Shay Chandler did not plan to buy what seemed like the last full-sized refrigerator in all of San Antonio. When her old one broke a few weekends ago, she discovered she’d have to wait almost two months for a replacement.
“I found out that all I could buy was a mini fridge,” she said. “It’s nuts. … All the Lowe’s all over San Antonio — and San Antonio is a very large city — everyone was out.”
Shortages have hit all kinds of major appliances: dishwashers, dryers, dehumidifiers, even some of the microwaves. That’s because the pandemic threw a monkey wrench into both their supply and demand.
The stage was set by a springtime run on freezers, followed by refrigerators with freezers.
“We sold more freezers in two days than we did all of last year,” said Steve Sheinkopf, who runs Yale Appliance with stores outside Boston. “People were storing