Air conditioning repairs could take longer due to part shortage

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — This summer, HVAC repair shops face a unique challenge when repairing broken air conditioning units: a shortage of replacement parts. Pandemic-related supply chain disruptions are causing some crews to wait weeks for backordered parts.

Companies such as James River Air Conditioning Co. already work around the clock and they don’t want to leave customers out in the ‘proverbial’ cold.

“People can do without heating, but not without air conditioning,” says general manager Billy Amacker.

He said things have really picked up over the past two and a half months, with crews having “between 125 and 150 calls a day”.

That’s not an unusual number for the summer, though. Last year there was a lot of repair work, but this year, says Amacker, “we are now seeing a spike in replacements. The challenge is getting the equipment and parts we need.”

The pandemic has left its mark on many industries; shutting down manufacturers and disrupting supply chains, and the HVAC industry was no exception, with sometimes four to six weeks waiting for parts or equipment.

Amacker says crews sometimes resort to temporary alternatives to complete their jobs.

“Every possible solution to keep them cool, we do.”

But to help relieve the stress on your own home unit and then on the HVAC shifts, James River Air says homeowners “want to keep the fan in the ‘auto’ position at all times, and you want to make sure your filters are clean.” A dirty filter will stop that system and you will not get the full capacity you need from that unit.”

Amacker adds that he thinks the effects of the supply chain may be felt by 2022.

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