Tag: A/C

Fireplace Update & A/C Forecast

Our fireplace is still in use, and the part was supposedly ordered, but hasn’t come in yet.

It’ll be a couple more weeks of fireplace use, at least. Maybe more. Spring doesn’t look too far away looking at Accuweather data.

Then it’ll be back to the A/C to keep pollen to a minimum and hope for the best that the air will be cool enough throughout the house, but not too cold anywhere, and not too warm or hot anywhere else.

We got a new A/C system a few years ago and they had to repair a leaky outside pipe the next year, which showed us WHY it didn’t function (the A/C) very well the first year. I have more complaints about it though ever since. I despise the multiple digital zones we have. Master bedroom has the upstairs thermostat in it. That room gains so much heat winter or summer, and the attached bathroom seems like no air goes to it, just like before the A/C was fine-tuned (or was it really fine-tooned, that seems more fitting a name for it.)

The rest of the upstairs is much warmer in the summer and cooler in the winter.

The main floor has another thermostat. It’s OK, but the kitchen is still much more dramatically affected by outside weather, making it uncomfortable in their when cooking in the Spring through Fall, and miserable in the winter for the most part.

The basement has another thermostat in the hall. My office has a door and is the first room on the left, another room straight ahead, and the more open space of the basement to the right through french doors. It’s a cold hallway in the winter, with that heat turned on most of the time. My office though, it’s blasting hot in there and I HATE HEAT like that. The other room is a bedroom and kind of cold most of the time in the winter. The main basement is always either warmer or cooler, really not seeming to be much connected to the other parts I referred to before. Summer flips the switch and everything is opposite in the basement. I can tolerate colder in my office in the summer, but not so cold as it has to be to make it chilly enough elsehwhere.

My house needs per room thermostats, I swear it does. I don’t have much faith that it would even work well that way though.

So that’s what’s coming up soon. The no fires, A/C battle of pollen and heat.

A/C Guy fixed things

A/C Guy finally came back today with the new sensor module, installed it, made sure it was working and also added a manual damper in between master bedroom and the other bedrooms (’cause of the heat load we have in the master bedroom from the East/South facing the Sun.) He tweaked things as well, to allow the right cooling without freezing. So far today, better than ever. He was done around 11am-ish. It’s been really warm today and all areas staying right on target and that feels great, I can actually turn the thermostats to 69 happily (sometimes), only have to bump them down if I’m “excercising” or moving around so much that I’m started to overheat.

So finally it’s working. I’m not so happy about it though, anticipating the sensor mucking it all up by dying on us. I have the same feeling about other things that have gone bad, like the motherboard in my Nutrimill Grain Grinder, it went totally dead all of the sudden. I had to send it in and have that replaced, and I’ve been waiting ever since for it to happen again, but it hasn’t, but I KNOW it CAN happen, since it DID already, when it wasn’t that much used. So this A/C is like that, brand new install and … somewhere along the way this part died and we’ve had nothing but trouble but didn’t do enough about it as soon as we should have (not knowing exactly what we should have expected, would it work to cool the house or not … and it didn’t and it wasn’t clear to us that it wasn’t right, not just something needing tweaked, or added, when in fact it was yes, tweak, PLUS something needed REPLACED.) So how long will it be before I trust this magical fix from today. Don’t know, but hope I can get my superstitious self to stop thinking about it and just accept it as it is day to day, not waiting for the other shoe to drop.

A/C Sensor Bad

A/C guy was here yesterday. He checked everything and finally told us “it’s this sensing module that is bad”

The basic long and short of it is, I don’t really know why we need it, guess it’s a fine tuner, making everything work well no matter what temps you put in or something. He said that MOST systems will run OK without it but don’t go lower than 68 or 67 or 66 on your thermostat settings without the module installed.

Bottom line: Our house cooled down and the humidity level slowly went down. Upstairs kept constant temp. Downstairs in livingroom constant temp. Basement, in my office, constant temp (still an issue with the other side of the basement.)

The humidity level is still an issue, but not quite as bad as it had become (nothing worse than cold wet air inside the house! well, yes there is: HOT WET AIR!) Right now it’s 49% H. in the living room (only place I have a sensor for such a task) but the A/C isn’t running a lot since it’s nighttime and there no heating issue from outside. Seems reasonable. Also I am guessing our missing module would help, I hope. I truly do hope.

