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Don't leave the AC running

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With hot weather gripping South Georgia, many people have the air conditioner running non-stop.

Albany firefighters say that's not a good idea. Air conditioners are meant to cool off an area and then stop so the motor and other parts can also cool down.

Running the air conditioner without a break can lead to fires when the unit overheats.

If the A. C. unit catches on fire it can lead to serious damage to the entire home.

Firefighters say being aware of the limitations of the air conditioner before you buy it can help prevent problems.

Chief James Carswell of the Albany Fire Department said, "Most of the window units or even the central units are designed for a certain tonnage or certain BTU based on the area it's trying to cool. And, of course, that's the first thing you need to do. Make sure the area you're trying to cool, the unit's big enough to keep that area cool."

Chief Carswell says the best way to avoid problems with your air conditioner is to turn up the thermostat a bit so the A. C. doesn't constantly run.

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