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The necessity of air-conditioner workers in Chongqing's summer

As summer comes, many people joke that their lives are saved by the air conditioner.

But unfortunately, it can't bring coolness the minute you buy it. Its operation relies on the installation by workers. This time, we followed  air-conditioner workers who offered door-to-door services under the blazing sun.

 It is their devotion that provides a cool environment for people.

At the sunny noonday, the worker group of three for installing air conditioner drove to the client's house. The 27-year-old group leader in the co-driver's seat -- Yang Sheng is a worker with seven years of experience. Along the way, he is responsible for finding the route as well as contacting the customer. This time, he will help replace the old air conditioner with a new one.

Although the customer doesn't live in a high floor and safeguarding has been installed, everybody was still breathless with anxiety. Li said that as long as it is higher than three floors, it will be called a high-altitude operation. There is a narrow rim outside the window. Li Yusheng could only make half of his feet touch the ledge when he moved one pace.

After observing the room structure, the workers prepare to remove the outdoor parts of the old air conditioner. The worker on left — Li Yusheng, with one year working experience — belongs to the generation after 1995. He deftly tied a safety rope and climbed out of the window. Li Ziyang, who came here for one month, also belongs to the generation after ’95, is responsible for assisting.

Although the customer isn't in a high floor and safeguarding has been installed, everybody was still breathless with anxiety toward the operations outside the window. Li said that as long as it is higher than three floors, it will be called a high-altitude operation. There is a narrow rim outside the window. Li Yusheng could only make half of his feet touch the ledge when he moved one pace.

The air conditioning platform space is very narrow, so the workers can only finish the dismantling and assembling work by bending or crouching on the machine. Li Yusheng said that it usually takes forty minutes to one hour to install a new machine. However, compared to the various difficult circumstances he has met this year, what they encountered today is comparatively complex, and it would need more time.

When Li Yusheng finished installing the exterior unit, Yang Sheng and Li Ziyang began to install the indoor unit. After securing the holder, they lifted the machine up by the ladder and hung it on the wall.

After hanging up the indoor air conditioner, they checked whether the machine was running smoothly by a level meter. After confirmation, they plugged in power to check the working condition. The new machine installation was a success. The coolness brought by the air conditioner offered a relaxing moment for the sweaty workers.

You will never imagine they are the generations of 95s if you only see their hands, full of calluses and scars. Li Yusheng laughed and said that it's inevitable for peopled who do heavy manual work like air conditioner installation to be scarred.

After leaving the customer's house, the three bought mineral water and swallowed it almost with one gulp. In the peak season of installing air conditioners, they may assemble seven or eight new machines in one day. If they don’t finish, their work till 2 am the next day! Even in the winter, they will work without a single halt.

The busy work doesn't allow regular meals for them. They always have meals between jobs, and then return to work quickly. Yang said they rarely have rest time for the whole year. After working for one day, they would come back home very late, and then return to work before half past seven the next day. But he doesn't complain about the hardship of this job. 

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