Gratitude Post 3: Why I am Grateful for a HVAC in Sedona!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Why I am Grateful for HVAC in Sedona

For those who are hazy on the term HVAC, it stands for "Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning."  Most of you know that Arizona had a very active monsoon this summer.  It usually starts after the 4th of July.  But this year, it started in mid-June.  There were times when there was a lot of lightning and thunder. 

Fast forward to the first week of August.  Our AC went bye-bye.   In July, we had 28 days over 90º and 15 of those days were at 100º or more.  As you probably can guess, vendors were super busy.  It took a week to get a technician out here and another 3 days to get a salesman out.

The Big Decision...

We decided to have the unit completely replaced rather than try to fix it.  Just trying to troubleshoot it and replace parts, and freon was estimated at $5000.  YIKES!  Then there was no guarantee that that would last.  We replaced the original unit in 2009.  Our failed unit was a Trane HVAC with only 13 years on it.  We were surprised that it quit because it should have lasted another 5-8 years easily.  It doesn't get 24-hour use like other areas of Arizona.  It runs for about 8 hours on the warmest days of the year.

The Long Hot Summer!

Blue-tooth thermostat

Because of the supply chain issues, we were told that it would take two months to get it and have it installed.  We knew we had at least six weeks of warm weather in front of us.  So, Rick got our two Room ACs out of storage and bought another one, plus a fan to draw in the cool breeze at night into our bedroom. 

Without the 3 room ACs, it got up to 78º inside during the day.  With them, we could keep the temp around 74 or under.  At night, all windows were open. 

With all 3 of the ACs running, our electric bill was $200 more monthly.  But we had no choice if we wanted to be comfortable.

Possible Lightning Strike?

thermostate screen saver

When the installers dismantled the outside unit, they found black powder where the freon should be in the coil.  This was a confirmation that the unit had been fried. We talked with two neighbors who also had to have their HVACs replaced at the same time.  Rick did happen to catch a glimpse of a lightning strike about 200 feet from our backyard. 

The Weather Station - Another Sign of a Lightning Strike

Davis wather station

Two Plus Two Probably Equal Four!

As most of you know, we have a weather station in our backyard.  Rick purchased a Davis weather station around the same time we had our old Trane installed in 2009.  It stopped transmitting around the same time our HVAC went out.  Rick didn't put 2 + 2 together until we started talking about the lightning strike.  The new Acurite measures lightning strike within 5 miles of the weather station. 

The Big Takeaway: Ground Your HVAC Systems

In the last thunderstorm, there were 215 strikes within a mile of the weather station.  Again - YIKES!  The old unit was not grounded, so we made sure that this unit was grounded.

Ricks World

Cold Weather is HERE!

25º Sedona early morning temp

As you can see, today it was 25º at 6:50 am.  I don't want to think about going through a winter without heat!  I thank God every morning for this new Lennox HVAC system.  All the images are from the new system, which links to our iPhone.  It is a blessing.  Honestly, I didn't really appreciate our HVAC until it failed. 

Gratitude is the greatest of virtues and the parent of all others.

Marcus Tullius Cicero



This is my third entry into the November 2022 Gratitude Challenge. 

Hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Comments (27)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri, I remember you casually mentioned a few times about your A/C issues and when you said you will be posting about it soon... I somehow felt it was something like this... I can not even fathom what you went through.... Having lived on the East Coast and heat and humidity was not my friend.... when we came to LA 26+ years ago 10-15 days were unbearable for me and I was always glad we had A/C then living 10 years in Marina Del Rey without A/C gratefully was tolerable due to being so close to the ocean.... I do understand and oh boy I am grateful you guys survived it. Endre

Nov 14, 2022 11:12 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

It's interesting Sheri the different weather patterns we have across the country. Glad you're all set now for any heat or cooling challenges that may come you way!

Nov 15, 2022 04:45 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Sheri... fortunately, have never had one of my AC units get "fried." I understood what it meant to be grateful for air conditioning when I lived in Paris and London, where nothing was air conditioned... not homes, not cars, not stores. And yet, we had those occasional weeks when the temperatures would get into the high 80's and low 90's. It was torture sleeping in those conditions.

