As I mentioned last week, our rental home’s air conditioner stopped working while we were on our cruise.
Summary of Last Week’s Post
Our good friend, Dee, handled the unexpected emergency by calling a company named Abacus for a $50 quote, being shocked by an $1100 part quote and an $11,000 new system quote, and bought us some time by buying two window air conditioner units for $390 and bringing a backup downstairs cooling unit from her own parent’s home (which was a 1-2 hour drive each way).
When we got back, we called our favorite a/c guy and he replaced the attic capacitor for a grand total of $115. I called Abacus, complained about the fraudulent quotes, and received the $50 refund (supposedly…it takes 1-2 weeks to show up on credit cards so we’re waiting).
All in all, we came home and paid $555 within 2 days and had a $50 refund in the works. I won’t lie. It stung but I was grateful it wasn’t an $11,000 bill for a whole new unit.
Wrapping Up the Air Conditioner Emergency
Last week, the new capacitor held up. So we loaded up the three air conditioner units, we then transferred the downstairs unit back to Dee’s car since she was seeing her parents this past weekend, and I listed the two window units for $350 on Nextdoor.com and Craigslist on Thursday night. They were sold by the next morning for the $350 thanks to Nextdoor.com. I also had two Craigslist offers, but they came in slightly later and were for less.
All in all, we ended up paying $115 for the a/c break itself, $40 for the use of two window units for a week, are waiting for the $50 refund to clear, and are scheduling a time with Dee to treat her to a steak dinner or two for her awesomeness.
It’s nice to know we have family and friends we can really depend on. I hope they know we’re here for them too.
This could have all been truly horrific. I feel amazingly thankful.
Ever missed a figurative bullet?