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Protect your AC unit during this HOT summer

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August 13, 2007

Albany--Staying indoors is one way to beat the summer heat. With our recent temperatures staying at or near 100 degrees lately, air conditioning trouble is the last thing you want to run into.

So to make sure your AC runs smoothly all summer long, News 10 spoke with one AC technician for some advice.

As the temperatures increase, so does business for many AC technicians like Tom Edwards. "We're so backed up, we're working late hours. It's rough," says Edwards.

For the past week, he's averaged eight service calls daily to customers whose AC units have just stopped working for one reason or another.

"Low freon, stopped up filters, burned out capacitors," says Edwards.

And to make sure these problems don't happen to you during this summer's heat wave, Edwards says there are a few tips for homeowners. The first being:

"Try not to keep your house on real low temperatures, seventy-five, seventy-six, if possible. It's hot outside, so the air conditioners are doing all they can do. With the south Georgia heat, they're not going to be able to get their house down to seventy or sixty-eight degrees," says Edwards.

Also, check your air filters often. Edwards says it's a tip many people often overlook. "A lot of houses, they need to change them every month, but some of the new houses, just keep them checked at least once a month," says Edwards.

Lastly, if possible, try to prevent anything that could cause damage from getting inside your outside unit. "Keep the stuff around the air conditioner outside clean from all the debris and stuff," says Edwards.

And even after all these, should you still need to call a repairman---Edwards is asking customers: "Bear with us. We'll get to you as soon as we can," says Edwards.

AC technicians say it's also good to have your unit serviced at least twice a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall.

Even though technicians have been extra busy recently, they expect service calls to die down dramatically by early September but pick right back up again during the winter.

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