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Supply chain issues causing headaches for air conditioning companies in SWFL

Supply chain issues causing headaches for air conditioning companies in SWFL
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BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – Air Conditioning for many in Florida has become a crisis, one that very literally can mean life or death.

In Southwest Florida, it’s pretty much impossible to live without any kind of air conditioning, now as supply chain issues continue to cause problems, it also means people who need AC repairs are having to sweat it out.

“The Crisis has been here since last year, it wasn’t really discovered or talked about ’til this year, and it’s getting worse,” said Chase Joseph Garlinhouse, who runs a small air conditioning repair company out of Bonita Springs. 

On Thursday, he showed NBC2 his stockpile of spare air conditioning parts, which he needs now more than ever. 

Due to supply chain issues, he says replacement parts like motors and evaporator coils can take weeks to get. Which is an eternity when living without AC.

“Just for instance we had a job last week, I had to tell the lady, its three weeks for the equipment, I called my sales rep every day. Is the equipment in stock? We don’t have anything in Florida.” Garlinghouse said.

With a backlog of clients who need help, he’ll often make quicker fixes with his spare used parts for people in a pinch and on a budget. 

“If we have a part here, I’ll tell them, hey this is a used part, but we can get it fixed today.”

Meanwhile, more permanent fixes can take time just to arrive.

“Its unbelievable, when someone calls, we are like doctors at this point.” 

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Avi Adkins is a seasoned journalist with a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail. With years of experience in the field, Adkins has established himself as a respected figure in journalism.

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