HVAC techs navigate busy season with shortages, here’s how you can help

TULSA, Okla. — The warm weather always means HVAC technicians will be busy, but this year the pandemic has added new challenges.

While making endless calls, some techies are also navigating equipment and staff shortages.

“Sometimes it can be difficult to get parts,” says Chris Williams, service engineer at Logic Heating & Cooling.

The COVID-19 pandemic began to disrupt orders last year. Now, certain equipment and supplies are still hard to come by, such as refrigerant.

“They’ve had a lot of heat waves in the north, so a lot of the coolant goes up there,” Tipton Evans said. “The pandemic has slowed production a lot.”

Evans has his own heating and air company. Due to the production delay, he kicked up service costs for customers.

“If we pay three times for the equipment and material, their prices will go up too,” Evans says.

A lack of tools is not the only lack he has to deal with. Evans also doesn’t have enough hands to keep up with the calls.

“Finding someone to go to work is difficult,” he said.

There are three positions that Evans must fill.

To lighten the workload for technicians, they advise skilled persons to clean their own AC outdoor units. Washing from the inside is important. The first step should be to shut off power to the unit. Then remove the top where the fan is mounted and spray the interior walls with water.

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