Our Air Conditioning Unit – the consciousness of machines

We have two air conditioning units which we have not really used since we’ve been here.  About three weeks ago a friend pointed out to us that it really doesn’t cost all that much to run air conditioning to heat the place.  We decided it would be good to run ours for a bit in the afternoons when it’s chilly and in the bedroom for ten minutes or so before we went to bed.

That very day the unit in the bedroom developed a strange fault.  It turned itself on.  For no reason.  Then it turned itself off.  This continued.  It would turn itself on then off then on then off in quick succession, playing its little tune every time it did so.  We began to wonder whether it had developed consciousness.  We turned it off at the mains and determined to go into the Vestel shop and arrange to have it serviced.

What with buying the house and one thing and another, we didn’t get round to it until Monday of this week.  Hilary was quite proud that she was able to explain that the AC unit was broken and arrange an appointment in Turkish.  She was even prouder when the AC engineers turned up when predicted.  But they did speak very quickly and quite technically and she lost the gist on a number of occasions.

We learned that the filters need cleaning every month.  We hadn’t known the unit had user-serviceable parts.  Now we know we need to check, clean and fit the filters.

The engineer explained to us that the AC’s behaviour was probably due to unevenness in the current and that this is normal in Turkey.  Then the unit in the bedrooms spontaneously switched itself on.  This made the engineer take notice.  He went in and did something to it then he told us to do something and that he was going to go away and come back.  We assumed he was going to get a part.  He left the unit running, we turned it off.  We should not have turned the unit off.  We were supposed to keep it running and see if it turned itself off.  Hilary had to apologise for having turned it off.  Whatever…  They took 40 lira for the service of both units and the mystery repair and went away.  It seems to have been working since (though one should never speak too soon).

The air con unit now shares a common power supply with our newly moved washing machine, we certainly hope it doesn’t start a revolution of conscious machines.


4 responses to “Our Air Conditioning Unit – the consciousness of machines

  1. A final spin at 3am wouldn’t be much fun. Keep some wet clothes in it just in case!

  2. It all sounds a bit familiar. We don’t use our aircon unit because it’s proved to be too expensive,so beware because I’m not sure that what you have been told about it not costing much to run is actually true.

    However, if we have a powercut, when the power returns the aircon unit makes a whirring noise, the vents open and then close again…very strange.

    We also discovered that on the rare occasions when we used to use the aircon, we weren’t able to use the electric oven at the same time. We recently had the electric supply checked out because of the number of appliances that have died in short succession, but were told it’s fine.

    The wonder of Turkish electricity!

    • We don’t envisage using the AC a great deal. We can keep to cooler rooms and the outside in summer. The soba plus a silicone yorgan are keeping us warm enough so far. We were just thinking of using the AC for a quick blast of heat when we don’t want to light the soba for some reason (like we’re about to go out) or to warm the bedroom for ten minutes. We just checked and the AC and the washing machine will both run at the same time. At the moment. The electricity here does fluctuate noticeably and I guess some devices are sensitive to that.

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