We've been in our new home for 10 months now and are scheduled for our 10 month punch list visit in two weeks. I thought it was going to be a breeze, but we seem to be piling up the complaints. More on that later. First, this:
We had a tornado! I was going to post pictures and tell you the whole story, but now that will have to wait because I've got a bug up my butt about the air conditioning and wanted to solicit some thoughts and opinions from you good folks to see if you've had any similar issues.
We've had a series of pretty terrible storms here in the Mid-Atlantic (and I'm hoping all my DC area Ryan friends have their electricity back and aren't too badly damaged!), coupled with horrible, horrible heat. <puts environmental scientist cap on> For what its worth, this is the type of weather that can be expected to become more and more normal with the effects of climate change. Keep this in mind as you are landscaping your homes and planning on where to plant trees and what types of trees to plant (like, ones less likely to blow over on your house. Please don't plant pears. They are the worst).
So, after last week's 100 degree days, the AC unit started choking a bit. BF likes to keep it around 70 <see above climate change piece to know why, besides having to wear a sweatshirt in the house, this makes me crazy>; when the house was at 75 and wouldn't cool any more, I chalked it up to the fact that an AC unit can only do so much against that kind of heat. Until I realized it wasn't on! The fan was on, but the compressor wasn't. And the circuit breaker was flipped.
Fast forward a week. We have been flipping the circuit breaker back on periodically as the unit has tripped. First I thought it was the heat, but now its happening routinely even on normal days like today (high 87 or so, and its right nice outside now, and it STILL won't stay on).
Today, the electrician came. He checked everything and replaced the breaker at BF's request, even though he thought it was good. He swore the problem was the AC unit. We call the AC guys for an emergency visit (we are fed up with having to wait from 12-4 for someone to come over). AC guy checks it out, and swears its the wiring, not the unit. He's been here for an hour or so still trying to diagnose the problem, but it appears as no progress is being made.
We are caught in the middle. Both the electrician and the HVAC guys are on contract with Ryan for these repairs and we are still under our warranty period. HVAC has no incentive to find a problem, because it will cost them money. Same too for electrician. Our new project manager, while competent, has many more homes to take care of and is not nearly as responsive and awesome as our construction PM. To make it more complicated, the AC guy says it is overheating and that it is probably because they wired the house with aluminum wires. Aluminum? I'm no wiring expert, but I'm pretty sure that copper wire is code, and if there is aluminum wiring in my house, we are going to have some problems.
Anyway, anyone out there experienced any similar AC issues?