My dad had a policy that he would practice when it came to new or used machinery.
It was simple enough: Keep the receipt, buy the warranty, and always expect it to break down.
Sure, some might say that’s a pretty pessimistic way to look at equipment maintenance, but he had a point! Many appliances in our home would break down within a year of us buying it. How would we not end up having no faith in modern machinery? As a grown adult with a family of my own, I’m finding that I have the same outlook towards my home and the appliances in it. Of all the equipment at home, I expect the heating and air conditioning system to break down first! See, I had the heating and A/C system renovated about two years ago. When I had the systems upgraded, I was given a smart thermostat for the entire system as part of a package deal. My heating, ventilation and air conditioning service company said that they wanted us to have it as a gift for buying a total system upgrade. Gift or not, I felt pretty suspicious. When I installed the smart thermostat, it began working from the get-go. I had no trouble syncing my smartphone up to the device, either, so now I can control it with ease. I can even set a time for the air conditioning system to turn on, so I can walk into my house from work and instantly feel cool. But still, I can’t help but expect the systems to go down at any time. My family may think the technology is wonderful and reliable, but you can’t be too careful!