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How to troubleshoot your AC unit before temperatures rise

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

With extremely warm weather expected next week, HVAC companies are busy working to beat the heat.

By Monday, dew points will climb to the 70's and temperatures in the 90's will mean the heat index will be in the triple digits.

Western Mass News spoke with one HVAC company in Springfield about how to troubleshoot A/C issues before the temperatures creep up. 
 
"When the weather gets hot you tend to see a lot of calls especially one of the first times of the season," said Gary Woodruff with Hurley and David, Inc. 
 
One common issue Woodruff said that they see is people not changing out their filters, and overtime dust can reduce air flow and cause a lot of issues to the rest of the system. 

"Your house is going to be warmer and the air is going to be colder so you could freeze water on the coil and make things even worse," Woodruff added.

If you run into A/C troubles there's one easy solution.
 
"Turn the power off to the system at the breaker. Wait for about five minutes it may reset it and get it up and running," Woodruff explained. 

He also recommends turning the thermostat on and off, and to write down any error codes that your system may give.

If you see a puddle of water, it’s likely your coil has frozen and will need to thaw before a tech comes out.
 
The lesson is to act early to avoid a hot house this summer.

"By the time 90, 95 degree weather comes the technicians are going to be booked up. It's best to call now and set it up if you have concerns," Woodruff concluded. 

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