HVAC and Plumbing in Movies! - Ballard Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning

HVAC and Plumbing in Movies!

HVAC and plumbing in movies

Let’s take a look at how HVAC systems have played a starring role in some of our favorite movies!

At Ballard, we tend to pick up on this more than the average movie-goer might. So, we’ve compiled a list of our Top 5 favorite movies where HVAC or plumbing plays a role in the plot.

1. Die Hard (1988)

When it comes to action-packed movies with air vents, Die Hard is probably the one that comes to mind for most people. Bruce Willis, playing NYPD cop John McClane, crawls through the Nakatomi Plaza’s ventilation system to outsmart and take down the bad guys. This iconic scene makes us appreciate the hard work of Ballard and other HVAC pros who keep those ducts in tip-top shape!

2. The Matrix (1999)

In the mind-bending world of The Matrix, Neo, as Keanu Reeves and his crew, rely on air conditioning vents to navigate the digital city. This really is a “cool” movie in more ways than one!

3. Mission: Impossible III (2006)

In this movie, Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, must infiltrate a heavily guarded building through the air vents to save his wife. He succeeds, but you should know that it would NOT be possible to move through air vents like that in real life. They aren’t designed to hold a person’s weight, they usually aren’t large enough in diameter (but in some cases are), and they don’t typically connect from room to room in a single network that could be traveled through. Plus, unlike in the movies, there are sharp metal edges on the inside of ducts. Ouch!

4. Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Now, let’s talk about a case unrelated to crawling through ducts! (That is just the most common example in movies.) When George Clooney, Danny Ocean, and his crew attempt to pull off the biggest casino heist in history, they rely on the power of A/C systems! They use the casino’s air conditioning system to distribute “pinch” EMP devices, temporarily disabling security systems.

5. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

This film starring Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne, an innocent man sentenced to life in prison, shows the power of plumbing systems. Andy’s daring escape plan involves digging a tunnel and using the prison’s sewer pipe to reach freedom. It’s definitely gross to think about, but he escapes. Talk about a reminder to keep your plumbing unclogged and well-maintained with Ballard’s repair services!

So, there you have it, folks! HVAC and plumbing have played a pivotal role in some of our favorite movies.

Just as these characters relied on functional HVAC and plumbing systems to save the day, Ballard’s repair services ensure that you can always stay cool and calm in the comfort of your home. Contact us online or call us at 909-297-1914.

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