Rebates for Arizona appliance program snatched up quickly

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PHOENIX – There were a lot of disappointed consumers on Monday after the government's "Cash for Appliances" program dried up.

A limited number of people were able to take advantage of the program that started in Arizona. It offers rebates on certain energy-efficient appliances.

People had to first get reservations by phone or online but within hours the rebates were no longer available.

Brian Testa, with Spencers TV & Appliance says, “The dishwasher rebates probably ended by about 7:30 to 7:45, the hot water heaters energy star rebates ended about an hour after that and then by about 9:30, all the money was gone.”

Some people reported technical problems getting their reservations but you may still have a chance to sign up on a waiting list.

3TV is told rebate coupons that are not used within two weeks will be made available to the public.

Back in December, the U.S. Department of Energy approved $6.2 million to implement the program, which is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The idea is to help consumer replace old, inefficient household appliances with Energy Star appliances.

The covered appliances -- clothes washers, dishwashers and water heaters -- were selected because not only are the Energy Star models more energy efficient, they also reduce water use. Clothes dryers were not included in the program because there are no Energy Star certified models.

Rebate applications were only going to be accepted as long as money was available, and that money, which was divided among the included appliances, went very quickly. Other states implementing similar programs ran through their allotted money in less than 12 hours.

For more information about the Arizona Appliance Rebate or to apply for a rebate, call 1-877-307-5336 or visit www.ArizonaRebates.com.

Note: Both the phone line and the We site are very busy, so please be patient, and if you don't get through, please try again.

Pacific Sales in Chandler is offering additional savings on specific Energy Star appliances. Pacific Sales is located at 860 N. 54th St., Chandler.For more information about Pacific Sales, call 480-403-4739.