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August 19, 2008 8:41 AM Subscribe
Help me keep cool! Ok, I'm a bit OCD about this I realize. I'm wondering if there's some way to test the AC in my apartment to see if it's working properly. Is there a special thermometer to use to test the air temperature coming out of the vents? If so, what should that temperature be?
posted by odayoday to home & garden (8 answers total)
A little background: I live in Austin, TX. It's very hot. We've been on a tear of triple-digit days so naturally ACs will have to work harder to keep up, but even after the sun goes down it seems to take my air conditioner forever to bring the temp down just a little bit. It seems to run all night. When I wake up it is definitely cold in my place but the AC is still running. It might stop for a couple of minutes and then start up again. When it does catch up and stop it only stops for a couple of minutes before going back on. They recently had to rip up my ceilings to get any air flowing out of the vents in my kitchen/dining area b/c the ducts had been crushed or something. Now there's a tiny amount of output in the kitchen/dining area and a disproportionate amount of air output from the vent in my living room. My first bill was 120 bucks… not great but unreasonable unless you consider I spent half of the month (maybe a bit over half) at my girlfriend's apartment with the AC turned off completely. Extrapolating my utility bill rate over the course of an entire month it would have been over 200 bucks. I think over 200 bucks for a utility bill for a one bedroom apartment (under 700 sq. feet) would be absurdly high, right? My concern is that maintenance, which at this new place is notoriously slow and lazy, will just say "it's working" and do nothing even if there's not enough coolant because what do they care what my bills are? Is there any way to prove that it's not working properly? Anything I can do myself to make it run better? Should I call my own AC guy out to check it out? If the vents aren't blowing cold enough would a simple "charge" of the coolant work to fix it? They did clean the coils but I don't think that did much.