As Heat Rises, So Do AC Repairs
As the temperatures hover around 100 degrees throughout the region, air conditioner repair shops have been receiving an an increasing amount of calls.
Chris Lyon, Technical Supervisor for Campbell and Co., said people are not getting their systems serviced during the spring or fall which leads to problems when the air conditioners are turned way up.
"The high temperatures will set in and people want to stay cold," Lyon said. "But the air conditioners are not ready for what they go through, and they fail."
Lyon said he is going on as many as nine service calls a day this week because of the heat and his office is receiving more than 400 calls, up from the regular 55 they usually receive.
Jeff Greene, Pasco, needed service from Campbell and Co. because his unit failed on Monday, the business has been so busy it took until Thursday to get a repairman to his house.
"[It's been] miserable," Greene said. "We've had to use fans and move the heat out at night."
Greene understood the service delays and admits he should have had his unit checked out during the "off-season".
Lyon said there are three things you can do to prevent your air conditioner from failing in the summer:
1) keep the air filter clean
2) get two system checks every year
3) keep the outside system clear so that air can flow in and out of the unit