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Air-conditioners stabilisers in short supply

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Apr 30, 2016, 6:56 am IST
Updated Apr 30, 2016, 6:56 am IST
‘May take two weeks to manage crisis’
An group of over 50 air-conditioners on a private building in Thiruvananthapuram. (file pic)
 An group of over 50 air-conditioners on a private building in Thiruvananthapuram. (file pic)

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The summer heat has pushed up the sale of air-conditioners, but stabilisers which  are integral  to their functioning are in short supply. Although many models have in-built  stabilisers,  those who buy units without them  continue to  suffer the heat. As shops have run out of stock, the stabiliser producers have scaled up the production, but it may take up to two weeks to clear the backlog, industry sources said.

Usually the demand for air-conditioners goes up by March-end, but this year, it zoomed  by mid-February creating scarcity of stabilisers. “This year, the sale has gone up by 30 to 40 percent though normally the increase is 10 to 15 percent.  This  led to a sudden scarcity of stabilisers. We hope to clear the backlog in 10 to 15 days,” said Mr P.V. Padmakumar, senior general manager, marketing, of V-Guard Industries.

 

Previously, shops selling air-conditioners  supplied stabilisers also as a combo pack. But now they are asking customers to purchase them  from other shops. Hence, many  have been unable to make use of the units. “We have ordered for 30 stabilisers  but got only eight by Thursday evening and they were sold out in hours,” said the manager of  an electrical shop at Palayam.

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Location: India, Kerala




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