Summer-Like Heat Causing AC Problems for Some

It seems Mother Nature is right on cue, with Memorial Day being the unofficial kick off into summer, and temperatures throughout the Valley heating up.

When it gets as hot as it has been outside, it's usually time to turn on the air conditioning, but many people are finding out that neglecting their air conditioner through the winter can actually cost more now.

For some business owners, their bottom line depends on the warm temperatures.

Tim Orebaugh owns Climate Control, where he installs and repairs air conditioning units, and he's seen his service calls double in the last few days.

More work means he needs more help.

Orebaugh says, "We had to bring our extra service guys in, put them on call to take up the slack of the on call."

Many people wait until an extremely hot day to turn on their air conditioning, only to find out it doesn't work.

Orebaugh explains, "[Because] of the economy, their putting off things that they think they can do without but a lot of times it costs them more in the long run."

He says getting your AC unit checked before it gets hot may cost you a little bit, but it could also save you from shelling out more.

If you can't afford routine maintenance to keep you cool, there is one simple thing that can save you from expensive repairs.

Orebaugh says, "Keep your filters clean. A clogged filter can cause more $1,000 compressors to fail than any other thing."

Since the past few days have been a rude awakening into a hot summer, Orebaugh says, "We don't hope for it for the homeowner, but we hope for it for our business."

He says sometimes entirely replacing a broken unit can end up being less expensive than repairing old units, because not only are some older parts more expensive but one broken part can lead to other problems.

Experts recommend replacing air conditioning filters every 30 days. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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