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Potomac Ridge Apts - Noisy Air Condition Unit

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Review by bboston2562 on 2012-06-16
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WOODBRIDGE, VIRGINIA -- I moved in to Potomac Ridge apts on March 23, 2012. I have not had a good night sleep since I moved in. The air condition unit is in the apt. below mine has excessive loud anoring noise which is coming from the apt below mine. I am in the third floor apt. The noise is in my apt day and night when the tenant below me turns on its A/C unit which is everyday. The noise is my bedroom and living room I can even hear it in the bathroom. I have put in several compliants verBally and sent emails complaining since I moved in the apt. The managers came over to listen and said they don't hear anything, but the refrigerator.

The second time one manager came the second time, and with the maintenance man came to listen and they finally hear what I am complaining about the noisy air condition unit and said to me thats normal. I said its no way that could be normal. I have said to them that I am losing massive of sleep I get up at 3:45 am to go to work, and when I come home I can not sleep. I told them they need to do something because this is really stressing me out. In early emails and verBally I asked to be release from my lease and have my deposit return because I was not inform about a noisy air condition unit in the bedroom. The Manager told me I had to pay 1100.00 to be release from my lease. I feel I should not have to pay a pentaly for their noisy aircondition unit. What Can I do? Please help I am very stress with this situtation.
Comments:18 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-06-18
Posted by TLSmith on 2012-06-16:
Can they move you to another apt in the same building/unit?
Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-06-16:
Good question TL
Posted by raven2010 on 2012-06-16:
Oh wow, that would drive me right over the edge. I wonder if the OP can contact the person(s)in the unit with the loud air conditioner and see if the noise also bothers them.

Then maybe they can tag team the landlord.
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-06-16:
I had a very similar problem in an apartment where the guy below me had an air cleaner of some kind. It made a horrible hum that was audible throughout the apartment. The landlord let me out of my lease. I understand what you are going through. TL Smith has a good suggestion - in my case it was a small building with only a few apartments, so there wasn't another apartment available.
Posted by ticia232 on 2012-06-17:
Is this a landlord placed air conditioner or one the tenant bought and placed in their window? I ask because if it is latter the landlord has no control over it. I went through that with an upstairs neighbor, I bought some comfortable earplugs to sleep. (and also learned to put my alarm clock very loud so that I could hear it.)
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-06-17:
I tried that ticia in the circumstance I mentioned above. The earplugs were not comfortable enough. I then tried noise-cancelling headphones, which worked well, EXCEPT they were also not comfortable. I decided it wasn't worth the insidious din and moved.
Posted by Cwazychicken on 2012-06-17:
My air conditioner is loud, but it does not bother me. Apartments are kinda loud though. I live in a basement and what does bother me is a bunch of people hanging out outside my windows, drinking, laughing and more at 12 to 2 am in the morning!! So i put my air on on purpose to block them out.
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-06-17:
That is an interesting point, Cwazy. I currently use an old Westinhouse box fan that was built like a tank, in the mornings, to block out the sound of crows that wake up in the trees near my house (I am in the middle of the woods). It works great, but another bird with an annoying call it does nothing for. I use Betsy to take care of them.

I hadn't thought of this solution when I had the apartment problem detailed above, but that guy ran his 24/7. I asked if he could shut it off for a few hours in the evening, but no dice.
Posted by Bill on 2012-06-17:
Try placing a floor fan in the room where you sleep.
I've found that the noise from a fan will block out just about anything and the fan noise will not inhibit you from falling asleep. Well not me anyway.
Posted by bboston2562 on 2012-06-17:
Thank you all for sharing, but what would you do if you were in my situation? Would you pay the 1100.00 and move on? For me I dont have a extra money to give to a landlord when this is their problem and to get money to move with for a new place. It will take me at least a couple of months to get the money. Plus I am still paying the rent its hard. What will you all do? I appreicate your comments. Thank you,
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-06-17:
That is where I have mine sitting, Bill. That hum blocks most anything except a few species of birds at 5am. Thankfully most of them are pleasant, like wrens and towhees.

To the OP, you have to make your own decision, which will vary from person to person. I could not handle the psychological strain of constant noise 24 hours a day, regardless of being able to block it out while sleeping. It was just too unnatural. I would have moved even if the landlord hadn't refunded the deposit, but I could afford to do so. Good luck.
Posted by Cwazychicken on 2012-06-17:
It is nice to block any noice heh. I also use a fan too so i mostly hear the fan. But this is a hard choice, i guess im just immune to the sound about now of my air conditioning. I know i wouldnt like to pay 1100 dollars to move because of this issue. How long is left on your lease before you can move? 6 months? 12 months? I dont know you may have to suck it up (sadly, thats probably what i would do as im broke!) and pray for the tenants to move before you do. Or take a good sleeping pill...jk, dont want to suggest getting addicted to pills now...but i really dont know what else u can do if the landlord wont budge.
Posted by TLSmith on 2012-06-17:
Bill, I have had a fan on my bdrm floor for over 20 yrs because I am a very light sleeper, and it does wonders for blocking out noises. I even take a small fan with me when I go on vacation because there is no way that I can sleep without the hum of a fan.
Posted by Anonymous on 2012-06-17:
TLSmith, I too sleep with a fan next to my bed. I get up at 4 am and there's 3 kids in my house. I need it to block out the noise.
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-06-17:
It's interesting to see how many of us use fans to block out noise. At least it is to me. Mine goes on at 5am - I keep meaning to put that sucker on a timer.
Posted by ok4now on 2012-06-17:
When I lived in Philly a loud A/C was the least of my concerns. At the time I worked graveyard and had to sleep during the day. You hear EVERY little noise. Trash trucks, kids playing ball, barking dogs, ice cream trucks blasting music for 12 hours straight, lawn mowers, loud big mouth neighbors etc, it never ends. I was lucky to get 4 hours sleep and was always cranky, just ask my wife. My solution??? I moved to a nice big single home in the suburbs. It's at the end of a col-d-sac street with no traffic. It is so quiet I feel like I'm living in the middle of a cemetery and loving it.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2012-06-17:
In my case, the loud droning of a fan or air conditioner actually helps me sleep. I had a fairly loud A/C in the window of a house I used to own, and the noise drowned out the neighbors' frequent screaming and arguing. I also have a radio that has various sound effects buttons. I set it on "thunderstorm", put on the A/C and/or fan, and sleep like a baby. Different people react differently to A/C/fan/furnace noises-some people want it whisper quiet, while others prefer some noise in the operation.
Posted by ticia232 on 2012-06-18:
OP, I appreciate the response, but you never answered my question. If it is an air conditioner that the landlord supplied, then it is their problem, if it is not one unfortunately for you their hands are tied. They CANNOT tell the the person below you to stop running their air conditioner as that would violate their rights, according to the landlord/tenant laws.

That is why most people are telling you how to deal with it. Because we have been there before and that is how we dealt with it. Neighbors noises are NOT the fault of the landlord.

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