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Posted by w0ep on May 31, 2012 at 11:12 am

[Today’s run: Schaffers Chapel, 5 miles]

Unlike Sasquach and the Loch Ness Monster, I now have un-retouched photographic proof that I really wasn’t dreaming when I thought I saw the AC coil all frozen up.

It is doing it again.

I’ve called the AC guy whose name is on the furnace, left him a message.

I also called the local electric Co-op which is our electric utility.  They have some financing arrangements for larger heat-pump projects which meet efficiency goals.  I’m thinking this should be a less-then-total-replacement type of fix.  But if it comes to that we may see about an upgrade to the insulation and the physical plant.

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  • On June 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm Jonathan Howard said

    I am not an HVAC professional, but I have served as a home energy auditor in the past, in Madison, WI (where they have weather) and in San Diego (where they don’t). Both were independent outfits financed by the electric company and comprised education as well as capital improvements. (In San Diego this meant water heater blanket and suggest using cold water laundry & shorter showers (which saves precious water as well as BTUs). I cannot recall ever using the furnace when I lived there – and nobody had AC.)

    Stating the obvious: The HVAC probably needs a sensor replaced. Or maybe a device that is not operating as it should (valve, switch…) It should cycle much like a self-defrosting frig, I surmise… _Or_ not get so cold as to freeze up in the first place.

    Conerning investments, it is hard to beat the bang for buck of attic insulation, especially in an easy space where it can be blown in(typical ranch home – no weird cavities). The HVAC unit should be free of vines and clutter so heat can be expelled readily. I am betting electric rates are low with the nearby hydro, and that can change the payback on a capital improvement (i.e., replace the HVAC).

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