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Air-conditioners getting a work out this week

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

A long cold winter and a cool spring has suddenly turned into excessive heat. It's that time of year when homeowners call upon their air conditioners to keep them sane. If you waited until the temps have gone up before getting your air-conditioner checked out, it might already be too late.

Many homeowners don't make an annual appointment to get their air conditioner checked out.

Russ Schellhorn, a repair technician for Fereday Heating & Air Conditioning says that is where the trouble starts.

Normally you should have your unit checked out in the spring when temperatures are still in the 70s.

Preventive checks can help spot trouble like leaks in the system and dirty filters that can help overload the air conditioner on hot days.

Schellhorn says there are also some preventive steps you can take to keep it running smoothly.

"Make sure that outside unit is washed out and your filter is changed. Check your filter out. A lot of them have a one month filter in there. Make sure they're nice and clean. Give it a little time if the house is hot and it's going to take a little bit to cool down," said Schellhorn.

Another way to make sure your air conditioner will work through the summer is to have your ducts sealed. This will keep cool air from leaking out or hot air from seeping into return ducts which could overwork your air conditioner.

The bottom line is don't expect your air conditioner to be okay during these hot days of summer, especially if it is more than 20-years-old.

Officials with Fereday say they have been working over time trying to keep up with all the calls. They have five technicians out working from dawn till dusk and each once is answering between 10 and 15 calls a day.

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