Don’t let scorching heat burn out your HVAC system

Air conditioning expert offers suggestions to avoid problems with HVAC

With record highs this week, HVAC systems are working overtime to keep up. If you're not careful, the scorching heat could crash your system and you don't want to get stuck with a broken AC. KSAT's Patty Santos shows us how to keep it in tip top shape.

SAN ANTONIO – A working HVAC system is the only saving grace to survive the scorching heat felt this week.

Alex Hernandez with San Antonio Air said crews have been busy this week, with daily calls to service air conditioners at local homes nearly doubling.

“Customers calling about systems just not blowing cold air, drains clogged up, so they’ll see water dripping from their front porch,” he explained.

Hernandez said when the AC stops working, it’s best to call a trusted company. But there are some steps homeowners can take to avoid major problems.

He recommends switching out your air filter every month, keeping the blinds or curtains closed in your home, using ceiling fans to help cool off the home, and keeping entryways closed.

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About the Authors:

Patty Santos joined the KSAT 12 News team in July 2017. She has a proven track record of reporting on hard-hitting news that affects the community.

Adam Barraza is a photojournalist at KSAT 12 and an El Paso native. He interned at KVIA, the local ABC affiliate, while still in high school. He then moved to San Antonio and, after earning a degree from San Antonio College and the University of the Incarnate Word, started working in news. He’s also a diehard Dodgers fan and an avid sneakerhead.