The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives over the past two years, including our ability to buy HVAC equipment.
A slowdown in production of heating and air conditioning equipment, due to the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and higher demands, have led to a shortage in HVAC materials. Because there’s a high demand for HVAC equipment and a shortage of supplies, it may take longer for your local heating and cooling company to obtain the necessary parts needed to repair or replace your heating equipment this winter. Prices for new parts may also increase.
A-1 Mechanical is constantly monitoring the shortage, and hopes to share good news in the coming months when demand and supply begin to regulate. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the HVAC shortage or would like to contact us for services, contact A-1 Mechanical today.
What You Can Do During the HVAC Shortage
There are a few things homeowners can do during the HVAC shortage to ensure they have a working heating system throughout the winter.
1. Schedule Routine Maintenance
Even if you’ve never scheduled HVAC maintenance in the past, now is the time to consider doing so. During a tune up, our technicians clean and inspect all necessary parts to ensure everything is operating properly and efficiently. We can also identify and fix smaller issues before they lead to something more serious and expensive, including a total system breakdown. Regular maintenance is one of the best ways to ensure your heating system lasts through the cold Michigan winter.
2. Make Necessary Repairs
Has your heating system exhibited any signs of issues lately such as loud noises, strange smells, poor performance or reduced indoor air quality? If so, consider contacting an HVAC professional to take a look at your furnace. Waiting too long can result in a major repair or complete system breakdown, leaving you stranded without heat in the winter. Repairing the issue now will prevent more serious issues from occurring down the line, and give us time to order the appropriate replacement parts.
3. Consider Buying a New Furnace
If you have an older, inefficient heating system, consider replacement services now. Although it may take time for your new system to come in, it’s still a good idea to get the process started early instead of waiting until there’s an emergency and your heating system stops working on one of the coldest days of the year. Some of the signs you may need a new furnace include:
- The system is more than 15 years old
- Strange smells or noises
- Short cycling
- Poor indoor air quality
- Rising energy bills
- Cold sports around the house
Contact A-1 Mechanical for Reliable Heating Services
We’d like to thank our customers for their patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. We will do everything we can to ensure you have a properly functioning furnace this winter. If you have any questions or would like to schedule service, don’t hesitate to contact us today.