Almost a year after getting into the heating & air industry, we’ve been doing our best to overcome some interesting challenges. Here are some of the biggest ongoing hurdles we’ve encountered so far.
Being able to find people to work in our industry is an ongoing issue. I don’t think this is necessarily something unique to the heating & air industry. Across the board (at least before the recent months), unemployment was at record lows. This was even more pronounced in the trades, where there aren’t as many people coming into the industry as there once were. The trades are a very technical, specialized type of role, and it takes time for on-the-job training and classroom learning. With high demand and low supply, the situation has been very challenging.
Dependency on Weather
With HVAC, the workload is very dependent on the weather. Air conditioners have to work really hard when it stays hot outside for a long time. Of course, when you don’t have working air conditioning during a hot day, you definitely don’t want to wait on a service provider. Providers have trouble getting to homes quickly because of the high seasonal workload, which is compounded by the staff supply/demand issue.
Complex, Interdependent Equipment
Heating & air is largely equipment-based. What I mean by that is the bulk of your system is made from equipment, such as the air handler inside the home, the furnace, or maybe the condenser or heat pump outside the home. There are a lot of technical considerations and a lot of different components that all need to work together. You might have to change one part that blew out just to get the system up and working to check it fully. It’s analogous to what would happen if something broke on your car. A flat tire would need to get fixed first, so that you can check the brakes. HVAC systems are frustratingly similar.
I think that the design and engineering of an actual HVAC system often gets overlooked. There are a lot of systems that haven’t been designed or engineered properly, which leads to insufficient hardware which is prone to service problems and inadequate heating and cooling of the home. We’ve come across multiple homes where a room wasn’t being cooled, which could have been solved if people just took their time to get the design and engineering done right.
If you have any questions, reach out to the team at Wisler Plumbing & Air today or give us a call at 540-483-9382.