Shimotoda DENVER (KDVR) – With snow and rain moving away in the late season and temperatures remaining consistently warm, many hope to be able to turn up their air conditioning.
A nationwide supply chain problem with parts needed to repair HVAC systems can cause problems for homeowners, but some companies are ready to make up for the shortage.
Robert Logan, President of Plumbline Services, tells the FOX31 Problem Solvers that scarcity is affecting the availability of steel, aluminum, copper and plastics.
The cost of these items is expected to increase in the coming months.
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“On the metal side, 20 to 30%. We’re approaching 300% on the plastic side, ”said Logan.
Logan said that because of its size, his company will be able to handle the shortage without passing the cost on to customers.
“Because of our size, we have the luxury of ordering equipment in advance … we ordered nearly a million dollars in equipment to prepare for summer,” Logan said.
Given the increased need for air conditioning repairs and installations during the summer months, Logan advises anyone in need of service to fix the problem as soon as possible.
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He adds that homeowners are best advised to have their air conditioning checked to avoid repairs and save time and money.
“Changing the filter in your furnace is the most important thing you can do because that’s where the air circulates. And if it’s clogged, your air conditioner will freeze, ”Logan said.
Plumbline Services recommends changing the air filters monthly if they are used heavily.
It is also important to have a professional inspection prior to seasonal use, which includes checking electrical connections and safety valves. Incorrect connections can be dangerous, especially in areas accessible to children.
Many HVAC manufacturers will not be held liable for their warranties if your equipment is not inspected by a licensed contractor.
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