My husband is an HVAC technician, which sometimes makes our lives miserable

Sure, if your heating goes off in the middle of a freezing cold winter, that’s a heating emergency.

My husband Ryan is an HVAC technician. He’s been in the heating and cooling business ever since we got married, which has been almost ten years now. Usually we have a pretty great life. Ryan is at the top of the list of HVAC technicians at his company, meaning that he’s one of the most requested guys with the least number of complaints on heating and cooling repairs and installations. Since he’s the top HVAC tech, he pretty much gets to set his own hours and work whenever he wants. But when there is turnover and they have to fire someone or someone quits, that means that Ryan has to work a lot of overtime. And honestly, during the summer, overtime can make our lives miserable. We have a lot going on in the summer because all of our kids play sports plus we try to go on a couple of family vacations every year. But when Ryan is on call for air conditioning emergencies, that makes leaving for vacation basically impossible. Plus he has to miss our kids’ games and swim meets, too. I don’t know about you, but in my opinion, having your air conditioning go out doesn’t constitute an emergency. Sure, if your heating goes off in the middle of a freezing cold winter, that’s a heating emergency. You can die from freezing to death. But I don’t think anyone’s ever died from lack of air conditioning. I get really tired of him being called out in the middle of the night for so-called air conditioning emergencies.

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