We finally broke down last night and called the AC company. Unfortunately we got the service guy who always complains about our unit and our house. It's such a downer. I can't help that our AC unit is next to the deck. I can't help that our crawlspace is 20 inches tall (at best). I know it's a nightmare, but it is what it is.
He's out there for like 5 minutes and comes in and says it's the return duct work. Brian's all IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT IT COSTS and I'm like SHUT UP DUDE. He's supposed to call later today and I didn't want to give Debby Downer my number so he could tell me it'll cost $800 to repair and I have to make that decision so poor Brian who has a jury trial tomorrow will get his call in the middle of all that. I did not live up to my wifey duties, however, I can't deal with this guy.
This whole summer we've been debating whether the issue was the return (what I think because it won't suck up paper and hardly any dust or hair) or the ductwork (what Brian thinks because the air is weak, yet cold).
When the repair man leaves Brian said, "You said, 'I knew it!' when he said it was the return but it was the duct work."
And I said, "Yeah the duct work of the RETURN, so I was right." Really, we were both right though I think Brian thinks he's right. If he was so sure then we should have just called the handyman to repair the duct line, now we're already $89 (service call) invested in this guy jacking up the repair cost because he hates our house. I thought it was going to be more than the duct work because we just had some duct work replaced at the beginning of the summer. But we think it happened after that because the air was working ok for a while and then it's progressively gotten worse.
Luckily this summer has not been very hot but my power bill was almost twice what it was last year at this time (in units used) so it's still a pretty big issue that has to be resolved. Today the heat index is supposed to be in the 100s, so that sucks. Our bedroom is still nice and cool thanks to our window unit supplementation.