Heat Can Take a Toll on Your A/C

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If you can't use extra water to keep cool, you're probably relying on your air-conditioner.

But, the heat is taking its toll on that too.

Air-conditioners are going out right and left, leaving many people with no way to beat the heat.

Air-conditioner service technician Chad Fortner is swamped, helping five to ten customers a day in the sweltering heat.

"Everyone's having problems keeping their homes cool due to back-up maintenance on their AC units and up-keep," Fortner said.

Chad said they're so busy, some customers have to wait up to two days for service.

"Sometimes an average call can take an hour to three-hours. We do a first-come, first-serve basis. But it also depends on the emergency, like if they have children or health problems," Fortner explained.

Marilyn Bailey had to wait a day to have her air-conditioner fixed.

"It's been warm. You're going to work up a sweat not doing much," Bailey said.

Marilyn has a 17-year-old daughter and a dog. She said the heat made them irritable.

So, they've spent the last 24-hours away from home as much as possible.

"It's easy for her to go swimming or go somewhere cool where teenagers like to go. I'm a teacher so it's been easier to go back and work in my room," Bailey explained.

But when they were home, they had to find other alternatives to cool off.

"Actually during the day it's very hot, but at night it cooled out," Bailey said.

Marilyn said the best way to keep cool when your air is out is by keeping you windows up and fan on.

"That's about the only thing you can do unless you have a portable air-conditioner or something," Fortner said.

After about an hour of work, Marilyn was cooling off but Chad was heading back out into the heat.

"Drink lots of water and eat a big breakfast, that's about it," Fortner added.

Chad said the best way to prevent your air-conditioner from going out is by making sure it stays clean and change your filter regularly.

For tips on keeping you air-conditioning unit running, click here.

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