no a/c for 5 years. just got it fixed

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 11, 2018 - 1:00pm

kinda sad.

guy came out a few,years back and said it was dead and needed replacement. needed big units. maybe 15k?

put it off.

saved i figure 400 a month on heat a-c for 5 years, maybe 25k.

wife couldnt take it anymore, also we arent broke.

she called another guy who fixed it for 250.00.

now i have to pay for a/c.

i liked not having heat or a/c. felt more tough.

ah well...its only money...the most important substance in the universe.

but think...i saved enough to pay for one whole kids calstate tuition by simply being a bit cold and hot.

Submitted by flu on August 11, 2018 - 1:33pm.

now is a great excuse to get solar and an electric car like an i8

i am planning to get solar once I start running both of the ac units at the new place.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 11, 2018 - 2:05pm.

i dont want anyone on my mexican tile roof.

id rather be hot.

ebike, not ecar.

love my ebike so much!!!

downstairs feels chilly to me, think she set the thermostat at 80.

Submitted by flu on August 11, 2018 - 3:49pm.

tile insurance. That way when you start with 2 broken tiles and end up with 25, they are on the hook for replacing the 25...

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 11, 2018 - 4:52pm.

huh.
interesting.
maybe.
i kinda,want to just pack it in and move to kauai.
but probly ill be here for 25 more years.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 11, 2018 - 8:52pm.

I’m assuming you have 2 AC units so $12,500 each.
Seems very expensive unless you got the most efficient units.

Did you get the indoor units and the outdoor compressor units all replaced for that price?

You did not save $400 a month for 5 years not having AC and heat, even with big house. During the summer in Temecula, yes; but the other months, not so much.

I like to keep my apartment at 70F to 72F in San Diego.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 11, 2018 - 11:33pm.

lots of people here spend 500 mo. on a/c in the summer. heat, not sure.

we just have the old units that came with the place, big outdoor units.

definitely saved something!

Submitted by The-Shoveler on August 12, 2018 - 10:08am.

flu wrote:
now is a great excuse to get solar and an electric car like an i8

i am planning to get solar once I start running both of the ac units at the new place.

Congrats on your new home flu.

Move up to Carlsbad area or just upgraded in or near CV?

We almost never need to turn our AC on, but have a little lately.
Box fan at the screen door in morning/night is usually all we need.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 12, 2018 - 11:22am.

temecula a bit warm lately.

strangely now that she has a-c we still dont use it much.

phew

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 12, 2018 - 11:40am.

I think the contactor saw your wife coming. Her “desperation” caused her to overpay.

I replaced the outside unit on a 1700sf house in SD for $2500. But I used a 1 man local contractor. The big guys may charge $5000.

Let’s say you have 2 super efficient units in a 5000sf house. It should not be more than $15k, IMO.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 12, 2018 - 11:47am.

no, we just repaired. no new unit. it was 2nd guy who repaired, 1st sneaky guy said not fixable. he was the scammer.

it was only 250 to fix. but only able to fix downstairs unit, upstairs still not working.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 14, 2018 - 10:42am.

Oh. I get it. $250 not $25k. That’s a great deal. Normally is minimum $600 because they bill about $300 for refrigerant alone.

scaredyclassic wrote:
but only able to fix downstairs unit, upstairs still not working.

The compressor is likely bad. Not worth fixing. You just need to replace the outdoor unit. Rarely do you need to replace the indoor unit (AC is comprised of equipment indoors and outdoors.

Submitted by gzz on August 14, 2018 - 11:32am.

This year I kept the AC off until Aug 1. I am 10 min walk from the beach though.

Heat is a single gas wall heater, no ducts except for exhaust, AC is two window units.

Lately I have been running the bedroom AC all night, this morning I woke up to a very dry 64 degree bedroom, it was wonderful.

I like turning off and then lighting the heater pilot light to mark the change of seasons. I also move the water heater to the lowest setting in summer and almost to the max in winter.

My office suite has huge glass windows that don't open, and my electric bill for it rises to $350 in the summer compared to $100 in the spring.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 14, 2018 - 12:04pm.

Gzzz, sounds like you have an old house. If you have crawl space, why not install central air. So much more efficient than wall units. You can enjoy cool, crisp, dry comfort year round. It's more humid near the coast.

You can also have a smart thermostat and smart home to turn things on an off using programmable triggers.