The part is on order, maybe it’ll arrive tomorrow, was the idea given. For now, things are cooler in a more stable way, thus far.

Nothing looks frozen with the equipment that is outside. I noticed the air coming on during the night (sometimes I wake up at night for awhile.) It’s great that this is being solved finally. Was the sensor bad all along? Back first night it was installed, it was hot in the house and it was “finished and on” for hours and hours and hours before it got cool enough not to sweat at every move or while sitting still. I wasn’t impressed with it the next day either. So not impressed as days went on. How does that sound now? Sounds like the only thing that is the problem right now is the module. Once that’s replaces, must tackle the “does it work NOW” possible problem. If it answers more questions than it makes, awesome!

Trane makes a wonderful new thermostat, it’s so very awesome. I’d love that sort (man though, 3 of them? Ouch!) There are other possible things I’d like added on to the system, but it’s so hard to make it do-able. To make others see why it would be right to add it to The ‘have to move this to the top of the list’ List.

So regarding temperatures, right now it’s a wonderful 57 degrees F. outside, with 70+% humidity. Feels wonderful! Forecast has our area going to 79 degrees F. today. That’ll be a nice little test, especially seeing as it’ll be MOSTLY SUNNY! [it’s been sooooo cloudly of late]

Don’t know what he can do, hope something. Just checked again, everything going down by 1, but … outside, super thick frost on the pipes going into the unit, starting again. Now off. I’ve already had it, but now I’ve had it.

A/C Problems Still

Our A/C is still very problematic. We tried something different last night, and it seemed to work, and just now I did it again and I’ll see if it changes things.

It was just about 12 hours between doing it the first time and when things started going south again decidedly so. We took the A/C breaker on the circuit house panel, turned it off, then on.

Right when doing that last night, the outside equipment kicked on with a decided thud, and you could hear the compressor doing it’s thing immediately. In the house the air finally started cooling down and coming out more forcefully.

The air in the house last night was humid and overly warm. It was 77/78 in the master bedroom and felt worse. We have a weather gadget in the livingroom with one outside probe. It alternately displays the inside and outside information. In the livingroom the humidity was in the 60% region. I have no idea what upstairs was at, but it wasn’t good, that much I know The living room temperature was 76 and higher (depending on when you looked at it.)

It took some time, but eventually it felt better in the house. In the middle of the night it was still warmer, instead of cooler. We only had the bedrooms thermostat turned on. In the morning the temperature was finally at the target temp of 63 degrees F. Not as cold as I usually put it, but it wasn’t ever getting to my normal 67/68 preference most days/nights. I put it lower to cool it down drastically if it could, and it did.

In the morning I got up at 7am and turned on the livingroom and then the basement thermostats. When I did that the livingroom showed 70 degrees F. as it’s temperature. Drastically improved from it’s over 76 of the night before, without the aid of it’s own zone turned on (no airflow from the A/C vents that whole night) and the basement showed 71 degrees F.

Not too much later both lower areas showed their target # and the humidity level in the livingroom was at 38% which is tolerable.

Later I know it felt wetter in the air and it was up to 42% humidity. And up and up it went. So when I recently saw it said 50% humidity, I had to try it again.

Well, it’s useless, I went out and looked at it, and outside the pipes are frosty and getting icy. Figures. That’s what started the recent awful feelings I have towards this A/C we had installed in June. It’s never what I have liked, it’s always been something to complain about, hoops to jump through to get it to work “better” but not yet “good enough” … spend over $6000 and get a cheap ass system installed. RIDICULOUS price for cheap ass Trane XR13 digital zone crap with nothing but crappy regular digital thermostats that tell you nothing hardly, let you do nothing.

I’d rather have my 1 thermostat system back. Too small for the house, but the bedrooms were cool when it was working, so give it back to me it worked great in the beginning, compared to this. So give it back, make it up-to-date with freon/what-have-you and no leaks and we’ll be good to go (or stay comfortably)

August Begins

August begins on a Monday this year. It’s so ‘school’ feeling. 🙂

That’s odd. We homeschool. It’s not anything we don’t ever do, totally. I’m getting a few super-lax weeks souped up today. I set it up as a plan last week, and this is the day.

