Local air conditioning businesses have been working nonstop this week as more people starting using their AC units
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Air conditioning companies in our area have been working nonstop this week, responding to calls about broken units or for people that want to buy more. Whatever the reason, an increase in temperatures also means a spike in business.
Lindly Wright knows what it's like to not have air conditioning during a heat wave.
"Pretty hot and drenching," she said.
Wright just turned on her AC on Monday in her Richmond home and found the unit in her office was no good.
“That room is total glass and i just couldn't go in there but for a minute at a time,” she said.
It's cases like Wright's that have companies like James River Air extra busy this week.
“We're running somewhere between 200 to 250 calls a day, so we're really booked up," said Tom Pugh, the operations manager at James River Air.
That's double the amount they usually get. That means more deliveries and repairs, requiring technicians to work up to 16-hour shifts in this heat.
“You’ve gotta take care of the client, it's an emergency. But it's tough to keep the guys moving all the time but we've got a bunch of tough ones and they suck it up and take care of business,” said Pugh.
When those degrees go up, so does that business.
“The hot weather it would be the same as selling super bowl tickets during the super bowl. This is the super bowl of air conditioning,” said Pugh.
As AC companies deal with an influx in work, residents wait for the relief of some cool air.
“I feel very happy to have a house with air conditioning that works now,” said Wright.