Friday, July 27, 2012
Broken swamp cooler and 96 degrees
Unfortunately, when we came home, the babysitter told us the swamp cooler in the ceiling was leaking. She put a bowl underneath to catch the water which I was thankful for. Scott went up to have a look(he can usually fix the swamp cooler when it has problems) but couldn't figure it out. The following morning I called the plumbers and had them come over and diagnose the problem. It turns out it's been having leaking problems for awhile because they asked about some paint/wall covering that was bubbled up near the swamp cooler and wanted to know how long that had been there. I told them it was there when we moved in 5 years ago. Yikes! To think it's had a problem for that long! Everything in the swamp cooler was rusted, a piece had fallen down in the night, and there is some roof damage. Needless to say, this will be a very expensive fix. And we're not sure exactly when we're going to get it fixed. We'll probably do some of the repairs now but wait a while to get a new swamp cooler or central air installed. And this of course had to happen during one of our hottest weeks. It's supposed to be 96 and 97 for several days and then cool down a little to the lower 90's. Ugh. But how spoiled are we? I mean really, it wasn't too long ago that central air wasn't even available. And can you imagine living in places like Arizona without any central air? Whew! This experience is making me very grateful for some of our modern technologies and it makes me grateful that we have a finished basement where we can go to keep a little cooler. But it also reminds me that there is a difference between 'needs' and 'wants' and central air is one of those things that we could go on through life without(though sometimes we may trick ourselves to believe otherwise). I'm looking forward to our trip to the Seattle area this summer where we can cool down for awhile :).