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Keeping your A/C, vehicle running during high temps

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Staying inside in the air conditioning is the easiest way to beat the heat but what if that air conditioner suddenly stops working?

Service repairmen typically see a spike in calls when the temperature rises as more and more people run their air conditioning to keep cool.

Aaron Snyder is the sales manager at Carl's Appliance. He said thanks to the hot weather business is heating up.

Snyder said revenue from purchases of air conditioning units is up 15 to 20 percent because many of his customers need to replace air conditioners that can't take the heat.

Snyder is offering some expert advice to make sure you get the most out you’re A/C unit.

“Make sure that they look clean and it's not covered in dirt or anything like that. Another thing is just make sure you get the right BTU for the area that you are trying to cover,” Snyder said.

Replacing filters should also be on the to-do list, according to Snyder.

Towing companies are also seeing a spike in business during the extreme heat.

Henry Boedecker said the heat is keeping business steady.

"We're having tire blowouts, dead batteries, vehicles that won't start, it's kind of all across the board,” he said.

Boedecker has tips to keep your ride on the road.

"Do a visual inspection on it all. Check your tires make sure you got proper tire pressure. They don't look squatted or overinflated. That's the biggest mistake over-inflation with the heat, you know, causes blowouts. Check your fluids out underneath the hood make sure everything is topped off,” he said.

As for Snyder, he wouldn't mind seeing this sweltering heat stick around for a while.

“Hopefully it keeps on staying hot because it's helping move air conditioners and refrigerators too,” he said.

Whether it's the car or the air conditioner, experts said a little maintenance can go a long way even in this heat.

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