Air conditioning servicemen working overtime in record heat

A repairman services a broken air conditioner.
A repairman services a broken air conditioner.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Air conditioners across Kentuckiana are running overtime to keep people cool and so are the people who service them.

When a serviceman is looking over an air conditioner in 100 degree heat, it is probably not a good sign. "Hopefully we can get this up and running because it's been about 85 in the house. That's a little uncomfortable sleeping," said Brett Grigsby. Grigsby's air conditioner officially stopped blowing cold air last week. Luckily, he could get his hands on some window units until that happens.

Grigsby is one of many calling Aire Serv in this excessive heat. "It's been a very busy season," explained Tim McDermott with Aire Serv.

While the call to Grisby's is for a broken air conditioner, McDermott said most people call when there really is not anything wrong, it is just too hot for your air conditioner to get down to the temperature it is set at. Aire Serve said at 95 degrees or above, your house will stay about 72 degrees, no matter where you set the thermostat.

"Any day it gets above 95 degrees your unit should be running at full capacity all the time," said McDermott. "Just because it's set at 65 degrees does not mean your house will get down to 65 degrees."

With all those air conditioners running at full blast, LG&E is keeping an eye at their levels. "For them this is like the storm," said Chris Whelan with LG&E. "Crews in the Transmission Control Center are huddled in there watching the amount of energy we are using and we have got the people at the plants making sure the engines continue to run."

The good news is LG&E said their load is set to meet the needs of all those air conditioners. They said they are not even near peak.

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