Are there ratings for apartment air conditioners?
Just this last weekend, my roommate and I experienced difficulties cooling our home. We live in Dallas, Texas and the temperature got near, but did not break 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It felt like it was over 80 degrees inside the house. Having rats who must be kept in cool air (no higher than 77 degrees), I grew concerned.
I sent my roommate who was off work the next morning to have a work report filled for our air conditioning unit on Monday.
On Thursday, the 24th, I found a piece of paper from the office with their company logo on it. It had been left on the clips that are provided on our front door. The date on was for May the 5th of this year.
The letter stated that the air conditioning units, that were "rated acceptable size for [the] apartment", can only cool the air inside to 20 degrees below the outside temperature.
It went on with a, I consider, poor example of the temperature being 108 degrees outside and the inside only being able to be cooled to 88 degrees. I was, as you might imagine, alarmed by this.
I plan on talking to my landlord, or whoever I can get in the office, this weekend concerning it. I have already done some research in the matter. I doubt it will do anything, but I still wish to do something.
I know that they are correct about the air conditioning units only cooling to 20 degrees below that of the outside air, although it was my understanding that this would be a poor quality unit to have, especially for Texas summers, which can hit 108 degrees outside.
I would not only like to check that this is accurate, but I would like to know what this "rating" is for the acceptable size of an air conditioning unit for apartments in Dallas, Texas.
I tried to Google the information myself, but I might not be using the right combination of words.
I have lived on my own now for eleven years and never had any apartment complex give this as a reason for an air conditioning unit not working (and in the letter they did state that they got many complaints about it in May, when the temperature was in the 80's). In fact, before this I lived in two apartment complexes in Texas for all of the summer. Neither of them gave me this problem or stated this in their letters.
I am afraid my apartment complex might be disguising the fact that they have old air conditioner units and old buildings with poor insulation with words such as "rated acceptable size".
Any help would be appreciated with this. I worry for the sake of my rats and do not want the air conditioning to suddenly fail and leave the house above 77 degrees when me and my roommate are away from it.
Thank you for your time,