You know, there's no manual on life, as we are all painfully aware. I've never been instructed on the proper care of a home in general and on the components thereof.
The compressor on the outside unit was overheating and cutting off, and without that, there is no cool. The solution? Heh. Wash the dirt out of the coils around the outside of the unit. Now, I have actually washed that thing off, once or twice, in the 8 years we've lived here. And there wasn't any visible dirt on it. But jeezum-crow was there some mud caked inside, where it wasn't visible. Apparently, that thing sucking air in day and night for 8 months out of the year allows for some accumulation of dust and dirt. Who knew?!
The cost of the entire episode? (A new compressor would have approached $1000) $139. Now, I have to say, the guy was a real nice older fella and he could have charged me whatever because I'm ignernt about these thangs. The service fee, I found out in the initial call for help, was $115 the first hour and $80 each additional hour. He was here about 1.5 hours so he could have easily charged me $195 just for his time here. THIS is why I will love that man forever. Admittedly, my love comes pretty cheap these days.
Yeah, and from now on? I will have the cleanest outdoor AC unit
Current outdoor temp: 93
Current indoor temp: 86
But if feels like 60 compared to what we've been living in.
So, the good news is that it will be cool for me as I sleep TOMORROW. The bad news is, 12 hour night (1 of 3) with a bit less sleep than I'd prefer.