A/C working properly? Cost -> lower temp?

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On Jul 7, 2:41 pm, snipped-for-privacy@mail.com wrote:

Wasn't annoyed, just wondered why the change in posting style
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On Fri, 06 Jul 2007 16:24:10 -0700, carie snipped-for-privacy@mail.com wrote:

hehehe. Apt living za bitch aint it? Cross post that and stick it in your pipe and smoke it. Bubba
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Did they fixed it?
What did they say was the problem?
-- Moe Jones HVAC Service Technician Energy Equalizers Inc. Houston, Texas www.EnergyEqualizers.com
Maintenance fixed the A/C only a month ago when it completely quit working. Our electric bill that month was $320 for a 800 sq ft apartment.
Maintenance is coming tomorrow. How do I make sure they fix the unit right, or make the landlord replace it if it won't work properly? The electric bill is outragous.
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carie snipped-for-privacy@mail.com wrote:

Generally speaking, you can save / spend about 2% for each degree, although that can vary significantly depending on the indoor / outdoor difference and the efficiency of your unit..
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clams casino wrote:

http://www.progress-energy.com/custservice/carres/billtoolkit/step1.asp - "Most people can be comfortable with a setting of 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit, plus you'll save 7 percent to 10 percent of your cooling costs for each degree above 78."
That seems a bit high vs. other sources I've read, but again, a lot depends on where you live, etc.
When I lived in Charlotte, 76-78 was fine for us during the summer. Now that I'm in RI, 74F is on the warm side.
I'd be curious to hear what someone in Phoenix might find comfortable at this time of the year.
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wrote:

Save a bundle, shut it clear off...
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wrote:

LOL
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The power companies website (Progress Energy, NC) says there's a 10% increase in cooling costs per degree above a 78 deg setting.
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carie snipped-for-privacy@mail.com wrote:

above??
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Well, I thought if I knew the name of a couple certifications I could mention them. Just searched Google - found EPA Section 608 Certification, NEMI - TABB certification, NATE, and HVAC Excellence.
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wrote:

So set it at 88 (100% savings) on a hot 105 degree day and it should cost you nothing!!!! LMAO
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wrote:

keep
Bingo...
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Here are few things that need to be checked.
1)Outside coil should be hosed off at least once a year. If you have access to a hose bib and a hoes you can do this yourself.
2) Air filter should be replaced monthly.
3) There may be a freon leak. Maintenance can top it off.
carie snipped-for-privacy@mail.com wrote in

Ask them what the problem was and what they did to fix it.

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Why not find and repair the leak?
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I just posted a description of what maintenance didn't do as a reponse to my original post.
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Gordon wrote:

Don't you think using a hoe would damage the coil? On the other hand, if it is *really* overgrown with grass or vines or something...
- Logan
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Yes it would smartass. You know I ment Hose.
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Gordon wrote:

He meant HO like in the OP.
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carie snipped-for-privacy@mail.com wrote:

I've been through this. The thermostat was set at 75F, and the A/C would literally run all day and all night, and even just before dawn, the A/C would not have brought the temperature down low enough to shut off.
Apartment management came out and "fixed" it, the thing worked much better for a few weeks, then it was back how it was before.
It was an 834 sq. ft. apartment, and the electric bill was $260. My upstairs neighbor, who had an identical floor plan, never had a bill anywhere near that high.
This is as much a problem of dealing with the apartment management as it is a technical problem. As others have said, get a thermometer and measure the temperature difference between the air going in and coming out. If it can't manage 20F, it's broken. Make sure they know that. And on an issue like this, never make a maintenance request or follow-up without putting it in writing. This can be a form of their that you fill out, or it can be a quick letter that you type up. When they have a paper trail, it's much harder to "forget" about things that require work. (Apartment management companies eat, sleep, and breathe paperwork. They are constantly doing huge reports on everything and printing it all out to send to the regional office.) If they get uncooperative, send the requests by certified mail. Of course, be civil.
One final comment: it sounds like your electric bills are about double what they should be. If the apartment management denies the existence of a problem, it might be worthwhile to get your own guy to come out and look at it and tell you what kind of shape it's in. Even if this costs you $100, it'll be worth it if it results in action because you are throwing away more than that much in needless electric usage every month.
- Logan
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On Jul 6, 7:24 pm, snipped-for-privacy@mail.com wrote:

Maintenance came today. He hooked an electric probe in two places, and in two minutes he said "it's fine." He hadn't checked the output temperature. I asked him to do that. (The A/C was off before he came, as it wasn't working right, so it's only been running for a couple minutes.) He went back to his van and got a thermometer (laser, interesting). The output temperature was 70 deg, and the house was 82 deg. I said it should be 20 deg. "Why do you think it should be 20 deg different?" he says. I told him that's what I found on the internet. He checked more wires with his probe for another 5 minutes, then checked the temperature again. It now said 64 deg (18 deg different). He said it had to run for a while to get to that temp. (Recall, he just asked why I thought is should be 20 deg.) I explained the problem of it not cooling down below 83 deg in 7 hours, and never having an electric bill like we just had in the year and a half we'd already been here. He didn't have anything to say, and didn't check anything else. He never looked at the outside part of the unit. I asked if he had a contractor HVAC license as he was leaving. He said yes. I said I'd come down with him and write the number down. When I got to his van he said I'm not giving you my contractors number, the landlord has it. I said I need to keep proper records because the cooling bill is outragous, and the A/C is not cooling the apartment. He wouldn't give it to me. I said well then I'll write down your plate number and write the state about it.
(Also, he said the previous problem las month was a broken relay.)
Unfortunately, the law doesn't require him to have a license. I just found the following on the net: G.S. 87-21 (c) To Whom Article Applies. - The provisions of this Article shall apply to all persons, firms, or corporations who engage in, or attempt to engage in, the business of plumbing, heating, or fire sprinkler contracting, or any combination thereof as defined in this Article. The provisions of this Article shall not apply to those who make minor repairs or minor replacements to an already installed system of plumbing or heating, but shall apply to those who make repairs, replacements, or modifications to an already installed fire sprinkler system.
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