PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) - - The heat wave gripping the entire West Coast is only in its first day, but already the demand for air conditioning is coupled with the demand for air conditioner repair.
Clyde Burton of Ben's Heating and Air Conditioning is busy trying to keep people cool after a hot day at work. He told KOIN 6 News one of the most common trouble spots for most people is the filter.
Change the filter every four weeks, he said, especially if you have kids or pets. But the real problem that keeps the air conditioning from properly working is blown fuses on the outside.
Replace the fuses and the unit gets back to work.
Burton has back-to-back calls and the calls keep coming in. Business is good when the temperatures soar.
The record-setting cold temperatures continues to grip Oregon, freezing and bursting pipes, keeping cars from starting and forcing administrators to announce closures on Sunday.
Citing nearly a foot of snow and frigid temperatures, officials from Oregon State University announced their main campus will be closed on Monday -- even though it is the first day of finals week.
A Multnomah County deputy who stopped on the Fremont Bridge to help a disabled motorist was injured when a car lost control on an icy spot and hit the guard rail.
Police cars were damaged in two separate incidents when drivers ran into them, one by a suspected drunk driver, the other by a man fleeing in stolen car.