The effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns are now reverberating across the appliance manufacturing industry.

Residents are reporting that refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers are out of stock with a months-long wait for orders across the region. Some are finding orders made in spring being cancelled as retailers grapple with the lack of supply. Others are being told outright that it’s going to take much longer than usual to order and install appliances.

For Jason Lee, owner of Noble Appliance, this is a moment he’s been preparing for since March. The business stocks about 8,000 appliances across its six locations. In one of the first weeks of the COVID-19 shutdown, he sold 170 freezers and noticed quickly that more stock would be needed — and fast.

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