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In summer, Charlotte-area AC repairmen feel the burn: Workers battle extreme heat for cool cash
By Greg Lacour If you install and service air conditioners for a living, you have to embrace some contradictions. Hot weather means work — lots of it — which you want. It also means you’re working in the heat. The hotter it gets, the more you’re working and the more miserable your working conditions are, but that’s why you’re there in the first place, isn’t it? So you don’t fight the heat; you accommodate it. You make concessions. Vernon Hunter and Russ Sheridan, a team of installers for Charlotte Comfort Systems Inc. on Tuckaseegee Road, concede this way: They arrive at their job fairly early, between 8:30 and 9 a.m., usually. Then they haul butt. On a typical daylong job like this one — a complete reinstallation, or “changeout,” of a central air and heating system in a two-story brick home in south Charlotte’s Ballantyne neighborhood — they know they have a certain amount of work to do in the worst environment they encounter: the attic. In summer, it turns into an oven.