CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – When looking for new kitchen or laundry appliances, you may have to wait longer than usual.
Home appliance stores across the country are facing a shortage of home appliances, including Karl’s TVs, audio, appliances, and furniture in Eau Claire.
Sales pro James Kries said products typically arrive with a two or three week order, but during the pandemic, many orders are delayed by three to four months.
Whether it’s dishwashers, microwaves, cookers, or dryers, there is likely an order backlog.
Kries said parts of the problem are manufacturing issues with manufacturers and increased consumer demand.
“Everyone stays at home and rebuilds houses. The warehouses and manufacturers are not fully utilized. They work 50% with employees,” said Kries. “Shipping has become a problem. Problems getting them into ports. It’s kind of a perfect storm.”
Officials at Goss Appliance in Eau Claire and Sears Hometown Store in Chippewa Falls also said they are suffering from equipment shortages.
Kries hopes that the supply will normalize again in the autumn.