Don't wait to service your A/C or decide on backup power, experts say

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Don't wait to service A/C or decide on backup power, experts say
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With Texas facing another weather-related energy crisis, consumers face a decision when it comes to staying cool at home.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- There's a chance if you want to service your air conditioning unit, you might find yourself out of luck.

Experts with Abacus told Eyewitness News there's a shortage looming of parts needed to service equipment.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused issues with the supply and there's been a backup in orders.

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"Have your maintenance done on your air conditioning," said Matt Lopez, an air conditioning expert at Abacus. "If there's any doubt in your mind that you haven't done maintenance or if you're on the fence about buying equipment, now is the time. Don't wait. Don't hesitate. There's no guarantee, no promises that the equipment will be available by the end of summer. You may be without air conditioning."

Texans are clearly looking for other options to power their homes amid warnings from ERCOT, the state's electrical grid operator, regarding power supply issues.

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Stewart Masterson with Texas Solar Outfitters said they've seen interest spike in solar systems after the winter freeze and now as the temperature heats up.

"We're not only getting responses from the internet, the phones are ringing and people are walking in through the door," said Masterson. "It is on people's minds about where they are going to get their electricity."

Masterson, who distributes home generators, said there's currently a six-month wait for people looking at those systems.

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