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Local labor saves the day

Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

We try to shop local as much as possible. I’ll tell anyone who listens that Tony James, down at James Do-It-Best Hardware, is one of the big reasons I fell in love with Olive Hill. When I tumbled into Tygart Creek, and came into his store looking for something to dry out my phone, he didn’t have to go digging into old stock to find a dessicant for me, but he did. Then he gave it to me free of charge. 

It didn’t fix my phone, but it was an attempt to help me out. It was a true and real altruistic act. (He didn’t know me from Adam, I’m sure.) It reminded me that there are good people out there. 

I’ve had similar experiences all across the county, from Rush to Soldier, Grahn to Willard, Hitchins to Carter City, Denton to Aden, and all points in between.

When we needed some heating and air conditioning work this week, we called LeMaster Heating and Cooling out of Soldier. 

See, I’m not only a proponent of shopping local, I also believe in doing work yourself if you can. And when you can’t, you call in the experts. That’s the point we were at with our air conditioning. During that hot, dry spell where we were hitting record breaking temperatures? We didn’t have air conditioning through most of that. And we were miserable. 

Our thermostat would give us a fault and stop working. So, I crawled under the house to check the codes on the front of the unit, the only way to be sure why it was faulting. According to the code it was a drain issue again. 

We’d gotten this code earlier in the year, when we first switched from heating to cooling, and after crawling under the house to check the code at that time I snaked the drain line. After a good portion of mucous like material came out of the pipe with the retrieved snake, a steady trickle of water started running. We didn’t have any more issues until the temperatures really started soaring, then the faults came quick and fast. 

I snaked the line from outside again. I crawled under the house to make sure it was still the drain fault. I crawled under the house again to snake the drain from the plug at the furnace. I crawled under again to snake it again, and to try snaking back into the furnace itself. I had my partner look up workthroughs and schematics while I swore and insisted there was no way to reach the drain pan without taking the furnace apart. 

Finally, we gave in and called the experts. 

When LeMaster came out they confirmed two of my suspicions. One, that it was a bad moisture sensor that was causing the system to default. Two, that our furnace is, indeed, constructed and installed in such a way that there is no reaching the drain pan without taking the furnace at least partially apart. 

That vindication, though, was really just the icing on the cake. I was happy to admit I was stumped and let the experts come in and handle it. And they did so, spectacularly. When I came home that evening, to a nice, cool house, there was also no question that I’d be sending them a big thanks in this week’s column. 

Thank you guys, we appreciate your work and expertise (and saving me from crawling under the house one more time). 

Jeremy D. Wells can be reached at editor@cartercountytimes.com

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