Multiple factors affected the overall pricing and stability of the HVAC market this year. Copper, for example, experienced a sharp spike as energy prices fluctuated, especially over the summer.
As the year progressed and material pricing and availability came into question, some contractors found themselves researching and purchasing raw materials from the Internet, helping them verify availability and price.
“Whenever the cost of those metals go up, there’s a rash of thefts of them,” Orangeburg, S.C., County Sheriff’s Office Major Barbara Walters told the local newspaper, The Times and Democrat. “We believe the stolen copper and other metals are being sold for scrap metal.”
This includes cashing in on stolen a/c units, wherever they might be found or anchored.