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Air conditioning crews working around the clock after early Spokane summer

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The heat is on in the Inland Northwest, and home air conditioners are being put to the test this week. Some are failing, and crews are swamped.

“We’re pretty well booked,” said Josh Whitaker of R&R Heating and Air Conditioning. “Busy, busy all the time.”

Whitaker works 12-hour shifts, is on call 24/7, and knows it’s only the beginning.

“We’ve got long days ahead of us, and it’s just that way,” he said. “It’s what we signed up for.”

Whitaker says because they are so busy, repairs are a few days out and installations could take as long as two weeks.

To avoid sweating it out this summer, Whitaker says homeowners should be proactive and have their AC serviced.

“If we can catch it [the problem] before it happens you’re going to be less miserable obviously,” he said. “A lot of calls we see can be dirty filters and lack of maintenance.”

Whitaker says homeowners should change their filters every 4-6 weeks, depending on the size of the AC unit. He also says you should listen for odd noises like squealing, whistling, or grinding as signs of mechanical issues.  

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