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Cool runnings

Thursday, 10th January, 2019

Sumtin Electrical’s Marc Purcell (front) and Jarrad Pelgrave tend to an air conditioner in need of repair. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Sumtin Electrical’s Marc Purcell (front) and Jarrad Pelgrave tend to an air conditioner in need of repair. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

In this Broken Hill heat, it’s safe to assume that there are many air conditioning units around town doing some hard work over the summer months, much like those that sell and install them.

Owner of the Harvey Norman Broken Hill store, Ajay Mandyam reveals why it is best to purchase air conditioners in winter rather than in summer, and Alan Coombe of Sumtin Electrical shared on the high demand for air conditioner-related jobs.

Ajay said the local store has had an influx of people wanting to buy portable air conditioners: “Yes we have, more than usual.”

As well as portable air conditioners, people have inquired about other cooling products such as split air conditioners.

“We don’t sell many as there are not many people available to install them and for that reason we recommend to people that they buy and install them in winter,” he said. 

“People are not preparing early enough, Broken Hill doesn’t have many electricians who can install the air conditioners so they’re expecting to have them installed in summer.

“If it’s hot then you’re not going to be able to have them installed and cooling the house in the same day.”

Ajay strongly recommended that locals consider buying their air coolers in the months leading up to summer rather than wait until it’s hot. 

Sumtin Electrical is one of the few businesses in town who install and service air coolers, and this is evident through their number of enquiries. 

Alan Coombe of Sumtin said that the business has been overwhelmingly busy during the holiday period, in regards to air conditioning installations and repairs and just in general.

Alan said there has been a high demand for air cooler servicing.

“Certainly, we’ve had a lot of servicing inquiries, yes. We’ve also had an influx of repairs and have experienced a lot of problems with pump failures.”

There have been some reoccurring issues in relation to air conditioners.

“We’ve gone through a lot more pads than we normally would.”

Overall, business for Sumtin has been extremely constant.

“It’s been very busy, we’ve had lots of instalments and repairs.”

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