Of course, paint it polka dot or pink and purple stripes if ya want. Just DON'T paint the heat exchanger fins!

Wilton

----- Original Message ----- From: "Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
To: "Mercedes Discussion List" <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
Cc: "Andrew Strasfogel" <astrasfo...@gmail.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out


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

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> 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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