Monday, August 11, 2008

The Little Air Conditioner that Could....

Our air conditioner is 10 years old. She's been a good air conditioner. We have had very few issues. A replaced starter, some tinkering and she keeps on going. But recently things have been tough. It's been over a 100 degrees for over a week. Kids are constantly running in and out (and you know how bad neighbor kids are about shutting doors). 

Last week, our bedrooms were warmer than usual and the thermostat read 83 degrees. A little too warm. Mike cranked it to 76 and by the morning it was 76. I thought it was nearing the end of our dear AC so I called the air conditioner guy who advertises on our preferred radio station--the classiest commute in the metroplex ;) They  could come out that afternoon.

I took the kids to the gym and came home to a freezing house. I turned the AC to 79. The house was soon comfy and cancelled the appointment. Our AC was going to make it one more summer.

And then the weekend came. On Saturday as it got warmer outside, it heated up in the house. By bedtime, it was back to 83. I got out fans and the kids slept in the coolest bedroom, ours and I 'slept' in the family room with Spanky. I was not a happy camper at church.

I started trying to figure out how we could pay for a new AC unit. I wondered how much my right kidney was worth but remembering my left kidney was badly damaged thanks to a childhood infection, I decided against it. Mike decided to try putting it back to 76. And the AC kicked in and the house, once again cool.

You could actually hear our AC chanting I think I can I think I can I think I can.

On Sunday, it slowly got a bit warmer but despite the 104 degree temperture, clouds started to appear. The sun was not visibly melting everything in sight. It showed a chance of rain. The house remained comfortable.

And now I wait, we wait....to see if our AC will hold on for just one more month to take advantage of the winter AC sales. 

I think it can. I think it can. I think it can.

20 comments:

Amanda said...

I have my fingers crossed for you that the A/C unit can last for the rest of the summer!

Texan Mama@WhoPutMeInCharge said...

I don't know what we'd do without AC. Now, when it's hot down here, I often think about what in the world they did before air conditioners?? I mean, it had to be hot then too. How did folks survive?

texasholly said...

I think you are going to make it. I think you are....

Brian and Staci said...

I'm crossing fingers and toes for you that she is able to hold on for a few more months :)

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Good luck. I just spent 600 last week getting ours fixed. NOT fun.

Heidi said...

I have a neat story about how we replaced our entire heating and AC units 2 years ago. I prayed one night, a simple 'show us how we can pay for this' ($7K), and within one week, out of the blue came a job offer to my husband (he wasn't even looking for a job) that was almost 40% more in pay, and working from home. He still has this job, loves it, and it has been such a blessing to our family. Wow, is all I can say.

Ask me about giving you the name and number of the company who did the work. They were locally-owned, reasonable, and very thorough. In fact, our neighbors were impressed and 3 others on our street hired them too. Got some great referral kickbacks for those too! :-)

Heidi

Candyland said...

seriously.....just a few more weeks and you won't need it anymore! I'm sending your AC hopeful thoughts of COOOOLNESS.....

Lisa said...

Oh my - it is HOT out where you are, huh? I hope it continues to chug on!

Jacque said...

I hope it keeps going for you! I keep ours on 73, I'd die without it! :)

Clare said...

oh, i hope it makes it!!! how stressful, the cooler weather is right around the corner! XO, Clare

anti-supermom said...

Been there, called the AC man and hoping that you don't have to have a new one just yet!

I think he/she can...

Purple Teacup said...

I hope it can i hope it can!

Lynette said...

Well I'm going to keep hoping for you too. I think it can, I think it can. :)

Carol said...

Hope it keeps chugging along til you can get a bargain in the AC sales.

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Oh, I hope it makes it.

Elaine A. said...

I hope it hangs on for you girl! We had to replace ours last year (it was 23 years old!!!) and I thank God we had the $$ to do so. Stay cool! : )

Formercitygirl said...

Hope your a/c lasts the summer. I know how bad it is to have an unexpected expense- I have to replace my roof!

Formercitygirl said...

P.S. I tagged you for a seven fact meme. Play if you want. No pressure :)

EatPlayLove said...

ooh, I hope it makes it!

aoc gold said...

Do not delay anything that adds laughter and joy to your life runescape money