HVAC Shipments Down in June
Aug 17, 2009
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U.S. factory shipments of furnaces, water heaters, air-conditioners, and heat pumps were all down in June, said the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

Shipments of gas-fired, warm-air furnaces in June totaled 203,937, a 12.5% drop compared with the same month a year ago, said AHRI. For the year-to-date, gas furnace shipments totaled 895,614, a 15% drop compared with the same period last year.

Oil-fired, warm-air furnaces for the same month were down 5%, totaling 4027 compared with June 2008 totals. Oil furnace shipments for the year-to-date totaled 18,469, a 21.6% drop compared with the same period last year.

Residential electric water heater shipments for June were also down, totaling 328,330, a 24.6% drop from the same month a year ago. Residential gas water heater shipments totaled 310,495, a 27.5%decrease compared with shipments for the same month last year. For the year-to-date, AHRI said taht about 1.9 million residential gas water heaters have been shipped, an 11.4% drop compared with the same period a year ago. For the year-to-date, about 1.9 residential electric storage water heaters have been shipped, a 13.2% drop compared to the same period last year.

Commercial gas water heater shipments for June were down more than residential shipments. They totaled 6,320, dropping 35% compared with the same month last year, while commercial electric water heater shipments totaled 5,065 a 27% drop compared with the same month a year ago. AHRI said that for the year-to-date, commercial electric water heater shipments (29,315) are 19% behind total shipments of this product during the same period last year (36,026). Commercial gas water heater shipments (40,331) for the year-to-date are down 17%, compared with the same period a year ago (48,672).

Combined U.S. factory shipments of central air-conditioners and air-source heat pumps for June totaled 788,825, down 17% compared with the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, AHRI said that combined shipments totaled 2,785,134, down 18%compared with the same period last year.

Heat pump shipments for June totaled 229,716, down 15% from the same month a year ago. For the year-to-date, heat pump shipments totaled 917,460, a 13% drop compared with the same period last year.

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