My parents used to tell me all about how important it was for me to practice self-reliance. What that absolutely meant was easy: They weren’t going to bail me out if I made mistakes! It wasn’t necessarily a poor thing, you suppose – their refusal to be our safety net taught me how to plan for the future, and carefully tend to our affairs. It was easy enough, as I simply needed to be sure that I had a plan B in every situation! Most recently, I found myself in a situation where I put our planning and improvisational skills to use. It started when our home’s cooling system method began to push warm, odor-ridden air into our home. My first thought was to check the air filter, but it was still scrub – after all, I’d changed it out only a month earlier, but I distraught I may have bought the wrong size. After verifying that the air filter was in wonderful shape, I evaluated the thermostat to see what setting it was showing. That was our clue, as the method was set to 72 degrees but registering that the indoor temperature was almost 78! There was absolutely something wrong with the refrigerant line, but I couldn’t tell what it was. I did some research on the web, and found that there was a opportunity our refrigerant had simply run out and needed to be recharged. I’m no HVAC mechanic, so I called a licensed professional in the heating plus A/C industry to come by the cabin and diagnose our undefined. I dealt with the sizzling air in our home for a few mornings, until the morning the serviceman arrived. After opening the outdoor condenser unit, he suddenly found that the coils that circulate refrigerant were destruction, as a blockage had built up that caused the coils to warp and crack. Well that was unfortunate, but I was cheerful to figure out the concern and have it fixed in a adequate amount of time, then plus, imagine if I didn’t think to check all the other possible causes! That would’ve been a huge waste of time and money if it truly was just an issue with the cooling system.