SIMPSON, IL (KFVS) - When the thermometer hits the triple digits, air-conditioning units start to fail.
That was the case for many people across southern Illinois on Tuesday as the mercury rose to nearly 100 degrees, with heat indexes above 105 degrees.
"Things tend to break down in this heat," said Henrie Link with Fowler Heating & Cooling.
"Due to a lack of maintenance and these extremely hot days air-conditioners that are dirty are failing."
For Jayne Ledford of Simpson, Illinois she found out all to well what can happen when the air shuts down.
"It went out late Monday night. And by the time I got back in here from work today around 2 p.m. it was already 87 degrees. And now I think it's about 94 in here," said Ledford.
She spent most of Tuesday huddled under a ceiling fan waiting for a repairman to arrive.
"I called three other places and they all told me they couldn't get out here until Wednesday. And I told them to never mind that I'd call somebody else. Luckily I got a hold of Fowler up in Marion," Ledford said.
It only took Harvie Link a few moments to find the problem with Ledford's air-conditioner.
"A transformer went out due to a dirty drain line which ended getting plugged up," Link said.
He also pointed out that there are a few simple things you can do to keep your A/C running in the heat.
"Change your filters. And you can also wash your unit out. If you don't feel comfortable doing that call a professional and have them come clean it out. It can save you money on repairs and the unit will run much more efficiently."
Ledford's repair bill topped $300, but she says she'll gladly pay if for some relief.
"Fix it, I'll pay for it. I have to have the air-conditioning I have really bad allergies. And I have to have the A/C working."