OK, I live in Palm Springs, yeah it’s hot but we get used to it, right? Only all of a sudden, my outdoor AC fan unit is making horrendous sounds. Starts out with a noise comparable to 100,000 crickets chirping. Then it moves into a squealing phase, but then it goes back to normal operation. I had a service call the other day ($65 just to hear the noise), and he said it was the bearings about to go out.
I said is that dangerous, like if it keeps running will it heat up and cause a fire. He said it was a possibility. FYI, the unit was installed in 1979, which amusingly enough makes it older than the technician sent out to repair it. The options seem to be a new fan for about $400 or a complete unit replacement for about $2900 (4 ton, middle of the line). If it goes out completely, I have home warranty which will fix it for $35. But it has to be completely non-functional before they do their work. Should I just let it run until it quits? There’s really nothing to catch on fire, but I worry about electrical stuff.
Dang, it’s hot in here right now. This seems like one of those “screwed if you do and screwed if you don’t” situations. It’s gonna be about 110 degrees all next week. Hell, who am I kidding - August is our hottest month. So what’s the verdict?