Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot!

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Will someone please turn up the A/C !!

This week our temperatures soared over 100 degrees!

At this time of the year, Vacation Rentals of the Desert encourages all vacation property owners to have their air conditioning units checked, serviced and filters changed to make sure their HVAC systems are performance ready.

One of the most challenging emergency calls I have ever received was in the month of July. The tenants arrived at the property at midnight only to find that the air conditioner was blowing hot air. I had “opened” the property the previous afternoon, turned on lights and the air conditioner so that the tenants would arrive at a comfortably cool home. All was working fine at the time I left the property … but by midnight when the outside temperature was still in the 90s, the temperature inside the property, with warm air blowing, was close to 100 degrees. Not a very happy “Welcome to the desert. We’re glad that you’re here” for our tenants! Fortunately I had many vacant properties available in the same gated community … however many of these properties had been shut down for the summer or had owners scheduled to come in and out. I first had to fire up my computer and check our reservation system for availability, then I grabbed a hand full of keys and garage door remotes for various properties and set out in search of a property that would be a suitable substitute. I got lucky … the first property I showed the tenants would work out fine … but since it had been unoccupied since May, it had two months of dust everywhere and the toilets and sinks needed to be cleaned. While the tenants unloaded their car, I rolled up my sleeves and about 45 minutes later had a property that would suffice until cleaners could be scheduled the next morning to do a “proper” job. I got the family moved in and settled and I finally returned to bed sometime after 2 .m.

The next day we called the owner’s air conditioning company and a technician found that the system was low on Freon and the filter needed to be changed. Had the system been checked in early summer the problem would probably have been caught and the owner would not have lost one week in rental income.

This occurred about 10 years ago … I am happy to say that I still work with these tenants when they visit our area.

This week we experienced a similar situation. In this case the tenants had been in the property for a full day and night. We received a call from the tenants a few minutes before our office closed reporting that the air conditioner was blowing hot air and making a loud noise. After going over to verify that the air was not working we contacted the owner’s air conditioning company. Of course the owner was charged for “after hours” service and the technician found that the Freon was low, the air filter needed to be changed and that the entire A/C system had iced up. Through quick response we were able to save this rental for the property owner but at a cost of about $500 for the emergency A/C service. Once again, had the recommended summer service been completed by the air conditioning company, this situation could have been avoided.

Desert Air Conditioning has an excellent FAQ page that may be helpful to property owners whose homes are in the Palm Springs area. Wherever your vacation home is located; in the desert, by the sea, in the mountains or in a metropolitan area, you should find a local air conditioning and heating company to service your system and answer any questions you may have on your particular HVAC system in your particular environment. Click here to go directly to Desert Air Conditioning FAQ page.

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    • Thank you for the comment. It is nice to know that someone is reading our blog. In your line of business you know exactly how important preventative maintenance can be … especially to avoid breakdowns in the summer.

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