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Avoiding an AC nightmare in summer heat

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 23:12:34-04

SAND SPRINGS, OK (KJRH) — With temperatures in the 90's for the past week, many Green Country families are firing up their air conditioning units. Experts warn to get them checked in the early stages of extreme heat to avoid an AC nightmare down the road.

Brian Rice, owner of Brian's Heat and Air, goes on as many as a dozen calls a day for problems like broken A/C motors. Those problems can cost upwards of $1 thousand for a replacement.

Rice says for a fraction of that cost, you can get your system checked. He stresses doing so at the beginning of the hot weather season, especially if you don't feel cool air when you turn your unit on for the first time.

Issues range from backups in the lines due to algae, sludge, and bugs, to Freon leaks, or clogged lines and motor issues. Any of those issues can be caused or go unnoticed from months of the unit not being used.

"A lot of times people will catch it in time," Rice said about issues that can lead to house fires, "but I'd say about one in every one thousand service calls we see that happen."

The best way to avoid a problem is to get your unit checked if you don't feel cool air in your home, or if you have an older system.

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