AC Equipment Shortage: What You Need to Know
The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry is still managing a parts shortage as the hottest Oregon summer days approach. As a result, some air conditioner (AC) repairs could be delayed. That’s why A&E Heating & Air is encouraging our customers to schedule summer maintenance visits as soon as possible.
Maintenance is the key to protecting your AC unit from surprise breakdowns. It also helps you save on utilities. Even basic maintenance tasks like a monthly filter swap-out can lower your energy bill by up to 15 percent, according to the US Department of Energy (DOE).
The parts delay has required a big adjustment for our team and customers—but we’re feeling optimistic. Manufacturing has begun to pick up again, which is a wonderful sign. We’re hoping everything will be back on track soon.
From our desk, here’s what you need to know about the parts delay:
Why is there a parts delay?
Beginning in early 2020, the pandemic had a major impact on manufacturing. Many of the factories that make HVAC parts closed temporarily or worked at a reduced capacity. The global supply chain suffered a major backup. Additionally, resources like copper, steel, and plastics have jumped in price.
The parts shortage has not been limited to HVAC technology. The automotive and computer industries are also experiencing a backup. Even new bicycles will be hard to come by until early 2022, according to industry experts.
How could the parts delay affect my AC repair?
If your AC repair requires a parts replacement, you may experience a longer wait time for the repair. For this reason, your home could end up without cool air for longer than you anticipated.
Factories need steel and plastics to build AC components like blowers, evaporators, and condenser coils. If your HVAC specialist needs one or more of these parts, you may need to wait.
How can I be sure my AC stays on all summer?
Fortunately, there is a simple way to prevent unexpected repairs: schedule your seasonal AC tune-up right away. Your HVAC specialist will check for hidden hazards that could lead to future parts replacements. Additionally, your specialist will clean and lubricate your air conditioner’s mechanical components.
Call us today for a free consultation. Getting caught in a heat wave this summer without air conditioning not only leads to an uncomfortable home—you risk major health issues, such as a heat stroke.
You’re Due For Your Summer Maintenance Appointment – Schedule It Today!
At A&E Heating & Air, our friendly and talented HVAC experts are ready to assist. Located conveniently in The Dalles, OR, we provide thorough maintenance inspections that set your heating and cooling system up for success all season long. Call us at A&E Heating & Air or request service online today.