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AC 9-1-1: Do You Know Who to Call?

Summer in Florida is not for the faint of heart, and any of us who have lived here for a long time know that a good AC is the secret to making it through (relatively) unscathed. With temps that soar into the triple digits, and little to no breeze here in the central portion of the Sunshine State, there really are few ways (outside of staying in the pool 24/7) to keep your home at a comfortable temperature other than air conditioning. That’s well and good until…

Your AC goes out. 😱

Now what? Well, the first step is to make sure your AC actually has gone out, and it’s not just a power blip or some other benign issue. If it’s a power blip you have to wait until the power comes back on. Keep windows and doors closed to retain cool air, use fans as needed, and do your best to stay comfortable while you wait it out. If the rest of the house is powered though, it’s time to more thoroughly inspect your air conditioner. Start by checking the thermostat and verify that all settings are where they should be. Then, test your AC by overriding the thermostat and trying to intentionally get the unit to turn on. Do you hear it running but feel no cool air coming from the vents? That’s a sign that your AC isn’t working properly, as is not hearing the unit turn on at all. If this is the case, it’s time to move on to step two, which is call for help.

If your AC goes out during the day, it’s hard due to the heat, but you know you have the hope of help coming quickly as most AC companies are still on the clock and can send someone out to diagnose (and hopefully repair) the problem. However, Murphy’s Law does tend to apply here, and we have had many calls from frantic homeowners who have had the unfortunate stroke of bad luck of their AC going out in the evening. Facing a night in the heat is no fun, and for some can even be dangerous, as many heart patients and those with temperature-related issues can’t handle being in the heat for extended periods of time and require a cool environment. That’s why having an AC company with emergency service for after-hours repairs is HUGE for Polk County residents.

Ridge Energy Savers offers 24/7 emergency service to all of Polk County. With our team of expert technicians, you can count on us to quickly and efficiently inspect your AC unit, find the problem, and come up with a plan of action to get it back up and running ASAP. Additionally, we offer maintenance services for routine AC needs, from filter changes to annual checkups, so you’re less likely to find yourself in need of emergency help. Give us a call…and maybe stick our number up on your fridge or store it in your phone. The next time you have an AC 9-1-1, you know you can call Ridge to the Rescue!

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