Speaking of which - our outside AC compressor is ugly but not that old.  Is
it OK to spiff it up with a fresh coat of paint to match the house color
(dark tan)?

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> Not uncommon. I've had it happen as well. Fortunately, other than heat or
> AC, you're still pretty much functional.
>
> I had it happen in a house in Indianapolis in the dead of winter around
> 1:00 am. Lucky for us our gas furnace was on the leg that still worked.
>
> I would have gone back to bed if it hadn't been for the crew that came out
> around 3:00 am to change out the failed pad mounted transformer in front of
> the house. They made such a racket with their equipment it was impossible
> to sleep.
>
> Glad they came despite the noise...
>
> Dan
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Aug 12, 2015, at 11:33 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> > I never heard of this before - thanks for writing.  I doubt Pepco would
> be
> > so responsive.
> >
> > On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes <
> > mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> >
> >> ATTABOY
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >>>> On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes <
> mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> Sitting at my desk checking emails at 11 last night, "the world"
> >> suddenly went DARK and heat pump, TV - everything - cut off.  'First
> though
> >> was "Vehicle hit a pole or a transformer blew," but there was no noise -
> >> just sudden quiet and darkness.  I said to SHWMBO in adjoining room,
> "Don't
> >> leave me, I can't stand and move around safely in complete darkness."
> She
> >> replied, "Well, right now, I can't do it very well either."  I quickly
> >> recovered, though, and whipped my iPhone out and punched the flashlight
> app
> >> on, which saved the day/night.  Hobbled across hall into kitchen, looked
> >> out and realized that neighbors still had power.  Noticed stove clock
> still
> >> on and refrigerator running and thought, "Hey, what's this?  We still
> have
> >> some power."  Flipped kitchen light, lights came on; back to hall,
> flipped
> >> switch - no light; flipped switch for second floor landing; light came
> on.
> >> 'Began to think, "Lost one leg of our power supply."  Hobbled upstairs
> to
> >> check bedroom lights and heat pump - lights OK, heat pump inop.
> >>>
> >>> 'Back to kitchen, found flashlight and new batteries for SWMBO, who
> >> escorted me into basement and to breaker box.  'Found all breakers ON
> and
> >> OK.  'Looking more like loss of one leg of power supply at transformer.
> >> 'Back to first floor; hobbled outside to heat pump units to chk breakers
> >> there - found all good.  Told SWMBO, "Go to bed if ya want, I'm gonna
> sit
> >> here in kitchen for a while and call power co.
> >>>
> >>> 'Couldn't find # for power co. in directory.  Finally told Siri to call
> >> 911.  Asked emergency dispatcher if she could help me find # for
> reporting
> >> power out.  'Told me to call 411.  "Oh, of course, thanks."
> >>>
> >>> 'Got the # and called; after listening to series of options, finally
> >> spoke to a lady who seemed to understand that I had a partial outage -
> loss
> >> of one leg of power supply.  Man called coupla minutes later to confirm
> -
> >> "Yes, I have only partial power - 120 volts in part of house, none in
> rest
> >> of house and no 240-volt power - heat pumps do not run."  He replied,
> "OK,
> >> I got it, I think you're right.  'Sounds like you've lost one leg.  You
> >> should see a technician pulling up in les than 30 minutes."  "Thank you,
> >> Sir.  I'll wait."
> >>>
> >>> Shonuff, "bout 25 minutes later, truck pulled up in front.  Tech,
> >> checked pwr in meter base; one leg of power missing.  "Found loose
> >> connection at transformer; in about 15 min, power was back on, and I
> headed
> >> to bed glad that I had pursued it then, instead of waiting 'til morning.
> >>>
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