share of odd and humorous experiences on the job.

One of the most memorable moments happened when I was called to a customer’s house to fix their air conditioner.

When I arrived, I was greeted by an elderly lady who asked me if I could help her “catch the thief”. Confused, I asked what she meant and she explained that she had been hearing strange noises coming from her air ducts and she was sure that someone had broken into her house through the vents. I chuckled a bit and reassured her that it was just the sound of her air conditioner running and that there was no one in the ducts. To prove my point, I climbed up to the attic and crawled into the ducts to show her that there was no one there. Just as I was about to emerge from the ducts, I heard her shouting from below “Oh thank goodness, he’s caught him, he’s caught him!” I was momentarily taken aback, but then I realized that she was referring to me. When I finally emerged from the ducts, she hugged me and thanked me for catching the thief. I couldn’t help but laugh at the situation and explain that I was just doing my job as an HVAC technician. She apologized for the confusion and I went on to fix her air conditioner. The whole incident was so funny that I still remember it to this day. I always approach each job with a sense of humor and a willingness to listen, because you never know what kind of story you might come away with.

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