Have you noticed it can be a little toasty at times in the Abilene Civic Center?
It might be that two of the four air conditioning chillers are 21-years-old. The City of Abilene is now looking to fix that problem by spending $1.5 on two new ones.
The Abilene Civic Center is home to over 500 events per year and can hold up to 6,000 people per gathering.
It is no surprise all that body heat can raise the temperature, which is why it's crucial for the AC to work. Unfortunately, two of the four AC chillers that keep the air cool are slowly dying.
Facilities Maintenance Manager, Lowell Phillips at the Abilene Civic Center said if the older chillers are replaced, the building will run off of the two newest instead of four and ultimately cut costs.
"With the maximum load of people in the building as well as outside temperatures it puts a strain on the system right now," Phillips said. "The maintenance costs are quite high right now just because of the age and the condition of them. It will be an energy savings as well as a maintenance savings."
Without these new chillers Phillips said he's afraid the AC might go out at any minute. It's not something you want to deal with in the middle of July.
The Abilene City Council still needs to give the OK and approve spending money on the new chillers from the FY '12 revised budget.