My house is as hot as an oven. The outside temperature has been consistently in the high eighties for the last several weeks. I am without air conditioning. The open windows aren’t keeping me cool. During the Springtime, I overlooked the weird sounds the air conditioner was making whenever it started up. The cooling equipment sounded like it was suffering from congestion. I was super busy at that time of year & short on funds, so I continued to ignore the warning signs of big problems with the a/c. Despite a great deal of dust blowing from the vents and an unpleasant musty odor, I delayed scheduling a time for repair. I was aware that the service bill would be very costly. I was also not happy about taking a day off from work to meet the HVAC tech. I hoped the cooling system would manage to operate until the end of the summer. I figured that I would take care of the concerns with service in the fall. Unfortunately, the a/c stopped working in the middle of June. I verified that the batteries in the thermostat were fresh. I also cleaned the air filter. I couldn’t get the air conditioner running again. With the high outdoor temperatures, the house rapidly became overheated & uncomfortable. Box fans weren’t enough to provide relief & I found it impossible to sleep at night. I finally called for service with a licensed HVAC contractor. The technician took the component apart & discovered an alarming accumulation of dust. There was also mildew and mold growth. He told me that my failure to schedule proactive professional maintenance had led to the malfunction. Because I overlooked all of the warning signs, the damage was severe. He needed to order a bunch of replacement parts. Without these parts, I was left me without an air conditioner. I’ve been waiting for 2 weeks & I have no clue how I will come up with the money to pay for the repairs.