About a month ago, the blower in the air conditioning system started sounding loud and rough, like it was about to wear out. I told my husband about it (even though he can hear, too) and he said he would check on it after dinner.
When the electric bill came, he complained about how high it was and said his parent’s electric bill was half what ours was. I told him that his parent’s A/C system was much newer than ours and that if ours was wearing out, it certainly wouldn’t be using electricity efficiently.
And my house started smelling horrible. I had recently put stuff in the drain pan under the coils to help control the mold growth and the smell and I kept waiting for it to kick in and get rid of the smell. But it didn’t.
I kept telling myself I needed to go under the house and check for a hole in the ducts that would be letting in the nasty air that grows under the house, but with my new job and getting my daughters set for college, I didn’t get it done.
Finally, one night last week, even though I was so tired I couldn’t stand it, I was going to go under the house and look at the duct work. My husband told me he would do it the next day.
The next day, he told me he looked but didn’t find anything that would be letting the bad air into the system. Meanwhile, the house still smelled horrible.
So yesterday, I went under the house. I took tools so I could look at the motor and vinegar to put into drain pan.
I have to tell you… I hate going under the house. It’s just icky. At least the ground is covered with thick plastic sheeting that I bought and my brother helped me put down a few years ago. But I still do not like going under there.
And when I was getting ready to go under the house, I was thinking… I am glad that I am capable enough to look after things like this, but I wish that he would be my hero and either do it himself or make enough money to hire someone to do it.
I crawled back to the air conditioning unit and what did I find?
The door had fallen off the unit.
That was why the whole house smelled so moldy. A gaping hole was letting in the crawl space air and the blower fan was blowing it into the house.
I looked at the motor but didn’t take it apart. I decided that was probably beyond me, that I would need to call an A/C guy to fix it. But the blades spun smoothly and the wiring didn’t look old or worn. I don’t know about these things, but it didn’t look like it was in bad shape.
I put the door back on the unit and put the vinegar in the drain pan. I came back out into the real world and turned back on the electricity to the A/C system.
The blower sounded normal.
I asked my husband if the door was off the unit when he went down there. He said he didn’t notice. How can you inspect the A/C system for holes in the ducts and not notice that the door is off??? Granted, you have to wriggle on your belly under one of the large sheet metal ducts to actually get to the A/C unit, but I guess that was just too much for him to do.
He asked me if I had duct taped the door closed and I told him that I hadn’t taken duct tape down with me. He said he would do it tomorrow. What? Like he checked on the blower? Like he looked for a hole in the ducts? I told him not to worry about it; that I would do it.
Oh, he did tell me thank you for taking care of the problem. I guess it is a lot easier for him to thank me for fixing it than to actually fix it himself.
Anyhow, now the blower sounds like it is supposed to, the electric bill should be a little lower, and my house no longer stinks.