The Air Conditioning Conked Out

United States
July 27, 2016 10:37am CST
Having the a/c stop working and needing repair in this heat is the worst. That's the phone call I got from my daughter this morning. She said the a/c stopped working overnight and she had to call three repairmen before she could get someone to come out today to look at it. I'm sure with this heat they are all very busy and she's lucky she found someone to come today. So, instead of going to see my mom this afternoon (which was my plan) I'm staying home so the grandkids can come over and be cool in my house. My poor daughter will wait in her hot house for the repairman. Now I have to make some tuna salad so we have lunch and maybe the kids and I can watch a movie this afternoon. I'm really hoping they can get the a/c fixed at my daughters house today and it won't either need a part that has to be ordered or cost a fortune. It's always something isn't it
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@mom210 (6526)
• Atlanta, Georgia
27 Jul 16
I feel her pain, We lost our A/C along with hubby's job last year. He has a part time job now but needless to say, that will not buy a new unit. So we use the ceiling fans and the attic fan over night to get it as cool as possible so we can close it all up and ride out the day. I can actually keep it about 9 degrees below the outside temp with a little work. I hope she can get hers fixed soon, this is the crazy time of the year though.
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• Kiryat Ata, Israel
27 Jul 16
9 degrees below the outside seems good to me. Do you achieve that just with the ceiling fans ? Always remember to close every window and don't let any sunlight to get inside. What do you do to keep your house cool besides using the fans ? When I worked at the storage of building materials, we had a chiller that worked on water. I filled it with water and it made a wind and vaporized the water (but also made a lot of humidity lol) so the wind was a little bit cool. I couldn't leave that chiller though :-)
• United States
27 Jul 16
even though I have central a/c it's expensive so I keep the temperatures on the higher side and use fans to lower the temperature so the house is comfortable but not cold. I also keep the blinds closed so the sun doesn't bring the temperature up in the house
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@mom210 (6526)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 we do the same thing, I close the curtains as soon as the sun comes out. In the winter I do the opposite, Because I want the heat.
• United States
27 Jul 16
Yes it is always something. I am sorry to hear that Marilyn. I hope they come quickly and fix it for your daughter. I can rarely run mine bcoz of smokers downstairs.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
I'm sure running the a/c because of smokers will only draw the smoke into your place?
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• United States
28 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 Yes it does..its disgusting Marilyn. If it were only occasional, but it is constant and abundance of it.
@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
27 Jul 16
I can relate. The a/c in my car stopped working and is just blowing hot air. Can't afford to have it fixed right now, so I go out only when it's cool enough.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
this just happened to my sons work truck so he's working in the heat until he can get it fixed
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@stringer321 (2851)
• Kiryat Ata, Israel
27 Jul 16
Sometimes when the air conditioner stops working, it can be an easy problem. if it works but can't cool down, it can be a bigger problem. Maybe the mother board is broken, maybe there is a gas leak, maybe the thermostat is wrong... I hope the problem is just a wire that needs to be replaced. Please tell me what the problem was, it is interesting.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
I'll definitely let you know when I find out the problem. Hoping it's an easy fix and not anything too expensive
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• United States
27 Jul 16
I bet your daughter isn't the only one going through that same problem. The A/C certainly won't konk out in winter!
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• United States
27 Jul 16
I'm sure many people are experiencing the same problem with a/c going out as she had to call three places before she could even get someone to come and check it
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• United States
27 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 is it fixed?
@silvermist (19800)
• India
27 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 Hope your daughter's A/C gets fixed soon .without too much cost too.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
It's fixed but I don't know the cost yet or if it was easy since she hasn't come to pick up the kids yet
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@silvermist (19800)
• India
31 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 Has the A/C cost been paid ?Does it work nicely?
@JustBhem (31689)
• Davao, Philippines
27 Jul 16
We don't have AC and how I wish we have. We only have fan to keep us confortable with the hot weather. Hope your daughter's AC will fix as soon as possible.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
A/C is nice to have except when it breaks
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@JustBhem (31689)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Jul 16
@Marilynda1225 I agree. It will cools down your system and you'll have a good night sleep too.
@andriaperry (46021)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I really hate when the heat or a/c breaks down. It always costs so much and always happens when its the hottest or coldest.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
seems as if my daughters a/c got fixed but she hasn't come to pick up the kids yet and I don't know if it was a minor thing or an expensive fix
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@Juliaacv (28805)
• Canada
27 Jul 16
Fingers crossed that its an easy and quick fix at your daughter's place.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
It's fixed but I don't know any of the details. I'm hoping it didn't cost an arm & leg
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@sofssu (14493)
27 Jul 16
We had that happen to us this summer.. Its pretty expensive to replace parts.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
It's not only expensive but hard to find someone to come and fix it with the temperatures being so hot. Guess these companies are getting lots of business
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@jaboUK (53412)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul 16
Your poor daughter - let's hope the repairman gets to her soon.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
He came and fixed it mid afternoon but she hasn't come to pick the kids up yet so I don't know any of the details. If she's crying I know it was expensive
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@Corbin5 (99467)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I keep a special savings account so that I can pay cash for all repairs here. Last summer, $5,600 for a new Lennox central air conditioner. Should have tried to get that price down, but I was so darn hot, just went with it. I must say it is one amazing unit. So glad you can keep the kids cool for your daughter while she waits.
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• United States
27 Jul 16
Replacing a new central air unit is very expensive so I'm hoping it's an easy fix for her. I know they don't have the money to replace the unit
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• United States
27 Jul 16
Ac problems are the worst during this time of the year well actually its the worst anytime of the year to be honest. I like working for a general contractor because anytime something goes wrong i know who to call and whom will help me out in the situation. My boyfriends parents had a AC problem this past weekend and the guy came right out, thank god as they have company over, they just put freeon in the system but stated that they had a block in the unit somewhere and would need to be repaired which is no fun at all as they just got a new unit a few years back. Im glad you were able to take your grandkids in and help them out in this situation its just no fun your daughter has to be there in the heat of the day.
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@amadeo (61259)
• United States
27 Jul 16
I thought that you had this fix?wrong one
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30 Jul 16
oh no! that's rotten timing
@MarymargII (9365)
• Toronto, Ontario
29 Jul 16
Unexpected expenses are hard sometimes not to mention the inconvenience. Hope she doesn't bake too much!
@just4him (109615)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Jul 16
I hope they got it repaired for her. You're right, not a good time for the A/C to go out. But is it ever a good time for that?
@Bella128 (2480)
• United States
28 Jul 16
That's awful! It's very dangerous for an a/c to not work in the Summer in some parts of the world.
@shshiju (10274)
• Cochin, India
28 Jul 16
That is really hard in hot time. how far from you to your daughter?
@simone10 (21679)
• Louisville, Kentucky
28 Jul 16
Oh, your poor daughter! I agree that it's too hot to be without air right now. I also hope that it can be fixed right away. Have fun with your grandkids.