Heatwave has local Heating/AC companies working 'overtime'

Published: Jul. 21, 2011 at 3:28 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2011 at 3:29 AM EDT
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Charlotte, N.C. (WBTV) -- The last thing you want is you air conditioning unit to go on the fritz. But it is happening all over the Charlotte region, thanks to our current heatwave.

Local heating and A.C. companies like Morris Jenkins said the scorching temps have their technicians working overtime.

WBTV caught up with Kenny Lusk, one of the company's techs Wednesday night. He said he had been going non-stop all day.

"They're breaking left and right," said Lusk. "No matter how many calls we can try to get done, there's always more on the board to try to get done."

In fact Morris Jenkins said it has nearly 700 calls for service Wednesday alone. On day with average hit, that number is around 400 calls.

Janene Palmquist was one of those callers. She said her A.C. went out Wednesday afternoon. The timing was horrible, she said, considering she has a house full of relatives visiting from out-of-town.

"With my in-laws here -- they're in their 80s -- and its very, very hot," said Palmquist.

With the temperatures forecast to skyrocket through the weekend, Lusk said the demand for his company's services will only increase.

That is why he said regular maintenance is key. Something Palmquist admitted she hasn't done in the past.

"This has happened a couple of years in a row," she said. "You know you kinda scimp and then you end up paying the big bucks because you didn't do what you were supposed to do."

Lusk also said scheduling regular maintenance can save homeowners hundreds of dollars because they can usually troubleshoot any problems before a unit breaks down.

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