Welcome to Dallas, TX. Gorgeous weather 9 months out of the year, and high range convection oven for 10-12 weeks.
Livable? SURE! Thanks to a BRILLIANT invention by Willis Carrier (oddly enough, from Buffalo, NY... Im really glad he could cool off in the 71-degree heat... ... ...)
But with all that being said, the word "livable" in Dallas, TX completely relies to one staying in AC for as long as physically possible... Running from a cooled house to a car (blasting the AC), running into a store pumping fresh/free AC, hiding in a movie theatre under the cool, dark cape of frozen air, etc.
So you guess how scary it was when a couple days ago, our home AC unit started making a clicking sound (like a stick was in it). Chris went to check it out as a manly-man does, thought it was something to do with the "belt", and called the next morning to have the AC guys come check it out even though it was still blowing cold. "Better safe than sorry right?"... yes.
About an hour before they show up, it starts getting a bit warm in my office. Like warm-warm. I mentally start to panic but started to feel a little better when the crew finally showed up and Chris escorted them to the back yard AC unit.
Surely he will remove whatever "stick" was in the AC unit or just replace a belt... whats the most it can cost? $250-$300 on the high-end? I mean seriously, they were just out here to give it a tune up.
When Chris came back in wearing the biggest frownie face I have ever seen him show, curse words instantly started flowing through my head.
"It needs to be replaced. The whole thing"
We then sat down with the head AC guy who walked us through our options:
1. Replace the outside unit (no getting around it unless we want to die a slow miserable death in the Texas heat)... Cost $3,400... ... ... as in dollars....
2. Replace the outside unit AND the old inside unit (which pumps air throughout our house)... its also 13 years old (usually is supposed to last 8-10yrs)... Price tag together - $6,700
3. Just replace the outside unit and keep the inside unit... but once the inside unit goes, its going to be $6,500 to have them come out again and start a new job.... which with the $3,400 we are going to have to spend right now on JUST the outside unit, would total $9,900 after all is said and done... as in almost TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS
... I seriously contemplated the logistics moving the bedroom into the kitchen and living with the freezer door open... how much longer can 100-degree days last?... ... ... oh another 9 weeks? yea, never mind...
We decided to go with option 2 and were able to get 24 months interest free financing, but still... knowing we are on the hook for $7,400 (oh yes, thats WITH taxes and fees) it really put a damper on our kitchen plans that we were going to "hopefully" start on this winter.
So instead of a new kitchen, we have this:
Oh, and this....
Sadly, its just one of those things you have to deal with as a home owner... no real getting around it. On a positive note (yes, there is one) having a brand new AC system will look pretty good to potential buyers when we decide to sell... ... ... New Roof - 2011... New AC w/10 year transferable warranty - 2012... (we also hope to add New Kitchen (2013), remodeled baths (2013) and new hardwood floors throughout (2014?)... oh fingers crossed)
So to all family, friends, random people who come over, PLEASE comment on how much you love our cold air... something like "Wow, this feels like $10,000 air! Wait, you only paid $7,400??? AMAZING! Steal of a lifetime!"... ... ... Chris and I really appreciate your lies, seriously. Thank you.
So until the AC unit is paid off, kitchen is on the back burner for now (Chris and I have a strict "we-dont-start-a-project-until-we-can-100%-pay-for-it" policy). I was raised on the idea that you live within your means and only buy something when you have saved up and can pay for it outright. I know hard work and saving will be tough, but being debt-free in the long run is worth it. If you really want something, work hard to get it. (Thanks mom!)
Any body else had unforeseen little glitches interrupt their makeover plans? I would LOVE to hear your stories... It would really make Chris and I feel better knowing we arent alone...