Just like cars and other manufactured items, air conditioning equipment is in short supply because of the pandemic.
Greg Cason in his bedroom and new wall-mounted air conditioning unit, on Friday, July 20, 2021
When Greg Cason’s auxiliary air conditioner for his master bedroom went out, he was happy it was November. Since the weather was getting cool, he didn’t mind being told he’d have to wait for a new one.
“I assumed we were talking weeks, not months,” Cason said.
Cason’s new unit didn’t arrive until March. This was the longest Cason, 57, recalls ever having waited to replace an A/C unit for the Orlando home he’s lived in for 25 years. He’s grateful that it at least came in “before it got hot,” the military-training programmer said.
Just like cars and other manufactured items, air conditioning equipment is in short supply because of the pandemic. Closed factories, a lack of delivery drivers and more people working from home are putting the squeeze on getting new units in Florida and around the country, leaving some customers sweltering.