Midnight0000: Why does my apartment window unit air conditioner work half the time?
Just moved into my new apartment and it has an older window-unit A/C. For the first day, it didn’t seem like it was blowing cold air at all and the apartment was hot. The next day it works perfectly fine and blows nice cool air and I get the apartment down to 74*. Now its back to blowing normal air again and I’m back in an 86* apartment. Is there a solution to this or should I call the landlord to have it fixed?
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Answer by REALISTIC
It sounds to me like it is almost out of freon. It will probably need recharging. I would call your landlord. Hope this helps.
Get the landlord to have the breaker checked on the unit. It may be going bad. If you wait till the AC dies then tell him it has been acting up, he may not appreciate your procrastination. Since you have not been there very long, I would ask the landlord what he thinks anyway. He may be not be aware of any problem. Most of them get real cranky if you tell them it has been acting up and you didnt want to bother him about it. If it was me I would just fix it and not bother the guy. Hounding the landlord will only get your rent raised or worse.Answer by Coolness
Realistic up there is a freaking idiot and just trying to get some points on Yahoo Answers. How could she possibly make the determination that your air conditioner is out of “freon”???
Call the land lord. I am a commercial refrigeration mechanic and I rented an apartment for 10 years. I never once messed with the air conditioner because that is what I pay rent for.
That being said it probably needs to be taken out of the window and be thoroughly cleaned. It’s probably cycling on a thermal or pressure safety because it’s dirty. On a cooler day or at night it will work fine, but when it’s really hot outside, the dirt on the coils prevents good heat transfer. It’s just not going to keep up with the demand if it’s even a little bit dirty when the temp outside is 104°. CLEAN IT CLEAN IT CLEAN IT
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