MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA -- I purchased a Bosch dishwasher and an extended warranty two years ago. In the middle of February, the dishwasher, which is located in my rental unit, wasn't completing its cycle. I called the customer service number to set up an appointment.
First, just to set up the appointment I had to answer 101 questions, including if I had tried to troubleshoot the problem. If Googling the issue counts, then yes, I had. It took a week just to get a service tech out, he showed up late, and then he didn't have the correct part to fix it. It was a simple issue and he said he could sent the part to me and I'd have the part in a couple days. It's an easy install and I didn't want to wait another week to have another service tech out so I said yes. After a week and no part, I called the company and asked where the part was.
The customer service representative didn't have any information and told me she would have someone call me. 24 hours later, I'm still waiting for the call so I call again and was told the part was delivered on Feb 27. I told them I didn't receive the part and the customer service representative gave me the tracking number for the part and told me to go to my local post office and talk to them. When I asked what would happen after I had spoken to my local post office and they couldn't give me any additional information. I was then told I shouldn't assume they couldn't help me.
During this phone conversation, the original customer service representative that I'd spoke to finally called me back and gave me the number to the Claims Dept. I went to the post office that day and gave them the tracking number and I was told that wasn't a USPS tracking number. I have a UPS Store near my house, so I stopped there to ask if they had any information. The number I'd been given was a UPS number, but was delivered via the USPS. I then called the Claims Dept and told them I didn't have any new information and still no part. The Claims representative told me she would send an email to the "parts dept."
I requested the part be sent to my home instead of my rental unit. I was told they couldn't guarantee that, but would put the request in the message. Another week went by and still no part. I'm watching for the part, as are my tenants, because we don't know if the part is going to show up UPS or USPS or to which address. I call the Claims dept. again and was told the part wasn't ordered because only a "service tech" can do that. I complained that no one communicated that to me and this process was ridiculous.
This was now the second week of March and still no part and no working dishwasher. I told the claim representative going forward I wanted a phone call when the part had been ordered and a phone call when it had shipped and that I wanted to be informed about every step of the process going forward. She said that wouldn't be a problem and said I should have the part by Thursday/Friday (March 20/21st). I then received a phone call from a service tech on Tue, March 18, at 4:30pm confirming my appointment between 8am and 12pm the next day, March 19.
When I called the customer service representative and informed her that this is my rental unit and I need to give my tenants a 24hr notice and I, as a customer, deserve at least a 24hr notice and began to complain about the lack of communication and terrible service. Everything time, I call the customer service number, I get a representative that has a thick accent and is very difficult to understand. This particular customer representative was upset that I was complaining and was angry with me, which made her speech impossible to understand. Finally, I just asked for another representative and was told to have a good day and she hung up on me.
Later that day, I received four messages from the service tech saying they had missed me and to set up another appointment. Apparently, the representative never cancelled the appointment when I had called. The service tech finally reached me while I was at home and I explained the situation that I needed to give my tenants a 24hrs notice. He said that wasn't a problem and we set up a new appointment for Friday, March 21. I told him that I get off work so I'd like an appointment close to 3:30pm and that I needed a call at least 1/2hrs before he showed up so I could leave work, if necessary. He said 3:30pm would work perfect.
It's Friday, March 21, and I'm waiting for a phone call from the service tech. I can't have my phone on me at work, so I'm checking messages every 10-15min. At 2:33pm I see a call from a strange number, but no voice mail, and no one picks up when I call it back. At 3:15 I get a "sorry we missed you" voice mail. I'm livid.
I called the customer service number and complain that the service tech didn't leave a message and asked how I was supposed to know what time he was going to show up. The customer service representative told me he called my number and I didn't pick up. I repeated that he didn't leave a message and how was I to know what time he was going to be there, never mind that he was early to begin with. I told the customer service representative to call the service tech since he has to still be in the area and get him back to my rental unit. She told me she would message him and he would call.
So here I sit, no call, no service tech, no working dishwasher. After speaking to my husband, he said they called and told him what time they would be at the rental unity. Never mind, that I'm the one who has being dealing with these morons and it's my number that I've requested they call not my husband. Awful, awful company to deal with!!
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- I have a Bosch dishwasher that has a known problem; only 2 months old and it won't stay shut. I shared this with Bosch and they suggested I contact A&E to have the warranty work done. A&E came out about 2 weeks later, no phone call prior to showing up, but well within the window I was provided (8am-5pm); he was here at 8:30am or something. The technician didn't have any idea what I told their representative on the phone, and therefore, did not have the part needed to repair the dishwasher that day. He would ship the part to my house and come back in a month to repair the dishwasher.
