Air conditioners on overdrive in intense heat

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Now that the dog days of summer are here, Paulette Vantell said the last thing she was expecting was her air conditioner to stop working.

“I was like Oh my God. It is going to be so hot in here,” Vantell said.

So she had to call for help.

“I get really hot, so I freak out,” Vantell said.

Apparently, she’s not the only one.

Tim Clayton with Clayton Heating and Air Conditioning said anytime the temperatures get above 85 degrees, the phones ring off the hook.

“It gets pretty crazy in here. We get probably 100 to 125 calls a day,” Clayton said.

On a normal day, they get around 40.

With all the calls coming in, workers are having to go out to get those air conditioners running again. Al Bochert has been with the company for 21 years.

He was at Vantell’s home Tuesday afternoon.

“It just wouldn’t cool down,” Vantell said.

Bochert said he would do a service check. He said it is usually an easy fix for homeowners.

People are recommended to have their air conditioner units serviced yearly.

Clayton said more than eight of every 10 repair calls can be fixed with simply replacing the air conditioner filter. Another thing a lot of people are guilty of doing is opening windows when the temperatures start to cool down at night. Clayton said that may actually cost more money in the long haul, because the AC unit will have to work harder to cool your home back down and get the humidity out. Instead, it’s suggested just bumping the thermostat up a couple of degrees.

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