Heat Wave Keeps AC Repairmen Busy

Temperatures are climbing into the triple digits in many places

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    As a dangerous heat wave brought triple digit heat to Southern California on Wednesday, AC repairmen like Tyler Spinner say they're booked solid. Tony Shin reports from Lake Elsinore for NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013)

    As a dangerous heat wave brought triple digit heat to Southern California on Wednesday, air-conditioner repairman Tyler Spinner became a popular guy with his customers.

    "They're very excited to see me," Spinner said.

    Spinner, who works for Amber Air Conditioning, said he was booked solid for the next week.

    On Wednesday, he was helping Dwain and Val Delgado, who just moved into a home in Murrieta a day earlier. With the thermometer reading 88 degrees inside their home, a broken air conditioner certainly wasn't a nice housewarming gift.

    "It was like sleeping in a sauna," Val Delgado said.

    "I was in the bathroom putting water on me with a towel just trying to wet myself down so I could cool off," Dwain Delgado said.

    Across the Inland Empire, the heat also made it dangerous for students. Most outdoor activities were limited during the day, and sports practices were postponed until after 5:30 in the evening.

    "We're making sure we're monitoring temperatures actively, making sure hydration breaks are taken," said Mark Dennis of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District.

    Back in Murrieta, the Delgados were hoping their AC repairman could give them the gift of cool air.

    "Either that or we'll go back to the old house and sleep the night," Dwain Delgado joked.