Heat wave: Is your air conditioner struggling to keep up?

Air conditioning units are working overtime this summer. (SBG photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- We may be headed for some cooler temperatures but your air conditioner will still come in handy.

However, many older homes in the area don't have air conditioning, while some homeowners have opted against it.

But for those with the luxury of AC, your unit may be running a little harder than it can handle.

Marshall's in Springfield has been flooded with calls to repair non-working systems.

Units installed in this area aren't generally designed for this intense heat, and that may mean your home isn't as cool as you'd like it to be.

There is one easy way to give your cooling unit some relief.

"Through the hot weather, one of the suggestions we've made is to turn the thermostat up a little bit; don't turn it down,” said Marshall’s general manager Ken Hulse. “If you're used to your house being 70 degrees, at least for the next week or two, maybe turn your thermostat to 75."

Hulse also recommends keeping your air filters clean.

And while it's too late for this season, regular maintenance checks of your system could help prevent future failures.

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