My Dad just got a new HVAC unit. He has had the same heating and cooling system for over 20 years. The old man certainly did get his money’s worth out of that HVAC system. I thought it would gag and die 10 years ago. But, Dad nursed it along. He told me he actually thought he would croak himself before he replaced the HVAC. I’m glad he outlived it but, it has been quite a task getting the new HVAC unit installed. My Dad can be a cantankerous cheapskate of the highest order. But, in a good way. He’s not evil or obnoxious but, boy he can be stubborn. The HVAC contractor suggested replacing the air ducts in his house. Dad was having none of it. The ducts were original to the home and had certainly served their purpose. I couldn’t convince him to replace them. So, we came to a compromise by allowing a duct cleaning crew to come in. They would clean out decades of junk accumulated in the ducts. More importantly, they would seal all the gaps along each segment joint of the air ducts. This was the part I knew was imperative. Once that hurdle was overcome, the HVAC installation took place. Everything was put in and ready to rock. Dad was super pleased with the price he had received for the whole package. The HVAC guy was glad to have satisfied a valued customer. But, then came another roadblock. Dad balked at signing up for the maintenance program. He doesn’t like signing up for anything. He would much rather schedule an appointment. Yet, the warranty stated clearly he had to have professional, scheduled maintenance. With a bit more coaxing, everybody was finally able to go home happy.