Busy Time for A.C. Technicians

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

People are trying their best to stay cool in these hot temperatures.

This is also a busy time for cooling technicians, who spend their days fixing air conditioners. One of the most popular ways to cool down is to just stay inside in air conditioning.

Even though they fix air conditioning units, technicians struggle to stay cool in the heat.

"It's pretty hot out here today," Technician Joey Collins said.

"It's rough out here. But some water will keep us going and get us through," Technician Hank Borders said.

At this house, the unit was 18 years old, and beyond repair.

"We removed the old unit and replace the new system completely," Collins said.

Technician Brad Pennington said this unit was replaced because the parts for this machine were outdated. But he adds repairs like this can be prevented if you maintain it.

"Service them to keep them clean at least every two years. If it is more than 15 years old, once a year, sometimes twice," Technician Brad Pennington said.

Technicians also say its good to keep the grass mowed and the hedges cleared so the unit can run more efficiently.

"Keep these hedges and bushes at least a few feet clear to give the system a chance to breathe good and keep the filters clean," Collins said.

A new air conditioning unit can cost as much as $10,000, so Pennington says not keeping your machine properly maintained can be an expensive mistake.

He also says it is a good idea to keep your thermostat around 75 degrees if the temperature outside is more than 90 degrees. He says if you have it too low, the unit will not run as efficiently and may not be able to keep the house cool.

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