By Erin Jones

RICHARDSON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – With 100-degree days on the horizon, having AC is a must for North Texans, but this those who need a new unit, may have a harder time getting one.

Every summer, Kourtney Miller with CenturyHVAC Distributing starts getting a lot of calls from A/C companies looking to purchase A/C units and parts.

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“As we head into the summer months this type of unit would be in a very high demand however the supply would probably not be there,” she said.

She explains the pandemic has led to factories closing down, halting production.

There’s a metal shortage and labor shortage which is also affecting shipping.

“We just know that we will have an extreme amount of outages with us,” she said. “I know that a lot of other manufacturers are having the same issues.”

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Overall, the lack of availability has all led to price hikes.

“You’re going to see an extreme amount of cost increase from what you’d see a year ago,” Miller said. “Metal prices have doubled since last year so from a homeowner standpoint, you’ll probably see 20-30% maybe, but every day we’re seeing increases.”

So she says for those looking for a new unit right now, “Either you’re going to wait an extreme amount of time before you can get equipment or we might see a huge increase in repairs as opposed to replace,” she said.

She says at this point, it’s hard to say how long this will last.

At best, until later this year.

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At worst, early next year.

Erin Jones