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AC techs working summer overtime

July 28, 2005

Thomasville-- Cool air is hot business this summer in Thomasville, but for air conditioning technicians like John Cain, getting it to you isn't a breeze.

"We go into some houses where they say the air conditioning isn't working like it should, and we come in from the outside and it actually feels pretty cool," says Cain. Cain works alongside Gregg Carr, backup for their busiest time of the year. "With the heat and humidity as high as it is, our call volume goes up drastically," says Carr.

Cain and Carr are putting in 12 hour days, working as much overtime as possible to get you through the night. "The hardest part is probably just when you can't get to somebody. You want to try to take care of everybody who calls you, but you just can't get to everybody in a day's time. You have to be careful and try to make sure the guys are getting their rest and not getting sick," says Carr.

Inside, you may want to keep your air conditioning around 70. But technicians say that if it's maintaining 76, you're doing just fine. "The outdoor heat directly affects the way the unit operates. The hotter it is outside, the less cooling you can actually get out of the unit," says Carr.

If your AC unit isn't working at all: "Be patient when you call us. We'll get to you as quickly as we can," says Carr. "If they would check and change that filter once a month, some of these service calls could be prevented," adds Cain. The same goes for replacing older units, the main source of calls.

Another tip technicians have for getting more out of your AC unit is to keep it clear of debris or plants. The more air the unit gets on the outside, the cooler you get on the inside.

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