Heat Causes Problems For Air Conditioners

Heat Causes Problems For Air Conditioners

It's pretty hard to beat the heat outside, so many Texomans are staying in making sure the air conditioner is up and running and keeping the home cool.

But Robert Aldrich's air conditioning unit hasn't been doing its job.

"We maintain about 75 degrees in the house and so when one area has difficulty maintaining that is kind of an alarm," said Aldrich.

Aldrich is not the only one having problems with his unit. AC repair technicians from Ferguson-Veresh have been working non stop ever since the temperatures hit the triple digits.

"At this time of year, whenever the temperatures get hotter the actual capacity of the unit begins to decrease a little bit," said Shane FitzHenry, the vice president of Ferguson-Veresh.

Business has basically doubled for the company and extra technicians have been hired to keep up with demand. But FitzHenry said, if your unit is not working properly, you can't just blame high temperatures. Many people turn off their air conditioner when they leave the house to conserve money but that's actually a big mistake.

FitzHenry said, "Don't turn the unit off completely. Just turn the temperature up a little bit. If you turn the unit off, the house gets very warm, the furnishings inside the house get to a very hot temperature and it takes a lot of energy to bring the temperature back down in the house."

Technicians said changing the filters is also absolutely critical especially now that air conditioners are running for a longer period of time. That's what keeps the air flowing so it should be checked at least every 30 days.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6