Since I have a well-deserved reputation for being a klutz, and because Miss Terry is the handyman in the family when it comes to most things, a lot of people are surprised to learn that I actually know quite a bit about basic electricity. Not just that if you stick a fork into an electrical outlet bad things are going to happen but actually a couple of useful things too!
In fact, I completely wired both the 12 volt and 110 volt circuits in our MCI bus conversion when we were building it. And just a week or so ago, I replaced a circuit breaker in my buddy Jim Lewis’ house and taught him how to do it himself the next time around.
I also did most of the plumbing in our bus conversion. Plumbing is easy. I had a friend who owned a big plumbing company in Tucson, Arizona years ago and he told me there are only three things a plumber needs to know – water and poop flow downhill, payday is Friday, and don’t put your fingers in your mouth.
But I ran into a problem yesterday that is above my pay grade. We have a big air-conditioning/heat pump unit in the carport outside of our house. It feeds into ductwork that goes through the place. It was in the 80s yesterday and the AC unit was chugging along just fine, but Terry noticed it was getting warmer inside. That’s when she realized that though the AC unit was running outside, nothing was coming out of the vents inside the house.
I went outside to confirm that the compressor was running and the fan on the unit was blowing, and they were but, we weren’t getting any cold air inside. But the metal top of the unit was very cold, so there was cold in there somewhere that wasn’t getting into the house. I checked the breakers to see if there was another fan or motor somewhere that had tripped, but with no luck. And of course, it being Easter Sunday, we didn’t have many options except to open the windows, turn on our portable fans, and sweat.
Next I called Greg White, my go to guy for just about everything, and Greg told me there should be a separate motor and fan somewhere that circulates the air inside the house. I looked, Terry looked, and Jim looked, all with no success. I also put in a call to the fellow we bought the house from, because he works in heating and AC, and he’s the one that installed the unit.
I got his voicemail and left a message, and he called me back later and left a voicemail because we have really bad Verizon here and I missed the call. He said that the unit was a self-contained AC/heat pump and there was no other fan unit inside the house. Later that evening, talking to Greg again, he found some information online including brochures and an installation manual for the unit, and it looks like there is a blower motor inside it right where it ducts into the house. Greg’s research also revealed that there should also be a sort of flapper valve or louver in the ducting that may be stuck closed or blocked in some way.
So today’s project will be taking the unit apart and seeing if I can figure out what’s wrong with that motor, if there is a blocked duct, or whatever the heck is going on. Oh, the joys of home ownership!
Congratulations Bonnie Rose, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Crazy Days In Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 87 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Unless you died yesterday.