ACHR NEWS (Air Conditioning Heating Refrigeration) has written another great article with an interview from Greg Fox of Fox Family Heating & Air. They talk about the chip shortages and the HVAC Industry. Issues in the worldwide inventory network left every industry scrambling to discover the computer chips they need. This creates difficulties for HVAC contractors as they disclose to clients why they need to stand by longer and pay more for hardware.
Greg Fox of Fox Family Heating & Air in Sacramento, California, said he endured the shortages in 2020 and began to see hardware become more accessible going into the colder time of year. Then, at that point, he began feeling the impacts of the shortages or lower inventory in the spring of 2021. Fox sells a great deal of two-stage climate control systems, the sort that requires more CPUs.
Fox Family’s distributors advised him to get ready for stock levels being low into 2022. Eventually, the stockpile circumstance will resolve itself, but there is no way to tell when. The Covid pandemic clarified how easily a restricted production network like that could be disrupted. There are just a small amount of microchip factories operating in the United States. Between the constant labor and shipping challenges, getting new equipment to the field could take longer than we were expecting.