Appliance Shortages Give Boost in Business for Repair Techs
GREENSBORO, NC – Amid the collapse of the service economy during the pandemic, equipment repair technicians are seeing explosive demand for their services.
Families spend more time at home and wear more wear and tear on their devices. This includes washing machines, ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers.
The inventory of new equipment is lower than ever, which creates another problem.
“A circuit board costs as much as a microwave. Instead of replacing the circuit board, the customer would rather replace the microwave nine times out of ten. At the moment, they often have no option or have to buy something of very poor quality. Then we have to come back as soon as the actual device is available and reinstall it. “Artisan and owner of Top Knotch Services, says Michael Tasman.
Tasman also says people wait eight to ten weeks for devices they buy.
While it’s a problem for the average consumer, it’s a good thing for Tasman. He says he’s fully booked.
He and his team work six to seven days a week to get everything done.
“One of the nice things is that we kept our crews very busy and we were able to keep people working. We actively tried to hire more people. As people lost jobs, we tried to provide people with jobs and training to support this, “adds Tasman.
It’s a bright spot in an otherwise devastating job market.
According to statistics from the US Bureau of Labor, pre-pandemic home appliance repair should decrease by 6.9% from 38,400 to 35,800 workers between 2019 and 2029.