Air conditioning service technicians busy at work during heat index, offer tips to maintain unit

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — In the wake of summer heat, air conditioners are working overtime in households, which is why it is important to keep them maintained so they do not break.

Beckley resident, Jennifer Sonders, said she already experienced that problem. Fans spun in every room in her house Friday afternoon, as her indoor thermostat read 82 degrees.

Sonders cares for her elderly parents in the house full time, and grew concerned for their health when the air conditioner stopped working.

“I got a call from the home health nurse Thursday say that the unit was leaking pretty bad,” Sonders recalled.

That is when she called her air system provider, Appalachian Heating, which sent service technician, Brian Sheets, to investigate the issue. He told 59 News this call was one of hundreds he has tended to in recent sweltering weeks.

“We’ve been booked up almost a week and a half in advance with a waiting list,” Sheets said.

After conducting multiple tests on Sonders’ unit, he determined that it was actually frozen, which he says can happen for a number of reasons.

“It’s either a freon issue, which means it’s low on freon and there’s a faulty device which gets a little more complicated,” Sheets added. “Or you’ve got a lack of air flow for some reason be it a dirty air filter or you could possibly have a failing blower motor.”

Sheets said if you experience issues with your unit, check and make sure your air filters are clean, in addition to other important steps.

If the unit is not working at all, he said going into the breaker box and turning it off, then turning it back on helps a lot of the time. He also recommended not to lower temperatures on your thermostat by a drastic amount, that just makes the unit have to work much harder.

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