New Era. I’m using my calendars (google, of course) to be the glue that holds this all together. It’s not that I hadn’t ever had calendars and planning and such, but I’m going from being relaxed about it, doing it that way. I’m trying to MAKE things happen before too much time goes on, MAKE life happen, then have things done instead of me having to say “Did you … yet?” to each person, and get the “nah, not yet” answers.

It still is summer though. We are in a hot southern state and summer isn’t the same for us as many others. We are in A/C with some outdoor ability, but no pool or anything. We are more outdoor oriented in the Autumn and Winter. That goes over fine for me, being the sort of person I am, with husband not around most of the time, we just hang out together and wander the property looking at whatever there is to look at. Some running, mostly not for me, just the younger 2 children, and the Cedar Works structure we have just sits dormant, needing a new swing ladder probably. New swings too. It’s a sad testament to what once was, and what should be, and speaks loudly of what will never be.

I hear you loud and clear climbing structure … all hope is gone. (I’m holding out hope though, for something to happen sooner than later!)

July is nearly over!

Wow this month has gone fast! Now the Dog Days of Summer are beginning. Hot more often than not. Sun strong, not quite as light as late as it was in July, but this side of the sun’s courses through the cosmos are the hot-dog ones, whereas May and June are just wanna-be’s.

I’m so glad our A/C was changed, it makes all the difference, but it does struggle. The “zones” (digital) are finicky and I have to go check each thermostat, and sometimes (a few times a week) turn every one off, then turn on the upstairs one for awhile alone, then turn on the main floor one later, and leave the downstairs one off until the next day or longer, if it is possible to feel comfortable with that (sometimes yes, sometimes no.)

Why does this have to happen? I’m not sure what it’s doing, but the main thing is, the SUN. It comes up in the East and blasts away at the back of our house all morning and into the afternoon. Our bedrooms are on the top floor. No tree cooling up there. Master bedroom is at the back of that whole area. It gets so hot in there. Without A/C it’s 100 in there in the middle of the night.

With A/C the thermostats are set to 68/69 everywhere. When the system has been restarted with my methodology, which is turning everything off, then turning ONLY the Master Bedroom thermostat on, then the bedroom starts cooling down ever so slightly, then more. Overnight it returns to it’s “schedule”. The Main Floor thermostat does well then, turn that on and it quickly brings things to right.

The basement area is then the question, the “office” (my craft/computer area) is decent, the hallway is where the thermostat is. The big area at the back of the basement, behind interior french doors, is much warmer always. When the thermostat for the basement is turned off, that big space gets too warm (for my tastes) while the other rooms are OK for the most part.

When I turn that thermostat back on the air in the big space gets better, but still, it’s ALWAYS much warmer in there compared to my office, or the hallway.

After 1 or 2 days like this then, the Master Bedroom thermostat really starts struggling. Lets put it this way, the first day after resetting it all, it starts out with the thermostat keeping things OK until somewhere around 2pm it’s behind 1, 2, 3, 4 or more degrees. As the day wears thin it gets closer to the scheduled temperature, overnight rights itself. Next day or the day after that is when it gets too thick, warm not good in my bedroom early in the day and never recoups, so if I haven’t been up there, I go to bed and oh, bleh, blah, no!!!!!

We are talking it is supposed to be 68 and the thermostat registers the temp at 78 or more when it gets to the place where I HAVE to turn it all off, then slow on.

It’s not like 68 is too heavy of a load. It’s not that it has to be “68” but that is what the thermostat has to attempt or else this entire process is TOO MUCH for me to live with. To get rid of humidity, must run A/C, A/C only runs when it needs to cool based on it’s goal temperature. If the temperature is set to 72 that’s too warm. It’s like letting it all get it’s toes in the doorway, you think the door is closed, but it’s not, and the thing you mean to keep out is coming in.

This all means so much to me since I get so miserable easily when the temperature climbs about 70 degrees much. The further it goes in that higher direction the larger the impact it has on me. So, 68 is my primo position of a trade-off, I’ll let it go that high for you others. I’d much prefer to live in the North Pole.

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