Today was that day. I took the day off, sat here from 8 am to 5 pm, received no phone call or contact at all. I had to leave shortly after 5 to battle rush hour traffic and pick my daughter up at daycare. Technician "steve" called at 5:40pm, saying he would be at my home by 6, while I was still sitting in the same rush-hour traffic his lack of professionalism caused me to be in. He left me an in-personal preformed sticky that said, "Sorry we missed you, we were here at 6:04; call us (at same 800-number online) to reschedule." I've contacted Bosch to find another repair service as A&E will never come near my home again.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- A&E is not the service company to call! I called A&E (800)905-9505 Service Call Center. The call center is an offshore contractor that handles scheduling repair appointments. I own a 6 year old KitchenAid 47" Side by Side, Built-In Refrigerator, Model KSSC48FMS01. The service call was because the fridge compartment had stopped cooling while the freezer side continued to hold a temperature at 5 degrees Fahrenheit. FYI A&E is Sears. In case you opt to call Sears, you'll get the same company and the same results.
A&E's tech arrived on time for the appointment to diagnose the issues causing the fridge compartment to not cool. The end result and diagnosis was a failed electronic board that caused the evaporator fan motor to also fail. A&E required payment for all parts in advance and a charge to my credit card totaling $406.48. Charged in advance for labor is unbelievable!
A noteworthy issue regarding KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Maytag and JennAir appliances are too often not available. They are the same company. In this case the electronic control board had to be removed and shipped off for refurbishment. I will not purchase a product brand in this group again. They should be bankrupt and here they are very close to the tipping point. I have had the same experience with parts for for a KitchenAid oven and JennAir.
Back to the issue with A&E. The tech charged the $406.48 made a return appointment in 11 days and left. In the mean time 2 parts arrived via FedEx a refurbished board and an evaporator fan motor. A&E called to confirm the appointment and to verify the repair parts had arrived which is actually a recording telling me to call and confirm all parts had arrived. I was out of town and never heard either messages until late Sunday. Monday morning at 7 AM I called A&E 800 Customer Service.
They asked if parts had arrived. I said yes. But these shipped via FedEx so why didn't A&E track the parts? After all THEY are the people that ordered them and they know what is supposed to deliver. I didn't. All the same I called at 7AM to my appointment between 8-12 Monday AM was still scheduled and that 2 parts had arrived the week prior.. At 12:15 the tech had not arrive. I'd received no call and I call the 800 offshore service center. The CSR was no help and told me the appointment had been cancelled because there was no confirmation of the parts being received. I explained calmly and very courteously that I confirmed the parts were here at 7AM.
The CSR said my appointment had to be reschedule for the next day. I told her it was not acceptable and asked to speak with a representative in the Dallas Service Dispatch office. The CSR refused to provide a local Dallas number which I could call to resolve the issue instead of having to put aside a 2nd day waiting on an A&E tech to arrive. With a policy for charging in advance there was no way I was willing to accept an appointment rescheduling especially because they tried to say I hadn't confirm information they already have access to.
With a calm voice I politely informed the CSR this was not acceptable and I was very unhappy. She provided an obligatory apology that we know provides no benefit. Who cares if they apologize? Answer: no one cares. After her apology I told her twice again, it was not acceptable and I was not happy. She offered nothing more. For the 3rd and last time I repeated it was not satisfactory, that I was not happy at this point the CSR was speaking under her breath. Whatever it was she was saying I'm sure it wasn't "Let me see how I may resolve this." End of call....
My next call was to Visa to initiate a dispute for the charge of $406.48. I reached level 2 with the Visa reps and was asked to discuss the details. The representative agreed but wanted to see if we could resolve the issue before processing the dispute and I agreed to try. In less than a minute the Visa rep used Angie's List to search and find the A&E Dallas Service Dispatch tel#.
I put the Visa representative on hold, called the number and spoke to an A&E Dallas persson. She apologized and said they were behind because my tech was sick and asked me to hold. Hmmmm that sounded like BS which was confirmed when she came back and said the appointment was cancelled because (I love this) they didn't have confirmation the repair parts arrived.
End of story: I informed A&E Dallas Dispatch that I'd called 800 Customer service at 7AM and confirmed "parts are here". BTW how was I supposed to know what parts were supposed to deliver? Dallas Dispatch apologize but this apology came an acceptable solution. A&E's tech would be here at 2PM today. Right now it's 1:59. The door bell or telephone has been rung since I hung up. Here is undeniable proof of how poor the service from A&E is.
I explained in detail how 800 Service Center was unable to communicate in real time with A&E Dallas Dispatch. The Dallas dispatch trouble shooter answered, "Yes, Mr. **", I've heard this "million" times. Like Bill Engvall says... Here's your sign. I called A&E Dallas Dispatch. They say 2:30 now. A&E provides very poor service.
and A&E over charges. If A&E service was free, even at that price, it still might not be worth the cost. :)
My name is David and I am a member of our A&E Solutions team. I saw your comment and wanted to reach out to you to offer our assistance. We are very sorry to see that you are having such a frustrating experience with your refrigerator. We certainly can see why you are so disappointed and upset over what has occurred with your service. If you would like, we would be happy to contact you directly to discuss this situation and assist in addressing your concerns. At your convenience please contact our office at AEservice@aefactoryservice.com. In the email please provide us with a contact number and the phone number the service is listed under and we will contact you directly. In addition please include your screen name (ppswinc) in your email for reference to your issue.
