When we first started up our central air conditioning system this year for the summer, we were in for a really bad surprise.
See, we hadn’t even so much as looked at the A/C unit for months at that point.
We tend to completely forget about the central air conditioning unit in our house when the weather starts cooling off in the fall. I know that you’re supposed to keep an eye on your HVAC system all year long. You’re supposed to keep it clean, dusted, and free of debris just so that nothing bad will happen to it when you actually do need to use it when the weather starts heating up again in the spring. We are terrible about that, though. Out of sight, out of mind seems to be our mantra when it comes to our air conditioning system. Anyway, we had not even thought about our A/C unit at all and then when we went to turn it on for the first time, there was a weird sizzling sound that we could hear through the floors from the basement. Then suddenly, there was a terrible smell that came floating up through the air vents. I sent my husband down to the basement immediately to see what the issue was and he came running back upstairs, looking almost green in the face. I asked him what in the world had happened and he said that a couple of raccoons had somehow moved into the basement and made a nest in the air conditioning unit. Turning it on had been the end of the raccoons! I guess we should do better at taking care of our HVAC system.