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Business Heating Up for Local A/C Companies

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Soaring temperatures that feel in the triple digits have air conditioning companies working around the clock. With the heat wave expected to last throughout the week, no immediate end is in sight.

It's that sweltering summer heat that is keeping local A/C companies constantly on the move.

"It's been really busy," Steve Wedel with Barker's Heating and Cooling said. "When the temperature reaches 95 degrees, everything starts breaking and overheating."

Including Steve Wedel, who's been sweating it out trying to fix A/C units going down around town, like Retired Colonel R.L. Reavis'.

"Last night during the night sometime it started getting hot in the room," Reavis said. "We got up around 6:30 a.m. or 7 a.m., it was blowing out nothing but hot air."

"You try and go over in your mind what the problem is," Wedel said.

Steve says the most common A/C problems he's seeing around town are largely preventable.

"Dirty filters, outdoor units are dirty, just a lack of maintenance is the largest thing," Wedel said.

But it's the smallest things those regular check-ups can detect, like the bad fuse found at the Colonol's house.

"It's hot," Reavis said.

Things only look to heat up a little more for this A/C technician.

"Once it reaches 100 degrees and stays at 100 degrees for several days and weeks at a time, nothing runs right, everything just starts giving up," Wedel said.

If you don't want to be left sweating it out this summer here's some easy tips to keep your home cool and efficient all summer long:

-Have your unit checked out for maintenance, one to two times a year.

-Change filters every 30 to 60 days.

-Regulate your house temperature, never turn off the A/C completely. A good idea is to just turn it up a little bit while you're gone.

-Keep blinds, windows, doors all closed or shut at all times to keep the heat out.

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