Reporter: Sally Delta
Madison Heights, VA - Repair men and women are working long hours to keep everyone cool in Central Virginia. For some businesses, the past few weeks have been busier than ever.
The folks at Goin Heating and Air have been working 15 hour days, 7 days a week just to keep up.
"Alright, I'll give you a call before somebody comes," said Emma Jean Goin from Goin Heating & AC.
Emma Jean Goin takes all the calls for Goin Heating & Air in Madison Heights.
"The last few weeks have been really rough, really rough," said Emma Jean.
She says requests for repairs have steadily mounted since the power came back on. She'll even get calls in the middle of the night.
"300 times a day, over and over and over," said Goin.
"A lot of break downs and wind damage," said George Goin Jr.
The problem? George Goin and George Goin Jr. say the recent wind storm knocked out a lot of capacitors within the air conditioning unit. But more recently, these high temperatures have become too much for many units to handle.
"When it's running a lot in extreme heat, that will also blow a capacitor," said George.
But the heat isn't only hard on the unit; it's hard on the workers too. Just standing outside for the interview was bad enough.
"I'm dripping now," said George.
Repairs require not only outdoor work, but some of these guys are having to crawl up into attics to make the fix. If you don't want to join in the line for repair, Goin has some advice:
"If your air conditioning is working make sure you keep that air filter clean - that is so important and it will save you a lot of money," said George.
Tuesday just so happens to be the 110th anniversary of the air conditioner. It was on this day in 1902 that Willis Carrier unveiled the very first AC system.