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July 22, 2010

on July 22, 2010


So, the air conditioner doesn’t work.  Central air.  It’s been broken since we’ve moved in.  Well, mostly.  There might have been some freon in the beginning, but it leaked out the first time we tried to run it.  We initially thought it was because the ducts in the basement were leaky, so Stu got some tape and taped up all the seams, anywhere it seems that air was leaking out.

Stu was sure that they pulled tape off the ducts in the basement before the inspection.  They may have, but there’s no marks, no tape remnants.  

The disclosures said nothing about the a/c not working.  It said they were fine.  No known issues.  When we finally got someone to go look at it, they said that it’s kaput.  We need to replace the outside unit.  Five grand.  Fun. 

We ended up calling the Realtor to see if there was any way to get the service history or find out what’s up.  Maybe it’s still under warranty.  One could hope! 

After several calls back and forth, a google search for correct phone numbers, and several e-mails later, we finally got a hold of the guy that serviced the unit, and replaced the furnace.  It’s not under warranty.  It would be nice to get a little break – car repair, new house, electric bill (from when something went kaflooey when the house got hit by lightening), new washer and dryer…  oh, the money seems to be just leaking out. 

It would be nice to not have to go through another heat wave without a/c.  We do now have a pad for the pack and play, and an air mattress for us so we could sleep comfortably in the basement,where it’s MUCH cooler.  At least we would have some relief.


9 responses to “July 22, 2010

  1. Tom says:

    Bummer. I take it you didn’t get a home warranty when you purchased. I got one when I bought my house and it actually cost me more each year than it saved me but only because I didn’t have a major item go out. Each year in the spring I would spend weeks praying that my AC unit would blow so I could pay $45 for the service call to get a new one.

    Hope the money leak seals soon.

    • lisasff says:


      I know that we discussed doing a warranty when we were writing up the papers, but she said we didn’t, and I don’t remember why we didn’t. I was a bit distracted at the time, though this is a big miss on my part.

      This is the biggest thing we’ve had go so far – am trying to get the furnace paperwork now, don’t want to be in the same situation there either…

      • Tom says:

        Wonder if you can still get one. Sorry everything’s gone to crap lately. Sounds like a weekend at the beach to me.

        • lisasff says:

          Yeah. We’re working on that angle too.

          Beach sounds like a good idea to me! We have LOTS of suits for the piglet, though why she needs one, I don’t know. :)

  2. lisasff says:

    Megan E* commented on your post:

    “That really stinks-I’m so sorry you don’t have A/C in this heat!! I don’t know how you are doing it!! Houses seem to be money suckers at times…that’s for sure. ”


    Thanks! We’ve gotten through one or two (depending on how you define it) heat waves. Thankfully the basement is cool, even when the house is 95F!

    Hubby should be getting an ETA on getting the unit replaced/repaired today!

  3. lisasff says:

    Lori G* commented on your post:

    “Time to break out the baby pool and your bikini for some relief : )
    Or buy a window AC or 2 till the big one can be fixed. I am sure you can always resell them with no problem.”


    LOL!! I did think about getting a slightly bigger wading pool, that we could actually sit in. THe one we have is a little too small :) No one wants to see me in a bikini! Especially after last weekend! Wow!

    We did regret a little leaving the two units with our old house, but we did say that they’d be part of the sale. Basement and air mattress is working pretty well so far.

  4. lisasff says:

    Martha K* commented on your post:

    “I am so there with you on the no A/C front. The compressor took a crap and it’s very expensive to replace. We have tons of fans and one strong window A/C in the living room.. we survive but am getting used to the heat.. amazing that! :D”


    Yeah. Lovely expensive. I think that’s what’s wrong here… the outside unit thingy has holes that can’t be repaired. Don’t envy you the repair bill there. We’re going to have something similar – just shy of $5,000. The one good thing is that there’s a $1,500 rebate if it’s replaced before end of December.

    We’ve been using the two ceiling fans, and pulled up a box fan as the one in our bedroom isn’t very strong, though it is pretty.

  5. Kris A says:

    Egads. What a summer to be without AC. How did the house pass inspection without it working? I wonder if the inspector didn’t check it because it was winter, but he should have. Check your inspection paperwork because if he didn’t you might have some recourse. Did you ever figure out the car problem?

    • lisasff says:

      Yeah, it’s been a challenge so far… but we’ve survived!

      When the inspection happened, it was end of February, so too cold to actually “test” the a/c. The inspector ran it and said that it ran. It mght need to be recharged, but that he couldn’t test the cooling power of it.

      I’m glad that we got the air mattress though. Camping in the basement is fun and snuggly :)

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