When my air conditioner quit in the middle of the night, I should have called for repairs right away.
I was unwilling to pay the higher price for service outside of regular business hours. However, since this was at the beginning of a holiday weekend, my family was left without air conditioning for several days. The outside temperature climbed into the nineties every single day, with high humidity and not a hint of a breeze. My family bitterly complained about our overheated and sticky house. Knowing how expensive the air conditioner repair would be, I simply encouraged everybody to open their windows and run some fans. My wife was really unhappy about the pollen, dust, bugs and exhaust fumes that managed to come in through the screens. Plus, there was condensate running down the windows and some issues with mold growth on the sills. I called for an appointment as soon as the local HVAC contractor was open for business. Unfortunately, a lot of people obviously had the same idea and I couldn’t get an appointment for a repair for several more days. By the time the HVAC technician finally showed up, we were desperate for air conditioning. It took the guy about ten minutes to clean the dust out of the inner workings and get the air conditioner started again. It was a little aggravating that we’d suffered the heat for so long when the repair was so simple. I definitely saved some money by avoiding overtime service and waiting for an appointment, but I’m not sure if it was worth it.