Florida is a Cruel Mistress

Why is that air conditioners in Florida always seem to choose to break down in the summer? Or in this case, very close to it?

In Florida, as well as in the rest of the South, many of us rely on central air conditioning to keep cool during the summer. Here in Florida, we normally only use the heater during the coldest months of the year, usually from late December through February; and in our house only when the outside temperature is going to dip down into the 30s Fahrenheit or lower, as without heating it brings the room temperature down into the low 60s…a bit too cold for us to handle in the winter. Right now it is June, and we are in the very last days of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere approaching the Summer Solstice. Although it will start to feel like summer in the more temperate latitudes, here in Florida, where we are is part of the subtropical region of the Northern Hemisphere. Summer for us began about a month or so ago. Daytime temperatures this time of year are typically in the low 90s Fahrenheit during dry days and the upper 80s when there is rain involved and it gets even hotter as the summer goes on. Floridians typically enjoy their air conditioning or the occasional breeze, though the breezes here in the summer are more for the moving air than any sort of cooling effect.

Well, guess what? The compressor on our air conditioner broke! It broke this morning and tripped the circuit breaker going to the air conditioning unit. My dad spent all morning today trying to diagnose the problem. First, we thought it might have had something to do with the circuit breaker and that we were gonna have to replace the whole panel (because the one we have is old and obsolete). Then we thought it might have had something to do with the central unit itself (which is stored in a closet space in our kitchen, and the thermostat is on the other side of that wall, over in the living room). Turned out that looked okay. Then finally, my dad checked out the outside unit, and it seems that the compressor on the outside unit has blown. (The compressor helps make the air going inside cold.)

Now, my dad is pretty adept with tools, but even he had to admit defeat on this one, as he’s not trained in air conditioner repair. He said he’s likely gonna have to call for a technician to come over and change out the compressor for a new one. It’s not gonna be cheap. I have no clue how long it will be before our AC is fixed. In the meantime, we have fans running in most of the rooms, the fan of the AC unit running (thankfully, that one still works, so we get a bit of air moving from the vents, even though it’s not cold air), and the window unit in the master bedroom is on (which is how we dealt with some of the unbearable heat that ravaged our house during the post-Irma power outage last year), so that anyone who wants to sleep in there (thankfully, tonight is Saturday, which is when my dad normally stays up all night to prepare his internal clock for his work week that begins on Sunday nights, so he likely won’t sleep in there until tomorrow morning at the earliest) or just get into a cool room for a few minutes can do so.

However long it takes before our AC is fixed, it’s gonna seem like a long time whether it’s a few days or a week or two from now. Until then, my family and I will have to keep living the reality of this meme:

To those of you with a working air conditioner as the summer approaches, consider yourselves lucky! Hopefully ours shall be fixed sooner rather than later.