So for a couple of years now, I’d been under the impression that the air conditioning wasn’t activated by the office until the beginning of May. Since it is now May 11th and — as of noon — the temperature of our apartment had hit 85 degrees, I decided to call the leasing office. Apparently, I was not the first person to do so.
It turns out that I have — and have always had — complete control over the air conditioning. But after careful investigation, it was discovered that the previous management (the transfer took place at the end of March) had neglected to fill the outside tanks with the necessary refrigerant. The tanks are supposed to be cleaned out / refilled some time in March, yet it looks as if the previous company had made a practice of not performing the necessary maintenance until May — presumably as a means of cutting costs.
I suppose that would explain why the office staff would always get so evasive whenever I’d call to inquire about the A/C status.
It also turns out that many of the tanks had been mislabeled and improperly serviced — some showed signs of not having been cleaned out in years. Luckily, ours was an easy fix. 🙂
Just another reason I’m glad the property has changed hands. Hopefully now I won’t be receiving any more mistaken eviction notices (for failing to resign my lease almost two weeks after I HAD resigned) or cure-or-quit notices for allegedly storing bizarre, hazardous shit out on my balcony that I don’t even own.