Went in to water plants; broke thermostat

Sometimes the best intentions have the worst outcomes.

I know this from my own life and I’ve seen it far too many times.

Recently, I felt that I was doing the right thing when I dropped by my friend’s house to make sure that her plants were doing okay. She and her boyfriend had gone out of town for a few days to say goodbye to her dad. I wanted to make sure that everything was in tip-top shape back at her house. Unfortunately, I should have thought through all of the potential ways that I could create a disaster. Namely, by bothering to touch the thermostat I could completely ruin their central heating and cooling system. The problem started when I walked into the house and realized that the indoor air was hot and muggy. It seems like the central cooling system wasn’t doing its job. The indoor air was even hotter than outside and the air conditioning unit sounded completely silent. I started fiddling with the thermostat, trying to switch it over to the cooling function and engage the massive cooling system outside. Instead, the thermostat started blinking random lights at me and making strange sounds. After a moment or two, the thermostat screen went completely blank and I couldn’t feel any fresh indoor air passing through the vents anymore. I have no idea how to fix the modern thermostat so I immediately called out a professional HVAC technician for help. When the air quality control specialist arrived at the scene, he told me that the thermostat was broken… But more importantly the air conditioning system had been fried. My friend didn’t care about my good intentions when I had to tell her that I broke their expensive air conditioner.
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