Strange. Down here in the deep south, we've had a sort of mild spring and early summer. it's only tickling the low 90's so far this week. Pretty nice for this time of year since we're usually mid 90's by now until september. The humidity has been pretty brutal with all the rain we've been getting though.
I'd still take hot summers over that white hell you guys get up there in the winter.
Just had the AC system act up, and in the deep south, that's one of the most scary things you can have happen. I've been shot at, and honestly it happens so fast you don't know what just happened, but this is one of those slow-mo movie scenes where everyone is screaming and yelling NOOOOOOOOOO!
Anyway, my system is 25 years old and still R22, so I'm on borrowed time before total replacement is necessary. Anyway, after 4 fan-run capacitors and a fan motor, the power contactor (power relay) for the outdoor unit finally decided to get stuck. Since I wasn't about to sit around in 95F heat during thunderstorm season (90%+ humidity) for the 3 days it would take to get a replacement, I pulled the unit apart and pulled the contactor out. It was remarkably easy to disassemble, usually these are riveted together and un-serviceable, but this one was still old enough to be bolted together. I took it apart and cleaned out the bug and spider carcasses as well as the metal dust from the million actuations and electric arcs.
Mostly, the contacts were just arc'd so much that they built up a crust of slag. A few minutes with a jeweler's file and some fine sandpaper flattened and shined them up. So far the unit has run a few days without a single problem.
The air is blowing just slightly warmer every year, so I think in the spring I'll decide whether I need to replace or recharge before we can't use R-22 anymore.