I don’t want to bog you down with too long of a backstory on this, but I want you to understand how I came to be an outlaw HVAC tech.
I worked for a local contractor for the last six years, and had developed a good reputation for fast work and customer service.
One night I was out drinking, and got into a little scuffle. After I got arrested, I lost my drivers license for 2 years, and had to do 200 hours of community service. My boss fired me, and no one else wanted to hire me because of what happened. I was still HVAC certified, but couldn’t find any work! Because of this I started doing HVAC work “under the table.” This meant I worked only for cash, and left no paper trail. This was perfect for shady characters who needed work done but didn’t want an HVAC contractor nosing around. My first major job was setting up a heating and ventilation system for a local marijuana grower. For obvious reasons the cannabis farmer did not want to leave an official paper trail by going through a licensed HVAC company. This guy actually needed some tips and pointers from me, because he didn’t want the HVAC equipment to drain too much power. This is how a lot of pot growers are caught by utility companies seeing a spike in energy use, so he needed his HVAC system to be powerful but efficient. I set him up with a heating system, a humidifier, and a small generator to keep everything running.