Just in time for the heat to begin on the Niagara Frontier air conditioning companies both locally and nationwide are expecting shortages of some replacement parts.

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Scott Thur the owner of Hometown Heating and Cooling in Kenmore told NEWS 4 (WIVB-TV) that he is already preparing to possibly be impacted by the shortage. According to Scott, the shortage began at the end of last season caused mainly by the pandemic.

Facilities at the time were operating with partial staff and it’s taken a while to get back to normal.  He said they couldn’t get any equipment at the end of last season and had to use different suppliers to meet his needs.

In Scott's opinion, most of the common equipment parts come from the same manufacturing company, leaving businesses waiting on one factory to ramp up production to get the parts.

He said they have enough of the important equipment parts for the time being, but locally air conditioning is selling more units every summer.

“With it being Buffalo we never really had a problem with air conditioning but as the environment’s changed the air conditioning seems to be just as much needed now as heat in the wintertime,” Thur said.

Thur said, for now, they’re preparing and hoping for the best.

“We are preparing by reaching out to different vendors, different suppliers and keeping all of our avenues open but we’re hoping we don’t have any issues at all that’s our goal.”

Last year Western New York had a very warm summer and it looks like we will experience another summer with above normal temperatures according to meteorologists.

As we head into July and August some forecasters are expecting a 50 to 60 percent chance of above-normal temperatures for WNY.

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