Air Conditioning Issues

Air Conditioning Issues

I live in a very small 1 bedroom (basically just a studio with a wall to make a 'bedroom' area) in Boulder, CO. It can get very hot here in the summer. My apartment has ONE window that can open in the 'bedroom' area. The living room has window panels that do not open. This creates no air flow and a greenhouse effect that makes it even hotter.

Now, my apartment complex HAS air conditioning. I used to have a 2 bedroom apartment at the same complex and it worked great. However, LAST summer (my first summer in the small apartment) the air conditioner BARELY worked. All summer it was VERY hot in my apartment. Luckily in Colorado it cools down at night but the days were miserable.

So I turned on my system to check it as the days began to warm up and this year it is just as weak as last.

Last year I REPEATEDLY called my apartment office and they sent maintenance guys over to my place, and REPEATEDLY told me "your air conditioner is working. Turn it down lower if you're hot." Eventually I just gave up, because I had too many other things going on in my life to constantly call them.

This year I am NOT going to do that. I need suggestions on what to do. I'm PAYING for air conditioning, after all! AND our ameneties are split by building, so I am paying for air conditioning even if I'm not using it because the other apartments are!

The problem with it is that the air conditioning vents DO put out cold air... but it is the TINIEST trickle. A VERY small amount of air comes out of them, and I only have 2 vents so it's not enough at all to cool my VERY small apartment, even with fans going. Unless I put my hand RIGHT against the vent, I cannot feel any air coming out.

So I called my apartment manager again this year, and she sent maintenance over. They were supposed to come by yesterday while I was at work. I heard NOTHING and there was NO note or even any sign to show they'd been in, except that my air was on while I'd left it off. So today I called and was told "Oh, they say it's working fine. The blower is working, so there's no problem."

I explained AGAIN the same thing, that it is NOT working, that BARELY any air comes out, that it needs to be FIXED. I was told she'd send them again, to check it out. However, I have a bad feeling I'm going to be told "It works. If you're hot, get fans." or something next time I call (because they'll never call ME to tell me what's up, I have to call THEM every time.)

What can I do? I can't buy a window unit because I don't have the money, AND the windows in my apartment complex open sideways so I can't install one. I don't know if using a ton of money or a swamp cooler is worth it, and I've seen portable air conditioners but they're also very expensive.

How do I get this fixed?! Thanks for any help...

  • Magnus20474

    I have the same problem.  3 story apartment and im on the top floor. contacted maintenance a few times only to have them come out and keep replacing the already clean air filter.  I personally thing they need to upgrade the unit.  we are in VA and its usually 90+ here. 80+ in my apartment. electric bill in the mid hundreds. Not to happy about this situation.  

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