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Old 07-19-2022, 05:42 PM   #1
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Default Heat wave thermostat wars

Her text at 4:30 -
We have a problem with the AC. Thermostat is set on 74 and Nest says itís 80degrees in the house.

Me texting back -
Itís 111 outside. Most AC units no matter how efficient canít bring inside temps down more than 20-25 degrees. Close the blinds and turn on the ceiling fans.

Her -
We paid a lot of money for that new unit just a couple years ago! Itís crazy we canít make it comfortable! Will it help if I turn it down to 70?
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Old 07-19-2022, 05:44 PM   #2
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Same
Tell her to turn it to 65 so it gets cooler faster
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Old 07-19-2022, 05:47 PM   #3
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Could be low on freon. My unit was doing the same thing, tech added 3lbs of freon and it holds steady at 75 now
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Old 07-19-2022, 05:50 PM   #4
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Got a new unit last year, I’ve had it set at 67 last two days and it has held 67. Feels great!
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Sounds like my house when we have a party of any kind, 20 people in the house and wife always wants to cook something in the oven so the a/c can't keep up. I swear I'll have 5 different people ask about turning the thermostat down, it's set on 74 but says it's 78 in here, can we turn it down?
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Old 07-19-2022, 05:51 PM   #6
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lol...gotta luv it.

I remember when my sister & I first started driving...she was pulling back & forth on her shoulder strap saying 'I don't understand how these things work in a crash'. I had to slam the brakes to demonstrate as the explanation wasn't sufficient.

Another earlier one was her waiting on me for freshman football practice & I jump in the Blazer with the AC going full blast without the engine running...she didn't want to waste gas.

She graduated in the top 5 of her class.
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It’s not like an accelerator or brake pedal? Just hammer down!
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:01 PM   #8
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My wife leaves me be as long as the humidity is below 35%. With this heat keeping the humidity here in the low teens the swamp cooler is keeping us at 72 degrees with all of my doors and windows open.
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I had this same conversation with my dad recently. He said my mom does this all the time.

Itís a woman thing apparently.


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Old 07-19-2022, 06:08 PM   #10
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Got a new unit last year, Iíve had it set at 67 last two days and it has held 67. Feels great!
Mine stays right here. Until yalls president says different

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Old 07-19-2022, 06:13 PM   #11
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Sounds like my house when we have a party of any kind, 20 people in the house and wife always wants to cook something in the oven so the a/c can't keep up. I swear I'll have 5 different people ask about turning the thermostat down, it's set on 74 but says it's 78 in here, can we turn it down?
You have to turn it lower and set on high
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:14 PM   #12
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Crank it as low as it'll go and see who can get the high score on their electric bill...
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:16 PM   #13
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We replace the upstairs unit last year. A few weeks ago it wouldnít get the temp down. Turns out the filter hadnít been changed. Replaced it and everything was fine.


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Old 07-19-2022, 06:18 PM   #14
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:21 PM   #15
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It's hard to explain how the air coming out of the a/c unit is the same temp, regardless of what you set the thermostat temp to. The thermostat only controls how long the a/c comes on to blow that same cool air out into your house.
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:25 PM   #16
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I'd have it checked for sure...especially as high as electricity is getn. Dbl chk the filter and rinse out the condensing unit(outside) coils. Also, on these super hot days, I turn on some misting nozzles on around my condensing units. I bought the ones made for dog pens with 5 or 6 nozzles on it. Brings the subcooling down which helps out on the inside! I just do it during the hottest part of the day. New unit oughta do better than 80 amigo.
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:31 PM   #17
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Just had to replace my capacitor today. Unit stopped last night. When I went upstairs it was like an oven. But at least my thermostat was nice enough to say hello to cheer me up. Must max out at 2 digits!
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:34 PM   #18
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That was funny! I bought a few tons extra just for this scenario
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:42 PM   #19
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Have her go outside for an hour or two.

When she comes back in, it will feel really cold.
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Old 07-19-2022, 06:57 PM   #20
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She's right about one thing - if your air conditioning system is running continuously, even if it's over 100 degrees outside, it should be cooling closer to the thermostat setting. It's 105 outside right now, my thermostat is set to 71 and this 12 year old AC unit is keeping it 71 inside.
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:04 PM   #21
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Insulation makes all the difference in the world. Mine has no problem keeping my house at 70 or below regardless of the temperature outside.


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I think our biggest problem is insulation - for example we still have cheap builder grade single pane windows. I understand why she expects it to be cooler after all we paid for a new unit and larger duct work. I’m getting it checked out tomorrow
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:20 PM   #23
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It was supposedly gonna get 109 here today. Don't know if it did. All I know is my vehicle don't have air conditioning and it was hotter than hell driving home from work this evening. I'm surprised my steering wheel wasn't melted into a steering oval. Felt like a thousand blow dryers hitting me in the face while I was driving home with that hot air blowing in through the windows. But it's either that or die of heat exhaustion.
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:32 PM   #24
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I think our biggest problem is insulation - for example we still have cheap builder grade single pane windows. I understand why she expects it to be cooler after all we paid for a new unit and larger duct work. Iím getting it checked out tomorrow
We just had new windows installed , it made a huge difference in how much our unit ran . Also added insulation in the attic last year .
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:33 PM   #25
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:40 PM   #26
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My A/C unit is 23 years old. I have the thermastat set at 78. Feels nice inside compared to outside. Iffn I had a fancy dancy new unit, yeah, maybe I'd go lower.
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:44 PM   #27
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I think our biggest problem is insulation - for example we still have cheap builder grade single pane windows. I understand why she expects it to be cooler after all we paid for a new unit and larger duct work. Iím getting it checked out tomorrow

Newer units have the filter on the unit if you havenít checked that. Maybe save some money


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Old 07-19-2022, 07:48 PM   #28
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Her text at 4:30 -
We have a problem with the AC. Thermostat is set on 74 and Nest says itís 80degrees in the house.

