What a week this has been - and it's only Wednesday. Actually, the saga began last week. We'd known for quite a few weeks our air conditioning unit was not up to par. As the temperature was rising inside the house, I was getting crankier. The heat and I do not get along - no way, no how.
I knew a showdown was coming, but being the procrastinator I am, I kept putting off calling the repair people. Why, you ask? Because it's always an ordeal when I'm forced into a holding pattern waiting on the repair person as if my time isn't worth a plug nickel. This time wasn't different from any other.
I finally called a local company and was told a repair person would come and evaluate the problem. Our AC unit is only three years old and we had a bit of a problem last year. A leak was found and after a freon refill, we chose to limp through the summer months while pleading with the people who originally put in the AC to come and check it. They never came and we were remiss in not pursuing them.
This time we were not content with a quick fix. To put things in a nutshell, the repairman came last Wedneday, said we had a leak in the A-coil, would have to replace the whole coil, and didn't know if the warranty would be honored. He said he would definitely be back that week. So I stayed home and waited...and waited. I received no call and no visit. The weekend came and went. I finally received the call on Monday and was told the warranty might not be honored because the repairman couldn't find all the registration numbers on our unit. Great.
In the end, he found the numbers but they were in an unusual location. He spent most of the day replacing the leaking coil while my cats and dog were confined so the cats wouldn't be underfoot and dog wouldn't bite him. What a fun day. I put on some John Denver CDs and tried to be patient and calm.
We're back to "normal" now - whatever that is. I admit to being irritated at the delays and the lack of a courtesy call from the repair company, but I remain thankful for the privilege to live in a nice home and be able to afford air conditioning. We grew up without it and many people do without it still. All in all, I'm very blessed - and cooler.