In order to thaw it out, he had to turn off the thermostat and then run the fan for several hours
When the virus hit and I was forced to send all my employees home to work indefinitely, I was worried that productivity would be low. I was someone who enjoyed coming into the office because I knew I could focus better and I was more disciplined in my work. I also knew that some of my employees performed better in an office setting as well. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see our productivity levels stayed consistent once everyone got their home offices set up. For the past 6 months, everyone has been working from their own spaces and staying safe from the virus. Now that restrictions are lifted and I’ve been given the okay to let my employees return to work at the office, I was anxious to get everyone back together. The weekend before everyone was scheduled to return, I went into the office to clean and replace the air filter. I wanted everything to be sanitized and the air quality to be fresh. When I turned on the furnace, I waited a few minutes to hear it kick on but it never did. By the time I was done cleaning and replacing the air filter, the furnace never started. I called an HVAC contractor to come look at it and he gave me bad news. Unfortunately, the HVAC system had sat unused for so long that the outside unit had frozen. In order to thaw it out, he had to turn off the thermostat and then run the fan for several hours. I let the fan run all afternoon and when I returned the following day, my furnace began to run after I turned it on.