Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It Could Always Be Worse

The end of last week, we had some air conditioning issues. The fan would run, but the air conditioning itself would not. I called the heating/cooling people. The technician discovered that the breaker was off. He turned it back on, checked everything out, and couldn't find any other issues.

On Saturday we again noticed that it was NOT cool in the house. Ted went down to the basement to investigate and discovered, once again, that the breaker had tripped. He turned it back on. Throughout the day, he had to turn it back on at least 5 times.

Sunday, it was worse. First thing yesterday morning he called the heating/cooling people. The tech was here at 10:00. He discovered that the compressor with the air conditioning unit was not working properly...something about the coils.

The compressor needs to be replaced.

We got the rest of the information later on in the day.

(When it comes to good news/bad news, I like to hear the bad news first, so we have nowhere to go but UP.)

So....the bad news is that none of the suppliers around here have the compressor we need and it will arrive from the factory in THREE to FIVE DAYS! That's up to FIVE days without air conditioning. And let me tell you, last night was absolutely miserable. Even with the ceiling fans running full tilt and the windows open, it was HOT in here. Right now, at 11:25 am, it's already up to 80 degrees in the house. I can't even imagine how challenging it will be to sleep tonight since today is going to be hotter than yesterday.

Now, for the good news...the original compressor is still covered by warranty, so we will only have to pay for labor! Apparently a new compressor for our unit costs around $800 or so, and we will NOT need to pay that.

Let me just say, that when I get hot, I become cranky and mean. I think I'm going to go run some errands, then come back and get in the pool. Unfortunately, I'll have to use the oven and cooktop to fix dinner, so that will heat up the kitchen.

Now we're at the point that turning the breaker back on only lasts for a couple of minutes before it trips again.

But....it could always be worse. And that's what I'm keeping in mind right now.

On a totally different subject, I'm tracking the behavior of our felines. I'll have an interesting report very soon.


Jen said...

Oh, yuck. I cannot live without air conditioning. I particularly hate the sticky feeling.

PERBS said...

It sounds like a good time to eat out OR order in instead of cooking. Consider it. . .

Terre said...

Ah c'mon Cindi, I know you probably didn't grow up with air conditioning. I know we didn't have it in Harrison County. How did we become such wimps :o)Now I sleep with a fan, even when the air conditioner is on. Ter

mdx3mom said...

We too are having our air conditioner replaced! Our builder put too small a unit on for the size of our 2nd floor. It runs continously and never feels cool up there. And for me (I am never hot) to say it is warm means something.

I think I would be using the grill if you HAVE to cook.

Good luck.