This question was submitted and answered on 7/24. I don't see a difference...please advise.
As RS-FL stated; asked and answered.
Did you not like the answers from your first post? Were you hoping to get the answer you wanted but did not?
Stop wasting everyone's time.
Honestly. I never heard of such a thing in my life. The air conditioning units are the responsibility of the owners. Why should anyone have to pay for their hotel while the unit is being installed? It should be placed in the same space the old was in. It only takes a matter of hours to have it installed. I speak from experience. My unit was from the early 90's and it finally went in January for good. I called Sears and they put a new unit where the old unit had been. The work was completed in one day.
Why go through so much expense? The owners are responsible and the new unit can be placed where the old unit was. That is all there is to it.
This is so weird ! Please explain the following so we(I) can better understand.
You say - " the a/c units are grouped (3-4 a/c units together, outside of certain ground Units Resident's bedroom window. Would the Board have liability if the a/c units obstruct their view or impeded their escape during an emergency?"
Sounds like the remote Compressor is ground mounted so how can it obstruct any ones view?
If the Developer originally installed these, or anyone else, they would have to pass the Local Fire Depts. guidelines for an escape route. Right !?
How are the Cooling units mounted.
Any part of them extending into the outside Common Area ?
It seems to me that most of the spaces for the units are either inside or in the window. No one's view is obstructed. I am sure that was taken into consideration when the condos were built.
If they improperly place those air conditioning
units, then it is their fault for sure.
Do not worry about a new unit not fitting in the space where the old unit was.
My central heating /air unit went out in January. It was a goner from the 70's and I had Sears install a new unit. Sears put the new unit in the space where the old one was, no problem. It is in my hallway installed. The units can be custom made to fit where the old one was. I say there is no problem about the units obstructing. much ado about nothing.
It depends on where they are located: in condo or part of common area. When I was in Dallas tx, cooling
units were the associations problems due to the fact that is was of the common area. So it completely depends.
I agree. It depends on how the air conditioning
is categorized in the contracts.
It seems like the unit would be completely on the owner. If it is obstructing an escape route, it should be taken care of. The board should look into things if there is conflict, but the owners should take care of the situation.
Jen Kirk | http://www.thompsonheatingcooling.net/Heating-/-Cooling-Products/
When our air conditioning unit broke last summer in Arizona we had to stay in a hotel for a few days. We did ask our HOA if they covered it, but they said no. The HOA did give us a list of companies that would do the needed repairs and a general pricing matrix though. Really cut down our search time. http://www.springerbros.net
Since you said each residential unit is responsible for their own ac unit, I think that means you'd have to pay the cost for everything. It seems like you're trying to impose some of the costs onto the association, but since it's in the bylaws that the ac is your responsibility, all of it is on you. Fans are also a good alternative to staying in a hotel.
Claudia Rosenburg | http://www.bowmanheating.com/air-conditioning.html
I agree with Claudia, an AC unit is part of your contract, and you should be liable for what happens to it. I don't know how I would survive without having an AC unit in my apartment though. It would be worth the extra monthly fee for me to have central air, over having to only use fans. http://www.emc-company.com/hvac-mechanical-maintenance/
You should be liable for all of the appliances that are found within your home, AC included. As long as you keep up with the maintenance, and don't run it for ridiculous amounts of time, your air conditioner should be fine though. It would be horrible to have to live in a house with air conditioning. http://www.hayesheating.com/products/air-conditioners/
I doubt that it would be a liability to the association. However, I don't know. I would suggest asking someone who works for the complex, or someone who works on AC units.
Jayden Eden | http://www.lakesideheating.com/central-air/
I can see almost anything being considered a liability. I'm just glad that we haven't had any problems with our air conditioner since we moved in. This has been one of the hottest summers since I could remember. http://www.darylsheatingandair.com/services
Air conditioners are the responsibility of the owners. I would consult with a contractor or a lawyer about any liability beyond that. Otherwise, I'd say you are safe.
Anita Mas | http://www.universalrefrig.com
I don't think that is the case but I could be wrong. I hope that you are not held liable for heating and air conditioning units. I feel if they were there when you moved in, then it is not your responsibility. http://www.southwestheatingandcooling.com
I haven't heard of many incidents. There could be a potential for danger though. It's just like anything else.
Air regulation is necessary. It's all about comfort. I would really hope that they'll help you live comfortably.
It might be worth it to see about getting central air for the buildings. It seems like the individual units are getting out of hand. If it's come down to a fight between the board and unit owners, then it's probably worth it to spend the extra money to get things resolved.
Jenn | http://www.arnicaheatingandair.com
I can see it being used as a liability for to condo associations, but I wouldn't worry about it too much. Living without AC is terrible, believe me, I know from experience. The cost of having the cooling that you need really outweighs all other considerations. http://www.virginiamechanical.com
If they are really old or if they were put in without permission I would say they are a liability. Are you saying this because you have one, or because you're going to put one in? I would check to see if that is okay with the condo association first. http://www.cblucashvac.com
There are some instances where the association is liable for broken air conditioners. It is the association's responsibility to set a maximum temperature limit that owners must follow. This makes sure that owners are suffering under unsafe living conditions.
Elisa Jed | http://www.timoniumheatingandair.com
I was thinking the same thing Dolores. Be sure and have the air conditioning units inspected before making any rash decisions. This will be essential to whether the units need repaired or replaced. http://www.airquipheating.com/Services.aspx
I see where you are going with this, but I think that it is the responsible of the owners to get central air repair themselves. I would really love to get mine fixed. It had been a while since it has been working. http://cbrothers.com