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Old 08-26-2019, 06:38 PM   #1
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Red face Gonna be a HOT night..AC wise that is!

Yep, dodged the bullet for years but now, at 104 our AC went out.

Fan won't blow, outside, and compressor just has a hum but not doing anything.

Home taking care of Momma from her hip replacement so best we can do is repairmen tomorrow. Thank the Lord a cold front is coming in tonight and highs only in the 80's tomorrow.

Now, the gist of this post.....make's me think of those folks who have NO AC anytime and we are sweating it at 78, so far.

Count your blessings you at least have something that can be repaired or replaced!
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:43 PM   #2
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Id be at Home Depot picking up a window unit to at least cool the bedroom.
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:47 PM   #3
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Yep, Iíd be at the Motel 6. One thing I wonít tolerate is no AC.


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Old 08-26-2019, 06:48 PM   #4
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:49 PM   #5
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Not by chamce near midland are you? I have a window unit in the knife shop i could run over if so.
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:57 PM   #6
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Not by chamce near midland are you? I have a window unit in the knife shop i could run over if so.
Nope, we are in Granbury and the hotel is out as we have 4 dogs. We have every fan in the house going and it's not "too" uncomfortable so far. With the cold front coming in late tonight we "old folks" can stick it out.

Appreciate the offer, always some that will try to help. Funny, I had just gone out to get the mail and the handle on the front storm door fell off the SAME time Momma was outside with the dogs and said the AC was making a strange humming noise?!

Thanks for the offer again Buddy!
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:59 PM   #7
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Sounds like a capacitor. ~$15 @ Home Depot, 10 minutes of work & you're back in business!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:01 PM   #8
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Sounds like a capacitor. ~$15 @ Home Depot, 10 minutes of work & you're back in business!
This. Worth a shot.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:02 PM   #9
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Yep, Iíd be at the Motel 6. One thing I wonít tolerate is no AC.


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Yep. The summer electric bill is the only bill Iíll smile while paying

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Old 08-26-2019, 07:10 PM   #11
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AC mechanical skills are not in my expertise but thanks for the comment. We are looking at a $100 deductible with our home warranty..yep, but we have had great luck with the warranty company with past repairs.

I know a LOT of folks bad mouth these home warranty companies, but when age has entered the picture and one can't get around that good, at least for us so far it has been a great thing. With my wife recovering they expedited the repair time. I called the biggest AC repair company in Granbury and they told me at least 3-4 days before they could schedule. Just another thing that bothers me in my retirement years and paying physically for the "sin's of my youth," just a lot of things I'm unable to do anymore.

Blessings and thanks all for the responses..."time will tell, lol."
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:15 PM   #12
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Put the dogs outside. Go to a hotel
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:20 PM   #13
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I feel ya! Ours went out on Wed afternoon. I knew it was on its last legs and tried to nurse it through one more summer. Just got it all replaced today.
We had one bedroom with a window unit so it was 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 big dogs in there sleeping the past 5 nights. It got old. Quick.
I made them tough it out during the days. I am sitting here now enjoying AC in the living room - first world problems but I don't take it as much for granted as I did a week ago!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:21 PM   #14
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Ours just went out this morning. I am guessing a capacitor on ours. It seems to go out once a summer.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:23 PM   #15
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Take her to a Motel 6 and romance her!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:27 PM   #16
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Take her to a Motel 6 and romance her!
Thanks Doug...we will be dropping off 3 Weenie Dogs and a Catahoula on our way!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:28 PM   #17
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If I was at the house Iíd run an AC over to you but Iím on shift until 0800. If it doesnít get fixed first thing tomorrow then update this post and Iíll be on my way.


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Old 08-26-2019, 07:28 PM   #18
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Mine died in early July. We made it one night with box fans and open windows. Window units the next day.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:38 PM   #19
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Default Gonna be a HOT night..AC wise that is!

Today was a HOT day
I got home and it was 79 and both my units were wide open
I thought they were done. Iím ONT he same boat trying to nurse through one more summer!
Finally cooling down now so we may make it!



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Old 08-26-2019, 07:40 PM   #20
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:44 PM   #21
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thank God we are in America where we can get a temporary fix for relatively small cost until a major repair can be completed in the near future
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:46 PM   #22
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AC mechanical skills are not in my expertise but thanks for the comment. We are looking at a $100 deductible with our home warranty..yep, but we have had great luck with the warranty company with past repairs.

I know a LOT of folks bad mouth these home warranty companies, but when age has entered the picture and one can't get around that good, at least for us so far it has been a great thing. With my wife recovering they expedited the repair time. I called the biggest AC repair company in Granbury and they told me at least 3-4 days before they could schedule. Just another thing that bothers me in my retirement years and paying physically for the "sin's of my youth," just a lot of things I'm unable to do anymore.

