Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P is for Peachy

A to Z blog post again.  Are we done yet?

P is for Peachy!

Yup, Peachy.

Well, how else would I describe another problem with the heat/cool system here?

It's been blistering hot the last couple of days, almost 90 F in fact.  In April?

But why didn't my heat pump cool the house, I wondered.  It tried, but it failed, and could not get the house lower than about 76 degrees.

Worried, that another expensive repair was coming, I cleaned all the filters last night, let them dry overnight, since I had turned the units off, and put them back in this morning, hoping for the best.

But as the temperature once again climbed into the high 80's, the house again warmed up miserably.  I called my brother.  My poor brother.

He said its likely a refrigerant leak and to call the repair people.  Not the company that took forever to get the fan motor last Thanksgiving, and wouldn't communicate about when it might get done and when we would try to find out, we'd get the royal run around, or lies as to when the part would come (or even be ordered).  So, will try a different company.

The one issue he is worried about, if it is a leak, is if the units are too old to recharge with the new environmentally friendlier refrigerants which I guess operates at a higher pressure.  And if it can't be recharged, then it has to be replaced, and that is vastly expensive and difficult.  I groaned when he told me this.  It's all he needs and all I need.   Let's hope for the best I told him.

Just Peachy, is all I could think.

I've been trying to do two more fence sections, before somebody buys the house next door.  A friend gave me the supplies, to do two more sections.  Gave Me!  That was so generous.   There are still three sections to finish, when I scrounge the money somewhere.  By the end of the summer I hope to have it done.

And I will be back up in Sweet Home, to hopefully catch the rest of the cats needing caught up there, for a clinic this weekend.   That will be stressful and hard work, but worth it once over and I can think back about it, when well slept and joints and muscles rested.

You want to see Lucy, the gray tux girl I trapped up there, who was already ear tipped (fixed), but too skinny and dehydrated and sick to release again.  So I took her over to Heartland for testing and worming, brought her back.  She's been in a cage in the garage, but it got too hot, so I moved her into the bathroom.  She's really a sweetie.

She's just peachy in fact.

Well, life is that way, the good, the bad and the ugly.  I'm sure the heating cooling system is not out to get me.   Stuff happens, especially when machines get old.  And people.

P is for Peachy.


  1. I am not sure I would use the word peachy if the cooling wasn't working. I'd go for something stronger. Good luck with it.

    1. Believe me Andrew, those are my internet words. Others form in the privacy of my brain, house and yard.

  2. Here's hoping for the best. We had to replace our heat pump a few years ago and it is not a cheap thing to do. I'm happy that you are giving Lucy a chance to get better.

    1. When the blower motor failed last Thanksgiving, I heard the repairman talking to my brother on the phone, told him because the units work together, if the heat pump failed and its time is due, due to age, both units would have to be replaced. I cringed when I heard that, knowing its thousands of dollars to do that.

  3. That video brought tears to my eyes. Bless you. And your brother. I hope and pray you get your home comfortably cooled without a lot of stress and expense.
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    Have a lovely day!

    1. I tried to call the repair company this a.m. but since I don't own the house, they won't come without a call from my ultra busy brother. So I left him a message, but I don't know when he will have the time to call.

  4. Just peachy. I say that, too! Life is filled with these "peachy" moments. Thank heavens for peachy critters, though...and bloggers!

  5. oh man! My husband and I just sold our 4 year old homeland are buying a home built in the 50's, we know that means more repairs but I think its going to take some planning to make sure we have the cash when things like this one up.

    1. The older houses end up with issues. Some built in the 50's and 60's, however, are far better built with better materials at least. This one was built in the 70's. Siding appears to be a form of OSB, which is quite strange.