Sunday, July 24, 2011

The (boring!) air-conditioner saga

My (ex)brother-in-law was here for about 2 hours yesterday, sweating his ASS off in the sweltering heat, trying to fix my air-conditioner. I'll spare you all the boring details, but he realized that, for some reason, the unit keeps tripping the circuit breaker. The first 2 times he got it to run, it tripped the breaker in about 30 seconds. He then took the whole unit apart and cleaned the hell out of it (it was nasty!! No one ever told me I was supposed to clean it!) then got it running again. It stayed on! Woo hoo!

He called a buddy of his who's a heating/air-conditioning guy, and they determined that the fact that the power went out 3 times in the last week and a half somehow affected the compressor. Thankfully, the compressor has a 10 year warranty.

I was hoping I wouldn't have to do anything else about it, since it was running when he left. However, once again I woke up feeling sweaty, and realized that the air was blowing warm again. Damn it!!! I flipped the circuit breaker, the air kicked on, but then went out about a minute later. Shit, shit, shit!!! The last thing my brother-in-law said as he was pulling out of my driveway yesterday was, "Hey, don't keep flipping that breaker, you'll short it out and burn your house down!" (Yes, he sometimes likes to be dramatic) So, I debated whether or not I should try it again. I figured one more time couldn't hurt. I flipped it on, and before I walked across the room, I heard it click off. FUCK!!

I sat there for about 5 minutes trying to decide if I should bother trying it one more time. I finally determined that the third time's a charm, and flipped it one last time. Success!!! That was at about 11am, and now it's after 8:30pm, and thank the Lord, it's still on. I'm still going to call the nearest Lennox dealer tomorrow to see how much a service call costs for someone to come out and check the compressor. I definitely can NOT live without air-conditioning!! Especially since our heatwave shows no signs of going away anytime soon. Poop.


M said...

Now that sucks....when the one at my mom's house went out it was because the thermostat was bad....just a few bucks later and COLD AIR! I hope it is just as easy a fix for you :)

karen gerstenberger said...

How frustrating! Our power goes out a lot in winter (above-ground power lines and BIG trees), so we have a woodstove to help us keep warm when that happens. But how can one keep cool when there is no A/C and no power for the freezer, etc? That could be scary, especially with some of the temps I'm reading about in the midwest. I hope you have a fan when you have power, and hope you have a place to go that has A/C in case the power goes off! Stay safe!

Steve Dune said...

Thank you for sharing this info about air conditioners. Really great.

Janey Watkins said...

Yikes, that was so frustrating! I'm glad everything worked out in the end though. I hope this A/C hasn't broken down since, and that it's working as smoothly as it did the first time. :)

Janey Watkins @ One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating

Lashon Cheatham said...

It might seem boring, but the air conditioner affects our lives positively more than we notice. Like you said, it’s tough to live without one, especially when the weather is hot. It’s a good thing that your unit turned out fine after a few flips.

Lashon Cheatham

Kim Laird said...

I don’t think most of us could live through the extreme summer heat wave without an air conditioner. Good for you to have a brother-in-law who knows how to fix these stuff. Just try not to overuse it no matter how hot the weather is. Also, remember to keep it clean and free of dust that might block the filter.

Kim Laird @ Laird & Son