HVAC company in Springfield warns community about continued air conditioner shortage amid pandemic

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the HVAC industry is experiencing serious delays and trade problems.

As a result, the industry has not yet fully recovered from the shortage of equipment and parts, said Air Services Heating and air conditioning and all sanitary facilities, Rachel Fears.

“This is the first time the industry has ever faced a shortage or the fear of a serious shortage like this,” explains Fears. “Normally we’ve never had any problems getting equipment in.”

Fears explained that conditions have improved after almost a year and a half. But there remains a shortage of raw materials and a spike in demand for air conditioners, especially with AC evaporator coils.

As temperatures start to rise across the Ozarks, people will start putting more pressure on their air conditioners. Fears said it is starting to cause recurrence deficit.

“We use several local manufacturers here in Springfield and they are all experiencing shortages due to demand,” said Fears.

This increases prices and makes parts availability harder to find, which Fears says will drive contractors and customers looking for alternative solutions.

However, Fears explained that Air Services is working to stay ahead of demand.

“We went ahead and prepared for the shortage, ordering as much equipment as we could order so we could be prepared for the temperatures and the people who will run out of air conditioners.”

Fears said more than ever that it is vital that you maintain your HVAC units and prevent breakdowns. She said proper maintenance can extend the life of your appliance and potentially lower your utility bill.

“Definitely replace your filters every 3 to 6 months, depending on how many pets or people are in the house. And basically call a professional to do that maintenance, where they actually pull the evaporator coils and clean it, and they check all the pressures to make sure it’s working properly. “

Other things you can do to keep your air conditioner healthy this summer:

– Schedule tune-ups with an expert

– Change your filters regularly

– Regularly inspect and clean your ventilation openings

– Give your system a break

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