Last week I came into work a little late.
It had been a busy season with so many tourists around that I overslept.
When I got to the cafe, my chef was already prepping the day’s specials. I apologized for my tardiness and began my daily chores. Since I’d opened the establishment, business was booming. It was summer, and many more people were coming out for beverages and pastries while sitting in the outdoor area. As I was cleaning, I noticed the room was getting hotter. Something was wrong with the air conditioner since it wasn’t blowing cold air. I went to check it and saw some water on the floor beneath it. Days were getting hotter, so we had been overworking the AC. I suspected there was an issue that’s why the HVAC system wasn’t cooling the cafe. Immediately I got on the phone with the air conditioning repair company for assistance. After explaining the matter, they sent over an AC mechanic to take a look. When he arrived, he unplugged the cooling unit and began checking different parts. After a few minutes, he found the condensate drain pipe was clogged. That’s why the aircon was leaking water and not blowing sufficient cold air. He explained to me that a buildup of mold and fungi caused the clogging. It’s why AC services recommended regular maintenance for the devices. He took some time unclogging the heating and cooling unit drain pipes. Additionally, he cleaned the dirty air filter and put the AC system back together. When he plugged it back in, it was working once more, blowing ample cold air. That experience made me see the importance of performing regular HVAC maintenance to increase the durability of the cooling device. Also, I had the AC expert check the thermostat for any faults before he left for another appointment.