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It couldn't have waited a few weeks

Seems to be a running trend here that when we have a bad storm, or a power outage, our air conditioner breaks. We can generally fix it, but it very annoying because you aren't going to trek out there at 4 in the morning to try to fix it.

I woke up a little while ago drenched in sweat, thinking I was having night sweats again. I got up to go to the bathroom and happened to pass under a vent. Blowing HOT air. I went to check the thermostat, and sure enough, it was 85 degrees and rising. Because you see - when our air conditioner goes out, it doesn't just stop blowing cold air. The problem is that the reversing valve gets stuck and never clicks over to the compressor and stays on the heat pump. Yes, you got it, our 'air conditioner' starts thinking it is always 20 degrees in our house so it starts doing non-stop heating.

(You know you're getting 'used to' the hot flashes of menopause when you wake up drenched in sweat and just assume it's your fault)

Two times ago, when this happened and Scott was in Thailand, it had melted most of the candles in my bathroom before I figured out to just shut the whole shebang off at the source and turn on all of the fans. I just did that and upped the ceiling fan in our room, but I'm out here in the living room since I can NOT sleep while it's this hot.

The A/C needs to be able to be fixed in the morning. I can't afford a new system for the house. Hubby has been out of work going on 6 months, our fence is falling down (pending a $5000 rebuild) and I just bought a new car. HELLO??? Fate, it's me. PLEASE be kind :)