“It’s just the nature of the game right now. It’s the dog-eating dog right now in the heating and air conditioning business, ”Simpson said.
PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Maryland – A nationwide shortage of air conditioning units is affecting the DC metro area in a major way. Some families wait up to a month without air conditioning until their unit is delivered. The HVAC professionals in the area are doing what they can to get their hands on the AC equipment, but little can be done to speed up the process.
“A One Heating and Air Conditioning” is an HVAC company based in Prince George County that serves the entire DMV. Marlon Simpson and his father have provided the area with fresh air for over a decade.
The aftermath of COVID-19 has made air conditioning units the next pandemic shortage in the height of summer. Heat Index temperatures range from 95 to 107, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for parts of the DMV.
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“The market is currently severely affected by the pandemic. They closed their factories in 2020 and they laid off much of their workforce. So the normal amount of systems they would have produced to be ready for peak heating season like we’re here in July, they didn’t. So we are seeing a serious shortage of equipment in the industry, ”said Simpson.
The father-son duo are doing their best to keep up with demand, but there are simply not enough AC units available to serve everyone in a timely manner. He sees people paying up to a thousand dollars more just to get it first.
“You could have a company that says they can do the job for seven thousand and install it in three weeks, but you could have another company that says they can do it for eight thousand and install it in 2 days, ”Simpson said.
Although the equipment was more difficult to obtain, “One heating and cooling” kept its prices at the same level. The only thing they ask is that customers be patient with the setup time.
“In 2019 and 2020, we were doing work the next day or two days after. And now we see it stretching to seven days, 10 days sometimes, ”Simpson said.
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The Simpsons have privileged good relations with their suppliers. When new equipment arrives, they are among the first to be notified. But it’s still very competitive. When the notice comes in they need to pick up the equipment immediately or someone will hang it up first.
“It’s just the nature of the game right now. You have to get what you can get. he’s a dog-eat-dog right now in the heating and air conditioning business, ”Simpson said.
PEPCO claims that even small movements with your thermostat can save a lot of money during extreme weather events.
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