I have a problem. My issue has been going on for nearly two years. Last summer, my A/C completely went out literally about a dozen times. I live in Alabama so my (poorly insulated) apartment gets up to nearly 85 degrees within a few hours of it going out. My power bills also doubled for several months.
This past fall I was told they had replaced the entire unit. A week later when it went out again, and of course I found out they had not replaced anything.
They do admit the fact that the unit is leaking freon, but they have just continually added freon when it goes out every few weeks. (Oh and because apparently so many more people die of hypothermia in Alabama instead of hyperthermia, they do not consider A/C issues worthy of fixing on nights and weekends).
A couple months ago, I insisted that they correct the problem before this summer, and of course I was assured it would be taken care of. Three months later, after bothering them about it multiple times, and after renewing my lease under the misconception that it would be repaired, it is now almost June. I found out today that they have decided they wil not repair it. I was absolutely LIVID hearing this. (my anger so extreme mainly because I have two pet chinchillas that could have a heat stroke in temps over 80 degrees)
I read that the EPA does not regulate smaller units. My local city regulations don't seem to mention them either.
Does anyone have any idea how I can convince my apartment people to stop trying to delay an actual repair?
At this point, I have a constant fear that I'm going to come home from work to an 85 degree apartment and two chinchillas suffering from heatstroke. I'm also a college student so I really am not financially capable of running to a hotel everytime it happens.
(Imagine thirty pounds of ice in one small bathroom with two small furry animals. I also have spent many nights with them in my running car. I have had to take them to class. I've taken them to work numerous times.)