August 3, 2010 in General Info
Of course it always happens when you need it most. With temperatures hovering at 105 the central air decides its time to give up the ghost and on a weekend no less. But this isn’t the first time we’ve been at this rodeo so we know what to do. We breakout the fans, pull the small window unit out of storage in the tool shed, locate the A/C paperwork and make calls to the local repair guys so we’ll be at the top of the list come Monday morning.
The kids get to sleep in the front house in Papa’s spare bedroom and we get the window unit installed in the master bedroom to start cooling it down in just a few minutes. Sunday afternoon during the worse of the heat we head into town and have a late lunch at one of our favorite burger places and grab a movie as a family. Monday morning the A/C guys are calling and Samantha gets one over to fixed the A/C around lunch. Of course the warranty expired on the part just a few weeks ago, so we get to buy a new one. Man can those manufacturers time it or what?
But with all this going on, I’m actually feeling pretty good about the whole thing. It all kind of demonstrates why we are living the way we do. We were prepared for this type of inconvenience to occur because we’ve been through it before. The last time this happened a couple years ago we weren’t nearly prepared and the A/C was out for days. We had to run out and find a window unit and try to locate an A/C guy in the local area and in all we were pretty uncomfortable. But this time we didn’t panic, we just worked our plan. We had the extra A/C window unit on hand and I had even left the small wooden brace in place in the window just in case. The unit slid right in with no fuss and we had cool air in minutes.
Because we’ve eliminated debt and managed our money, taking the family out and even buying the new parts for the A/C wasn’t an issue. It just makes me feel good to know we can handle the small stuff like this without it even being a road bump. It means if something bigger happens we be just fine. Every day we make a little more progress towards a bit more secure life. And that has me feeling pretty good.
-Tom of the Broken B