TUCSON - A Tucson veteran and his wife are feeling the heat. Their broken air conditioner has nearly broken the bank
The good news? Some generous people are putting this problem on ice.
The couple's air conditioner broke down Thursday. Unable to afford a new one, the temperature inside their home has been hovering around 94 degrees.
"It’s very warm," said homeowner Priscilla Stubbins.
Not just warm, but dangerous for Stubbins' husband Henry, who's on bed rest for a heart condition.
"He cannot be in the heat," said Stubbins. "He’s under doctor's orders. He would have a hard time breathing and his heart would start racing real bad and he could end up having a heart attack."
A borrowed swamp cooler, and a portable AC unit managed to get the temp in her husband’s room down to 83.
But the system has its flaws. “If I don't turn the light off that throws the breaker switch," said Stubbins.
Repairman Roy Lizarraga saw their need. "I’ve been thinking about it and thinking about it and I felt bad. I was here the other night and I put refrigerant in and the first question she asked was 'How much is this going to be?' and I couldn't charge her," said Lizarraga.
He found a distributor willing to donate $1,000 to a new system. Lizarraga's company, Western States Home Services, is going to pitch in the rest, and he wants to install it for free.
"I would like to think somebody would help a vet or anybody really in need. I'm a veteran and at some point I'll be older too, and karma comes back I believe in that," said Lizarraga.
"And I'm thankful for it, I just thank god that they're there and they're willing to help us," said Stubbins.
The new system will be installed Tuesday morning.