SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KRON) – If you’re shopping for new home appliances, be prepared to wait months for something to be delivered.
Appliance centers in the Bay Area are experiencing an increase in demand but a major shortage of supply.
Amanda Hari from KRON4 spoke to a store about how long this can take.
Before COVID, the turnaround time for a typical order here at Electrical University was one to two weeks.
Now there are some items that won’t arrive until February 2022.
“Before COVID, how much did most of our phone calls cost? No one calls with that anymore. Can I get something? They called 10 places.
KRON4 called three appliance stores, including University Electric, all of which said they had a supply shortage.
“What we are seeing is 700% greater demand for home appliances at any time in history, and a 60% lower capacity to produce them – perhaps due to social distancing or the supply chain disruption. “
Electric University President Mike Heintz says it’s not just one problem that is causing the backlog, but several problems.
This includes a shortage of supplies, businesses selling certain items, and a shortage of workers.
Heintz said that after the coronavirus stays at home, some supply chain workers have decided not to return.
“One of the manufacturers told me yesterday that 56,000 truck drivers have not re-applied to drive trucks next year. It takes about 8-10,000 truck drivers to unload a container ship, so you just pulled five container ships full of manpower out of the market.
Heintz said if you shop around you might be able to find something, but it’s likely not to be the exact item you wanted.
If you have a particular product or color at heart, you will probably have to wait.
“It’s like at Disneyland, you stand in line, wait your turn and it will come.” It might not be in five minutes, but it will most likely get here. “
Heintz also told me that many items now have smart functionality and require a microchip.
There is also a shortage of microchips right now due to COVID – which will likely start to impact the home appliance industry as well.