Cooling business heating up with Valley temperatures

By: Taylor Temby Email
By: Taylor Temby Email

After a short cool down, temperatures around the Valley are starting to creep back up. You'll want that A/C with Thursday’s high expected to hit over 100 degrees.

Local companies are saying these summer days are hotter for longer periods of time. That means cooling systems have to work overtime to keep you cool, which could lead them to burn up and end up in an appliance junkyard.

As the temperature keeps ticking up, fans just aren't cutting it anymore.

"We invested in about, four different types of fans," Rick McGee said. "We’re getting ready to put the house on the market and we figured, we're doing some other remodeling, we might as well get the swamp cooler put in."

McGee and his wife held out as long as possible, but finally gave in to the heat. He made the call to get their swamp cooler replaced, and it seems, they're not the only ones.

"It’s been very busy with this unseasonably long, hot weather that we've had. It's been taxing a lot of the older swamp coolers," Countryside Services manager Chris Brand said.

The longer and hotter days are putting a strain on many cooling units, so air conditioning and swamp cooler companies are, ahem, swamped with business.

"Compressors are going out, capacitors, electrical problems," Hawks Air Service president Fred Shurtleff said of the problems. "I could use ten more guys today, but next couple of months, I may not need them."

"Even into the evening it's staying too hot too long, so I think the coolers are running a lot longer than normal," Brand added.

Some systems haven't had to work this hard in months.

“Last year we didn't really have a summer and we really didn't have a winter, so the systems weren't working very hard," Shurtleff said.

But now cooling companies are braving the sun, climbing ladders and making repairs, some that are long overdue.

"If you're trying to limp along a cooler that's leaking, that a lot of the parts aren't working near as efficient, you get a newer unit, the efficiency rating goes way through the roof," Brand said.

And since it looks like the sun is here to stay through the summer months, you better act, or you might just overheat.

"We still have a lot of summer to go before we're out of this," Brand said.

"I got so hot, I figured it's better them be hot for a couple of hours than me for the rest of the summer," McGee said.

One owner who spoke to KKCO 11 News says this is the busiest summer he's had since the drought in 2002, so it looks like this is shaping up to be a similar summer for his business.

Air conditioning companies say with all of the cotton floating around, you'll want to get you’re A/C professionally cleaned, otherwise it can clog up which will slow productivity.


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