It’s been a relatively cool summer here so we haven’t bothered using our home’s A/C much. Actually, we haven’t used it at all since we discovered about a month ago that it wasn’t working properly. And by properly I mean not working at all.
Last summer, we had the technician out to look at our A/C. He said it was out of refrigerant and that we found the leak and filled it up – $180, please. A couple of weeks after that, the A/C seemed to be lacking in its air cooling capacity – again. So a service call later, another leak found and another 4 pounds of coolant (no charge since it’s still under the 30-day warranty) and we’re good to go.
Since running the A/C isn’t cheap – and I am – we didn’t have much need for it the rest of the summer. In fact, we didn’t feel the need for it this summer until about a month ago. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to be working (where’s a thesaurus when you need one?). Anyway, we placed another call to the A/C folks and paid another $78 for them to tell us that our rooftop unit was full of leaks that could not be repaired (stupid 30-year old welds)
So they advise me that my course of action include:
replacing the rooftop unit only ~ $1950 (uses the old coolant)
replacing the rooftop and ceiling units ~ $4880 (uses the new coolant)
replacing both with a cooling/heating unit ~ $5650 (in lieu of the heat strips in the ceiling)
So I’m going to Costco to buy more fans.