I think I told you that in the last month or so the breaker for one of the three a/c condensers keeps tripping. Tripping, then sparking to reset it. Not one to play with electrical panels ever, the electrician came out today and we talked at length about why it is tripping and what needs to be done.
His first question: How old IS the condenser on this breaker?
Counting on fingers of both hands and toes on both feet, I responded, I guess roughly 20 years old.
I had to try and revive him….
He said as condensers get old, and lady, yours IS old, they take more power to kick on (humans do too!) and it causes the breaker to be overloaded so it does what a breaker should do, and shuts down.
He put in a new breaker anyway (because why not, he was here) so next discussion comes at replacing the condenser. Alas, if it were only so simple. The house has three and when we did the master bedroom wing over last year, we got all new HVAC system at that end of the house. The other end of the house needs work some of which we hoped to do when we did the master wing. We just couldn’t swing it so the upstairs condenser and the downstairs kitchen/LR wing one are holding on for dear life. I’m surprised they’ve made it this long.
In a perfect world, we’d do the upstairs work and upgrade both AC systems and call it a day. In our not so perfect world, we either (a) bite the bullet for one new condenser that is the one tripping and hold off on the one upstairs until we can do that whole reno or (b) do nothing with either, grab a beer, and have a great weekend!
I Vote B!!