HVAC Shipments Down in March
May 14, 2009
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Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air-conditioners and air-source heat pumps for March totaled 465,454, down 22%, compared with the same month a year ago, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). For the year-to-date, combined shipments totaled 955,317, down 24% compared with the same period last year.

Heat pump shipments for March were down as well, about 16% from the same month a year ago, AHRI said. For the year-to-date, heat pump shipments totaled 355,603, a 20% drop compared with the same period last year.

Gas-fired, warm-air furnaces were down in March, totaling 160,339, a 20% drop compared with the same month a year ago, said AHRI. For the year-to-date, gas furnace shipments totaled 418,338, a 20.8% drop compared with the same period last year.

Oil-fired, warm-air furnaces for the same month totaled 3,337, a 20.3% drop compared with March 2008 totals. Oil furnace shipments for the year-to-date totaled 10,147, a 26% drop compared with the same period last year.

Shipments of residential electric water heater shipments for March totaled 331,751, said AHRI, which is a 12.7% drop from the same month a year ago. Residential gas water heater shipments totaled 347,852, a 9.8% decrease compared with shipments for the same month last year. For the year-to-date, about 991,304 residential gas water heaters have been shipped, a 6.1% drop compared with the same period a year ago. For the year-to-date, about 965,983 residential electric storage water heaters have been shipped, a 10.6% drop compared to the same period last year, AHRI said.

Commercial gas water heater shipments were down as well, but less than residential shipments. Shipments totaled 8,119, dropping 6.2% compared with the same month last year, while commercial electric water heater shipments totaled 5,909, a 12.2% drop compared with the same month a year ago. AHRI said that for the year-to-date, commercial electric water heater shipments (15,200) are 12.2% behind total shipments of this product during the same period last year (17,313). Commercial gas water heater shipments (21,349) for the year-to-date are down 9.3%, compared with the same period a year ago (23,548).

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