An air conditioner is a vital system in almost every property, both residential and commercial. When the unit breaks and requires a part replacement, you need to get it taken care of as soon as possible to avoid losing your indoor comfort. Unfortunately, we have been experiencing a global shortage of AC parts lately. Why does it happen and what should we do about it?
The Reasons for the Shortage of AC Parts
The Covid pandemic is the main reason why there’s a shortage of AC parts. Raw materials have become rarer. Moreover, production and distribution processes have all come to a halt and are experiencing delays due to the lockdown.
But the problem doesn’t stop there. To make matters worse, the global lockdown has forced people to spend more time indoors. Consequently, people have begun to use their air conditioners more often and for longer periods. With increasing usage, the risk of AC’s breaking have also increased.
The phenomenon has created an imbalance between supply and demand, hence the scarcity. You might notice that some stores sell AC units far above their normal cost. But even that doesn’t help much to tackle the shortage of AC parts.
What Can Be Done?
Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do about part production because it is out of our control. However, there are a few things you can do to avoid a last-minute crisis. Here are a few tips:
1. Run A Checkup
Call an HVAC service company you trust and ask them to run a complete checkup of your system. You need them to fix any minor problems to avoid more serious issues that could lead to broken parts. Wear-and-tear is another thing your technician should look out for. If there are parts that look like they will break anytime soon, you can ask them to start looking for a part replacement now. That way, by the time it eventually breaks, you have the replacement ready to install.
2. Care For It Well
Know how to use your AC properly and make sure not to abuse the system. Avoid doing things that will make the system overheat or run inefficiently. Electrical connections should also be in perfect shape. Don’t forget to run regular maintenance and get professional repairs as soon an issue arises.
3. Find A Bigger HVAC Company
Bigger HVAC service companies usually have connections with more suppliers, so they tend to have a higher chance of getting you the parts you need. To save time, you can also have several HVAC services searching for the parts you need.
4. Consider Generic Parts
Original parts are your best choice, especially if your AC is of a premium brand. However, if you are desperate for a part replacement, you can consider using generic brands instead. Consult with your HVAC technician about the risks and to learn which generic brands are safe enough to use.
There is no need to panic about the global shortage of AC parts. Production and distribution are gradually increasing again as lockdowns are loosening up. Finding the correct replacements for your broken AC parts should be less difficult in the upcoming months.
ECM Air Conditioning, with its headquarters located in Boynton Beach, FL, provides air conditioning services within Palm Beach County, Broward County, Martin County, and St. Lucie County. If you’re having issues with your HVAC system, we’re on-call and ready to assist you with your air conditioning needs. So if you’re in need of an HVAC Contractor, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an air conditioning service call diagnostic! Our HVAC experts will diagnose any issues that may be occurring with your HVAC system and help to repair your AC issue on the spot.
Best of all, because ECM is the largest HVAC company in South Florida our local warehouse facility that is 69,000 SQFT houses over $1 million in inventory and fully stocks our 127 vehicles on the road, making us one of the very few AC service companies capable of repairing most issues right on the spot. That means no waiting and no downtime without air conditioning for you & your family in the blistering Florida heat!
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