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The Weekly Personal Finance Digest – It’s Hot!

Debt Roundup Personal Finance DigestWell, it is that time again.  Sunday is here and another weekend has escaped me.  I just don’t know where the time is going anymore and I feel that I am just trying to chase it around.  It is time to pull the whiteboard out and get myself back in line again.  I have been running full throttle at work, so this blog has been taking the backseat.  It happens!

It’s Hot, so Why Not?

Since it is summer, my air conditioner decided to stop working.  Of course it did!  There are sometimes when I just want to go outside and go all office space on that stupid unit.  It has become such a headache.  Reason being is that the original installer put an undersized unit on the house when they built it.  This means that it is constantly working too hard and can’t keep the house at a good temperature, neither in summer or winter.

So, last week, I was cooking dinner and heard the outside unit just running, but no air was coming out.  I investigated for a bit and found that the air handler in our attic was not working.  This has happened before, so I was starting to worry. The last time it happened, it ended up costing me $800 to fix. Boo!  I went through my checklist of items and found that the fan upstairs would work on it’s own without the condenser, but they refused to work together.  That just doesn’t give you cold air then.

I called the A/C repair company that I used on the regular and they came out a few days later.  Of course, when they came, the unit was working fine.  Dammit!  I can’t catch a break when stuff like this happens.  I told the repairman of the issues and he started going through both units and testing them.  It appeared that the issue was electrical, so it could be a few things going wrong.

At the end of the day, my wallet was a few hundred dollars lighter and I thought the unit was fixed.  The repairman put on a new relay board because it was looking a little toasted.  The A/C turned on and worked well when he left.  If only that would have done the trick…..

The unit stopped working again when I was cooking dinner that night (maybe a coincidence?).  I was pissed because it was Thursday night and I couldn’t stay home again the next day to wait for the repairman.  So, all in all, my A/C unit will work randomly, but we have been without cool air since Monday and here it is Sunday and the unit is still not functioning correctly.  Time for another call and another day working from home.  Stupid air conditioner!

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  1. August 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    You want to go all office space on that unit hahaha.. that made me laugh only because of the visions in my mind. Fixing an A/C unit can get pricey and I hear ya about catching a break. It seems like every time I finish one job another job I finished a year or so ago something goes wrong or another appliance is up the crapper, it never ends. Nothing lasts forever and that is what is keeping me sane. I’m just happy we budget save some money on the side for these things that pop up out of the blue. Have a great weekend mate.

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:22 am — Reply

      It is true. It always seems that something breaks at the worst time or things continue to break back to back.

  2. August 4, 2013 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    OOh hope you get your AC fixed and hope you had a great weekend!

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:22 am — Reply

      It has finally been fixed and I am happy!

  3. August 4, 2013 at 8:56 pm — Reply

    Thanks a lot for highlighting my post! My parents’ A/C has been out ALL SUMMER, if you believe it! They can’t afford to get it fixed right now. :(

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:22 am — Reply

      I don’t know if I would be able to deal with that, but I understand the cost factor.

  4. August 4, 2013 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    Sorry to hear about the A/C Grayson. I can imagine that is frustrating, to say the least. Our A/C went out on us last summer, but thankfully it was something they were able to fix right away. Here’s to a better week!

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:23 am — Reply

      It is ok now John. It has been fixed and I am enjoying the cooler air.

  5. August 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm — Reply

    Oh, almost forgot, thanks for the mention as well! :)

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:23 am — Reply

      You are most welcome sir!

  6. August 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm — Reply

    Sorry to hear about the A/C issues Grayson. The temperature has been hanging out in the high 70’s low 80’s for the last few weeks which has made it nice here in Ohio lately. Anyways thanks for the mention I really appreciate it.

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:23 am — Reply

      That would be nice to have that temperature range. You are most welcome Chris.

  7. August 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    Thanks for the mention! Sorry to hear the AC stopped working and the “conveniently” started again when they came out to repair it. Similar thing happened to my bro and it sucks.

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:24 am — Reply

      You are welcome John. That is always how it goes, but I just push through it.

  8. Derek | - Money Saving, Making Money, and Investment Ideas
    August 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    Wow, that really sucks. I hate AC problems because they seem like they’re so easy to fix, but just beyond my knowledge level… I feel like I’m flushing hundreds each time a repairman comes to have a look.

    Good luck getting to the root cause!

    • Grayson
      August 6, 2013 at 10:25 am — Reply

      The issue has been resolved, but I paid for it in the end.

  9. Russell Hall
    August 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm — Reply

    It can be really frustrating when things like these happen. Also, these things bring up unnecessary expenses which you might simply have not factored into your budget. Hope the issue have been resolved once and for all.

    • Grayson
      August 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm — Reply

      Well, that is the whole point for an emergency fund. This is one of the reasons why I have one and it keeps me safe from unwanted expenses.

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