Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Today we have son Mark with us and a lot of outside work has been done. Early this morning Mr. Heat and A/C man came. He was very efficient and MOVED fast as he worked. I pointed out a small wire that had obviously been cut. I accidentally found it when working on the hot-water heater. Immediately he said, that could be your whole problem, that is your low voltage line, two wire nuts will fix it.
However that was a problem but not the worst. He told me the thermostat wire was bad, and he had never seen one go bad. He fished the wire thru block walls and drywall. Low and behold it had been half snipped and pushed back into the wall intentionally. BUT, Once the wire was replaced the heater worked and the compressor came on, but NO COOL AIR.
His gauges showed ZERO pressure for Freon. He said, "Freon is $45 a pound and you need 4 pounds, do you want me to continue?"
I said I didn't know anything else to do. I went back to work reversing the doors on the Refer Mark brought over and doing some cleaning. In just a minute Mr. A/C man came inside smiling. "Mr. Darnell, we are both fortunate. Someone was planning to steal the compressor unit. The internal valves had been shut off. The only time they are shut is when we (or some thief) is going to remove (or steal) the compressor.
He had found the valve problem when he tried to load the Freon, it would not go in because the valve was closed.
I felt cool air coming thru the vents. He said he would have to charge for his time, but no Freon was needed. (He COULD have opened the valves, tried the unit and it worked and charged me for about $200 in Freon, but he was honest!) I love it.
FACT: This is a repossessed HUD home. In our house search I have seen walls torn out, windows broken, and other damaged done by owners who were upset for losing their home. This was the most subtle.
Things are going well. We are not sure about Matthew. WE are not new to this, we have experienced several hurricanes. We have also experienced damage, but nothing major.
I hope to have some pictures in a couple days. Life is good!
The 1953 Packard and the 1953 Plymouth below.