Thursday, August 11, 2016
In the scheme of things it wasn't a huge thing but it was something we could not do without.
Our a/c has been playing up. It wasn't right and we had to keep turning it off. Dh (he's an electrician, not a heating and a/c guy) reckoned it was leaking freon. Now what is unusual about all of this is that our a/c unit is only two years old.
Of course at the moment we are in the middle of a heatwave with temperatures hitting 100 oF with the humidity, so not a good time to be without the a/c. Called a service guy out and he came on Tuesday am and basically said yes it could leaking the freon and he filled it with some sort of gas and said he had to leave it for at least 12 hours and would come back at 2:30 pm on Wednesday. Meanwhile no a/c for us.
We have a couple of portable fans so hunted them out and got on with it. By 2 am Wednesday morning both dh and I are moaning about how hot it is. I open the windows in the bedroom and bathroom to let in some "cooler" air and what do I hear but our next door neighbours a/c unit working. She is away; how I was tempted to break into her house and sleep in a cool house...LOL
Dh was at work on Wednesday and luckily I had made plans to go to see daughter and grand daughters; and they have a/c. Came back for 2:30 pm, called office at 3:30 pm to make sure he hadn't forgotten about us, and he finally arrived at 4:45 pm.
We did indeed have a leak and by 6:45 pm we were back up and running at a cost of just under $500 ($119 per hour labour). We all agreed, this shouldn't have happened to a 2 year old unit. After discussing with him if we should take out a service plan, which costs $30 per month, he said it wasn't worth it, as dh could do it. Dh has indeed serviced our furnace, and what he told dh to do on the a/c unit he could manage no problem.
It is necessary in this country I feel to have a/c with our high humidity. However it is surprising how many people do not have it, or if they do they do not turn it on? Dh works in a steel factory where it is super hot, so he is exhausted by the time he gets home after 8 hours in the factory. I am a woman of a certain age who spends her life having those "tropical moments," so having a heatwave on top of those is not a positive thing.
Do you have a/c and could you live without it?
I mentioned that we were leaking FREON, infact it was probably PURON, as freon is partly responsible for ozone depletion. Pruon is a safer alternative. You can read more about this here and here.