July and August in Georgia can be really hot and really humid. The last few weeks have been seriously oppressive with the temperature and the humidity levels being virtually the same. When the weather gets like that, afternoon rainstorms do nothing to help cool things off.
During a particularly hot week my neighbor’s air conditioner went on the blink. While I understood how it felt to be so yucky hot, I didn’t really want her to sit around my living room soaking up my air conditioned air. She was here every day for almost a week while she called around trying to find an air conditioner contractor and then waiting for them to come.
I didn’t tell my neighbor this, but shortly after we bought our house two years ago, our central heat and air conditioner unit started acting up. It took forever to warm the house up during cold weather. On the first Thanksgiving day we lived here, my best friend and I were cooking all day long, and the house was just so hot! We had the air conditioner on, but it was not cooling the house off at all. The following Monday, my husband called an air conditioner guy, who came out and said we needed to have freon added to the unit.
When the repair guy went under the house to add the freon, he found a small hole in the tubing. He said that adding the freon would help for a while, but he could not predict for how long. We took our chances and tried to wait until spring. We made it until February when the whole unit just quit working. That is when we called around to find out more about how much a new heat pump unit would cost. We finally got a new one installed for around $3500.
That was just over a year ago, and I am so happy that we went ahead and got a new unit instead of just trying to keep the old one chugging along. I was great that I was able to offer my neighbor a place to cool off while her unit was on the blink.