Add ‘AC unit supply’ to the list of things affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

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Along with the high call volume HVAC companies expect at this time of year, they’re dealing with dwindling supplies of air conditioning units brought on by the pandemic.Calls have been coming into the dispatch center at Gilmore Heating, Air & Plumbing, day and night, since the start of the heatwave.The company expects it anytime we see back-to-back sizzling days.”That’s when systems are getting stressed, breaking down,” said company owner Darrin Gilmore. “Especially the older it gets, the more chances it’s going to break when it’s hot.”With it only being the month of June, and more hot months are on the horizon, Gilmore is keeping an eye on his supply of AC units.”When the pandemic hit, there was a few weeks that manufacturing stopped,” he said. “It was a very, very, busy season and they really never caught up.”Gilmore’s current stock of AC units is more scant than usual for this time of year because of a supply chain disruption.He’s trying to stay optimistic and he’s keeping customers in the most serious need serviced first.”You triage, you have to,” Gilmore explained. “If it’s not working… elderly and medical, we’re bumping. We’re moving people to make sure that we can take care of that person.”The key to avoiding an all-out breakdown in the first place, according to Gilmore, is preventive maintenance.He recommends changing your air filter regularly.Be conservative with the temperature at which you set your thermostat. Setting it around 78 degrees when the temperature outside is extremely high, as it is throughout Northern California this week, is ideal. Setting it much lower causes the system to have to work harder — for more hours of the day — leading to quicker wear and tear.Spray down your outdoor AC unit to clear out debris that can accumulate during the off-season.Gilmore also said it’s a good idea to check to see if your system is working when it’s 75 degrees outside instead of finding out when it’s 105 that it needs to be replaced.”Those little tiny things make a big difference,” said Gilmore. “Usually people never touch any of those things.”

Along with the high call volume HVAC companies expect at this time of year, they’re dealing with dwindling supplies of air conditioning units brought on by the pandemic.

Calls have been coming into the dispatch center at Gilmore Heating, Air & Plumbing, day and night, since the start of the heatwave.

The company expects it anytime we see back-to-back sizzling days.

“That’s when systems are getting stressed, breaking down,” said company owner Darrin Gilmore. “Especially the older it gets, the more chances it’s going to break when it’s hot.”

With it only being the month of June, and more hot months are on the horizon, Gilmore is keeping an eye on his supply of AC units.

“When the pandemic hit, there was a few weeks that manufacturing stopped,” he said. “It was a very, very, busy season and they really never caught up.”

Gilmore’s current stock of AC units is more scant than usual for this time of year because of a supply chain disruption.

He’s trying to stay optimistic and he’s keeping customers in the most serious need serviced first.

“You triage, you have to,” Gilmore explained. “If it’s not working… elderly and medical, we’re bumping. We’re moving people to make sure that we can take care of that person.”

The key to avoiding an all-out breakdown in the first place, according to Gilmore, is preventive maintenance.

He recommends changing your air filter regularly.

Be conservative with the temperature at which you set your thermostat. Setting it around 78 degrees when the temperature outside is extremely high, as it is throughout Northern California this week, is ideal. Setting it much lower causes the system to have to work harder — for more hours of the day — leading to quicker wear and tear.

Spray down your outdoor AC unit to clear out debris that can accumulate during the off-season.

Gilmore also said it’s a good…



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