When was the last time you gave a second thought to something called semiconductors? Well, the time is now. The pandemic has caused a disruption in the supply chain, thus resulting in shortage of semiconductors. Since these miniscule components are the basic building blocks of any device that processes data, there are shortages of everything from cars to headphones. Well guess what? That’s not the only supply disruption caused by the pandemic.
THE HVAC INDUSTRY ISN’T IMMUNE
Merts Heating & Air Conditioning is seeing many of the same problems in our business. HVAC shortages have made it difficult to schedule timely deliveries of furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps. Oftentimes it means being put on a list which in turn delays installations for homeowners and businesses in Illinois and Northwest Indiana.
TIGHT SUPPLY = $$$$ INCREASES
Everyone learned about the law of supply and demand in Econ 101 so it should not surprise you to learn the shortage is resulting in higher prices. Experts are saying heating and AC shortages could cause a price increase of as much as eight percent in the next few months. Depending on the size of the system in your Steger, IL or Crown Point, IN home that can add up to several hundred dollars.
RESPONDING TO THE SITUATION
The current situation requires planning ahead and sticking to a plan once you’ve made it. Let’s say you even THINK you might need a new HVAC system in the next few months, the time to act is now. By calling Merts our technicians can give you an accurate assessment of your situation. If indeed a new system is called for, the job should be scheduled as soon as possible so your name can go on a waiting list. Even if it means replacing the current HVAC equipment a few months earlier than is absolutely necessary, it’s still better than the alternative of being without heating or cooling for several weeks because you have to wait for the new system to be delivered.
MERTS WILL DO ITS PART
It’s very important that you have the best and most current information about this situation. To that end, Merts Heating & Air Conditioning is in constant contact with our suppliers and other organizations within the HVAC industry. Our goal is to get advance notice about any new developments in the weeks and months ahead. Sharing that information with you allows you to make informed decisions about the HVAC shortages and how they can affect you.