Chris Mumma returned home from a week-long vacation to find his house transformed into a sauna.
“We weren’t looking forward to coming back to 100+ degree temperatures anyway, but then when you come back to a 90 degree house,” Mumma said.
So he called Service First Air Conditioning and Heating. On the job 24/7, they're seeing a significant increase in AC outages.
“I probably run about 14 to 15 calls a day,” said Jack Overman, repairman and company founder. “So I go from 6 in the morning until 6 in the morning.”
In Mumma’s case, the problem was a little different.
"What we have here is ants inside the contactor. So the power can’t go through because they’re blocking the electricity from going across,” Overman said.
Most of the issues Service First addresses this time of year can be blamed on heat.
But there are things you can do to help prevent problem.
Clean your outdoor AC unit once a year. Overman suggests doing so in May.
Turn the power off first and then take a water hose and spray down along the outside of the unit so all the dirt flows to the bottom.
And don’t forget about replacing your filters.
"I know these filters say every three months,” Overman said, “but here in San Antonio we use our AC 24/7 so we need to change those filters monthly.”