Air Conditioning Scare

@stealthy (8188)
United States
August 12, 2012 12:40pm CST
We are having temperatures well above average and the air conditioning is really necessary just to be able to sleep at night. Last Friday it was working just fine at 3 pm, but at about 5 pm, I noticed that it was getting warm. When I looked at the thermostat it was reading 80 F which is above the 78 F where the it should be when the air is working okay. The air was running but what was coming out of the vents was no cooler than what a fan would produce. It kept getting hotter the rest of the evening. I have the thermostat set for a couple of degrees cooler at night down to 76 F to help with sleeping and usually when I go to bed, my bedroom is on the West and is hotter than the rest of the house, the temperature on a separate thermometer is 77 or 76. Friday night when I went to bed it was 86. I even turned on the ceiling fan that is in the bedroom which I don't like to do because it keeps me awake but I had to try something. I eventually dosed off and woke later to it being chilly since I had no covers, or anything else on. When I checked the temperature was 75 and nice cool air was coming out of the vent. I had really been worrying that I was going to have to call some service company, maybe even on Saturday, to come and find the problem, perhaps a loss of the gas for cooling, and fix it. But it has been working like normal since then. So the gas was not the problem. I can't imagine what would make it not work for several hours and then be fine again. I just hope it doesn't happen again. I really don't want to have to pay a lot to get it fixed.
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4 responses
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
12 Aug 12
It could've frozen up. Then it doesn't work until it thaws out. Maggie had that problem last summer until I finally got them to get it fixed.
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@stealthy (8188)
• United States
12 Aug 12
Freezing up here in NM is unlikely since we have a very dry climate and there just isn't enough moisture inside or outside for that to be a problem.
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@MsTickle (24977)
• Australia
18 Aug 12
It may have been a self adjusting feature either on your unit or on the electricity grid. It was peak times that the unit malfunctioned or lost power and so it's my guess that everyone was using their unit at the same time and the situation got to a dangerous level. Rather than have the whole grid shut down, it just reduced power for a time.
@stealthy (8188)
• United States
18 Aug 12
Turned out to the motor that cools the condenser overheating. The motor had to be replaced.
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@MsTickle (24977)
• Australia
18 Aug 12
Oh bugger, hope that was not too expensive to fix.
• Philippines
12 Aug 12
Yes, here in our country too, the temperature shoots up during summer season that most air conditioners break down, like that of ours. Last Lenten season, it was so hot that we used it from afternoon until the following morning. Then we noticed tHe following night that the room wasn't getting any cooler though the air conditioner is turned on. I hadn't got it fixed until yesterday when we had enough money for its repair budget. It cost us P1600 or around US$35 (It would've cost us much more if we are to buy a new one next summer). Actually, it took us longer to have it fixed since the car's airconditioning unit also needed repairs. My husband had it fixed last Saturday and he paid P3500 or aroundUS$76. It's so hot here I still remember the temperature reached around 36 degrees Celsius. Only, it started raining since June so I did not have to rush to have it fixed since the days and nights weren't that hot in the past months.
@AmbiePam (49466)
• United States
12 Aug 12
I know how you feel. We routinely get 100 plus degrees in Oklahoma, in addition to humidity. And every August our air conditioner would break down. It did it when I lived with my parents, and now years later it still does it. My dad calls his friend, the fried does something to it, and we hold our breath for one more year. It's really old, but air conditioners are so expensive to replace.