Nov 15, 2022 05:07 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like you definitely made the right decision to get a new one rather than dumping $5K into keeping the old one alive.

Nov 15, 2022 06:10 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, that would have been terrible, but luckily you had some options to stay cool.   Lightning can cause a lot of havoc for sure.   This morning we have 22 degrees and a dusting of snow.

Nov 15, 2022 07:45 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ray Henson - Stay safe and have fun in Thailand!

Nov 16, 2022 01:16 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - Grounding the system was a big takeaway after having the issue. I am also going to look at having a lightning rod placed on the property.  I still have to do research on this.

Nov 16, 2022 01:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - This is like most things.  You don't realize what you have until you lose it.

Nov 16, 2022 01:26 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. -  If we lived any further south it could have been a bigger issue.  I am very grateful for how we were able to get through this.

Nov 16, 2022 01:27 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Thank you. We are lucky we don't have humidity issues.

Nov 16, 2022 01:29 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - You get it!  Of course there are many areas that don't have full house systems.  You understand what it is like to be without AC.

Nov 16, 2022 01:32 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - I grew up in the 50s also in Houston.  I can't remember having AC but I do hate humidity.  Maybe that is why! LOL

Nov 16, 2022 01:40 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... of course, I grew up in the 1950's and 1960's without air conditioning. Didn't know enough to "miss it." The first time I experienced air conditioning was when I went to George Washington University as a freshman in 1966... given the climate in DC, all dorms and classrooms were air conditioned.

Nov 16, 2022 01:35 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Brian England

We figured that we were probably going to be proactive and replace this unit in two-three years but we were not expecting this.  The old refrigerant is getting harder to find and very expensive.  If you spring a leak, it might take 20 lbs of refrigerant at $20 a pound.  It gets expensive fast!

Nov 16, 2022 01:35 PM
Brian England

Ouch, that is definitely something to consider.  I think when I have to replace mine next, I will convert to mini-splits throughout the home.

Nov 16, 2022 02:19 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox  -

It has been unusually cold here as well.  We had snow at the beginning of November.  The earliest we have seen it was a dusting at the end of the month.  Not this year!

Nov 16, 2022 01:37 PM
Joan Cox

Just spoke to Laura, and it is snowing in Denver right  now.  Chillier here than usual - 67 and a bit windy.

Nov 17, 2022 08:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


One certainly cannot take a good HVAC system for granted, especially when the weather means you need heat or AC. And these things always seem to have issues at the most inopportune times. At least you and Rick were able to work out a temporary solution.


Nov 16, 2022 05:23 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sheri - I can certainly relate to having function  HVAC.  And lightning strikes are something I have dealt with in the past.  When we leave our Florida home all TV's appliances, printers are disconnected.  Of course, the AC must run but I have a thermostat warning on my phone.

Nov 17, 2022 03:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

We are thankful for our very effective HVAC system.

We have replaced the original equipment with more effective units. 

Nov 17, 2022 08:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Sheri - the "comfort" factor enhances life in many ways.  It may be easy to overlook as it is often taken for granted but it works best in silent ways.  And that's a good reminder of other things we may not give proper gratitude.  

Nov 20, 2022 07:12 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

For me that all comes down to be in my fat dick and everything else kind of flows from there. That makes sense

Nov 21, 2022 11:42 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh yes, what a great thing to be thankful for - HVACs keep you warm and cool as needed and I can't imagine 100º heat with no A/C! Nor 25º cold with no heat. I'm glad it's all fixed now!

Nov 24, 2022 04:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I just got up and checked our weather station to see if it shows strikes within a certain parameter and it does not. While we don't have a lot of them, I also had to check to be sure our HVAC was grounded on our inspection report! LOL I am SO warm natured that being without AC would be a nightmare for me! Heat, I can cover up but, AC, I can't live without! LOL

Thank goodness you put 2 and 2 together and figured out it was likely a lightning strike. That is one scary weather phenomenon and I'm so glad you made sure your new system was grounded. You're also very lucky that the strike that hit your old system didn't cause a fire - especially one while you were sleeping. That could have been catastrophic.

Another great post of gratitude, Sheri - thank you so much for sharing with us!

Nov 26, 2022 07:10 PM