it was 100 degrees yesterday and my tenant said the ac would not cool
the house below 81 F. he claims it should cool to 72-75 . Is there a
problem with my ac or the tenant's understanding of ac's?
Its a 2 year old AC and my neighbours who have the same ac says it wont
go below 80 either.
I think it's a little small, probably ok during normal temp / humidity
periods but during those 100 deg. days it can't keep up. There are many
variables of course. Is it an outside corner unit? which walls are
exposed to the sun and when? Are the windows and doors well sealed?
It would help to keep the blinds and or drapes closed during the day to
block the sun, the sunlight entering the unit heats the floors and
furniture etc adding heat to the rooms.
I should think a condo that size would have a 2.5 ton unit but then
I would contact a few A/C contractors and get them to inspect your unit
and make recomendations.
veg email@example.com wrote:
Is the filter clean, windows closed, did he leave it run or come home to
a hot place and expect it to cool a hot place fast. You could measure
temp drop and repost, someone will know if its correct. Tennants will
complain about nothing wrong.
I'm no expert, but I can tell you this. I bought a mobile home in 2000 and
it was 16 feet wide and 68 feet long. It came with a 4 ton American Standard
unit. I don't know if that was too big or not, but that's what it came with.
Marginal, depending on other factors, such as insulation and general
One ton = about 12,000 Btu. I do my upstairs with about that for 1000 sq.
ft. Downstairs I keep cool with only 10,000 Btu. If it was sized for a
region with typical 85 to 90 degree temperatures, the same unit that will
give you the near 30 degree temperature drop will be oversized and make for
a damp environment when the outside is 85 degrees, or 80 and very humid.
My guess is that it was sized for a 20 degree temperature drop and it is
performing as designed. There will always be a few days of marginal
Chances are, your tenant will not accept any logical explanation. Unless
the lease specifies a set of temperatures, just tell them to like it or
20 degrees is about all most residential systems are designed handle.
It was 96 here and my upstairs unit did not cool to 77 until almost 1 AM.
Arm chair opinion 1.5 ton on 1360 square feet is a little on the light side
for here. Your load calculations might be different.
Can your tenant go into several nearby stores, offices and such and find
that their interior temperatures are in the low 70s?
If he can I'd say, "You got a point there, Judge!"* Any other
explanation is just an excuse for inadequate AC sizing.
* From the lyrics of "Badman's Blunder" as sung by by the kingston Trio.
On 17 Jul 2006 21:03:15 -0700, veg firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What does your lease say?
Well, then you screwed up big time. You need to add a clause to
your lease that provides the landlord is absolved of responsibility if
the cooling provides cooling of 15 degrees below ambient temperature
(after running 24 hours continuously with no inhabitants).
Save yourself some grief and pick up a window unit at the box store
And read up on your lease for legal methods to kick the tenant out
You could do that but it would do nothing for the current
Would help, IF the condo association allows them and IF you'd rather go
half-assed rather than fixing the problem peoperly.
Thats probably one of the most rediculous suggestions I have ever read.
So one has a good tenant that pays the rent, keeps the unit in good
condition and generally does not cause any problems and you suggest
"finding" a way to evict them because they have a problem? In my
opinion they have a ligitimate issue here, my home will cool to below
72 degrees on the hottest of days (SW Florida), a 1.5 ton A/C unit IS
too small for a 1360 sq. foot condo and 80+ degrees can be
Oh wait a sec...lemme' guess, YOUR A SLUMLORD RIGHT????
Lets see you probably collect the rent on a weekly basis, charge two to
three times what the rental is worth and do everything in your power to
take advantage of those who are too poor or ignorant to defend
You are a moron.
have a nice day.
Make sure any lease renewals mention that A/C only has to cool 20 deg
less than ambient temp. Even in 100 deg heat my 10000 BTU windowa/c
cools 1stfloor to 75-77 degrees.
veg email@example.com wrote:
Unit TOO SMALL!
Bite the bullet and upgrade to a larger unit.
This home in YOURS, and a investment, ultimately its your responsiblity
to maintain it in good condition.
I am not a big fan of home inspectors but this would of likely gotten
flagged if you had a inspection before purchase.
Dont want to go to far off OP here , but earlier someone suggested
closing the drapes to block the light and not heat the floor up...but
if the shades or drapes are in the inside of the house , isnt the heat
already inside? I would think once gthe heat gets through the glass,
blocking it with shades would have little effect. Shutters on the
outside, or the new glass which reflects light seems to me a better
=============My thought also Ed.... the inspector most likely has no idea of how to
do a Manuel J...
The OP should get one or 2 done however... and this should tell him if
he needs to replace it...
Both of my sons are HVAC contractors and
they tell me lots of New Construction (apts, condo's) are build with
the absolute minimum sized units...and all are the same...ground level
North facing units get the same unit as 3rd floor South Facing
Bob G. .
Why put money into a rental unit? Especially for some nuisance
tenants. Any municipalities which regulate cooling specify 20 deg.
below ambient. Change the lease its cheaper. If the tenants dont like
it they can buy a portable A/C unit which vents out window. Or they
can move when lease is up. The idea of renting is to make money. Not
ULTIMATELY because its the landlord who owns the unit the tenant merely
borrows it for $$$
The comment above is sad. The poster doesnt get it. Sure you dont
install solid gold faucets in a rental but no one payng good money will
tolerate temps over 80 degrees..
if you have a otherwise good tenant who pays their rent on time and
doesnt destroy the place, then your blessed and take care of them.
being a landlord doesnt mean you should ring evewry last cent out of
the tenant and give junky service..........
you must spend money to make money.
think of this, when a vacancy occurs you really must repaint the home
and fix all the little stuff thats broke, clean or replace carpet etc.
The cost for all the renovations, plus advertising, time lost showing
unit etc might easily be more than replacing the AC....
The poster above I quoted has no idea of any of this... to him being a
landlord is all about the fast buck.
yeah I have been both a tenant and a landlord, rented a home to a nice
family for maybe 7 years, the mom died still friends with the family. I
took care of the house they took care of me:)
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