I moved to Jacksonville, Florida, to accept a job promotion.
I was delighted by the opportunity to relocate to such a beautiful area.
Jacksonville offers blue skies, warm sunshine, palm trees and all the opportunities of waterfront. While my job included a significant bump in pay, the local real estate is extremely expensive. I ended up purchasing a fixer-upper home. The home inspection turned up a long list of necessary repairs and updates. The property needed a new roof and new windows. The electric wires weren’t up to code and the plumbing was a mess. I was happy with the location and structure of the house. The home inspection failed to reveal the problems with the central air conditioner and ductwork. It wasn’t until the summer weather arrived that I realized the cooling system was faulty. It barely supplied any air at all. The air conditioner ran non stop and couldn’t bring the indoor temperature down to a comfortable level. Every time it started up, it made a horrible screeching noise. The musty smell gave me an instant headache. I assumed I’d need to purchase a new air conditioner and was worried about the expense. The HVAC technician I hired for repair took the air conditioner apart and found that a lack of regular maintenance was to blame. He replaced multiple parts, recharged the refrigerant, cleaned the coils and tightened electrical wires. He also provided a complete duct sealing and cleaning. The repair was expensive but not as costly as a new system. The technician assured me that the air conditioner should provide reliable operation for quite a few more years.