Waiting for the HVAC Man

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@DWDavis (15058)
Pikeville, North Carolina
May 2, 2017 3:49pm CST
Last Saturday, after returning from the town festival, I noticed the first story of the house did not seem as cool as it should. I checked the thermostat. Sure enough, the A/C wasn't coming on. Thank goodness the upstairs unit was still working. I called the HVAC company that installed the units and with which we have a service contract to let them know someone needed to come out and fix the problem. The scheduler I talked to told me they'd had dozens of calls due to it being unexpectedly hot, and that I'd be added to the queue. I told him to take care of the folks who had only one unit first, especially if they were older folks, and to get to me when they'd been sorted. Today, it now being Tuesday and not having heard anything from them, I called and asked where on the list I might be. I hadn't expected to be perpetually moving down the list as now a whole extra day had gone by. Even as I began typing this discussion I received a call from the company letting me know a technician is on the way to my house. I hope whatever is wrong is an easy and inexpensive fix. I will post an update when I know one way or the other. What was the last big home repair you had to have done?
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@jstory07 (71338)
• Roseburg, Oregon
2 May 17
So far since we bought this house a year ago we have not had to fi anything.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 May 17
I hope that your good fortune continues.
@DianneN (88052)
• United States
3 May 17
We decided to put in a new a/c in Florida a few months ago, before it kinked out. That's all we would need to set me over the edge. Hope your a/c is repaired and working well and didn't cost an arm and a leg.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 May 17
The tech was able to isolate and repair the problem in just a couple hours. It only cost a hand and a couple of fingers, LOL.
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@DianneN (88052)
• United States
5 May 17
@DWDavis At least it's over and done and you didn't lose your head, lol!
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
5 May 17
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@nanette64 (18082)
• Fairfield, Texas
3 May 17
My AC unit on Monday @DWDavis . $70 to fix the wire, but there are still problems.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 May 17
I hope they come back and finish fixing it without charging you again.
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@nanette64 (18082)
• Fairfield, Texas
5 May 17
@DWDavis I have a feeling the cost will be for a new unit.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
6 May 17
@nanette64 Goodness, I hope not.
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@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
2 May 17
We had to call a furnace repair guy about a month ago. Normally we try really hard to fix problems ourselves to keep costs down.. but try as he may, hubby just couldn't figure this one out.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 May 17
I know very little about HVAC, and part of the system is under the house in the crawl space. I might be able to get under there, but it would not be much fun and me getting out would not be a sure thing, at least not without help.
• United States
5 May 17
@DWDavis What he knows about the furnace, he learned through trial and error. We've had numerous problems with this furnace due to it being damp in the basement.. and every fall it doesn't start up so we have to mess with it for awhile. Hubby can usually get it going by cleaning this part or that part.. but twice now we've had to call someone in to help.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
5 May 17
@katsmeow1213 We have moisture problems in our crawl space, too. Ours was so bad we've had to install a dehumidified under there with a sump pump. I think our house was built over an underground lake.
@TRBRocks420 (84558)
• Banks, Oregon
2 May 17
Hope it's a quick fix and, none I can think of here, but Grandma often has to have her washer worked on or replaced.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 May 17
The tech is still here, so it hasn't been a quick fix. I just hope it is not to expensive a fix. Why does your Grandma's washer need so much attention?
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@TRBRocks420 (84558)
• Banks, Oregon
2 May 17
@DWDavis A lot of people using it and, also they are usually used machines.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 May 17
@TRBRocks420 Our washer used to run three or four times a week when the boys were still home. Now we usually do laundry one day a week, small loads.
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@LadyDuck (182828)
• Switzerland
3 May 17
I hope it will not be long and fixed quickly. The last big home repair it has been a new heater. The old one was still good, but due to the strict anti pollution rules, all the heaters had to be changed here in Switzerland. It was pretty expensive.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 May 17
The fix took a while but was not too expensive. Did the government mandate all heaters had to be changed by a certain date? Were any tax breaks or other help offered?
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@LadyDuck (182828)
• Switzerland
5 May 17
@DWDavis Yes, the heaters had to be changed by the end of 2016, no tax breaks. The heaters were checked in the past years by an official technicians and he reported all those that had to be changed because they were polluting. We already had planned to change ours, it was 25 years old.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
3 May 17
I hope its not a big issue. Our AC unit is not working right either. We have to let the landlord know because our babies can't sweat all summer long.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 May 17
It wasn't a big issue and though the problem took a little time to find and fix, it wasn't too expensive. I hope your landlord gets your unit fixed pronto. I can't imagine your children, especially the two youngest boys, sweltering in the Florida heat.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
6 May 17
@DWDavis I'm glad it wasn't too expensive. That's good. =) Yeah he needs to fix it because the babies sweat in this heat and that won't be good at all. It's way too hot here not to have working AC.
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@UncleJoe (11276)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
5 May 17
New windows that the installer is taking me to court over. Now he wants money after promising that these windows would pay for themselves.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
6 May 17
These contractors will say anything to make a sale, and then act surprised when you take them at their word.
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@Ronrybs (7938)
• London, England
3 May 17
Good they got around to you, just makes me glad that I'm in a temperate part of the world
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
4 May 17
We never used to need our A/C this early in the year, but climate change has thrown the seasons out of kilter.
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2 May 17
Well, definitely not the AC. I don't know anybody who has AC at home. I must remember to get the boiler serviced. That's bound to need replacing soon. *sigh*
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 May 17
With temps in the 90s and low hundreds, and heat indexes over 110 in the summer, AC is a must these days. We have our units serviced regularly as they do double duty for both heat and AC.
@Plethos (11634)
• United States
2 May 17
Ac going out is a hazard and inconvienence to the elderly. Hope it was a quick and easy fix.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 May 17
It hasn't been quick, and I don't think it was very easy. The tech is still here and still having to go between his truck and the crawlspace.
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@Corbin5 (119665)
• United States
2 May 17
The biggest home repair was replacing our central air unit. $6,000 for that Lennox monster. I think it is too big for our ranch house, but I was desperate. It was really HOT in here!
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 May 17
We had both our upstairs and downstairs units replaced several years ago and have had them maintained on a regular basis since. We're hoping they will last as long as we're in this house.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
2 May 17
We are currently putting insulation up. That's a pretty big project/home repair. I guess.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 May 17
Putting up insulation is a major undertaking. I think I saw a post you'd written about it. I'll have to check and see.
@JohnRoberts (65218)
• Los Angeles, California
2 May 17
The building's roof was worked on several weeks ago because there were leaks.
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@DWDavis (15058)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
2 May 17
I hope they were able to get them all sealed. Sometimes once something like that starts happening it can be hard to keep it from coming back.
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@Hannihar (44401)
29 Jan
We had a gas leak here and we rent so the landlord paid for the technician and the work being done then since there is water a lot outside the building someone came to fix our thing for the water and now it takes forever in winter to heat it up to take a warm shower. I do not wait so have a cold one..