Saturday, June 02, 2012

Brrr

Guess what has happened?



Yep, air con has failed. We have no heat. It is now almost ten years old. It failed twice in the winter of 2006 with a damp circuit board in the outside part of the unit. I wonder if it is the same problem. The second failure was repaired without cost to us.

R wanted to get rid of the fan heaters we bought to warm us in 2006. I insisted we keep them. He is glad we did now. The vertical one is ceramic, whatever that is. It takes a long time to heat up but is much cheaper to run.

They do actually warm the living area reasonably well, but I also remember the killer electric bill in 2006. What they don't do is warm the whole place. We are keeping the spare bedroom door closed, the bedroom nearest the living area, but it also where the clothes airer is, and so the washing is not drying well at all. I will need to use the clothes dryer.

I think it was about 2008 when the remote control failed and we had to buy a new one. Fortunately you can still use the air con without a remote. If you switch it on at the unit itself, it will go to either maximum heat or maximum cool. Switch it off and on again to change from one to other. But that is no help when you have error codes UA, U1 and U4.

Now R is not working, at least is not the hassle for one of us to be available for when a service person comes, but they can't come until next Thursday.

19 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that you're freezing - you would hate it here. It's still very warm in Singapore and might get warmer still during June-August. The electricity bill for pumping cool air during the heat isn't any cheaper I reckon, not with increasing oil prices.

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  2. I am empathetic Andrew. My inverter packed it in a few weeks ago. It took the repair guy three visits (and my hip pocket a whole lot of $$) to get it fixed. I hope your repair bill is more modest.

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  3. Oh no! You're living "River" style. no aircon. I do have the oil heaters my daughter gave me, one is stored in a big garbage bag on the back porch and the other gets turned on when the sun goes down. It heats very effectively and after a couple of hours I can turn it off again with the air staying warm enough until I go to bed. I'll probably have to run it for longer around August/September when the morning air is frosty; then I'll be turning it on in the mornings as well. Fan heaters are the biggest users of electricity, you really need something cheaper that will heat the room faster. Try one of the three or four bar Halogen heaters available at Bunnings and Mitre 10 stores. I've used them in the past and the heat is instant. I'm going to buy a new one next week to take the morning chill off my bathroom. Stratco also have them, but I don't know if you have Stratco stores in Melbourne. The heaters are relatively cheap, around $30-$40 depending on whether there is a sale on.

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  4. Very wise move indeed holding onto those fan heaters at least you've got some warmth. Here's hopeing that the repairs to your air-con doesn't cost you an arm and leg :-).

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  5. That sucks! I hate not having heat. I say that like I'm experienced with having no heat but I've never had to live without it. Thank god you have the two little heaters cause Thursday is a long way's off. Stay warm.

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  6. I have to admit that the cold down here is drilling without heat - I finally resorted to buying Ugg boots (Australian made) and for me has made a huge difference as my feet were really cold - Hope you get it fixed - I bought one of these little heaters like you have when the old dog Thorn was sick he would almost connect his tail end to it when it was on - still got it and has come in handy

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  7. Try the -2 C mornings at Dunolly with only doonas and blankies to keep Jack Frost from turning you into a Smurf.
    Or not.
    Heating is gloriously good in winter, brrr.

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  8. Good luck with your heating probs Andrew, we only this year had reverse air conditioning put in, haven't tried the heating bit yet, probably won't as we have gas. there's nothing worse than being cold..Lots of doonas and thick socks in the meantime, snuggle more!!

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  9. Michael, I'd really rather be cold than hot or humid. Mind you, I didn't find Singapore too bad.

    Ad Rad, I don't think it is that, more likely the circuit board again. But I really wonder at what age you should replace the whole thing.

    River, we had an oil filled electric heater once and it used the same amount of elec as the fan heater does. Halogen heaters do sound good, but hopefully the air will be fixed in a few days.

    Windsmoke, I expect the repair to cost an arm at least.

    Rubye, Thursday is slightly closer for us than for you. Hmmm, not sure that really helps though.

    They are handy MC, especially if you are sick and you need your bedroom warmed.

    Jayne, Dunolly would have Ballarat type temps I reckon. Frosty cold is not as bad a cold wind.

    Grace, I think gas is natural is cheaper heating but not that much less than a energy efficient air con unit. Still, you don't need the winter heating we need.

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  10. I want to live "River" style.

    Send instructions.

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  11. R.H. River style is no aircon. Wear extra layers until you feel warm enough. Heating isn't turned on until the sun goes down. Turned off an hour before bedtime. In the summer, use the fan only when you can't stand the heat any longer, it won't cool you but it will stir the air, or head to the library where it's cooler. Frozen "hot" water bottles to cool the bed at night. Simple really.

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  12. Oh. Is that all?

    I was hoping for something kinky.

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  13. Next Thursday....? Seems a long time to wait and freeze your nuts off whilst doing so.

    It seems surprising that the oil heater (I call them 'accordion heaters') you used was just as expensive to run at the fan heaters... We used two in our Melbourne house and found them effective (ours had timers) and cheap to run.

    Maybe R can jog on the spot to keep warm during the days before the repair person arrives...?

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  14. Heat on for an hour in the morning before we get up. Layering is big this season in our place! X

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  15. Kath, it wouldn't do either of us harm to jog on the spot for a few days. Our oil heater was 2400 watts, like the fan heater. It was in about 1980 so perhaps they are cheaper to run now.

    Mrs Woog, I readily confess to being spoilt now. It certainly wasn't like that when I was growing up.

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  16. ooh I would hate that, I have a gas heater and I adore it! I hope it's an easy fix.

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  17. Fen, not here but we had gas heating until one day it packed it in. We then went down the road of reverse cycle air con and we have been quite happy with them.

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  18. The weirdest thing I heard recently was a friend with gas heating who couldn't use it when the electricity failed! Why? Because the electricity was required to trigger the spark to switch on the gas!!! Go figure!!!

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  19. That would be so Red. You might be able to light it with a match though, if you knew how to do it. But then most heaters have a fan, which doesn't work without electricity.

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