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Updated: 08/28/2014 08:00:02AM

Chilly and grateful

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By Robin Jenkins, DVM

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I’ll stop the world and melt with you. While that ‘80s post-punk era tune is undeniably catchy, it’s not a great way to spend a day at work. Unfortunately, we can’t stop the world from delivering injured animals to us here at Peace River Wildlife Center, but lately it’s felt like we’ve been melting. Our air conditioner has been wheezing its last rattling gasp. Mornings have been greeting us with a breath of tepid air falling out of the vents like it doesn’t have the energy to cross the room, and the staff can relate. By midday, the heat has been stifling in the hospital and office. We’ve been making up excuses to run outside for a breath of fresh air — and it’s 98 degrees in the shade out there!

Four Seasons Air Conditioning in Port Charlotte has been servicing our air conditioners for years at no charge. Owner Greg Hamilton is a previous executive director of PRWC, and he’s been a major supporter of the wildlife rehabilitation facility for many years. Lest you think I am complaining about the manner in which his company maintains our units, be aware that the device in question is more than 14 years old and runs nearly constantly in a very poorly insulated building. Not long after a recent preventive maintenance visit, we noticed the coil was freezing up. Four Seasons immediately sent out a service technician. He did what he could to help the unit limp along, but declared that it was on its last leg.

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