The United States HVAC industry employs some 301,123 people currently, with that number expected to grow exponentially over the course of the next few years.
The HVAC equipment demand is on the rise, with figures putting it at $12.3 billion by 2021, and that’s just in the commercial sectors. The demand is projected to see a 3% increase per year, and the residential markets are expected to be even stronger.
This naturally means that many shops and companies can expect an increase in their levels of business, with some already feeling overwhelmed by the demands during the summer months.
ARS Rescue Rooter Sales Manager Levy Hernandez has stated that it has been a busy season and that extreme heat often leads to units working harder and having faulty equipment.
“A lot of culprits are refrigerant leaks. Refrigerant leaks are completely empty, it’s past normal set point where we can actually feel the system actually working and it needs to be recharged.”
This higher equipment demand and the heat working overtime to lead to faulty equipment is one of the reasons that the HVAC industry is growing ever larger. The high demand is even reaching less populated areas of the country and places with cooler climates.
This includes places like La Crosse, WI, where high humidity and temperatures have people turning on the AC for the first time in the season. Unfortunately, many of those units needed repairs while their owners were unaware, says Bagniefski Heating and Air Service technician Joe Murray.
“We get that first hot spell in the summer, a lot of things will break down because people haven’t turned them on yet,” he said. “They haven’t thought about it and they haven’t needed it.”
This has lead to an explosion in demand for the area, and technicians don’t have the numbers to answer all the calls and demands.
“It may be a couple days before we can get there because of the workload. It’s always a good idea once we get into late spring when it’s not really hot out to turn your air conditioner on and make sure it’s running properly,” said Murray.