BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - When temperatures climb into the triple digits, it's only instinct to turn the air conditioning on full blast. Air conditioning systems are working extra hard to keep up with the heat, and sometimes that stress can cause them to break down. | Check the forecast
A-1 Heating and Air Conditioning says these hot summer days are some of their busiest days of the year.
"We get anywhere from 10-20 calls on an average day, and we can get up to anywhere from 150-200 calls just by noon on days like this," Marketing Director Tyson Garten said.
A-1 has 13 techs working around the valley to respond to these calls on the day they get them.
"Everyone's on their 'A-game' this time of year," Garten said. "Our techs know they're going to be on call until late at night, and even in the middle of the night and on weekends."
And they signed up for it.
"We're heating and air conditioning guys, we just deal with it," Garten said. "That's what we do."
Mark Gostomski was one of the 13 tech workers out working in the heat Friday. He said he's used to the heat, but that many of these summer breakdowns can actually be prevented.
"We recommend maintaining these things just like a car," Gostomski said. "Every six months, spring and fall, do the maintenance on them. It cuts most of your problems down."
Top keep your air conditioning in good shape this summer, A-1says to run your air conditioning at the same temperature throughout the day, rather than turning it on and off as you come and go. They also suggest checking the filter every 30 to 60 days, and keeping the blinds shut and windows closed so the air conditioning can do its job most effectively.