We had a bad rainy day one day this last winter, and our ac / heating unit is outside. It tripped the switch at the fuse box. We turned it back on and went about our business. A couple days later my husband noticed that the air coming from the vents did not feel warm - it felt more like room temperature.
We continued to use it for the rest of the winter, and imo it heated the condo just fine.
Ok, now it's warming up, and he won't let me even turn on the ac - he thinks we have to run it on fan only. He thinks turning on the ac will further damage it.
I've turned it on for short periods when he's not there, and it does not seem to be having serious problems. I'm not sure either that it cools enough, but it seems to operate ok to me. It does seem to cool down a little more than just running the fan. I'm getting a digital room thermometer soon.
Does it sound like it's safe to at least run it? Neither of us know that much about air conditioning.
Thanks for your thoughts.