Valley air conditioning companies taking precautions during COVID-19 pandemic

As gas prices drop, the temperatures are heading in the opposite direction. which means people want to make sure their air conditioner is ready for a long, hot summer.

Some, however, are leery about letting repair techs into their homes during the pandemic.

HVAC companies are seeing an increase in calls. Now, there's a backlog because when Arizona's stay-at-home order went into effect, many people didn't want workers coming to their homes.

"We're balancing taking care of emergencies and pre-season maintenance a month behind because of the COVID," said Mike Donley with Donley Service Center.

If people are expecting a technician to fix their AC problems, they may not get to there until early June.

"We’re doing all these common-sense things that you would think," said Donley. "Our technicians are wearing shoe covers, sanitizing their tools and washing their hands frequently, and we’re wearing a mask upon request."

Donley also offered a few tips for others, asking them to make sure their filter is changed, and that the thermostat is on, and down to 75°F.

"First thing to do is to go outside and check your condensing unit. That’s the unit that is outside," said Donley. "If you have a split system, you might be able to save yourself some money, but if it’s not raining, check the breaker and go to your electrical panel. Turn it on, turn it off and back on, and hopefully in five minutes or so, it will come back on."

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