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Old 10-11-2009, 10:34 PM
Location: Chicago, IL
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Hello Everyone,

Long-time poster in Chicago Forum, new resident to Fort Lauderdale!

I wanted to see if any of the CD people would be able to help me out with a question I have about my current air conditioning in my apartment.

I live in a 2BR/2BA condo near Oakland Park that was built in the late 80's. It has no ceiling fans in it, so I rely a lot on my A/C. The strange thing about the apartment, though, is that the A/C is in the ceiling - not in a separate unit in the apartment, but actually set-up in the ceiling. (I am on the second floor of a 2 floor building).

Since I have moved in, the air seems to be nowhere near the temperature and it decides when it wants to blow cold air out. I have reset the thermostat already and have reprogrammed it, but the air conditioning just seems old or "funky" to me.

Is it common to have this type of "ceiling" cooling in South Florida? Does anyone have any experience with it/advice for how to handle it best? My landlord lives out of state, so I am not sure how much she can help me. Please let me know any advice or tips that would help me make the most of this! Thanks!
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Old 10-12-2009, 03:22 PM
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Are you certain that your a/c is dedicated to just your unit? The reason I ask this, a friend of ours had a similar problem only to learn that their apartment was once part of a larger apartment which was split to make two apartments. Part of the controls remained with the other apartment as well as duct work.

Also, are you referring to the air handler being in the ceiling? Our office is set up like that - the air handler is in the ceiling. I guess this was not uncommon twenty some years ago.
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Old 10-12-2009, 05:10 PM
Location: Broward County
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It is not too common, but does exist in some parts of South Florida. Miramar for instance has an area that all the single family homes have their A/C in the attic space supported by trussess. Why someone would have an A/C unit in their attic, I haven't got a clue. Very difficult to service not to mention the added fire hazard it creates.
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