A Texas nightmare is when it’s 107 degrees outside with no break in sight from high temperatures and your AC is running, but not working. YIKES! That nightmare was my reality last summer. It was Sunday. I had just gotten in from church and walked into what felt like a warm house, but because the air was boiling outside, I wasn’t too alarmed. As I started to prepare dinner, it felt like the house was getting warmer. I checked the thermostat, and confirmed that the temp was about 9 degrees higher than my normal adjusted temp for that time of the day.
I lowered my thermostat. About 45 minutes or so later I checked again and the temp had risen another three or so degrees. That was the wrong direction. It was in the middle of the day on a Sunday and I just knew I was in for something long, hot, dreadful and complicated. That’s when I decided to call Efficient AC, Electric & Plumbing.
Thankfully, they offer repair anytime you need them, even on a Sunday. When the technician arrived we walked out to the condenser and he immediately discovered ants had gotten into the contactor! Say what?! He explained that ants love to do that because they are attracted to the electricity. He replaced the contactor and also sprayed some medicine in the electrical box to keep the ants out. He also encouraged me to put something out around the compressor to help discourage ants from gathering in the unit. I went out and bought a supply of diatomaceous earth to use around the unit.
A year later, I had them come out to do routine maintenance and there were no signs of ants! Efficient AC’s technician turned what I thought was going to be a catastrophic event into an easy fix and a big learning lesson for me. In less than three hours (in a high demand season) I was enjoying the comfort of a cool home on a record breaking hot day. Thank you Efficient AC, Electric & Plumbing for saving me!
About Efficient AC, Electric & Plumbing:
With over 40 years in business in Austin, they have earned 4 consecutive Angie’s List Super Service Awards. Efficient performs AC service and maintenance, plumbing, electrical work and full-scale mechanical and electrical construction. Click here to learn more about their team and full list of services.