Las vegas being unbearably hot for many during the day leads to a good business for the summer–repair of air conditioning systems.   This business is somewhat cyclical with unlimited demand on peak hot days and virtually no work on other days.  While the air conditioning business could rely on the weather as a predictor of work–those days may be over.

The financial crisis and subsequent high number of foreclosed homes in las vegas has destroyed any ability to predict work.  The market forces are being skewed by banks and government policy to maximize the money banks will receive.  Everybody knows that the banks are essentially underwater at today’s home prices and so they cannot afford to sell foreclosed homes.  This leaves many paying really high rents and many unwilling to invest.   As always the rich speculators and not ordinary people looking for a place to live will benefit from the misery.

In the wake of the home building collapse, the biggest company in las vegas air conditioning–Interstate–went into bankruptcy.  This left the market wide open, but the problem is no one knows what the market is anymore.   Government policies heavily influence whether people will buy or upgrade air conditioning through direct energy efficiency subsidies and indirectly by affecting the health of the market.

Many of the smaller air conditioning companies are on the verge of bankruptcy or will be filling for bankruptcy.

I for one look forward to retirement this summer and hope it will be a good year.  But all the signs are that the work will be sporadic and light.  There are hopeful signs too.

I see two two new companies rising from the ashes.   Las Vegas Air Conditioning Repair is looking to help the homeowner with affordable air conditioning repair services.    They only started late last year and were cobbled together by people laid off from AC companies that could not survive.

Another newer air conditioning company-Air Conditioning Las Vegas– is gambling on small business needs.   They focus on the air conditioning needs of small and mid-size businesses.   They also were cobbled together from down-sized air conditioning companies.

But on the whole, there are fewer air conditioning companies and the ones that exist are smaller.  The flip side of all this negativity is that the remaining air conditioning companies probably provide higher quality services and a faster turn around.   Although there is little any small air conditioning company can do about the rising cost of equipment, parts, and gasoline.

We have had the driest winter in over 100 years.   I should pull up the farmer’s almanac to see how the summer is going to look.   The hotter it is, the more people ask for air conditioning help.     For some reason, I am slowing down and just don’t have the drive to do field jobs anymore.   The air conditioning market has become very competitive.  In reality, there is probably work enough for all, but there are some greedy bastards out there.   I started noticing fly by night AC shops being advertised recently.   Maybe they are working on other peoples licenses.  But after so many years in this town, I suspect that we have some that are moonlighting.   That’s a big no-no in this town.  Vegas likes to control its contractors and makes a lot of money off the licensing procedure….so if you are not paying the license properly, you better be bribing properly.

All seriousness aside, even this lowly air conditioning man gets calls from Obama supporters about voting and donations.   I really lost my enthusiasm a long time ago.   Basically, the government bailed out the rich people.   Rich people made money by taking high risks.  But when everything fell apart, the government covered the rich.   I bet Geitner and Bernanke are probably the two greatist elitists in the USA and Obama loves them.   At least the old theory was trickle down money….but the Obama theory is to print money for the rich.

I have to admit.  Obama has become a do-nothing president.  He’s bent over to special interests on all sides and in doing so –did nothing.   Obama can argue a lot of hypotheticals to suggest he did something….but he really did nothing.   I look at Newt and Mitt and don’t really get excited.   I’m actually thinking that Sarah Palin should run.   What we need is a revolution of the working class.   Harry Reid needs to go.  Obama needs to go.   But no Mitt and no Newt.

I was hoping to retire by now but it looks the politicians are still too busy lining their pockets.  Its left to the working people to continue to eek out a living.

I started writing this blog to write about AC stuff….and there is much about it.  I missed the big anniversary of the first air conditioner and will write about that bit of important history.

Well folks think wisely about this next election….I really don’t care who you vote for…but let’s vote out all incumbents…..we simply cannot do business as usually no matter how eloquently Mr. Obama says it.

I won’t  be repairing AC units anymore as I am winding down my business …..but I will continue to give advice to people.  I might be going to the Grand Canyon soon for a visit and will let you know if I get any info from the AC repairmen in Arizona.

P.S.  Happy New Year to ALL