Wednesday, July 31, 2013
While the two of us were in Minnesota enjoying an extended family reunion the previous weekend, the AC unit at the house froze up. He turned it off to let it thaw when he got home, but the damage had been done. I called in my favorite furnace crew, and they were able to come out that same evening. $200 later, I had a unit full of freon and it was running as best it could.
But it didn't sound good. It groaned as it started up, and vibrated the entire house as it tried to seek balance within. (I can relate to the unbalanced thing some days...) We turned the thermostat up the next morning, to tax it as little as possible, but to no avail. When we came home that evening, with the temp outside only in the lower 90s, and turned down the thermostat, it gave up the ghost. I have to give it credit; it tried. It moaned. It rattled. It gave one last spectacularly loud bang, and quit altogether. My $200 had bought me almost exactly 23 hours of additional time.
You win some, you lose some.
But, the sales guys were on it. They came out the next day, spent a good two hours measuring, and I had a quote by Friday morning. (Actually, I had quotes from two companies, both in the same ballpark, but the one I declined was selling York furnaces; I have to admit a preference for Carrier, the brand I purchased.) Joe and I spent the weekend taking the old ductwork out of the basement. (The old ductwork had to go because it was a carryover from the original gravity furnace installed when the house was new in 1922, and could not be modified to properly heat and cool the house.) The installers showed up Monday morning to start the job.
They did good work - Monday, they removed the old units and remaining ductwork and started installing the new system. Tuesday, another scorcher, I came home to an operating AC unit - the ductwork to the upstairs was not yet installed, but the new system has an overpowered fan, and it was able to get enough air to the second floor that it was comfortable. Wednesday, they finished up the job, eight days after the system failed.
Just in time for the temps to cool off and the humidity to drop. (**sigh**)
Now, I'm normally not one to leave the AC running if it's much below 90, but this time I made an exception. My excuse was that even though it was cool outside, it was still humid as all get-out... Not great as excuses go, but the new system does SUCH a better job of evenly cooling the house, I just wanted to enjoy it. And so I have been.