The first thing I saw when I went to the yard was three kids fighting for a hose with the water splashing everywhere.
When the youngest saw me, she came rushing, saying Cal would not allow her to hose down the rest of it.
When I saw what they were referring to as ‘it,’ I nearly passed out. ‘It’ was the outside heating device compressor. I rushed, switched off the electricity from the main switch, and then turned off the water. The kids were staring at me at this point because they could see something was wrong. I called the homeowner’s solutions number and said I wanted a furnace/heater tune-up. They told me an HVAC technician would be at my house in thirty minutes. When the heating contractor came, I told him everything I had left out during the call. The HVAC professional looked at the three criminals responsible for the crime, who sat staring at us with their innocent eyes. He took me aside and told me there was little chance of damage, but I should talk to them calmly and tell them what could happen if they did it again. He checked the compressor and did a heat pump service. He asked me to call their heating business number if I noticed anything that sounded or looked amiss. He left because he had to repair an electric furnace and do a furnace/heater tune-up on a dual-fuel system in a house in the neighborhood. I had no idea that heating equipment could cause me that amount of panic. I even memorized the HVAC supplier’s number. I wonder if I was worried about the indoor comfort or the possible cost of repairs.