Sometimes making huge financial decisions when renting or buying a new home can be daunting. It can be a question of forgoing remodeling efforts if it means cutting into the furniture or appliance budget too significantly. When I started renting my current house six months ago, I had a seemingly endless list of issues with the dwelling. Within the first week alone I had to have my plumbing from my kitchen to my bathroom repiped because of a gradual break in the line that kept sending small amounts of water into the foundation of the house. Since it was a matter of protecting his valuable asset from losing any retainable value, my landlord was eager and willing to get the plumbing work done. But when my air conditioner started performing poorly, I expected the same reaction from him—that wasn’t the case. His HVAC technician ran a few diagnostic tests on the system and determined that it was working within the parameters of what was possible for that machine, but that my landlord had bought and installed the wrong air conditioner for that particular house and ductwork design. So in other words, nothing was wrong with the air conditioner, it was just paired with the wrong ventilation system and therefore was never capable of keeping the house cool enough during the long hot summer months. Since my landlord saw this setup as technically safe within the terms of our lease agreement, he told me to pay for it myself if I wanted a new system. I begrudgingly went out and bought a window air conditioner that same day to see if it could at least supplement the ailing HVAC system, but amazingly this thing now handles cooling my entire house. The air current is so strong that I just need my ceiling fans on to keep a wind stream flowing from room to room. With this new window unit, I don’t see any need to replace the HVAC system. I think I can get away with a space heater in the winter season as well.
October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020