As it turns out, the Great Air-Conditioning Crisis was mercifully short. It turned out that the Condenser (the rooftop part) was indeed fried- the controls/compressor had been mortally damaged by the power brownout. With the heat wave (today’s high temp- 103; tomorrow- forecast of 103. !!!) fixing it FAST was imperative.
But— they were able to replace it in ONE DAY!!!! We didn’t even have to wait until tomorrow!! The A/C repair guy came out early in the morning, looked at it, determined the problem, — and was able to get us both a new rooftop unit (condenser) and inside-the-house unit (coil/air handler) — the same day!!! As you may be able to tell, I was mightily impressed. That is the best customer service I’ve experienced in quite some time. I did have to take the day off from work, but it was only one day, not more like I’d been dreading.
The upshot is, we have better, and MUCH quieter, air conditioning- the air now feels drier than before, and you can hear the TV just fine when it’s running. It makes sense, the old one was 19 years old. This one should work better, and be much more energy efficient. Hopefully we’ll be paying less than the normal $300/month summer electric bills. Now, even with 103 degree heat outside, it keeps the house cool- much better, the old one could only keep it at about 81 in the really hot weather. All in all, a GOOD trade. And- it looks like the homeowner’s insurance will be paying for most of it. WOW!!