Tag: ice

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)

Winter Weather in the South

It’s March 1st and we are having our first real “Winter Storm” of the year. It’s been Spring-like for a while, many things are blooming. It’s been raining since Friday night (and had some lightning/thunder as well) –off and on, and the ground is mushy and over-wet, even more than that in places, deep puddles and near rivers in places in the backyard … but now it’s different. The temperature is 41 degrees F. out on the front porch, and the “rain” is now frozen granules. It’s collecting on roofs, play structures, decks, etc. thus far, since the air temperature is above freezing, but I do project that the temperature will be falling, it “feels” like that, and so it is. (Experience shows this as thus.)

Our ornamental cherry tree (in the backyard) has been blooming for over a week, but just getting near peak after the rain from a whole day, and now (with this freezing stuff) we’ll just see if we get to see the tree in full peak bloom for a nice photo with the sun shining and the sky nice and blue … 🙁

Update: It’s been snowing, from big flakes with granules of snow for a bit, then more BIGGER flakes, then to all bigger traditional first snow flakes, dropping heavily … to full out snowing, to now snowing thickly for a long while, snow is building up … it’s 2:13pm and it’s snowing thickly in the South, First snow in over a year, it didn’t snow in 2008 at all here. Can’t quite recall if it snowed at all in Dec. 2007, I don’t think it did, and I can’t recall when it really did snow this much in years here, not since the children were much younger, this is really nice. Usually we have an ice storm, not a nice snow storm. 🙂

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