Blessings and thanks all for the responses..."time will tell, lol."
Worst case scenario:
Turn AC on like normal. Go outside and wack the fan blades. If itís a capacitor, itíll start spinning!
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:52 PM   #23
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If nothing else, go outside after sunset and give your house a good hosing off. You’d be amazed at how much doing this will cool the whole house off.
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Old 08-26-2019, 07:55 PM   #24
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Turn off the power, open the control panel with a 5/16" nutdriver, and look at the capacitor.If it is swelled up, or the top or bottom isn't flat, that is most likely the problem. Look at the tag on the capacitor, take a pic, and go to grainger or an ac supply house and buy a new one. Don't buy one made in china. Carefully pull the wires off one at a time and plug them into the terminal with the same markings. turn on power and enjoy the ac. If you don't have a voltmeter, turn off the indoor breaker as well before touching any wires.
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Old 08-26-2019, 09:32 PM   #25
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Ours went out last Thursday....I fell your pain!
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:04 PM   #26
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Turn AC on like normal. Go outside and wack the fan blades. If itís a capacitor, itíll start spinning!
heard this before...worth a shot.

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Turn off the power, open the control panel with a 5/16" nutdriver, and look at the capacitor.If it is swelled up, or the top or bottom isn't flat, that is most likely the problem. Look at the tag on the capacitor, take a pic, and go to grainger or an ac supply house and buy a new one. Don't buy one made in china. Carefully pull the wires off one at a time and plug them into the terminal with the same markings. turn on power and enjoy the ac. If you don't have a voltmeter, turn off the indoor breaker as well before touching any wires.
get a neighbor to help if you aren't comfortable doing this. Lots cheaper than a service call.

My unit died a few years ago. Green screen sent me in the right direction getting a new capacitor. worked like a charm.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:09 PM   #27
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go to a hotel and dogs can go outside where they belong anyways
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:26 PM   #28
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I did this last summer. Capicitor burned up and melted a wiring harness.

I built a new harness out of 4 wire trailer wire and bought a capacitor the next day. Sent my wife and son to her folks and laughed at everyone who said I was crazy for putting a window unit in my workshop as I set up my cot in 70 degrees.

It was 103 when I got the ac back on and 82 inside, took till the next morning to get it back to 72 inside. Cost me $35 for what Ac guy was gonna charge 600 for.


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Old 08-26-2019, 10:28 PM   #29
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Not a bad idea if you know what you are doing to open the outside unit to get the capacitor size and buy a spare to have on standby. It’s some $20 and no sweating insurance. As I said if you know what you are doing.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:41 PM   #30
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I talked about this at lunch today with my grandma. We were both complaining about how hot it was and she brought up the fact that they didn’t have AC for the first 10+ years of her life. I can tell you right now if mine went out I’d be staying elsewhere.
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Hopefully you checked the circuit breaker. The hum you hear may just be the unit contactor that is closed by the room thermostat. They all hum but the operation of compressor and fan covers up that noise. After checking or resetting breaker and no operation there may be something in the contactor (some spider, insect, or ants between contacts) Sometimes cycling the thermostat off and on will dislodge whatever it is (or the contacts will have to be manually cleaned / sprayed out) Good luck with it
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:46 AM   #32
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81 in the house this morning but thankfully got a big rain the last hour and it's 72 outside. Not "too" bad last night and we got some sleep.

Repair is scheduled for sometime after noon so hope we are back up soon. I appreciate all the suggestions and wish I was able to check it out but time has caught up with me. At least all we are out, besides comfort, is $100 deductible even if it is something major such as compressor, etc.

Thanks again all for the responses!
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:51 AM   #33
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Ours just went out this morning. I am guessing a capacitor on ours. It seems to go out once a summer.
hate to hear it, make sure you keep it under 1.21 gigawatts and you shouldnt have a problem
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81 in the house this morning but thankfully got a big rain the last hour and it's 72 outside. Not "too" bad last night and we got some sleep.

Repair is scheduled for sometime after noon so hope we are back up soon. I appreciate all the suggestions and wish I was able to check it out but time has caught up with me. At least all we are out, besides comfort, is $100 deductible even if it is something major such as compressor, etc.

Thanks again all for the responses!


So these home warranty people will replace your old worn out AC unit with a new one for 100 bucks?
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:01 AM   #35
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Fixed mine last week. Put a $10 capacitor and a $30 control board on when the Fan stopped blowing. I ordered another set of them to have for the next time.
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:05 AM   #36
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my ac went out last week the blades on the blower dislodged called a local company out to have them fix it. they quoted me 600 just for parts. i bought everything i needed and did it myself it was under 200
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:07 AM   #37
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Glad you made it through the night Kuma. Best of luck getting your a/c fixed today, you'll need it in the next few days/months.

Finally got my office building fixed yesterday after over a week. Had to put a whole new unit on the roof, cost me dearly but worth it.
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:09 AM   #38
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Oh man I feel for you brother
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Old 08-27-2019, 11:31 AM   #39
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81 in the house this morning but thankfully got a big rain the last hour and it's 72 outside. Not "too" bad last night and we got some sleep.

Repair is scheduled for sometime after noon so hope we are back up soon. I appreciate all the suggestions and wish I was able to check it out but time has caught up with me. At least all we are out, besides comfort, is $100 deductible even if it is something major such as compressor, etc.

Thanks again all for the responses!
Watch out for the extras... My neighbor had their compressor go out and it needed replacement. Their warranty company picked up the labor and material cost, however they did not pick up the "extras" necessary for them to complete the job . That free 1/2 ac system cost them $2000, they had extras for a new ac pad (old one was fine), permitting, disposal etc. Make sure you keep them honest, the warranty companies don't pay the ac companies much so they look to the customer for that shortfall.

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