Answered on Aug 20th, 2013 at 12:42 AM
While a landlord, or management, is required to repair and maintain all appliances provided under the Washington Landlord-Tenant Act (See RCW 59.18.060), if there is nothing wrong with an appliance, there is no duty to repair it. If your electric bills are high, it might very well be due to the A/C. A/C units often use more power than other appliances, and if they are run constantly, that might be the real cause of your high bills, not a defect in the unit. If you suspect the unit and the landlord will not repair it, you may want to have an independent third party company inspect the unit and if they determine that the A/C is indeed broken, then present that along with the bill to the manager. If they determine there is nothing wrong, you will be stuck with the bill, but you will at least have piece of mind that your A/C is working fine.