Need a washing machine or refrigerator? You might want to plan ahead if you can, because delivery dates are getting pushed further and further back this fall.
It’s the latest shortage this pandemic year, which has seen everything from hand sanitizer to chicken in short supply at some point.
To many homeowners, this appliance shortage is the most frustrating of all, because if you need a refrigerator, you often need it immediately, not in 6 weeks.
“It started with freezers, and it’s gradually getting into every appliance. Microwaves, ranges, anything,” said Jeffrey Boggs, an appliance retailer.
Boggs and other retailers cite three reasons:
- Springtime plant shutdowns, where some US plants were closed for 3 months.
- Shipping delays from China, with crates of appliances stuck in ports around the world for several months.
- Surging demand, as homeowners redo their homes this year instead of spending thousands of dollars on vacations.
In addition, this past spring’s hoarding of groceries led to an instant surge in demand for home freezers that is just now starting to let up.
Check delivery date before you buy
That’s why you need to check delivery dates carefully, despite the rows of shiny stainless appliances on the showroom floor.
The website Mouseprint.org says you will find plenty for sale at Lowe’s, Home Depot, Best Buy, and independent stores.
But Mouseprint found a popular Whirlpool fridge will not be available at Lowe’s until December 10th.
A Sears.com refrigerator that first said