A customer called me because she thought there was a snake caught in her HVAC system.
The woman swore up and down that she could hear the snakes hissing.
I’ve never had a snake in an HVAC unit, so I thought it sounded like a very interesting call. I told my boss that I would go down there to see the lady and find out what was going on. The person turned out to be the first job I had that morning. I typed the address into the GPS. It was pretty close and only a couple of minutes away. When I arrived, I got a big stick out of the back of my truck. There was a course of chance that it was a snake, even though I did not believe that to be the truth. I started listening to the sounds and that’s when I realized that the hissing sound was more like the sound of a belt. I decided to look at the belt inside of the unit. I carefully removed the front of the machine. I looked everywhere inside and saw the belt that runs the compressor. It was the culprit of the strange sound. I added a small amount of lubricant to the belt and the whining sound disappeared. I told the woman that I was finished with the job and I handed her the bill. She did not want to pay me for the services, because she swore that there was still a snake trapped in the HVAC unit and she did not believe that I had done anything at all to help her.