(WXYZ) – It’s midsummer in Metro Detroit, and with temperatures warm in the 90s for the rest of the week, heating and cooling companies are making sure people stay cool. costs.
But these companies face challenges when repairing air conditioning units. One of the most important is the shortage of parts.
Much like automotive and tech companies, this is actually due to the dreaded chip shortage, and it’s impacting businesses around Metro Detroit.
Timothy Jury, director of operations at Randazzo Heating and Cooling, said he encountered problems with the supply chain.
“A lot of our parts that we’re having shipping and sourcing issues with revolve around electronics and certain chips,” Jury said. “Your controls, your electronically controlled fan motors that have modules that control variable speeds and stuff like that.”
According to Jury, these parts could take a month or two. Although it can be difficult, the technicians always have a way of keeping you cool without them.
“Our ultimate goal for our customers is to have them cool or heat or whatever the season is right now,” he said. “And if we’re having trouble getting a part, there are ways around some parts that we can replace with something else for a temporary fix.”
But, if you add a shortage of parts and a generation of skilled workers retiring by the thousands every day, some trade schools are even struggling to keep up with demand.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, job prospects for HVAC workers are only expected to increase by 5% between 2020 and 2030.
But trade schools like the MIAT College of Technology in Guangzhou say they are doing their best.
“Based on the information we receive from our program advisory committee members, who are employers and contractors, yes that and employee retention.”
In the post-pandemic days, all businesses can do now is adapt.
“We want to have the ability to help. If we can’t get a part or are experiencing a parts shortage or labor shortage, we do everything we can to make sure we can take care of our customer,” Jury said.
There are ways to track your AC unit. According to Randazzo, change your filter every three months, schedule annual maintenance to ensure everything is working properly, and be sure to clean the outdoor unit of any debris that could affect performance.