A. The plastic louvers (white plastic vent pieces) should direct the air flow as follows:
In winter -- toward the window
In summer -- away from the window
New louvers may be purchased from the Management Office.
B. Never block the bottom area (near the floor) of the HVAC unit with furniture or other items. Leave adequate space for air circulation.
C. Underneath each HVAC unit is a long rectangular shaped metal mesh or cardboard filter. If not kept clean, the filters can't properly collect dust which then re-circulates into your apartment and within the equipment. You should clean these filters at least twice a year, but preferably four or more times a year. The filters are located on the bottom of the HVAC unit (about 5 inches above the floor). There are two small latches on the bottom of the HVAC cover about one foot from each end. Turn the latches and the filter should drop. The filter sits on a back ledge with the two latches holding up the front side. Filters may be cleaned with a vacuum cleaner, water or a combination of soap and water. Be careful if cleaning them in a bathtub since the metal might scratch the porcelain finish. Consider placing a towel in the bathtub to prevent scratches.
D. In late April and again in late June, you should check the
HVAC drain pans. At the opposite end of the HVAC unit from the switch, use a flashlight and look down (about 12" below the top of the unit) to see a small metal tray (2" wide by 8" long) with a hole in
the middle. About 6" below that tray is another larger tray (6" by 6") with a hole in the middle which is attached to a drain pipe. Make sure the holes are open and are not blocked with any debris. If you have an appropriate attachment, use a vacuum cleaner to clean out the
sludge type build up in the trays; otherwise, use your hand to clean out the trays. This is to avoid future blockage in the drain pipe. The other end of the drain pan must also be kept clear of debris. If you
suspect that your drains are plugged, please call maintenance.
If your drainage is obstructed, there is a good chance that water could
be or will be doing damage to your carpeting or floor, or to your
neighbor's ceiling, wall coverings, carpeting, flooring, etc.
IF THE CAUSE IS DUE TO BLOCKAGE IN YOUR DRAIN PANS, YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR NEIGHBOR'S PROPERTY.