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  1. OscarTheGrouch macrumors 6502

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    Ugh, and its in the middle of a heatwave here in the Carolinas.

    Couldnt have picked a worse time. Hopefully it's just the blower motor. Last night it was sitting stationary, and just making a humming noise... oh, and radiating a TON of heat....
     
  2. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Dude that sucks. A/C is pretty much God's greatest gift to mankind. Period.
     
  3. OscarTheGrouch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Especially in South Carolina. We use it like 8 months a year.
     
  4. garybUK Guest

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    great invention....to kill a planet!
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Worth it if improves man's lifestyle.
     
  6. MattG macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, same down here in SWFL. I couldn't imagine life without it. If mine died I'd have to get it replaced, no questions asked whether I had money in the bank to pay for it or not. What does it cost to replace an air handler anyway? I've been wondering about that since mine's getting up in years. I live in a small-ish condo, so it's not a big unit.
     
  7. OscarTheGrouch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Several hundred dollars for the equipment i believe... I will know more hopefully soon.. just waiting on them to finish up their other service call before getting to me....
     
  8. glocke12 macrumors 6502a

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    Probably too late now, but think about a home warranty (American Home Shield).

    The motor in my AC died and they covered it.
     
  9. baby duck monge macrumors 68000

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    I know you're dying over there in Carolina. We're sitting at around 97 (heat index of about 105) over here in Tennessee. Has been hot like that for at least a few weeks. Not a good time for it. Hope you get it sorted out soon!
     
  10. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Depending on whether its the Condenser fan motor or the Evap fan motor, it shouldn't take very long to replace.
     
  11. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    You must really be feeling that whole Global Warming thing right now lol :D

    If only our most handsome politicians would drop another giant ice cube in the ocean....
     
  12. daniel89 macrumors newbie

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    Move to Colorado!

    We don't have AC and we're just fine even in the summer.
     
  13. OscarTheGrouch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I *think* it is the one on the top of the unit, and I'm *pretty sure* I could replace it on my own, however since we have a new baby in the house i want it done right...

    and screw you people from Colorado where it isnt hot. I'll be laughing at you in December when I'm wearing shorts, and you have your bits and pieces frostbitten.
     
  14. JNB macrumors 604

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    Except that AC is far less harmful than any method of active heating; in fact, other than the energy consumption, it's zero impact, and the energy can be obtained passively or through zero-emission technologies. If all those Northerners would move to the South, think of the carbon reductions in the first year.

    Yup, I'm doing my part to save the environment: I live in Arizona.
     
  15. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    I was being sarcastic lol

    (It's so hard to do so, through text :))
     
  16. NightFlight macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I feel you there.

    My AC blew on Sunday night, before the guy came today it was a cool and comfortable 83 degrees upstairs. :rolleyes:

    Mine was an easy fix though, something about an overpressure switch and a capacitor blowing. They cleaned the coils, recharged the compressor, and reset everything and I am good to go!
     
  17. Antares macrumors 68000

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    May it rest in piece. My thoughts are with you and your family.
     
  18. Rhosfelt macrumors 65816

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    Mine died in late july, on a "three day weekend" for the Repair men.. I just on the lowest level of my house with fans blasting. The sad part is when it's on, I am freezing, because I like it to be about 80 in my room.

    Good luck, and get some air circulating!
     
  19. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Oooookay


    Article Last Updated: 08/02/2008 03:02:18 PM MDT


    Colorado's heat wave is expected to continue with temperatures in Denver expected to reach 100 degrees Saturday.

    The forecast for Denver calls for a high of 100 degrees. On Friday, the temperature hit 104 degrees at Denver International Airport, setting a new record high for Aug. 1. The previous high for the day was 100 degrees, which was set in 1938.

    Denver has had a record 20-straight days of highs above 90.

    Temperatures along the Front Range are forecast to remain in the 90s until Monday.

    Grand Junction has had 48 straight days with temperatures of 90 or higher and is on track to tie its record of 51.

    The National Weather Service says a persistent high pressure ridge over the Southwest is responsible for the record heat.
     
  20. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Global warming strikes again! :p
     
  21. OscarTheGrouch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, so my AC is now fixed. As the (i think) 80 year old gentleman said "son, your unit is incapacitated"

    I said "excuse me"

    he said "capacitor is blowed- its incapacitated"

    me: *laughs* how long will it take to be recapacitated

    he said "ten minutes"

    and thats about right. Dude was not there for 30 minutes and it cost me 200.00. im in the wrong racket. Id love to be making 400 an hour.
     
  22. MonksMac macrumors 6502a

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    I'm glad you got your air conditioner fixed. I don't think I would last an hour without the air conditioner. I can't believe how hot it's been here in North Texas lately. Just this morning in the paper it said that we've had the hottest summer so far since the summer of 1980! About 25 days this summer were 100 or above and 11 days in a row of 100+. On Sunday I think it was about 107.:eek::apple:
     
  23. Rhosfelt macrumors 65816

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    The exact same thing happened to mine, same prices too so you didn't get cheated :p
     
  24. OscarTheGrouch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    or....


    maybe......

    we both got screwed!
    :eek:
     
  25. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    For $200, you got charged the part, a capacitor, est price $25

    Trip charge of $100 (Cost of fuel drives this one) and insurance

    Labor charge of $75 his company makes part of this. He probably got about $35 for labor.
     

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