Nathan Smith has seen an increase in business for servicing and fixing car air-conditioning systems.
Nathan Smith has seen an increase in business for servicing and fixing car air-conditioning systems. Allan Reinikka

Nathan's hot tip is 'keep moving'

NATHAN Smith is feeling the heat in more ways than one.

Each day his workload increases as more and more car air-conditioners fail in this blistering heat.

And each time he services an automotive air-conditioner he does it outside under a hot metal shed.

Nathan, who owns Smithy’s Auto Electrical and Air Conditioning with his dad Brian, said there has been an increase in work since the hot weather crept in.

Yesterday, Nathan and Brian were sweltering as the temperature reached 37.1 degrees in Rockhampton.

Nathan’s tip for surviving was to keep moving, so the heat doesn’t “get to you as quick”.

Yesterday he said the big issue for motorists was that many did not know their car’s air-conditioner should be serviced regularly.

He said the air-conditioner wasn’t serviced in a regular check-up at the mechanics.

“You should service it every 18 months to two years or it could cause major problems,” Nathan said.

“People experience more problems in the heat such as compression failure.”

Nathan and Brian have owned Smithy’s Auto Electrical for seven years now.

Meanwhile the McCubbin family opted to escape the heat at City Centre Plaza yesterday.

Yesterday’s maximum temperature was a little cooler than the previous two days but there is some respite in sight.

On Saturday it was 37 degrees, Sunday 38 and Monday 38.3.

Today will be 32 degrees, with a storm.

FEELING HOT

Minimum and maximum temperatures around the region yesterday:

Mackay: 24.2 – 35.3

Gladstone: 24.1 – 33.7

Rockhampton: 24 – 37.1

Longreach: 17.3 – 34.8



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