June 09, 2006

Trying not to blow a circuit.

It has been an interesting day for me. We’ve lived with out central air for years. We’ve had a couple of window units we would use just for the comfort of sleeping, but that’s all. We just had brand new windows installed in the house, and I was going to pick up a couple of bigger window units that would cool down more of the house. Long story short, I shot that idea down when A) I dropped one of these 200 pound monsters on my bad knee trying to get it out of the vehicle in the rain. B) I found out that in order to properly install the buggers you have to drill holes into the frame/sash. Since we have the high efficiency windows, that would mean releasing the gas in the windows and voiding the warranty. Sure I could work away around it, but I didn’t want to.

I started calling Heating/Cooling companies to get quotes on what it would cost to get a central air unit put in. The first guy comes out and says the furnace and ducting is fine, however the electrical won’t handle it. We have a house built in 1912. The electricity was an afterthought (as well as plumbing); we still have all the original boxes. Maybe you’ll remember this story from last year. We also only have 60-amp service. Since we have an electric range, dryer and dishwasher if we put one more heavy electrical appliance in the house it would constantly blow the main. Thus I need to upgrade to 100-amp service.

I’ve had numerous electricians come out and give me quotes, ranging from $2,400 to $3,000 to do the work. I know there are many people that will laugh at the sum and ask what the big deal is. Well, I can’t just pull $3,000.00 out of my arse! That’s just a tad too expensive for me out of pocket right now, and electricians don’t finance. I was telling my employees at work about my situation, and one of them tells me she has a relative that is an electrician that does work on the side. She got me in contact with him and after doing some checking he told me he’d do it for $1,400.00. That I can stomach.

Also I finally had enough with my Internet provider’s service that I switched service. I moved to a cable modem much, much faster. My pr0n loads much quicker now. I took the day off of work so that I could be here for the cable company to come install the lines. I also had two more estimates from other heating/cooling companies. It looks like AC may still be possible. Although watching the interaction between the cable company guy and the heating/cooling guy was mildly amusing. I got the distinct impression that when the heating/cooling guy arrived he thought the cable guy was a competitor. Once he figured out it wasn’t, his attitude toward the guy was much friendlier.

Posted by Contagion in Stories about me. at June 9, 2006 06:14 PM | TrackBack

Have ya checked into the possibilities of a home improvement loan for the upgrade?

Posted by: Shadoglare at June 10, 2006 08:28 AM

My little house has frain' 200amp service. I could run half my neighborhood....

Posted by: Graumagus at June 10, 2006 12:41 PM

Supposed to be "freakin'" 200 amp service... damn I can't type...

Posted by: Graumagus at June 10, 2006 12:42 PM

We lived through some pretty hot summer crap with no a/c - there are times when it really is a nice thing to have available. I don't like using it unless it's REALLY hot - but then again I've sat in a 90 degree room with cold hands and goose bumps. Heh. Even managed to blow out a brand new monitor because I didn't realize how warm the room was. *grin*

And yes, I so agree with you about not voiding the warranty on brand new windows!!!

Posted by: Teresa at June 10, 2006 01:40 PM