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Increased turnaround time for A/C repair linked to material shortage

WGXA Macon logo WGXA Macon 6/21/2021 Nick Gibson
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MACON, Ga—Many heating, ventilation, and air condition companies(HVAC) are seeing a shortage of supplies amid the hottest months of the year. 

Trey Holland who is a manager at Bucky Holland Heating and Air says the main raw material they are seeing a shortage of industry-wide is metal.

He says similar to raw materials in other industries going up such as in the carpentry industry, HVAC companies are struggling too. 

“Right now what we are seeing is metal. Metal is the biggest component in the system. There is also shortages in anything from copper to stainless steel,” says Holland.

According to Holland, for the most part, his company is fully stocked. He says his company buys these raw materials in bulk to make sure they don’t run out.

Holland adds if you think your A/C unit is going to go out, make sure to call some before it’s too late because it could take days for technicians to come out.

“What that means for the consumer is what use to be a quick turnaround might take 3 to 4-day process, when we use to be able to come out the very next day,” says Holland.

Holland says if you have a very old unit that makes very loud noises you should consider someone looking at it to prevent a long wait time before it breaks. 

“Industry-wide we’ve seen a little bit of an increase in raw materials and that will reflect in the bottom line as well,” says Holland.

Holland says some other things you might want to look out for when it comes to A/C units going out is your power bill increasing.

That would be an indicator that your system is working too hard.

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