My boyfriend Shane is super handy and my family totally exploits this. I told Shane to never reveal his skills to my parents and brothers. He couldn’t help himself though. It started with offering to fix my mother’s kitchen sink. Then he was over to my brother’s house to help him with a gas line. Now, my boyfriend is the family electrician, plumber and HVAC technician. Anytime manual labor is involved, Shane is called. The worst is that he doesn’t get paid. Actual HVAC contractors get paid quite a bit. They get paid for the hours spent and for the actual job itself. The also get money when they pick up replacement parts on the HVAC system. My boyfriend gets none of these things. When he goes over to my brother’s house to help him with the furnace, he does it for free. Shane spends around 3 hours over there cleaning, oiling and tightening the furnace. Sometimes he has to leave or order a replacement heater part online. Then he installs it. I am at the point that enough is enough. I have told my family that their free HVAC professional is done. If they want heating repairs, AC installation or just a HVAC tune up, they need to cough up some money. My boyfriend is too nice to say no or ask for cash. So I am being the one that bans him from doing any sort of work for them. They can hire an actual HVAC business, plumber and electrician if they really need the work done.