LAFAYETTE PARISH (KADN)- There is a major parts shortage in the appliance industry and businesses say that their clients may be waiting a while for replacements and repairs.
“We live in south Louisiana so it's really hot, a lot of the time, and we're looking to best help our customers, and make sure they're, they're cooling properly, sometimes it just doesn't happen,” Cody Castille, service manager of Dave Broussard A/C and Heating company, said.
The company has been experiencing various parts shortages since the beginning of the pandemic. The service manager said that it’s extremely difficult to get coils and motors right now.
“Your coil is your main cooling component that's where all your freon pumps through. That's your cooling components. Your motor is what actually moves the air in the home. And with that being a shortage, you have to have it to make the AC work correctly,” he said.
The company has been having a hard time keeping up with the demand.
“We're having issues where we've had some orders from October of last year that we're still waiting to get to install for our customers,” he said.
Appliance stores are also experiencing a shortage of parts for refrigerators, ovens and stoves.
“Production of the chemicals needed to make a foam that's needed to insulate refrigerators. The icemakers have been a real problem so pumps and icemakers have been really short,” Sherry Latour, owner of Tops Appliances and Cabinetry, said.
The owner is unable to keep up with the replacement needs of their customers.
“You can see we have a hole in our showroom where refrigerators are supposed to be. We're even having trouble getting our displays, so when people have emergencies and need a quick replacement, sometimes we can sell our display model but sometimes we can't,” Latour said.
Both businesses said that they expect the part shortages to end by next year.