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Arizona faces shortage of air-conditioning supplies and workforce

Air-conditioning is a necessity in the Valley of the Sun. But AC supply and workforce shortages may leave some residents sweating it out this summer.

Gerald Sandoz, owner of AirZona HVAC, said that his customers have had to wait six weeks or more to get a new unit put in. 

“It puts the customer in a bind. Because then they’re scrambling trying to find someone that has it. And, I tell my customers it’s not just us, but it’s all across the industry. Everybody’s struggling to get AC units," Sandoz said.

Sandoz said some parts are unavailable, while others are getting more expensive. He recommended people with older units to schedule maintenance to avoid potential AC emergencies this summer.

Scott Daniels is a KJZZ intern and student at Arizona State University in the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Daniels is pursuing a degree in journalism with a focus on broadcast and interests in the music and business industries.Daniels also works as production director at Blaze Radio, ASU. In the school year, he hosted three separate shifts while on the production team. Blaze was his introduction into the world of radio reporting and a continuation of his passion for reporting and storytelling.Aside from work, Daniels enjoys taking hikes, shopping for vinyl records and checking out new coffee shops.