When it’s hot out in Palm Desert and the other desert communities, it’s roasting. (That’s the big downside of the “desert” part of “Desert Communities.) In most places in the country during summer, a failed AC is an annoyance. Around here, it can be an emergency! If you’re dealing with 100°F+ temperatures during the day and your air conditioner abruptly stops working, you’ll need it fixed fast as possible.
Never hesitate to pick up the phone and call us for Palm Desert, CA, AC repair. We’re open 24 hours a day for a good reason—we know how badly our customers need to have their ACs working during the summer swelter.
We Can’t Be There Instaneously, However, So…
If we had the technology, we’d teleport one of our expert technicians to your house to solve the problem. But we’re still at the mercy of using vans on roads to reach you. Until we arrive to fix the air conditioner, here are a few tips for how you can handle the heat.
- Make a few checks on the AC: The cooling problem might actually be a small one (and we recommend you make these checks right before you call us). See if any circuit breakers have tripped. Swap out a clogged up air filter for a clean one. Check on the settings for the thermostat. The trouble may be as simple as this.
- Go somewhere cool: Although someone needs to be at the house when the technicians arrive, if at all possible have the other residents in your home go someplace with air conditioning. Ask to hang out with your neighbors. Go shopping. Go to the pool. Catch up on a matinee for a movie. This is especially helpful for children and the elderly, who are more likely to be adversely affected by high temperatures.
- Close shades and blinds: An enormous amount of heat comes into homes through the radiant energy of the sun beating windows. In our sunny climates this significantly raises indoor temperatures. Drop blinds and shades and close shutters on the windows around the house to keep out this extra heat.
- Create a simple evaporative cooler: Here’s a trick to help keep a small part of your home cool, or just you cool if you’re the only person still in the house. Pour ice into a bowl, then place the bowl in front of a fan. (If the AC’s fan is still working even though the compressor isn’t, place the bowl before one of the room vents.) The air passing over the ice will lose heat and cool down.
- Take cool showers and baths: Cold water is your friends in these situations. Take a bath or shower in room temperature-to-cool water to help keep your body from getting too hot.
- Shut off heat-generating appliances: Many appliances and fixtures in a house create extra heat as they run (which is why LED lights are so nice in our climate—no additional heat!). To keep temperatures down, turn off lights and don’t run appliances like the dishwasher, laundry machines, ovens, etc.
Turn to us when you’ve got an AC emergency! Russell’s Heating & Air Conditioning is open 24 hours to serve the Inland Empire and the Desert Communities.