Extreme Heat Keeping AC Repair Crews Busy

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -In this summer's heat wave, resident's find their AC units are not keeping them as cool as they would like.

HVAC technicians are making the rounds, to keep Kansans comfortable.

McElroy's Inc. technician Kirk York says "It's ridiculous how many calls come into the shop but I'd much rather be out in the heat than inside answering the phones thats for sure."

The McElroy technician's work days are packed with house calls to ensure Topekans stay cool during this stifling heat wave often times to fix one common problem.

They say the largest problem has been compacators gone bad. Technician Keith Watkins says, "They are filled with oil and have electrical current going through them all the time and they don't like hot weather."

If you are having problems getting to a certain temperature on days in the triple digits, Kirk says it might not even be the AC unit...in fact most units are only designed to work in conditions up to 95 degrees.

He says "It's not uncommon to get a call saying its not keeping up. You have it set at 70 and its 73 in the house and with it being 105 or hotter, it just can't keep up. Air conditioners arent designed to pull the house down that low when its this hot outside.

Every household has a different temperature they feel comfortable at and experienced technician Keith Watkins believes there's one way to keep cool indoors throughout this heatwave.

He says, "I try to keep my house at a constant temperature and let it run. It's easier on the unit to do that."
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The technicians say they begin preventative maintenance on air conditioners as early as march, that's the best way to avoid problems once summer begins.


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