What Makes an Air Conditioner Expensive? - An Expert's Perspective

The efficiency of an air conditioners is measured by a unit's seasonal energy efficiency index, more commonly known as the SEER rating. SEER ratings range from 13 (the lowest) to 22 (the highest). The higher the rating, the more energy efficient your system will be, but also the higher the price. The cost of the actual unit is based on its size, features, efficiency, and the cost of installation. Repair costs are constantly rising due to older refrigerants being phased out, the cost of raw materials increasing, and manufacturers raising their prices.

In short, the cost of doing business and offering a warranty has skyrocketed in recent years and will continue to rise every February. So, if you're thinking about buying a new air conditioning unit, do it before February 1 or pay more. Your phone only needs a maximum of 2 to 3 hours to charge before you have to completely unplug it. If you want to charge your phone more energy efficiently, you can slowly set it up to charge for a specific period of time. Demand for air conditioning parts, new units, and repairs tends to increase when the weather heats up.

And our industry is used to receiving price increases from manufacturers every year. But this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm that's making HVAC parts and equipment more expensive than usual this time of year. The pandemic has reduced the supply of raw materials and created labor shortages in the factories that manufacture the parts and equipment we need. Here's What You Should Know About the Many Factors That Contribute to Rising HVAC Replacement and Repair Costs This Summer. The cost of diesel has been high, that is, the fuel needed to bring our HVAC truck to your location to repair or repair your air conditioner. We stock our trucks with as many parts, tools, and consumable HVAC supplies as we can to facilitate repairs.

Larger vehicles are needed to transport HVAC units and supplies when they need to be replaced. Diesel vehicles allow us to carry more weight with better fuel consumption, and our trucks can also stay in service for longer. Some HVAC companies may start to reduce the size of their service areas. It can also mean that travel rates increase. The raw materials used to manufacture HVAC parts and equipment are in short supply and are also becoming more expensive.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics monitors the prices of products manufactured in the United States by month, so you can see the average prices as they change over time. The NASDAQ also documents commodity prices, and you can see the upward trend in prices over the past year.Copper pipes recovered from HVAC units are ready for recycling. Another way to know that prices are high is when we recycle used HVAC equipment parts. Demand during the pandemic was low because factories weren't operating at full capacity, meaning prices were low.

That has changed in recent months. Fortunately, healthy air conditioning systems shouldn't need additional refrigerant. This is why a fully charged system shouldn't need to be “recharged”. If so, it means that it has a leak, which needs to be repaired. Semiconductor chips are found inside higher-efficiency HVAC systems, such as variable-speed HVAC units, multi-speed central air units, heat pumps, and mini-divisions. Consumers love them because they are efficient, quiet and increase indoor comfort.

However, Newsweek reports that the chip shortage is affecting the manufacture of new cars, smartphones, and computers. They also expect the chip shortage to extend to air conditioning systems. This means that we could see a lower supply of high-end, optimally efficient HVAC units and parts. PC boards, the minicomputers that make them so efficient, can be harder to get and more expensive if you need a repair or replacement. The shortage of labor due to the pandemic has been added to delays and equipment shortages.

That's why when you see the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (PPI) for HVAC equipment going up (as shown in the chart below), HVAC service companies and consumers can also expect higher prices on air conditioners, heat pumps, and parts. The “Producer Price Index” measures the average change over time in sales prices received by domestic producers of goods and services. Staying informed allows customers to better understand why supplies of air conditioners and heat pump parts may be limited and why prices are higher than usual this time of year. A variety of factors contribute to an increase in demand and a decline in supply of HVAC equipment - not just hot weather - such as inflation rates trending higher than usual according to government statistics. This means that the value of a dollar is lower which means that consumers may have to pay more for an item. Understanding all these market forces at play can help you plan ahead and be patient if it takes longer than usual for an air conditioner repair part. Homeowners who know their air conditioner may not last through summer or fall should start thinking about replacing it now so they have more time to decide what type of system they want and what features are essential.

Most people keep a central air conditioner for 12-17 years so it's worth buying what you want because you might have it for a long time. Starting the HVAC replacement process before it becomes an emergency gives you additional time to make a decision and explore funding if you want. Facing an expensive repair or replacement when temperatures reach 80°F or higher is not ideal - starting earlier puts you in control and can reduce stress for everyone involved. An air conditioner malfunction when it's hot can be stressful which is why we advocate regular maintenance and keeping abreast of market conditions - this gives customers peace of mind knowing they're prepared for any eventuality.