Hawaii air conditioning companies warn of delay and price hikes as summer approaches
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Summer is fast approaching and conditions are expected to get warmer.
Air conditioning companies in Hawaii are letting people know that COVID-19 has also had an impact on their industry.
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“There is a huge shortage, not only on parts but also on equipment, it’s kind of a perfect storm that we’ve never seen in the HVAC industry,” said Glen Kozuma, director of sales and purchases of Admor CVC. “With containers that cannot be unloaded in LA as well as Long Beach, there are thousands of containers both sitting there, also with the shortage of truck drivers and the trucking kind of created this storm. perfect trying to get materials, parts, anything any commodity from international places to get to the United States, so with this manufacturing can’t produce things, they don’t have the good components.
He said HVAC units fail and parts can take months to arrive if they are not available.
“We’ve seen delays of up to 12 weeks, and that doesn’t include shipping to Hawaii,” he continued.
He said it started in the fall of 2020, so he ordered supplies while he could. Hawaii Air Conditioning, located on the island of Hawaii, did the same.
“We have a lot here in stock that we can use for our customers, but it’s not a perfect situation because not all or all of the types of units we are installing,” said co-owner Ilene Harrington. .
Copper parts and microchips are hard to come by, and Kozuma said this pushes up the price of AC units by almost 50%.
“All air conditioners have copper coils, so copper has exploded in terms of price, and air conditioners these days are like a big computer, there are a lot of cards, parts that go with it and if they can’t. not get the microchips they can’t get the boards, they can’t make the parts to replace, ”Kozuma explained.
He said some window units that cost $ 500 in the summer of 2020 now cost around $ 800. The parts and equipment he ordered in January did not arrive in June.
Several companies have said they are being criticized for installing air conditioning units and some are booked during the summer.