My dad owns an air conditioning installation company here in Melbourne. Ever since I was a little kid, my dad had been talking my ear off about taking over the family business. But I had never been interested in air conditioning. However, my dad’s whole life revolves around the company. I had no idea how to tell him that I would never be passionate about the company like he is. You see, I wanted to help people and make the world a better place. I did not think I could do this through air conditioners.
The thing was, I was running out of time. It was careers week at school and all of the year nines were required to volunteer somewhere. Of course upon hearing this, my dad insisted I come and volunteer at the company. I thought it was so completely dull. All I did was sit at a desk and watch him answer phones. All the while I knew I would eventually have to talk to him about my future and how I had no desire to come work for him. I was terrified. The last thing I wanted was to disappoint him. But I was convinced it was the right thing to do. Until yesterday, that is.
Yesterday my dad got an urgent call form some lady in north Melbourne. She was frantic saying that her split system needed repairs immediately. My dad dropped everything and we hopped in a car and drove all the way to this woman’s house. Turns out her split system had undergone installation about a week ago from another company and broke down mysteriously. That company refused to come help her when she called. The lady had also cooked a huge Christmas dinner for her family and a lot of the food could not fit into her fridge. She was so scared it would spoil and the dinner would have to be cancelled.
I was surprised to find out that this particular system is rather complicated. A split system air conditioner system is made up of an indoor section and an outdoors section, which is placed on the wall outside the room you want to be cooled or heated. To cool down your house warm air from inside the space is harvested and then removed via the outdoor unit. After this occurs, that cool air is redistributed into the house. This is pretty much the same when it comes to heating except the cycle is reversed. As complicated as this is, my dad identified what went wrong with the split system air conditioner installation immediately. He fixed the problem and the lady was able to cool down her house and the food did not spoil.
In the end, I was wrong. My dad does help people. I now find myself actually interested in my dad’s job. Maybe taking over the family business will not be so bad after all.