SPOKANE, Wash. - Air conditioning technicians are getting flooded with calls as high temperatures are leading to requests for repairs and in turn overtime to keep people cool.
Temperatures are expected to be above 90 for the next ten days and that has dispatchers at R & R Heating and Air Conditioning busy answering some 1,200 calls a day for help.
"This year getting up to close to 100 degrees already, it gets really busy," technician Steve Norquist said.
Norquist is working 11 hours a day to respond to those calls for service.
"It gets to the point where we can't just take care of everybody in one day and so we have to schedule them out so it keeps us busy for a while," he said.
There are some things you can do on your own to keep your air conditioning running without the need for costly repairs. For example, change your air conditioner's filter once a month. Also you should keep your thermostat at no lower than 72 degrees to keep the unit from freezing up. Also, you should avoid the rush and have your annual maintenance done before the heat arrives.
"Please be patient with us. We're absolutely doing the best that we possibly can to get everybody taken care of and we understand that it's hot," he added.
However if your air conditioning is beyond replacing an air filter and you need repairs done, right now, with the number of calls for service you can anticipate about a two to three day wait.