In Madison, WI, it was so hot that the electrical substations exploded into flames. If the hundred-degree temps can do that to electrical substations, imagine what it does to air conditioners, which contain refrigerant and are working overtime to cool your home. Imagine what that kind of heat does to a lot of the systems in your home, from your plumbing to your refrigerator. When the heat is too much for too long, your A/C might just blow up, or fail, like the substations. If that happens, you are going to need some way to tough out the heat until a repair technician can help, and the technician is going to need some help as well. Here is how to survive, and help your A/C repair people survive, while repairing your air conditioner.
Turn the Broken A/C Off Until Your Repair Appointment
Whether it blows up and is smoking, or it just does not work and blows heat instead of cold air, turn the appliance off. Keeping it running will not do you or it any favors. If your appointment is a few days away, and the weather is absolutely unbearable, consider spending a few nights in a hotel so that you can stay cool and sleep well.
Be Home and Present for Your Repair Appointment
The technicians are going out of their way in the hottest of weather to fix an appliance that failed because of the heat. Extending the courtesy involves being present at the time of the appointment so that the technicians can access the pipes and ducts inside the house, which helps them complete the work faster and get out of the heat sooner. Offer them a drink if you see that they appear to be exerting themselves to the point of overheating. Cold water drinks are best, followed by sports drinks or soda pop. They may not accept, but they will appreciate the offer.
Position Fans Everywhere to Provide a Comfortable Breeze During the Repair Work
You can help the technicians stay cool by positioning box fans around the work zones. If they have to go into the basement, put fans on stair landings or near the furnace where they may be working to install parts. You cannot really place a fan outside near the actual condenser box, but you can create places where the technicians can take momentary breaks from the hot sun and humidity indoors.