Pregnant woman forced to live without A/C after apartment allegedly refuses to fix it

Posted at 5:42 PM, Aug 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-24 22:14:16-04

It’s hard to imagine going a day without air conditioning, especially in Arizona, but one soon-to-be mother says her apartment's A/C unit has been out for over three weeks now.

Tia Mansbridge reached out to ABC15 for help after her pleas to management continued to be ignored.

Outside the Phoenix apartment off 35th Avenue and Indian School Road it's a scorching 102-degrees.

“I’m really worried about it because I’m considered a high-risk pregnancy,” Mansbridge explained.

Inside Mansbridge apartment, the temperature isn’t much better.

At 30 weeks pregnant, she says her baby's life is on the line because she’s been without air conditioning since Aug. 2.

“It’s making me feel really weak, I don’t feel like myself, I don’t feel my baby move,” Mansbridge said.

She says she’s made a number of trips to her doctor to check on the baby. She even spent a night in the emergency room due to a heat stroke. Unfortunately, her A/C unit is still not repaired.

“When they came up last week they said it was fine and to just let it cool off, and then they came up yesterday to fix it and they told me to wait five hours and turn it on and I did and it’s still hot in here,” she said.

According to Phoenix law, the A/C must cool an entire apartment to at least 82-degrees. ABC15 decided to run several checks around the apartment and not a single reaching came in below that temperature.

We went to speak with the manager but were told she was on lunch. Within the next hour, a worker and a ladder popped up onto the roof of the apartment to once again check the A/C unit.

The manager promptly asked us to leave the property and refused to explain why she allowed this to go on so long. While the manager had nothing to say, Mansbridge did, telling us if it's not fixed she’ll be forced to find a new home.

“I’m gonna just end up having to move because of the high-risk pregnancy this is not good on my health or my kids,” Mansbridge said.