Beep. Beep beep. Beep. I sleepily opened my eyes, annoyed that I’d been dragged out of my deep sleep. Beep. Beep.
ARGH!!! Seriously, right now? It’s the middle of the night!
I braved the cold and crawled out of bed, bumping into things as I slowly made my way to the living room through the darkness. I rifled around to find the remote that controls air conditioner. I didn’t need any light to know which button was the power button. Annoyed, I pressed the off button with my thumb.
Beep. The AC turned off and the hard, cold stream of air stopped as suddenly as it started.
I walked back to my room, shivering in the middle-of-the-night winter air.
Beep. The stupid air conditioner turned itself on again, which is kind of ironic since the remote control for the unit claims to be an “intelligent remote control.” I’m not sure what sort of intelligence thinks it’s a good idea to blast freezing cold air in the middle of the night in the winter, but that’s not really what I’d call intelligent.
The stupid thing isn’t even set to cold, it’s set to 24 degrees, with a little sun icon illuminating the fact that it’s set to warm. When it turns itself on though, it decides the snowflake setting and 17 degrees is far more appropriate.
It turns on at the most random times. At night, in the morning, in the afternoon. No time is out of the question. Sometimes it even fights with itself, turning on, then off, then on, then off again in quick succession, beeping with every on and off. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. Until it finally settles on being on.
When I hear that obnoxious tell-tale beeping noise, I immediately run for the living room to push the off button before the house is filled with freezing air.
And then it turns back on.
I turn it off again.
It turns back on.
We fight for a bit, until I’ve thwarted it’s attempts at being on about 5 times and it finally gets the hint.
For now. It will turn itself back on soon and I will have to win the fight again.
Aaron found it’s manual online to see what in the world the obnoxious air conditioner is doing. It’s not exactly easy to tell such things from the remote alone since it’s “intelligent.” And by intelligent, I mean each button has a different picture on it that you need a manual to know what does.
I would just turn it off at the power point or unplug it, but….(excuse the horrible photos, it’s not even 6am yet, so it’s pretty dim, and they were taken on my iphone).
I don’t know where it is. The unit is attached to the wall and all cords and power seem to be inside the wall. What sort of genius thought that up? Sure it looks sleek, but what if there is a problem? What If I want to unplug the ghastly thing?
When we turn it on to warm up the house (on the sun setting, of course), it runs for a little bit.
But then it beeps and turns off, only to beep again straight away and turn back on to COLD!!!
My daydreams lately always involve taking a baseball bat to it whilst yelling about how obnoxious it is. Sometimes I do actually yell at it when I’m fighting to turn it off.
It’s clearly time to call a repair man.
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