A: I think the air conditioner’s on the blink. It doesn’t turn on when I push the button. What are we going to do?
B: We’ve had this air conditioner for years. Let’s just get a new one. We could buy one with a heater function.
A: Heater? Are you pulling my leg?
Photo: Pan Tzu-chiang, Liberty Times 照片：自由時報記者潘自強
B: A lot of people do the same thing: They buy an air conditioner in the summer when it’s scorching hot, and they forget how cold it gets in winter, much to their regret when it gets cold.
A: That’s right. My brother-in-law is from the US, and he says that Taiwan is colder than any other country, because in the winter the temperature drops to under 10 degrees, but there’s no interior heating.
B: It’s not cold in Taiwan for a long time over the year, but for those few days when we have a cold front, having a heater is worth every cent you spent on it.
（Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱）
On the blink
Usually referring to a mechanical or electrical device, meaning that it is malfunctioning or functioning erratically.
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