I think AC is an affordable luxury that I don't want to do without. Why rough it when you don't have to?
I love enjoying my air conditioned space when the weather outside is bad. New ACs are efficient and don't use that much electricity.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 14, 2018 - 12:17pm.

because comfort is weakening and killing us.

no more temp control!

also, i recently abandonned soap and shampoo. its a scam!!! water and a washcloth are fine.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 14, 2018 - 1:57pm.

scaredyclassic wrote:
because comfort is weakening and killing us.

no more temp control!

also, i recently abandonned soap and shampoo. its a scam!!! water and a washcloth are fine.

Humm. We have a lot in common. I’m not as smart and funny as you though.

I have abandoned soap and shampoo a long time ago. My skin not dry, it’s clear and smooth. Soap and shampoo and lotion after is a scam to sell products.

I agree in general about tough. But I’m special, I can do tough in the right context and I have. But most people who are used to comfort can’t deal with anything different than what they are used to.

AC is part is why the population is fat. It affects metabolism.
There is correlation between AC and population weight.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 14, 2018 - 11:33pm.

FlyerInHi wrote:
scaredyclassic wrote:
because comfort is weakening and killing us.

no more temp control!

also, i recently abandonned soap and shampoo. its a scam!!! water and a washcloth are fine.

Humm. We have a lot in common. I’m not as smart and funny as you though.

I have abandoned soap and shampoo a long time ago. My skin not dry, it’s clear and smooth. Soap and shampoo and lotion after is a scam to sell products.

I agree in general about tough. But I’m special, I can do tough in the right context and I have. But most people who are used to comfort can’t deal with anything different than what they are used to.

AC is part is why the population is fat. It affects metabolism.
There is correlation between AC and population weight.

day 5, no soap. feel my natural oil returning. dandruff feels,less dry and itchy. looking into homemade deodorant recipes

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 15, 2018 - 8:15am.
Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 15, 2018 - 10:35am.

scaredyclassic wrote:
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/i-stopped-showering-and-life-continued/486314/

Very interesting. I’m lucky I don’t smell and don’t sweat a lot.
And I’m very sensitive to odor — cooking odor, or bedroom smell, the typical household smells are gross to me. I only wear clothes one time before wash. I don’t wear any sweaters or anything that absorb odors that cannot easily be washed

I do shower once or twice a day to rinse off. But I don’t use soap, shampoo or moisturizers, except soap sparingly on dirty parts. I got the idea years ago in Thailand where I saw people jump in the river. It’s tropical over there and the country people just jump in the river or they scoop water from a big water storage trough and douse themselves over the head several times a day.

Submitted by DataAgent on August 15, 2018 - 12:22pm.

flu wrote:
now is a great excuse to get solar and an electric car like an i8

A 2-3 yr old i8 is a steal right now.

Submitted by gzz on August 15, 2018 - 1:16pm.

My house is more than 100 years old and has a large insulated attic you can stand up in, no crawl space.

One 15k btu AC for the living room and 8k in the bedrooms works OK for now. Half the time I run them in dehumidify mode rather than cool, it is only the 80F+humidity days that get to me.

The home automation I would really like is a "summer night" mode that around 10pm would open all the windows, turn on all the fans, and let the cool summer night air circulate, then seal thinks back up at 9am.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 15, 2018 - 2:58pm.

gzz wrote:

The home automation I would really like is a "summer night" mode that around 10pm would open all the windows, turn on all the fans, and let the cool summer night air circulate, then seal thinks back up at 9am.

Fan automation is easy. But self opening and closing windows, I don’t think so.

Submitted by spdrun on August 15, 2018 - 7:20pm.

Casement windows are easier to automate. Also, you could just have a whole-house fan with an intake on the outside.

Submitted by moneymaker on August 15, 2018 - 8:53pm.

Whole house fan is enticing as I think there are better ways to do things than just the way we have always done them. My brother does AC for a living and he says the whole house fans bring in too much dirt/dust, that's the main reason I haven't done it yet. Anyone disagree with him?

Submitted by scaredyclassic on August 15, 2018 - 9:03pm.

i may stop showering and just use a basin.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on August 17, 2018 - 11:05am.

spdrun wrote:
Casement windows are easier to automate. Also, you could just have a whole-house fan with an intake on the outside.

I want to try switchable private film that go opaque.
I wonder when those type windows will become common place and cheap. They’d have be wired with electric.

Alas, the home of the future has been so slow in developing.

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