When we got back from our trip last week, it was very apparent that our A/C was broken. All ceiling fans and our tower fan running in the house and we still couldn’t get it below 83 – even at night when we cracked the windows to let the cool evening air circulate through our sauna of a house.
So… call the landlord about the A/C was added to my ever-growing to-do list. Sure for most people, that would have been at the top. But we’d JUST walked in the door. I had an explosion of suitcase entrails all over the house. Odd and ends from the trip. Gifts for family. We didn’t even have a day off before going straight back to work and well that felt equally crazy. Honestly the only time I even really was bothered by the lack of A/C was in the middle of the night and otherwise, it just wasn’t on my mind. Until Sunday…
Add about 6 more people in the house before a concert. Some drinking. And my God the house was hot. We were pushing 85 at one point and everyone was sweating. Call the landlord just went up to top priority for the next morning.
Luckily, we have a super handy landlord. Which is good because I’m pretty good at breaking things I’ve learned. While I’d checked that the breaker hadn’t flipped in the box in the basement, I hadn’t realized that there was a breaker on the actual outside unit. And sure enough, our landlord discovered a blown fuse. $20 at Ace Hardware and we were back in business.
Which brings me to my next lucky break of the day. Also on Sunday, while washing dishes before everyone arrived, the little filter tip on our faucet, which has always been loose and has a bad habit of falling out into the sink, dropped right on down into the garbage disposal. Crap. Yet another appliance dead in the house and this one was on us.
All ready to bite the bullet and drop $100 on a replacement at Lowe’s, my mom thankfully explained that when something that isn’t supposed to be in a garbage disposal gets caught, the disposal has an automatic shut off. This gives you a chance to dig around and look for said item and then there’s a reset button somewhere on it that you just have to push. Awesome.
So I just dug around in the sink with a pair of tongs and a flashlight until I found this guy:His mesh filter was missing, but the main source of the problem was at least able to be retrieved from the grinder. And then I just pushed this little red button on the bottom of our disposal back in:
And we were good to go! Phew. All in all, it was an extremely successful evening. Usually the roar of the ancient A/C unit out back or the grumbling of the garbage disposal are two of my least favorite noises, but I was happier than a kid in a candy store last night lingering over the air vents a little longer than usual when I walked past. We even put the comforter back on the bed!