Me texting back -
Itís 111 outside. Most AC units no matter how efficient canít bring inside temps down more than 20-25 degrees. Close the blinds and turn on the ceiling fans.

Her -
We paid a lot of money for that new unit just a couple years ago! Itís crazy we canít make it comfortable! Will it help if I turn it down to 70?
If I raise it to 76 my wife notices. Itís at 75 now and she still hasnít noticed. Iíll bump it up to 76 after she leaves tomorrow and see if I can get away with it.
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Old 07-19-2022, 07:53 PM   #29
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Insulation makes all the difference in the world. Mine has no problem keeping my house at 70 or below regardless of the temperature outside.


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I remember my apartment days prior to 2006. 300 dollar electric bills and Im pretty energy conservative.


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Old 07-19-2022, 07:58 PM   #30
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Tell her to turn it to 65 so it gets cooler faster

Mine does do that.
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Old 07-19-2022, 08:01 PM   #31
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I remember my apartment days prior to 2006. 300 dollar electric bills and Im pretty energy conservative.


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Heck thatís what mine had been running with over 3500 sq/ft and a pool running 10 hours a day.

Until the co-op just raised rates by almost 40%.


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Old 07-19-2022, 10:38 PM   #32
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Simple check is measure return duct temp split difference compared to closest register. 16-20 degrees split is ideal.
Other than that you might try below:
1. Clean outside condenser coils
2. Check/change filter
3. Make sure no restrictive air flow on return
4. Have licensed tech check refrigerant level
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Old 07-19-2022, 10:53 PM   #33
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Mine is between 1 or 2 degrees of setting. Not cooling below 80 is a problem somewhere.

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Old 07-20-2022, 06:19 AM   #34
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I have the thermostat on an app on my phone. When I am gone wife goes and and lowers the temp setting - I just raise it back up on my phone - took her about a year to figure out what was going on LOL
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https://www.wfaa.com/amp/article/new...a-df835fd31955

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Could be low on freon. My unit was doing the same thing, tech added 3lbs of freon and it holds steady at 75 now
I hope the tech found and fixed the leak or you will get low on freon again. It's not supposed to get low. Getting low means you have a leak

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Old 07-20-2022, 06:45 AM   #37
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I think our biggest problem is insulation - for example we still have cheap builder grade single pane windows. I understand why she expects it to be cooler after all we paid for a new unit and larger duct work. Iím getting it checked out tomorrow
Blown insulation is relatively cheap. I have a guy I can send you info on. He did my ranch house in Corsicana for $800 for about 1800 sf. I bet his summer rates are higher. Only a little more than what I could rent the unit and do it myself! Some new units don't have enough pre-charge freon to fill all the lines. Have them check the level again.

I still laughed when I read your story! Thermostat wars will never end!
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Old 07-20-2022, 08:59 AM   #38
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I also laughed.

My wife calls and says she called the AC guy back out. We had a relay fixed about a month ago. I said why, she said temperature is reading 78 upstairs. I stated that is easily over 110 degrees outside and she said so it should hold at 75 upstairs. Needless to say the AC guy was cool and kinda laughed it off no charge.


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Ours were $700 for electric bill in our Bakersfield CA house back in 2008. I can't imagine what it costs to cool a house there now.

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Got a new unit last year, Iíve had it set at 67 last two days and it has held 67. Feels great!
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I don't understand the need to have the inside of your home 67 degrees. I don't even keep inside of my truck that dang cold!
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I'd have it checked for sure...especially as high as electricity is getn. Dbl chk the filter and rinse out the condensing unit(outside) coils. Also, on these super hot days, I turn on some misting nozzles on around my condensing units. I bought the ones made for dog pens with 5 or 6 nozzles on it. Brings the subcooling down which helps out on the inside! I just do it during the hottest part of the day. New unit oughta do better than 80 amigo.
great idea!
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Ours were $700 for electric bill in our Bakersfield CA house back in 2008. I can't imagine what it costs to cool a house there now.

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I lived in one complex that had high bills, they all did, anyway one day maintenance was repairing some old siding on my unit and literally the wall was stuffed with old movers blankets. I bet there was zero interior wall insulation. Just paying to run an ac to the outside.


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We just had a home built. Moved in 7 months ago. Super energy efficient. Lots of insulation, high grade windows, and return air in every room. Saves a ton of money but there is no feeling to the ac cycle. You dont feel it getting a little warmer and then the cool down. It just stays at what temp you have it set at and cycles when it needs to. The only downside is I am so used to the cool downs I miss them lol. Also the floors will become dustier as the system is not eating it through the single return heavy intake. Filters last longer and we run a hepa filter/ionizer which erases all the dust.


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Well it was back to 74 this morning. Girl is a sucker for punishment. At 76 while she’s at work
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