Broken AC + 100 Degrees = Not Fun

This is the forecast for this week in Austin.

Despite being 28 weeks pregnant with a big baby (doctor says it might be 8 pounds, which is bigger than the normal 7 pounds), I am definitely not going to complain about the heat. I love the heat. It’s not humid here like DC or Florida, where I spent 25 years of my life. I still remember the chill and the snow of winter, so I am not taking the summer for granted at ALL.

But I have to bow down to the person who invented the wonderful, amazing, and awesome Air Conditioning. Without it, I would melt. I know this, because a few weeks ago, our AC stopped working. In the 100 degree heat.

We woke up one morning feeling a little warm. After checking the AC temperature several times, Nick decided to check the AC fan outdoors (see this pic if you’re not sure what we’re talking about – I’m not sure of the right term) and found out that it wasn’t spinning anymore. By that time, it was nighttime – on a weekend. And it was HOT, dammit.

After calling a couple of places, we finally found someone who could come on the weekend and check out our outdoor AC fan. He found the problem really quick – this thing was broken.

This is called a capacitor, and it had to be replaced. This one had popped out at the top – see the next photo:

We needed a new one. This little thing cost us $200. Best $200 we’ve spent all summer. But it would have been cheaper if we knew anything about ACs and bought one of these capacitor things ourselves.

The guy said that the popping thing happens in extreme heat sometimes. We asked him how we could prevent it from happening again. He said to water the AC fan from time to time when it gets really hot.

So, ladies and gents, if you’re living in Hades like we are, be sure to water your AC fan periodically.

(gets off my soapbox)

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2 Responses

  1. Holy crap, you’re pregnant and not complaining about the heat?! Are you superhuman or something?

    Also, congratulations 🙂

  2. Nope, I’m just cold-blooded 😉 thanks!

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