Heat keeps Valley air conditioning companies busy

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The Donley Service Center in Phoenix was one of many Valley air conditioning companies feeling the heat during the hottest day of the year so far. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The Donley Service Center in Phoenix was one of many Valley air conditioning companies feeling the heat during the hottest day of the year so far. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Every year, homeowners are told to service their air conditioning units before it's 100-plus degrees outside. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Every year, homeowners are told to service their air conditioning units before it's 100-plus degrees outside. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

The calls came in one right after another on Thursday.

The Donley Service Center in Phoenix was one of many Valley air conditioning companies feeling the heat during the hottest day of the year so far.

"As soon as customers hear it's going to be 105, they start getting very nervous," said dispatcher Jacque Marinucci. "They ask, 'Is my A/C is not going to work? Is it going to come on? Am I going to have cooling?'"

Every year, homeowners are told to service their air conditioning units before it's 100-plus degrees outside.

And every year, a lot of people wait until something breaks down before they call for help.

"Certainly we get people that waited to turn their A/C on until today, and then it doesn't work," said owner Mike Donley. "Then there's a lot of people like, 'OK I better have it maintained and 100-degrees is a reminder.'"

Air conditioning technician Jose Felix went on numerous service calls on Thursday.

Felix said the best way to make sure to keep cool this summer is to take good care of your air conditioning system.

"Units tend to break more just because they are more in distress," said Felix. "The demand is there so the equipment is used more."

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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