So, all was well in Megan's world until August 10th. My husband called me at about 2 o'clock to tell me that our air conditioner had stopped working again. This time it just fizzled out - no lightning like last time. At first my plan was to just get a new hard start and install it when I got home since I had just watched the repairman replace one that Monday and I knew it was easy. It turns out that you can't just go to the hardware store and buy a hard start. No stores in our area had them except the ac repair places and they wouldn't just sell you the piece. Amazon had them, but it would be at least Tuesday before one would arrive; so we knew we just had to endure the heat.
|This was taken at 9pm one night. It got up to 94 at the hottest!|
We stayed in the house as long as we could, but Tuesday night it was officially too hot to even sleep there - and that was with the portable ac unit we installed in our bedroom running on full blast; the poor thing just couldn't compete with how hot the house was. So we've been staying at my in-laws' house since then. We would sleep at their house and then I would wake up early in the morning, drive home and get ready for work in the heat. I also would swing by on my way home from work just to get clothes and check on things.
After getting all the particulars sorted out about the ac, they got our new unit in and were able to install it yesterday! We used Colman AC and they did a fantastic job! We switched from the "water to air" unit that the house had back to "air to air", basically giving us what most everyone else has. The unit was more efficient, had a longer warranty, and came with a bigger rebate from the electric company so it was really a no brainer. It's a Carrier system too, which I've been told is very good.
Anyway, those poor guys from Colman arrived yesterday morning at 8:30 am and didn't leave until 5 pm! It was so hot and they had to do a lot of manual labor - it was hard for me to stay downstairs and I wasn't doing anything, so I seriously commend those men.
My husband and I were watching tv last night and enjoying our cooling down house when our power shut off completely at 10 pm. There was no storm, no pop, no breakers tripped, and only our house was affected. Great. We called the power company and they sent out a technician. They arrived at 11pm and told us that our transformer was going bad on our pole - the pole that only supplied our hose - nice. So they replaced it last night, but the man said it takes a whole crew to do and it would take about 3 hours, so we grabbed our stuff again and headed to my in-laws' house again. We were not very happy at the time. I mean, really, what are the odds?! We didn't even get to cool the house down completely and then that happened. So our elation was dampened considerably. Thankfully, when I came home this morning to get ready the power was all on and the house was completely cooled down, so at least there's that.
In spite of the unfortunate occurrence last night, I am still happy with the whole experience. Was it pleasant? Absolutely not. But thanks to some great customer service and nice people, it was taken care of at very little cost to me. If lightning had never struck, the ac would have died someday anyway and I would have had to pay the $6,000.00 out of my own pocket. Also if the ac hadn't gone out, we never would have claimed the computer and the tv through our insurance because it wouldn't have been worth it after paying our $1,000.00 deductible. Since all these problems were caused by the lightning, they were all covered with just the one deductible payment. It really could not have worked out better for us this time and it feels nice to have finally caught a break on all the problems with our house. This has also renewed my vigor to get things done to improve the house. I will be painting more of the living room this week to start. I'm so glad it has all been taken care of and we don't have to worry about the ac anymore :)