Doing the Frequent Repair Dance with my HVAC.
September 1, 2010 10:23 AM Subscribe
I have to keep calling my apartment manager in to repair the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) unit every few months. This can't be right. I know YANMRP (you are not my repair-person) but I wonder what could be going on and what I can do about it.
posted by Rosie M. Banks to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in a rental. I am always - ALWAYS - having issues with the HVAC. It seems like every few months, either my air conditioning is breaking down in the summer, or my heating in the winter. I call management, they send someone out to repair the unit, it works for a while - then it starts blowing warm air (in the summer) or cold (in the winter), rinse, repeat.
I actually had a whole new unit installed back in June. It blew a fuse (inside the unit, not a house fuse) within days. They came out, replaced the fuse, it worked fine until yesterday when it started blowing warm air again. So - once more I wait for the repair person to come along and fix the unit.
As you might imagine, this is getting old fast. I don't live in a place with extreme temperatures, but it can get to freezing in the winter and triple digits in the summer here, so I do need my HVAC to work. Also, my unit is one of those rentals which is very poorly insulated, so it's a bit leaky. I've asked the office if they ever plan to do anything about it and basically - nope, tenants come and go and since I am paying the electric bill, what's it to them?
I'm wondering, though, if the reason my HVAC conks out so much is because it's working so hard to heat/cool my poorly insulated unit. (If this is true, maybe - MAYBE - I could get them to do SOMETHING.) Or if there is something wrong with my apartment wiring, or anything else that might be going on. I'm sick of this repair dance. What should I be looking for?