SAN ANTONIO -- Residents of a northwest side subdivision have been without air conditioning for days after a lightning storm apparently damaged nearly 30 units.
Homeowners in the Silver Oaks subdivision are looking at costly repair bills even though their units are under warranty.
"At first, I thought it was just myself," resident Maryann Cortez said. "Then I found out it was the neighbor, then across the street and so on."
Repairmen from Airtron, the company that installed the units, told neighbors the problem was with a burned-out motor -- which would normally be covered by the manufacturer's warranty -- but Carrier officials told Airton since the units were damaged by a power surge as a result of lightning, it was an "act of God."
"It's not covered under the warranty," Airtron representative Mike Duerler said. "It would be the same as if a storm blew a tree over into your unit or something like that. It's actually damage; it's not a defective part."
Oh, the joys of homeownership.