Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Great Trane Robbery Or The Air Conditioner Saga


Finally, I am back from the local hotel after several nights of absence. You may well ask what has occurred that I had to leave my comfortable, quiet country home for a local 4 star accommodation? Five days ago, on the 3rd of July, our eight year old Trane air conditioner breathed it’s last. After my husband wrestled the club from my hot hands (I was going to cause it pain too), reservations were made at a Comfort Inn and ice applied to my throbbing temples. The hotel was quite nice but this was very ill timed for our meager savings. Will the sudden expenditures never end this year?! Oh, well, c'est la vie, right? It’s only money. Gee whiz, you know, I’d like to get familiar with our money for more than a few minutes, though, just once. Back to being calm, God is good and necessities were supplied as needed. 

Anyone who has lived in, or had the great misfortune to visit the Southeast during the summer months knows where I’m coming from with our brutal heat. Most modern houses are not made with the idea in mind that there will not be central heat or air. Ours is no exception.

But back to the story.

Let us begin at the begin. I called our usually most trusted A/C Guy Friday one week before the event for something was troubling the compressor. It was “making a weird noise”. (Ok, so I’m not a technician.) He didn’t call back ... didn’t call ... didn’t call … finally Guy showed up early Thursday the 2nd. After much hemming, hawwing and noodle scratching, stated firmly it was the compressor and ordered said item from the closest Trane distributor in Memphis. We further requested it be sent overnight and offered to pay extra for the expense. The A/C Guy did so. The next day, Friday the 3rd, the compressor, tired of living, in revenge tried to destroy the electric breaker, causing the All House Generator to run. Then the local power company had to be dispatched to fix the problem. It seems the Trane was no longer viable. IN SHEER PANIC NOW I yelled at telephoned the A/C Guy again. At that time, the compressor had not arrived as Trane stated that it would. Therefore, I had to stay all weekend at the very nice Comfort Inn, traveling back and to several times a day to be with my husband (he opted to stay behind and watch the dogs and now unsecure house ~ he’s such a good man), eating out because the house was just too hot, and so forth. When the old compressor was still non compos mentis, with me close behind, I urged Husband to buy something, for goodness sake anything, from Wal-Mart that would cool our new sweat(ing) house.

This is what he showed up with:
I don’t know who Haier is
but I want to marry him and have his children.

Hubby installed this nifty little guy in the guest bedroom since it was the only room with the proper size window. Do you know, this little 8,000 btu unit actually cooled a large portion of our 1,200 sf home? That’s amazing.

And happily, as of this morning, the Trane has new guts and mine are still in knots from all the expenditures. What a week! I'll admit it’s been a learning curve. I will henceforth make it my life's goal to have some kind of back up for hot weather. May the Lord lend me understanding that I will learn what He wants me to know from this experience. Right now I’m too busy basking the cool dryness of modern convenience.

10 comments:

Simply Linda said...

HEY!!!! We have 3 brand news Haier's and their great!!!!!! I am so glad your not baking anymore....ugh on the ac guy...I do believe I would be finding a new guy, lolol. (ducking cause I know your throwing things)----my dear friend, it is a very humid 85*/humid here in the great north today. We have the 3 ac's and the stand fans running. How in the world do people up here do without or without central ac is beyond me. Blessings to you, give Steve and the boys aka terrierists a hugs from me.

Wiregrass Steve said...

It may be hard to stop a Trane but we were saved by a Haier.

Linda E said...

I can totally understand your misery. We had a day and 1/2 without AC and it literally made me sick. You were on a roller coaster for way too long, but thankful you were at the Comfort Inn with AC, and your hubby is a saint to stay at the hot house. Thankful you have air now and can be comfortable in your own bed. Whew, I get hot just thinking about how miserable it was. It is said God never gives us more than we can handle, but if I werent saved and on the way to heaven, I would be dreading the heat in hell!

Mildred said...

What a nightmare. Years ago, I remember living in a home where the a/c went out on a holiday. And of course, this past March, we were without electricity/heat for 50 hours. These episodes do cause us to make backup plans! So very sorry about all the food lost, sickness and aggravation but thankful you are safe and cool now. I love Steve's comment above!

Lulu James said...

TRYING--is an understatement. I am with you--off to the Comfort Inn for me. Glad you are up and running-but sorry for the expense!
Blessings!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Sorry to hear about your AC difficulties. It can be quite tyresome to find someone to do the work in an emergency.

We had plumbing problems recently; it was near impossible finding a plumber to come and do the work. We phoned dozens of them - all busy. Then one said he could turn up on 29 July 2018. In three YEARS' time !!! In desperation I accepted. He said he could only turn up in the afternoon, because he was busy that morning!

God bless.

Monkeywrangler said...

That was us last year! And we too got a little 8k BTU unit from Wally World. Worked like a champ! Then we had to get a whole new heat/AC unit installed. Talk about a dent in savings...

Thistle Cove Farm said...

yikes, Sparky! Yes, I do know how hot it gets in the south...a little preview of hell which is enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. So glad you've got a tot of relief, may it continue until Trane is busting its gut cooling you off.

DaBlade said...

Sparky, your story cracked me up! Not at your misery though! Sounds like you're hunkered down on the sunny side of Mercury. You can always just fire up the hog and drive in really fast circles, right? Glad you're cool now. Is there a gofundme an air conditioner account?

Jason and Michelle said...

I'm glad it got fixed! Our AC isn't all that great. ( or maybe it's because my windows are like magnifying glasses). I bought a little AC unit from the hardware store. It is Amazing.