A few weeks ago I had done my normal spring cleaning of the AC condenser an d ran the system for a few minutes to make sure it was ready to go. Everythin g seemed fine and I have not had a need to use the AC since then.
Today, they are calling for hot and humid weather so I figured I would run the AC while I am at work. The house was still comfortable from last night's cool weather, so I just wanted to make sure it didn't heat up during the day, forcing me to cool it down this evening.
I set the thermostat to 2° below the current house temp just to make s ure the condenser fired up and the system went into cooling mode. About 3 minutes later all the power in my house went out. A few seconds later it came back on. A few seconds later it went back off. After a hearty "WTF?" I headed down to the breaker box but before I made it down the basement stairs, the power came back on.
I noticed that furnace blower wasn't running, so I checked the breaker box but everything looked fine. I waited about a minute to see if anything else would happen and then called my neighbor to see if her power had gone out too. She said that she experienced the same on-off power cycle that I did. That made me feel a lot better.
I turned the thermostat to Off then back to Cool and the AC came on and stayed on. Then I went around and reset all the damn clocks.
It was either just a strange coincidence or maybe everyone in my neighborhood decided to turn their AC on at roughly the same time and overloaded the system. Who knows? Anyway, it was not a fun way to start my day.