CREATED Jul. 1, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Air conditioning repairman, William Guthrie, worked under the hot summer sun for hours Monday trying to keep people cool.
"Well I haven't actually sat down and calculated the hours each day," Guthrie said. "But it's probably 14, 16, maybe 18 hours."
He's already at it again, fixing burned-out AC units from hundreds of customers calling for service after a string of soaring temperatures hit the Valley.
"We're probably ten fold compared to our normal calls we have," Commercial Heating & Cooling Service owner, Alex Pena, said. It's been years since Pena has seen business so busy this early in the summer season."
Most of the AC units Guthrie and Pena are servicing have broken fuses or broken fans from likely running on high for days.
"We advise our customers to have the unit at 78 degrees," Pena said. "A lot of people want to put it down into the low 70s and even 60s, and the unit just shuts down."
People who can't get a technician to their house fast enough are turning to portable air conditioners purchased at local hardware stores.
"When these are installed correctly they will work efficiently to keep a reasonable size room cool and cold," Home Depot Store Manager, Simon Finney said.
At the Home Depot on Rainbow and Charleston, Finney said he's sold dozens of portable air conditioners and hundreds of fans since the heat wave. The store is dipping into back-stock to help keep the shelves full of cooling products.
If customers want to keep their AC up and running all summer they should - change the filter, have it maintained and gradually lower the temperature.