frank - up in grand blanc wrote:Temperatures are forecast to be in the 90s, the AC at home is not cooling the house, and my wife is fit to be tied. She's thinking that a little magic from the local HVAC contractor will make everything right, but the system is probably 30 years old and I keep thinking of the coworker who just paid $7K to replace the system in his Royal Oak bungalow. Eeep. Personally, AC isn't for me unless I'm at work and need to think, but this may not be a battle that I can win. Postpone, maybe, but win: unlikely.
I had my HVAC pals come give the system at Casa D'Morty a charge. Our crib was built with hot water baseboard heat, which is great in the winter, but leaves you with no ductwork to hook AC to. About 10 years ago we were awash in IRS tax refund cash and had the attic-mounted high pressure system installed at about $7K, it now has a small leak in the evaporator coils due to the poor drainage design of the unit, and it leaks out refrigerant slowly. The last recharge was about 4 years ago, crossing our fingers that this charge gets us through this summer season. The new evaporator coil set up is $3,500 to replace, and lets just say Uncle Sam ain't cuttin' those checks like that these days. My HVAC friend's company sent out a young man who introduced himself as "____'s son" and I had a flashback to his father showing us baby pictures of this youngin' back in the late 90s.