It breaks ? It could take at least a week to fix it

Some air conditioner repair shop workers say people pay extra money to get the job done sooner.

WOODBURY, Minn. — If you like the heat, this week is made for you.

While it was less humid on Tuesday, it still reached 89 degrees in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

But if your air conditioner stops, like Ken Stone’s, it can take at least a week before it’s fixed.

Stone is counting on several fans to freshen up his basement, which has been turned into a makeshift bedroom since he passed away on Sunday.

“We didn’t turn on the air conditioning until this week, so we didn’t know it was bad,” Stone said.

The 21-year-old machine gave up one day when it reached nearly 100 degrees. The repair technician told Stone that a new one wouldn’t arrive for eight days.

“Everyone needs a new air conditioner right now and we’re just one of the people in the line,” Stone said.

“It’s a nightmare trying to make sure you don’t run out of gear,” said Ed Pelto, who runs a small heating and air company.

He keeps more than a dozen air conditioning units on hand due to demand and says customers will pay extra right now just to get the job done sooner.

“That’s how busy it is. People are coughing if you can get in there like right now,” Pelto said.

He says that on average, a new air conditioner can cost up to $4,000. Stone paid around $5,000 for his.

Installation can also take three hours, but Pelto says simple maintenance can extend the life of your machine.

“The condenser coil, thermostat batteries, and air filter are what every homeowner should track before calling for service,” Pelto said.

The summer heat lingers on – these fans help keep Stone’s house at around 83 degrees.

“Not so long ago we were all complaining. Can’t believe it’s so cold, wish it was warm, wish granted,” Stone said. “We are lucky, but the others cannot escape.”

If you still don’t have AC power, experts recommend trying something called the wind chill effect which could lower your body temperature by four degrees.

Start by using your ceiling fan and make sure it’s spinning counter-clockwise and blowing air at you. If you leave the room, turn it off to save energy, as this method helps you cool down, not lower the temperature of the room. To do this, put fans on your windows when the sun goes down.

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