It doesn’t take much to cause a real disaster, especially when it comes to air conditioning systems. Heck, Mandi accidentally tilted the window unit in the rental house she’s staying in the wrong way, and was frightened by a big ole puddle on the floor. At least that was easy to fix.
Unfortunately, not all tenants are so quick to report an air conditioning issue, nor are all easy to fix. Today’s horror story is a case in point. You, too, can learn from it!
Blue Ridge Blues
Our Blue Ridge house is one of the first ones we did as a company, and it’s one we learned a lot of lessons on (such as, sometimes a contractor delays a project because he is secretly living in it with his large dog). It’s been a rental property for the past year and a half, and that also taught us a lesson about property management companies (that they will charge you a LOT for minor things).
Well, they were in quite a panic because suddenly their floors were flooding. They had no idea what was causing it, and were quite upset. Well, when we saw it, so were we. Carol went over there and took the pictures that accompany this post. She was not pleased, as you can imagine. Our nice floors and carpets are looking bad, and worse, they waited so long that there is mold. MOLD. We hate mold.
What caused this, you may ask? Well, it was not changing the air conditioning filters as often as the lease required them to, along with using those really nice, fancy HEPA filters. Apparently, you must change them often, or all sorts of dire events will occur, such as ruined floors, walls, and such.
We do have insurance on the house, but even so, we will have to pay a deductible. Since the requirement to change the filters is in the lease, we can perhaps get some of that money back by charging the tenants. Nonetheless, this mess will not be fun to repair. Ugh.
Lessons You Can Learn!
I don’t think any of us knew that the kind of filters we were using were liable to cause problems this badly. Some of that stems from the fact that most of us at Hermit Haus are pretty big on changing our filters on a regular schedule. If you don’t, mark our words, bad stuff can happen (in fact, here’s an article on just what some of that bad stuff is…read the part on “frozen coils” carefully, because that’s going to be featured in another post). So, bear these things in mind if you don’t want warped floors and moldy walls:
- Change your air conditioner filters regularly. Do you know where they are? That’s important.
- The cheap ones are fine to use. Just change them monthly. That’s what our AC guy said, and he’s smart.
- If your air conditioner stops working well, check the filter FIRST. Then call in someone!
- If the drip pan that drips outside your house is dripping like crazy. There is a problem. If you are a tenant, call your landlord or property management company ASAP (because you may be responsible!)
- If you own rental housing, either change the filters yourself (mine used to do that), or make darned sure your renters know how to do it and will do it.
We’ll let you know how this all works out.
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