I've been here for over a year and a half, and never had an electric
bill like that, the A/C has never ran continously like it is, and I
never had any problems getting the temp down to 76 deg.
The unit couldn't get the temperature below 83 the other day, when the
temperature outside was ONLY 90 deg with 37% humidity.
Whining about it on here won't get it fixed, calling your local housing
authority might, and keep jumping on the landlord about his handyman doesn't
know shit about HVAC, get a pro out there, will. Just flat tell the SOB,
that he can send out a pro, and get it done right, or you will worry the
stew out of him. There is nothing that says you can't call him on the phone
dozens of times a day, or show up on his door step, and camp out until he
does something. How many other tenents are having issues?? Maybe a call to
your local TV station news room??
Those tactics work when something illegal is being done. Landlords are
required to provide heat during the cold seasons, but, at least in most
cases, not required to AC the place in the summer. The housing authority
won't care much about the AC not being as cool as you'd like it.
What about today? It was working for a little while. It would be
good to know about how long it was working, and what the temp is in
the apartment today. And what the temp is outside.
You should keep at least a daily record, but maybe an every 12 or 6 or
4 hour record when you are not sleeping. This will be valuable in
convincing the landlord it's still a real problem, in discussing
things with a city agency or in court if it ever gets to either of
those places, and might even turn out to help the repairmnan fix the
problem, if the problem is intermittent, which it seems to be.
Do you have a thermometer? You must have a thermometer, and frankly
it has to be more than 3 or 4 inches long to convince anyone it's ok.
I'm sure you can get one for a dollar at a dollar store, and a good,
prettier one for no more than 5. I'm still using a thermmeter I
bought 35 years ago, and one I bought 29 years ago. They are white
plastic so that it's gently backlit during the day time as the sun
goes through the white plastic. I had to reglue the glass tube into
place about 10 years ago (there's a small mark filed on the side that
should be next to 32 when it is glued, or you can tell where it was
sitting becuase there's a little dirt). I also bought a second
identical thermometer when I didn't have eneough heat (see other post
that may appear below this one) to keep a record of the indoor temp.
So now I have one on the second floor outside and one on the frist
Keep a record of the temp in the room you spend most of your time in,
and of your bedroom, and measure the temp of the air coming out of the
AC, and the air going in, probably where the ac guy did that, and keep
a record of everything. You will get far more respect from everyone
concerned than just saying it was 83 most days. Keep a record of
which of your vents are open and which are closed, and anything
While your at it, even though it is the AC that is the big cause,
look for anything else that might be cause heat loss. If you can cure
anything yourself, your ll will respectd that. If you can't fix it,
just list it calmly (although maybe not unless he asks or until the AC
is fixed. If he's a bad landlord, he might decide to spend a week or
two on some small air leak, rather than pay for a high-rate repair
during the very hot weather.
Im assuming there is more than one rate. Do, or how many do, AC
repairmen charge more during July and August. Or do they charge the
same and you just have to wait at the bottom of the list?
These groups usually work slowly, I am under the impression. How
could it be otherwise? First they call on the phone. The secretary
says, He'll get back to you. He calls back the next day, and says he
sent a repairman, but it doesn't seem to be fixed. They say, when do
you think you will be able to fix it. He says, The AC company says
tehgy'll be out the day after tomorrow. They call the tenant in a
week to see if it is fixed. She's at work and calls back the next
day, and so on.
It doesn't matter how much he knows. The point is that it isn't fixed
yet. (assuming it is still hot inside today.)
Yes there is. At some point LESS than dozens of time a day, it is
harrassment, and besides the potential liablitity for that, no court
of agency will look kindly on someone who does that.
This is also a mistake, especially when dealing with someone who had
it fixed a month ago (and as far as we know, it worked for the past
month until it broke sometime within the last week) and who has sent a
repairman, no matter how incompetnent. I'm sure the AC charged the LL
for a service call, and when he finds out it still doesn't work, the
LL will want to know what he's paying for. The AC company will say,
as they should, that it had 18 degrees differential when they were
there, and that is why the tenant has to keep a record like I say
Even if perchance the kind of repeated complaining you are
recommending were to get her AC fixed, do you think she will get any
cooperation on anything in the future. At most given the reaction of
most people to being annoyed, she'll get the minimum the lease
requires and she'll have to wait for that.
And when the lease expires, he may well refuse to renew it. AFAIK, in
most places there is no recourse when a landlord refuses to renew a
lease. Even in places with rent control or rent stabilization, unless
you are in an aparment covered by one of those laws, there is afaik no
recourse. Even in NYC maybe but for sure in most or all other places.
She's been there a year and ahalf. Her lease might be up in 6 months.
It might have been up 6 months ago. She might be month-to-month now,
or soon. 30 days notice and she's got to be out, or in some places
she would have to the end of the month.
That is a very low humidity & if the conditioned space is also low in
humidity the latent-heatload will be minimal, allowing the sensible
heatload to be removed & transferred outside much faster. Pull down the
shades & close the drapes to keep the radiant heat from entering the
conditioned space. Vent the bathroom after taking showers, don't cook
things that steam up the kitchen, etc., the latent heatload reduces the
evaporators Sensible (or Temperature Reducing) capacity!
You can do a lot to keep the heatload much lower; do those things &
reduce your utility bills!
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I hear you can do that in Illinois, or that use to be the case - maybe
other places. The contract says no tenant repairs or improvements
will be deducted from the rent. Of course that wouldn't matter if the
contract was in IL because the law overrules it, but I don't believe
that's the case here.
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