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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

So I Asked The Good Lord

Saturday afternoon it was very apparent the shop's HIVAC system wasn't up to snuff. I placed hand in front of one of vents, warm air. Made the call. Keep in mind it's the weekend. They said we'll be there soon.

Meanwhile customers have rain dripping from their brows. My shirt is soon wet. I'm ticked.

By closing time the air guys haven't arrived nor bothered to call. When I finally reach them they give the excuse they're busy. Said, leave the system on and we'll get to you Monday.

Monday arrives. They grace me with their presence. Bad capacitor, the fat man said. He replaced it and flipped the switch and warm air gushed forth. I said, "Doesn't seem to have solved the problem." He smiled then said, "Just wait. It takes time," and drove away.

This morning after I keyed the door and walk inside I immediately know I've a problem. My little thermometer registers eighty-five degrees. I'd left the system to cycle all night. Made the call. He arrived two hours later. "Uh-oh, he said."

I see federal reserve notes fluttering in the wind.

Busted shaft and bad compressor. The system is fifteen years old.

So, I asked the Good Lord what I'd done to tick him off. All I received in reply was a headache. Then, a tiny voice in the back of my mind said, "You know."

Stephen

  

29 comments:

  1. Ugh sorry dude. Tax write off?

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    1. Oh yes indeed, tax write off. You know those gold plated compressors are expensive.

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  2. I feel your pain. It has been the Summer of costly repairs around here as well.

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    1. PP, it's two steps forward, six back. Never ending story.

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  3. Sometimes, bad stuff happens; it's not always a punishment. Jesus did say that "in this work, you will have troubles."

    On the other hand, there's that tiny voice you mentioned. Are you listening? :^)

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    1. That tiny voice...well, last evening she asked if I'd attend some big world famous ministers rally this Thursday. Once in a lifetime event. I said, No. Not gonna happen. I hate crowds.
      Her eyes misted. Me, felt like chicken poop.
      So, this morning, after my call to the repair man, I got to thinking about my previous evenings actions...guilt set in. Called her and said I'd attend. I'm fairly certain her scream of joy was heard all over this area.
      My headache has eased.

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    2. dear sweet one - i was going to ask what the tiny voice meant but now i know! grin and bear it, buddy, and make her happy. she will so appreciate your doing this for her. and yes, i do believe that the scream that we heard last night, that had us jump up off of the couch, grabbing flashlights and shotguns and heading out into the yard with 3 very tense cats following...must have been your sweet wife!

      your friend,
      kymber

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    3. Good for you,we don't always see the message that clearly.He doesn't give us more than we can handle,but there will be tests,to see if we're paying attention.

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    4. Ah, kymber it wasn't that loud...but thanks.

      Bill, thanks. Yes, those tests are sometimes hard to hear...

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  4. If the capacitor was the fix, the compressor would have started, the system would have started cooling, and you would have had happy customers.

    They'll try to sell you an entire outdoor unit, especially since R-22 is on the out. You might ask them how much to change the compressor, flush the system, pull a vacuum and recharge.

    Since R-22 is not the fair-haired refrigerant, I can't imaging there not
    being a deal on such critters in a diminishing market.

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    1. Thanks, Jess, and that is just what I've done. He's standing out in the rain as I type installing the new compressor.

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  5. Maybe Beelzebub messed it up, because you've been a good guy and he is mad at you?

    I hate it when something goes down and I can't fix it myself. Being at the mercy of some s***bird who can leave you hanging and then charge you an arm and a leg at the end of the saga.

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    1. Yes indeed. He could tell me my third thingamabob from the left is broken and I'm at his mercy. Thank goodness I have friends to call and consult.

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  6. There is a reason it's called "Heat'n and cheat'n". Hang in there! What Jess said.

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    1. Thank you, my friend....and trust me, it's hot in here.

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  7. What's that you said about retirement? :) Can't take the hint?

    Ya know, I don't even own an AC unit at my house. Keeping warm is the real challenge.

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    1. I currently have a towel wrapped around my neck to capture the rain of sweat. Thank goodness I can open carry in my shop because a cover shirt isn't on my radar. Come on down...the heat awaits you.

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  8. But... its Fall. You don't need AC in the fall :)

    Yeah, I know. We sweat down here through October usually too.

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    1. I hated to do it but I opened both the front and back doors for a breeze. This of course allows democritters easy access to my business. Which could result in gunfire. Thank goodness Duke was there to back me.

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  9. See, this is what you get for treating me so shabbily, and I am always so nice to you and never talk trash about you......... Oh man, that lightning is close.

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    1. Hah....do you smell the brimstone.

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  10. Of course your friends will be hard on you. We had issues with walk in coolers/freezer & ice maker at the commissary. Always used the same guys. After all the service calls they changed companies no more problems, that is until the two hot waters, ice machine and dish washing machine all went down in a 6 month period. All had to be replaced. $$$$

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    1. Rob, I hate spending good cash, even if it is a write off.

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  11. I feel your pain. I sit without A/C as we speak. $4500 is what my guy said, a total replacement. This was after $600 three weeks ago to get it up and going again.
    Good luck to ya

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    1. It's the humidity that gets me...sorry to hear you are without. Nothing, it seems, is a bargain these days. Thanks, my friend.

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  12. You keep coming up with all the reasons I moved to Oregon! :-)

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    1. And for pete's sake stay there...thanks, Muddy.

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