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AC units working overtime in extreme heat
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LITTLER ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The summer sun is heating up the state of Arkansas to record temperatures in the low 100s!

 This means air conditioning units are working overtime.

Phillip Speer, a service technician with Keathley Service in Maumelle checks to see what the air temperature is going into the coils of this AC unit.

"They're not even really designed to cool that well in these kind of temperatures."

Speer says dirty coils can lead to bigger problems.

"If it's not clean going through here this 100 degree temperature that I'm receiving right now before noon is going to come out of this end of the coils, the output at about 150."

"If it's not clean going through here this 100 degree temperature that I'm receiving right now before noon is going to come out of this end of the coils, the output at about 150."
Speer says you want about a 30 degree difference between the two. Any higher variation means coils need to be cleaned to help the unit run efficiently.

"It's extremely busy right now. And the number one call is dirty coils, maybe a little bit low on refrigerant, but the number one thing we do is wash the coils out right off the bat."

Speer suggest coils be cleaned annually. He says this Helps wash out dirt and leaves sucked into the system.

"If their not serviced regularly they're going to go out a lot more often. If you're not getting a proper amount of air-flow through here that fan motor is going to overheat and it's going to kill it."

Speer says your major call for concern is rising thermostat.

"If that temperature on your thermostat starts to raise about 4-5 degrees you may have a problem."

He says in order for air conditioners to do their job, homeowners must do theirs.

"It's going to be overworked, but that's where it's important to have it serviced before it gets to that point."

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