ACs not working, power cuts add to residents’ woes
While the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Tuesday urged people to restrict the use of ACs due to the ongoing power crisis, it seems that the air conditioners are of no use to city residents this summer. AC mechanics claim that they have received a large number of complaints on the lack of cooling by ACs.
Sucha Singh, who works in an AC service centre said: " This year, we are flooded with the complaints that cooling of ACs is not happening. The summers are at peak with no monsoon shower. In addition to this, there has been voltage fluctuation, so often the cooling system of the ACs trips. The number of complaints are more than double as compared to previous summers".
Gurdeep Singh, dealing in AC repairs, adds: " I am getting more than 20 calls in a day with the similar complaints that ACs are not doing any cooling. But it is all connected with the rise in temperature. The temperature is reaching till 47 degrees as well and condensers of many ACs stop giving the cooling affect when the temperature exceeds 42 degrees. And when the temperature comes down, the cooling starts happening like normal again".
While consumers are complaining that the ACs take a long time to ensure a room is cool, the frequent power cuts has only added to their woes.
Narinder Singh, a resident of Karnial Singh Nagar said: " It seems that we should start sleeping on roof tops because power cuts are imposed after regular intervals during night hours and now we have been told not to make use of ACs, So it is better to buy cots and sleep on the roofs".
The searing heat has forced residents flock to malls that have additional power back up.
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