The A-coil in the air-conditioning system here at Roseholme Cottage has had a slow leak for at least three years now. Each spring, that has caused it to super-cool, freeze up and it has taken an expensive topping-up to get it running again.
It happened this Spring. It also happened yesterday. This morning, we had the HVAC tech out and he say's it's the A-coil, the one that lives in the ductwork above the furnace and chills the air. Good news and not: you can still get them. You can still get the R22 refrigerant this 20-year-old system uses, too -- for another couple of years. But this whole thing is going to be an unloved orphan in a few years, if the phase-out proceeds as planned. I could roll the dice, the current Administration isn't friendly to this kind of EPA meddling; but they're unlikely to be in place forever and the companies that make this stuff are mostly giant multi-nationals: R22 -- Freon plus a little of this and a dash of that -- is going away. It's time to get away from it before everybody is having to and the price goes up.
Which means Roseholme Cottage needs a new A-coil, a new outdoor unit and some fancy copper line. And I'll be out $2600.00, American.
Not fun -- I'm still feeling the pinch from the price of the car I bought a few years ago -- but it was not great sleeping last night and miserable trying to get ready this morning in the heat and humidity, despite open windows and electric fans. It's got to be done. What if Tam melted and I had to buy the Internet a replacement? Way more expensive! Besides, I've read the H. P. Lovecraft story and I'm not goin' out like that.
This is actually a pretty good deal compared to the going rate in Indianapolis at this time of year. They start work tomorrow morning. Should take about half a day.
3 months ago