Norfolk Animal Care Center deals with partial A/C outage amid temps in 90s

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Jun 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-02 18:06:25-04

NORFOLK, Va. – With summer-like temperatures in the mid-90s, air conditioning units across Hampton Roads are working hard.

News 3 meteorologist Myles Henderson says that on Thursday, we can expect another hot and humid day, with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year.

Two of the five air conditioners at the Norfolk Animal Care Center have experienced issues this week, according to John Olson, facilities maintenance manager for the City of Norfolk. The Animal Care Center posted about the troubles on its Facebook page. Those units are located in one of the main dog areas.

The center stated that it has temporary A/C units to help keep the dogs and staff cool. It also said they’re rotating them in cooler areas of the shelter.

An HVAC team with Coastal Heating and Cooling is working to fix the situation. Dean Davidson, electric supervisor, said they hope to have them up and running Friday.

The shelter says they are quite full and they're welcoming citizens to adopt a dog or even foster one.

The Norfolk Animal Care Center is open Friday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. It's located at 5585 Sabre Road.

Olson said they do have a crew checking on the facility around the clock.

"I have my 24-hour maintenance team stop by and take readings," Olson explained. "As the sun goes down, it tends to not be a problem. But we still to make sure nothing’s going awry."

Meanwhile, as we experience higher temperatures, Davidson offered some tips for homeowners. That includes booking an annual inspection, changing the interior air filters at least once a month, and keeping your thermostat at about the same temperature instead of changing it up and down.