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Record heat increases business for A/C repairmen

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With the official start of fall less than two weeks away, grocery shoppers in Elkhart Tuesday afternoon were surprised at how high the temperatures climbed.

"Usually it'd be a little cooler right now, but it's hot right now," Robert Williams said as he loaded his groceries into the car.

‘We usually always have a little breeze coming," Janet Johnson said.

 Instead, it's sizzling outside.  "It's kind of, really hot," Robert Williams said.

The high broke the record for the day set in 1897 of 96 degrees.  Add in the humidity and it felt like almost one hundred degrees outside. With such high temperatures, people are wearing out their air conditioning units.

Nick Payne is a Senior Service Technician for Service Experts Heating and Cooling. He says they tend to see an increase in call volume when temperatures spike.  "When it's warm, yeah, people don't like the heat and don't want to be warm in their homes," Payne said. "They seem to want to make the repairs or make the replacement."

Payne said the best way for people to avoid this kind of situation is to keep up with routine maintenance. A typical service call for a repair or replacement takes about an hour or two. Nick and the other service technicians have to make their repairs in the hot sun in pants and sleeves.

"I've got water in the van so that I can stay hydrated throughout the day," Payne said.

Williams said he's just relying on his natural ability to withstand heat.  "I'm a southern boy, so it don't bother me either way," Williams said.

Folks in Michiana who are bothered, will likely be keeping their windows shut and the cool air in. Hopefully those without A/C will be rescued by the repairmen soon.

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