Toughest Summer Jobs: Working to Repair Air Conditioners in the Sweltering Heat

Toughest Summer Jobs: Working to Repair Air Conditioners in the Sweltering Heat
Posted at 5:30 PM, Jul 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-29 15:55:20-04

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TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- As the sweltering season of Summer rolls in, the air conditioners are staying on, hopefully. And with more AC's being used, maintenance and service calls increase for Benson’s Heating and Air Conditioning. Athey Crawford, service manager at Benson's, says that during the Summer, demand is very high.

Lee Costa is a Benson’s technician and during the summer, the blistering sun is his biggest rival. Checking operations of condensers and also pressure levels are made especially difficult with the intense heat of the summer.

"Number one difficulty is heat", said Costa, "Small spaces with a lot of heat like an attic can pose a major problem.”

And it’s not rare for Costa to find himself in a tight space like an attic, trying to help cool a family off. “Working those little areas of 110-115 degrees, adds up quick." Costa says that temperatures in an attic can be even hotter, up to nearly 150 degrees in extreme cases. And with that, sometimes Benson’s technicians use a buddy system during the season. That way, if one worker reaches his limits, his partner can assist him while he cools off.

The intense heat, difficulties, and length of a technician’s job are cumbersome. And it’s because of this that Costa, Crawford, and the rest of Benson’s are in the running for the title of “Toughest Summer Job.”