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Tips to keep your air conditioner healthy as temperatures soar

Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 10:41 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With even the low temperatures in the mid to upper-70s, air conditioning units are working overtime and so are those who service them.

"We are jacked up like spider monkeys on Red Bull," said Jim Hamlin, the Sales Manager with Lowrey Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning. "We are nuts."

So what are some of the main reasons behind these service calls?

"One is that their units are dirty," Hamlin explained. "They haven't had them serviced, haven't had them taken care of; their filters are dirty. Two, the next biggest one, they're expecting their house to be as cool as it normally is on a 95-degree day and a unit is not designed to cool it on 105."

Hamlin says that as long as your A/C unit is cooling your home within 20 degrees of the outside temperature that means it's working.

He also offered some tips to help your A/C units cope with the heat.

"Check your filter," stated Hamlin. "Change it if it's dirty cause that unit is trying very hard. If it's a dirty filter, it's like having emphysema, it just can't breathe like it needs to."

"When you get home it's going to have to work twice as hard to get back to where you desire it," said Johnny Raglin, with Lowrey Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning. "Turning it up a little bit is okay. I usually like my house about 72 and when I leave I turn it up to about 75."


"It makes sense to set your thermostat a little bit higher in the summertime than you do, Hamlin told KCBD. "But you don't want to do anymore than five degrees. So, if you normally set your thermostat at 70, moving it up to 75 and then your unit will catch back up when you get home. So don't set it up too high or it'll never catch back up."

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