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Prolonging the life of your AC unit through the summer season

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The hot weather is driving up business for air condition repair shops.

Two years ago, Clarence Pickney's AC went out on him on a hot summer night. Ever since that long hot night, he gets regular maintenance to prevent that from happening again.

"On a hot day like today, I don't think I would be able to stay here," Pickney said.

Pickney lives alone and he knows the risks of heat exhaustion due to his age. That'S why it's important for him to stay cool.

"Even if I am out in the yard and it's hot, somebody is going to call and say,'Ok Clarence, it is too hot out here,'" Pickney said.  

On Thursday, he contacted service experts for routine maintenance on his air unit.

Service experts say you can prolong the life of your AC by doing simple things like keeping leaves away from it, or changing the filter once a month.

Keeping your AC clean can keep moisture from building inside of it which can cause rust.

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