Air conditioning companies keep busy in the heat - – Rockford’s News Leader

Air conditioning companies keep busy in the heat


These sweaty, sticky conditions are hanging around for a little while longer, and without a fully functioning air conditioner, it can feel like a nightmare. I found out what makes your air unit tick, and what just ticks it off.

"Temperatures started getting into the hundreds," says Ken Strawbridge, Rock River Valley YMCA Operations President. "We started lowering the temperature on the airconditioning to get more cool air. Then something just didn't balance out right there. So the air conditioning unit started going down."

Six out of the eight units at the Downtown Rockford YMCA broke down Monday night.

Now, most of them are back up and running.

"A lot of members are understanding, but you always get some who kind of expect a certain environment all the time. So we're just trying to make sure that gets back up to par," Strawbridge says.

Expectations, meaning staying cool. Rodney Gilley of Gilley's Heating and Air Conditioning says he had almost 30 calls on his phone by 9AM.

"In high heat like this, the air conditioner has to absorb the heat and humidity in the house, bring it out here, and get rid of it," Rodney Gilley says. "Well with it being as hot as it is, they can't do it as easily, so they just run constantly. And that's our number one call. 'My air conditioner hasn't shut off for 3 or 4 days.' Well, it's not going to at a high temperature like this."

He says maintenance is key.

"You want to make sure that the outside unit is clear of all the debris. We've got one here that the plants and stuff are growing up, blocking it from being able to disapate that heat."


Other things to keep in mind. Inside your house, open all registers so the air can blow through. Keep your furnace filter clean. And keep your air on all day and all night. Turning it off costs too much money and wastes energy, making it hard for the unit to catch up.

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