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Supply Chain Issues in the Commercial HVAC Industry

Supply Chain Issues in the Commercial HVAC Industry crockett facilities

Due to supply chain issues, commercial HVAC repair companies struggle to get enough equipment to meet their clients’ needs.

The world has seen significant supply chain issues in the last few years. Due to disruptions and production shortages, there has been an ongoing shortage of HVAC supplies, meaning commercial HVAC repair companies are struggling to get enough equipment to meet their clients’ needs. This issue may last for a while. Keep reading to learn how supply chain issues might affect your business and what you can do to prepare and minimize the impact.

How COVID-19 Impacted the Supply Chain

Like many other industries, the HVAC supply chain struggled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the impact is still being felt. While recovery is on the horizon, the HVAC industry has been especially slow. The coronavirus put the interconnected nature of the world into a tailspin. With people unable to go to work in warehouses and throughout the supply chain, sourcing critical parts led to problems worldwide, with heating and cooling systems manufacturers facing similar issues.

Labor shortages have been the main cause of the disruption, as many workers have been getting sick or taking leave. As a result, the manufacturing plants that make HVAC supplies and parts have seen a decline in production.

Short Supply of Raw Materials

Another factor contributing to supply chain issues is a materials shortage. Machine parts, copper, aluminum, steel, and even plastic have been in short supply, and all of these materials are needed to make HVAC equipment. They’re also needed in other industries, and the manufacturers willing to pay the highest prices get these scarce raw materials. Inflation has also been rising, which makes the cost of materials and parts even higher. In addition to shortages, there have been shipping problems on sea and land, which delays the time it takes for equipment to travel from the manufacturer to HVAC companies.

Reducing the Impact of Supply Chain Disruption

Due to these supply chain issues, you might not be able to get your system repaired or have components replaced quickly, so you need to consider other options.

Preventative Maintenance is Key

Regular maintenance is your first line of defense against supply chain disruptions. If you can avoid preventable issues, you’ll be okay for a little while longer. Although some breakdowns can’t be avoided, HVAC preventative maintenance goes a long way to keep your system functioning.

Pre-order Your Supplies.

Try to predict your needs to the best of your ability and pre-order the supplies you know you’ll need. This might differ from what you’re used to if you typically order parts only as needed, but that won’t work with a short supply. When you find a supplier who has an ample amount of common parts or materials you use, stock up on the essentials. So you won’t get stuck waiting months for simple things.

Crockett Facilities Can Help!

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