Busy Days in the A/C Business

July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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July 18, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 6:44 PM EDT

SNYDER (WKBW) Joe Kaminski and his wife have lived on Main Street in Snyder for twenty years. But the latest heat wave has pushed them to the limit.

"Like everybody else, it's been brutal. Just awful. The way I perspire I should be as thin as a toothpick," Kaminski said.

So like many Western New Yorkers, he turned to air conditioning.

"When the weather gets warmer, people get impatient. They definitely want to get their air conditioning working right away. So if breaks down or they are looking at a new system, it gets hectic pretty quickly," Brian Ritter of Zenner & Ritter said.

Ritter says his calls go up drastically when hot weather hits, and technicians like Kurt Metzger become busy people.

"When it's hot like this, it's brutal," Metzger said.

"We have technicians that are on call all throughout the day and night this time of year," Ritter added.

Metzger was busy installing a new air conditioner at the Kaminski home on Thursday, and says repairing old units or putting in new ones is much more than just flipping a switch and enjoying the cool breeze.

"it takes some doing, there's a new 220 line, refrigeration line, a new evaporator coil, wiring to the thermostat," he said.

But after all that work is done, he is well appreciated by those who can now find shelter from the heat in a cool home. When asked how much he is looking forward to turning on his new A/C, Joe Kaminski answered; "I can't measure it by saying 100%, that's not good enough. About 150% or better."