A Day in the Life of an AC Technician During a Heat Wave! - Sun Heating & Cooling, Inc.

A Day in the Life of an AC Technician During a Heat Wave!

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When the temperatures soar into triple digits, most people retreat to the comfort of their air-conditioned homes. But for AC technicians, a heat wave means it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

Let us take you through a typical day in the life of a Sun tech during these sweltering times!

Early bird gets the worm (and beats the heat)

Our techs know it’s best to get as much done as possible before the hottest part of the day. Even at this early hour, it’s already almost in the 90s. We know it’s going to be a scorcher!

Rooftop adventures

First stop: a residential call. The homeowner’s electricity bill has skyrocketed because their AC unit is running non-stop but barely cooling the house. Time to investigate. We climb up to the roof, careful not to slip on the early morning dew. Up here, we’re exposed to the elements, and the temperature rises quickly as the sun climbs higher.

We open up the unit and start diagnosing. Is it a refrigerant leak? A faulty capacitor? Maybe the fan motor’s on its last legs? This is where our problem-solving skills come into play. We love a good puzzle, and each malfunctioning AC unit is a new challenge to tackle.

Racing against the clock (and the heat)

As we work, we’re constantly aware of the rising temperature. By mid-morning, the rooftop feels like a frying pan. We’ve got to work efficiently – not just to help as many customers as possible, but also for our own safety. We take frequent water breaks and use wet cloths around our necks to stay cool.

Customer communication is key

It’s not all about the technical work. A big part of our job is interacting with customers. Many are frustrated, hot, and worried about the cost of repairs. We need to be able to explain the problem clearly, outline the solution, and sometimes even offer a sympathetic ear. It’s about finding that balance between being a skilled technician and a good communicator.

The afternoon crunch

As the day wears on, the calls keep coming in. Elderly residents stuck in sweltering homes. Families with young children desperately needing cool air. Businesses whose productivity is plummeting due to the heat. We prioritize as best we can, knowing that for some, a working AC isn’t just about comfort – it’s a health necessity.

The work doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. During a heat wave, we often work well into the evening, sometimes past midnight. Every repaired unit, every cooled home, gives us a sense of accomplishment.

Challenges and rewards

Being an AC tech during a heat wave is not for the faint of heart. We deal with extreme temperatures, tight spaces, and sometimes dangerous working conditions. Attics can reach 150 degrees, and we have to be careful not to burn ourselves on hot metal or suffer from heat exhaustion.

But there’s something incredibly rewarding about being the person who brings relief to people during these extreme weather events. We’re problem solvers, we’re essential workers, and sometimes, we’re even lifesavers.

So next time you’re enjoying your cool, air-conditioned space during a heat wave, spare a thought for the AC techs out there working tirelessly to keep everyone comfortable. We may be sweating, but we’re smiling, knowing we’re making a real difference in people’s lives, one AC unit at a time.

So, you can trust Sun!

You can always trust the amazing pros at Sun if you are having any AC problems. Contact us today or give us a call: (248) 986-1506

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