With heat indexes reaching the 100 degree mark this week, the air conditioners will certainly get a workout. Yet, the extreme heat could cause problems with the A/C units themselves.
The sound of air conditioners running in overdrive is a traditional sound of summer. With periods of extreme heat, the machines are not the only things running full speed ahead.
"Well, we probably had about 80 service calls today [Monday] and there was no way we could keep up with the demand," Central Heating and Air co-owner Jeff Haas said.
Central Heating and Air is one of the many repair businesses working non-stop to fix all the issues.
"We know it's going to happen, and we just kind of gear up with parts and things of that nature," Haas said.
One of the biggest air conditioning problems Haas sees is an error by the home owner.
"Air filters, keeping your air filter replaced and clean. I would check that every other month. The real high efficiency air filters get dirty real fast," Haas said.
Other technicians are seeing a similar increase in business with the increased temps.
"Yeah, today was a pretty good workout for us. We had close to 50 service calls that we did today [Monday]," Frisbee Plumbing and Heating manager Mark Lamb said.
Lamb and his technicians are noticing some issues that traditionally come with the heat.
"Often times motors fail on extremely hot temperatures like today, compressors fail, we see a lot of different types of failures out in the field," Lamb said.
To keep the air conditioners running at their most effective level, the technicians can come and take a look at the unit and clean up coils that have collected debris.
"When that happens, the heat will cause a premature failure on the motor and more importantly, your efficiency will be reduced," Lamb said.
One other tip Lamb suggests is keeping the air conditioner clear of any bushes.
"Shrubs can start growing and encompass the air conditioner, and when that happens, that reduces the air flow across the coils, too," Lamb said.
For homeowners, it could all come down to proper upkeep.
"Getting maintenance done on your air conditioner, that's just huge, especially if you're ready for these times and you can anticipate problems," Haas said.
These heatwaves always tend to happen mid to late August, so the most common recommendation is to get a spring check-up on your air conditioner so that your home is absolutely ready to take on the heat.