Did they fixed it?
What did they say was the problem?
HVAC Service Technician
Energy Equalizers Inc.
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
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.
- "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.
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 email@example.com wrote in
Ask them what the problem was and what they did to fix it.
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
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.
On Jul 6, 7:24 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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