Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hot, Hot, Hot

We are too hot here. The cool air machine died yesterday. The Big Thing turned on some whirly-fans, but it doesn't really help much. We dint sleep very well last night. It got up to "87F" here this afternoon. Yuck!

We spent most of today outside. It was the same temperature, but there was shade and wind, so it wasn't too bad.

A stranger came in the house today (a pretty rare event around here). He used a buncha of tools (with The Big Thing watchin him real careful-like the whole time an askin a buncha questions). It finally became clear that the whole cooling machine has ta be replaced an TBT is real bummed about it. Apparently it is like more green papers than our foods and vet bills cost our whole lifes!

[TBT: I have a heat pump. The failures, (the condensor and a circuit board, at least) were serious enough to justify a complete replacement. The outside unit was 15 years old and so inefficient that it it isn't even legal to sell it anymore. The serviceman said I would save at least $300 in electricity per year. Actually, I will save more than that. The unit had been causing problems before. I discovered I had been on "emergency heat" all of January and parts of December and February, and that cost almost $1,000 in added electrical costs. I just hadn't noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. So I had been using "electrical resistance heat" for 2 months. Who goes outside in January to examine a HEAT pump? And that was just because the outside fuse had blown. I didn't even know there WAS an outside fuse!

Interestingly, the serviceman asked if there had been a lightening strike. Well, the night before the heat pump failed, there was a simultaneous flash/boom out of nowhere. I even jumped, and the cats all went scrabbling under the bed. Considering that they all started on a linoleum floor and they had to turn a 90 degree angle onto a wood floor hallway, it was quite a sight. Ayla and LC managed it, with difficulty, but Iza actually went down several stairs before she could stop and turn around, AND missed the turn into the carpeted bedroom. Ayla wants to describe it, but that is for another day...]


But he says not to get worried. He has enough green papers. On the other paw, he deleted the bookmark for the bass boat he wanned to get. So we guess we won't be gettin any fresh fish fer a while. Oh mousie-droppings; we were lookin forward ta THAT!

But we would trade a FEW fresh fish fer the coolth again.

We been told that a buncha strange beins will be here early tomorow ta replace the inside an outside stuff so we can haf the coolth again. It might take all day though, and TBT wants us ta stay inna bedroom so that we dont get unnerfoot or outside out front (where we are not allowed to go). Mostly, he doesn't want the whole thing to be installed an then hear a kittycall from inside the machine afterwards. [TBT: Ayla and Iza get inside the strangest places - LC is far more sensible]

More tomorow after it is all done...

UPDATE: We just got let out of the bedroom! The noisey strange Beins are gone. They were here ALL DAY! We could tell the machine was fixed cause we suddenly smelled cool air comin out the, um, "cool air thing on the floor". But it is going ta take a while for the house ta cool down, so we are goin outside now...

16 comments:

Reese =^..^= said...

I'm glad you get to have the cooling machine fixed up.

Cat with a garden said...

Oh, big work at your place. It's a big relief that TBT can afford a new cold air thing and all of you can stay cool again soon. It sounds like the machine has been very naughty anyways, so it's time has come!
Purrs, Siena & Chilli

The Island Cats said...

We hope it's cool for you again real soon...

Alasandra said...

Well boats are just money pits. We has a fixer up boat and Daddy has done mostly fixing. The beans have only gotten to go out in it twice and they have had it since Katrina. The first time they went out they discovered the motor was sick, they got the motor fixed and took it out only to discover the back was bout to fall off, Daddy is working on that now.

Hope the cool air thing gets fixed soon. We has a heat pump too. We are not sure we likes it, especially in the winter. ~S,S,C & F

The Creek Cats said...

Sorry the old machine quit working, but sounds like it will be saving money in the end!

Our 4 year old septic pump went out last month, had it replaced and it quit working last week. We are thinking it could have been a lightning strike.

Shadow / Molly said...

Oooo we hope dat the cool air machine gets fixed soon, we dun know what we'd do wif out ours here.

Angus Mhor said...

Ladies, I am GLAD,GLAD,GLAD the BT is gonna put you in a room whilst all the strangers are in the house as I do NOT want a whisker of your purty lil' heads to get loosed! I am thankful coolth are coming back to your houthe, but very sorry TBT had to delete the link to the john boat. Fresh fish DOES taste very nice.

Gattina said...

I wished I would have to buy a cooler, lol but here it is not hot enough to justify such an engine. We have the temperatures you suffer of perhaps twice in a whole year and that's even not sure. Can't you send us some heat over ? It's badly distributed over the world !

Cheysuli and gemini said...

You are lucky you are getting yours fixed. I would hate not having something like that around here! Imagine paying that much more for heat. He was probably wondering why everything cost so much that year!

Max said...

Oh man...that bites. I mean, it's good your Big Thing can replace the cool air thingy but it sucks that he has to.

I would be a cranky kitty without ours.

Camie's Kitties said...

We are sorry you are in the hots right now, but we think TBT is right to keep you all together in a room. You wouldn't want to get up close and personal with how cold or how hot the new machine can get.

Tavi, Cody, Camie, Miss Jade and Gracie

The Crew said...

Girls, you're welcome to teleport over here and enjoy our coolth. Our big outside A/C unit got replaced last year so we're cool & comfortable.

Daisy said...

Sorry you have to spend lots of green papers on the cooling machine, but you will be glad when you are cool again! I hope tomorrow is not too stressful.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Guess you kind of felt like you had a splinter under a fingernail, TBT? But glad the air is fixed and you're getting cool air again. And with all TBT saves on heat next winter, he can really stock up on all the goodies you like.

The Cat Realm said...

We can relate - 88 is normal inside here as the swamp cooler can't do any better with 108 outside....
So we don't do ANYTHING these days...

Derby said...

Glad your cool it thingy is working again. Mum replace our heaty and cooly things a few years ago. No issues for now.