It’s a simple question, really: What temperature does your house have to reach before you let the air conditioner kick on?
Well, I know not everyone has central air in their homes, but if you had to guess, what would that number be?
I hate to talk about this before Summer even starts, but what can I say, I’m still not used to Southern weather! It’s mostly in the 60s where I used to live, so I feel like it is Summer!
I had mentioned that our AC unit wasn’t functioning properly in my last post, and I guess maintenance doesn’t work on the weekends, so we’ve been without it for the past five days. Let’s rewind.
The issue honestly started around ten days ago, when I noticed some odd sounds coming from the closet where our unit is kept (I’m horrible with HVAC stuff so forgive my terminology; it’s a water heater with some sort of AC ventilation on top. Our actual AC is on the roof.). Then we had something of a cold front, so we kept the AC off for about four days.
When my parents came over, we turned the AC on, since my mom can’t live without it. We normally have it set for around 76 degrees, as I tend to get cold around 75ish. If I have to wear a hoodie in the apartment, it’s kind of silly to keep it cooler!
We noticed it wasn’t really making a difference in the temperature, though. It hovered around 78 degrees, and would routinely reach 80. As a result, it was also running constantly, which I wasn’t happy about. Our recent electric bill certainly reflects that. We didn’t think turning it on and off was the best idea, either, but we honestly have never had to deal with this before.
I ended up putting in a maintenance request once my dad took a look at the unit and discovered that it was frozen! There was ice all over where the air filter sits; it looked like the inside of a freezer.
I put the request in Wednesday night, and at around 4pm on Thursday, someone showed up. Long story short, he figured out that the unit was low on freon, and refilled it, saying that everything should be fine.
Everything was fine for a short while. The temperature dropped one degree, and then stagnated. My dad looked at the unit again, and the ice was back.
I put in another maintenance request Thursday night, and R actually received a call from one of the property managers late on Friday, apologizing for the delay. He was told that backup maintenance guys would arrive within 30 minutes. It turns out there were multiple AC issues occurring throughout the complex! That was comforting.
They arrived on time and defrosted the unit. They then said they were going up to the roof to investigate further. I sat there and waited…and waited…and finally R came home, and went to look for them. They had been gone for about an hour, and we had wanted to go walking.
Turns out they got “side tracked” at the building across from us, and resumed their work on our unit. They did the same exact thing the other guy did, and refilled the freon. Upon their departure, I guess I made a skeptical face when they said we should be fine now, and reassured me everything was fine. According to this guy, there wasn’t a leak to worry about…but then where did the freon go from Thursday?? I had told them what happened!
Can you stand the heat? The hot and sweaty weekend
Sure enough, we turned on the AC, and even though the maintenance guys had an infrared reading at 72 degrees coming out of the vents, the temperature only dropped 2 degrees that night. Yet another maintenance request was submitted, but we didn’t think we would see anyone until Tuesday.
Turns out we were right, and Monday was the hottest day of all. Our thermostat read 85 degrees. Previously, it had topped out at about 81.
Thankfully, Saturday was somewhat cool, and Sunday wasn’t completely unbearable, but Monday was rough. Now, I have to say, I completely recognize that these are first world problems. We could have absolutely no access to air conditioning whatsoever. But we were still asking ourselves if we could endure the summer heat without the help of the AC. Heck, it’s not even summer yet, so it worried us a bit.
I’m usually the person that is either comfortable or cold when it’s 70 degrees out, so normally, I’d say “85 degrees? Whatever!” But this weekend has taught me that I am not invincible where heat is concerned. Plus it makes you tired, which means we had a rather unproductive weekend. We enjoyed relaxing, but I had other plans in store.
I’m also just not happy that it’s going on the third try of fixing this issue. No one likes waiting around all day for a repairman, and I don’t really feel comfortable not being here, so I have to suck it up. We are both hoping that they finally figure out what is going on, as we don’t want to have this recurring issue to worry about.
At this point, I am feeling pretty grateful that we have two little fans and a ceiling fan in the living room. We’ve also been opening the windows, which provides for a decent cross-breeze. On the upside, the cats are enjoying being a little closer to the outdoors! If all else had failed, we could have gone to the pool to cool down, or to a store to bask in the glory of air conditioning. We managed!
I have to admit, when it was around 80, I think my body was adjusting to the warmer temperature. I wasn’t as bothered as I had been in previous days. So maybe we can get away with setting the AC a bit higher. More powerful fans wouldn’t hurt, either. I have to laugh as I wrote that post in July of last year!
Do you have central air, or a window AC unit? What temperature is it set to? What do you do to cool off?