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Summer AC Equipment Shortages and Price Increases


2020 was a challenging year for everyone, and our team worked hard to ensure our customers had the air conditioning and heating services necessary for their homes during a time when people were spending more time indoors than ever before. 

The challenges haven’t ended in 2021, even as the novel coronavirus pandemic is fading and people are starting to transition back to normal. The HVAC industry is currently dealing with an equipment parts shortage and an increase in prices from HVAC manufacturers combined with an increase in demand for air conditioning services. 

We want to share some important information about this shortage with you so you’ll know how to plan for the coming summer months.

Why This Is Happening

Several factors came together to create this larger problem. First, the demand for HVAC equipment has risen sharply as vaccination distribution caused a decline in the spread of COVID-19. More people are getting back to tasks they had put off before, and for many that means upgrading residential HVAC equipment. With summer weather now arriving and a hot season ahead, people are gearing up to ensure their homes stay comfortable and safe.

Second, there have been multiple disruptions in the equipment supply chain: COVID-19, the ice storms in Texas, and the accidental seven-day blockage of the Suez Canal due to an overturned container ship. Issues with parts shortages were already a concern back in November 2020, but the shortage has become more acute with the rise in demand and other disruptions to the supply chain. 

The shortage of equipment has affected most brands across the country. Many HVAC manufacturers have increased the costs to contractors by 6–10% and have fewer parts and units to ship. This has made it more difficult for contractors to get enough parts in their inventories to deal with an already extremely busy season—one that’s only going to get busier.

This is not a permanent situation; the supply chain will eventually return to normal. However, we can expect the shortage to continue for at least the next few months.

What Does This Mean for You?

It’s our hope this equipment shortage won’t have a major impact on you this summer. If you currently have a working air conditioning system, the key step you need to take is to schedule maintenance for the season. If you haven’t done this yet, please arrange for it ASAP—it’s the best way to prevent the need for repairs during the season and avoid encountering any issues with a shortage of parts. 

If you’re considering installing new air conditioning in Dickson, TN, we recommend you call us as soon as possible for the service. This way we can help you in a timely manner. We encourage planning ahead when it comes to concerns you may have about your home cooling this summer. 

We appreciate your understanding as we do our best to accommodate the needs of all of our customers. You can count on us to help you: trust is at the core of what we do and we won’t let you down.

Call David Brown Heating & Cooling, LLC—“A Name You Can Trust!”

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