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Thread: Legit excuse?

  1. #14
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    the last apartment I worked in had mold issues. not caused by
    anything other than copper lines in walls that insulation was missing
    a 8" piece. after the wall was opened, line insulated mold remediated..
    not a big deal since it was caught early enough.

    just because I'm curious that way...
    I took a look at the heating system & plenum in the upstairs closet.
    ended up taking off all the ducts that I could access, mastic sealing the
    take offs to the plenums, inner liner to take off and outer insulation jacket
    to plenum.
    there were 1/2" oversized cuts at every take off. closet was very cool!
    all I could think was that when they cut the hole, they didn't cut for the
    right size..or maybe misread where to set the hole cutter.
    got 4 of 6 done..just cause I couldn't leave it like that. apt renter called
    me later the next day to ask what I'd done. said it had never been so cool.

    lots of things contribute. blocked/dirty coils, dirty filters, duct/air leakage,
    unsealed returns, oversized openings at supply box behind supply grills.
    usually apt matinence guys are jacks of all trades, which is what it takes
    I guess. but there are times when an educated pro makes all the difference.
    just difficult to convince apt managers of this!

    best of luck op. maybe you can talk to your manager and get someone
    to actually figure out what is going on.
    The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. ~Plato

  2. #15
    Haha, I work at a 2000 unit complex. I know what your talking about.

    Outdoor coils need to be cleaned. Indoor maybe if they're changing the filters timely, we change our filters every 6 months. Yes, that's 4000 filters a year. The cheesy acid wash sucks. Best way,I do it is kill the cover and get a long skinny air.nozzle and compressed air.

    Our maintenance schedual.wants them cleaned every 3 months. Like that's gonna happen.

    And yeah, I do alot of a$$ wiping of my coworkers........

    If its central and not a sleeve its gonna be a challenge to make management budge. I fight with my boss all the time trying to make people like you happy. I usually end up getting *****ed at or a write up. I tell him straight to his face no matter the payrate, I dont lie to people.

    Good luck.

  3. #16
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    Unfortunately living in an apartment you are somewhat at their mercy. I agree with most of the previous posts as to probable issues. I would recommend the following coarse. Approach the mgr and offer to have a reputable service company come out and evaluate. If they find no problem then you will pay for the call. If they do find issues then they must pay for the repairs and the call. Would not have outside company touch anything without mgr approval, it's not your property and may cause alot of problems for all involved. Good luck. Btw if mgr refuses your offer move ASAP. Good luck.

  4. #17
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    I have pulled and cleaned many evap coils in apartments that maintenance had cleaned prior
    We really need change now

  5. #18
    Thanks. I'll try and get them to check these things.

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