A&E Solutions Team
DOWNEY, CALIFORNIA -- In mid-January I called Whirlpool and requested the name and telephone number of an authorized repair service for my two year old Whirlpool Cabrio Automatic Washer (an $1,000. top-of-the-line washer, the one year factory warranty had expired and the lights were flashing, it would not complete a cycle, etc.). Note: I have learned the local neighbor repairmen are not normally trained to service these computerized appliances. Further, the trained technicians don't appear to have much experience since the appliances are fairly new to the market.
I was referred to A&E Factory Service. The first service call was on 1/17/09. The technician was friendly, had his laptop and all the impressive toys. After inspecting the washer, attempting to run a cycle, reading the manual, calling his in-house technician, he determined it needed a new interface control board ($337 part and labor). He ordered the part to be delivered to my home and scheduled a return visit to install the part. (I also signed up for a 3-year extended warranty after his scary stories of all the things that could go wrong with the appliance = $172, it would not become effective until after the machine was repaired)
Within 4 days a $414 charge was billed against my Vista, balance due upon repair. Upon A&E Service's return visit on 1/27/09 I notified their technician I wanted to keep the part he was going to remove and replace. He said "they" want the part returned. I asked who "they" were. He hesitated and responded, "Whirlpool." I stated, I paid for the part when I purchased the machine. If "they" want it back, "they" can make me an offer. He said he would check his computer he see if the part was required to be returned. We didn't discuss the return of the part again.
He installed the part, there was no improvement in the machine's operation. The technician then determined the initial part was not the problem, rather a part costing more than twice as much was required. I was not willing to invest $557.49 (part and labor) in a two year old washer which is not extensively used (it's only a two person household). I expressed my concern to the technician. He subsequently called his supervisor. A refund of $344.32 was authorized. I was required to pay for a $70 service call. The technician took all parts and packaging.
I was concerned with the quality of my Whirlpool washer and called Whirlpool on 1/28/09 to express my disappointment that a two year old washer would require a $557.49 repair. I learned the part their authorized dealer (A&E Service) was charging $362.58 (plus $29.91 tax) for listed for $161.81 (if Whirlpool retails the part for $161. I assume their authorized dealers would be able to purchase it at a reduced cost (does that mean, A&E Service marks up their parts over 400%). Whirlpool called A&E Service to confirm the part number I had been given was correct. It was!
I also told Whirlpool about the "they" want the used part back story. The Whirlpool person I spoke to was unaware of the policy. I called A&E Service to further inquire about the cost of the part. The only telephone number I had was the number I used to schedule the service. They could provide NO information. I called directory assistance and requested a number based on the business card given to me by the technician - no number was listed. I requested a number based on the address on their receipts - no number was listed. They didn't exist!
I called Whirlpool back and requested the number they had used to verify the part number. On 1/28/09 using the new number I spoke to a couple of people and finally to **, supervisor (**), to no avail. She said she would request a customer relations representative call me (I never received a call back so I still don't know if the price was a mistake or if they inflated the price because I had purchased an extended warranty and they knew this was their last chance for three years to get more money from me. I can't get anyone to discuss the situation with me). During my conversation with **, she did confirm a refund of $344.32 was being processed.
I called again in early February to confirm the refund was being processed - it was confirmed. On 2/25/09 I called A&E Service and ** confirmed the refund was being processed. She did say the hold-up may be that I never called to give them my credit card number. I responded I had given my credit card to their technician on 1/17/09 and 1/27/09, there had been no delay in billing the initial $414.32, how would I know I had to call? They must have the number and if they didn't, why wasn't the number requested in earlier conversations or why didn't they call me? She said she would request a Billing Department representative call me.
On 2/26/09 I spoke to **, A&E Service, Billing Dept. (**). She requested my Visa number. I asked all the "why" questions again, to no avail. I gave her the number and she stated the credit may be posted as early as 2/28/09 to my Visa account. On 3/3/09, after no action from A&E Service, I filed a billing dispute with Visa against A&E Service. A&E Service finally credited my account on 3/6/09 (38 days after the refund was authorized, after several calls initiated by me and I don't know if Visa took any action - Visa's policy allows merchants to take up to 30 days to credit a customer after the refund is authorized).
Good News: When I initially called Whirlpool, they immediately offered me the needed part 50% off their list price (approximately $80 with a no return policy). They were very helpful and courteous to work with. I requested additional authorized service dealers in my area. I was given Dockstader Service, Whittier, CA (562-696-1184). I called and requested the price of a control board.
I was quoted $161.81 - great, an honest repair service! He asked how I knew that was the part I needed. I shared my story. He suggested I obtain the part from Whirlpool at a lesser price and he would come out and install the part for just the cost of the service call $74 since it would only take minutes to install. I called Whirlpool back and after talking to several persons, I was transferred to **, Consumer Relations. I explained my experience with their authorized dealer, A&E Service who I considered a Whirlpool representative since they referred me to them. The fact I had paid $70 and still had a non-functional two year old top-of-the-line washer.
The first part A&E Service said I needed didn't work - how did I know their second suggested part would work, if I paid $80 to Whirlpool for the non-refundable second part and $74 to have it installed, I could be out $224 and still need a new washer. I requested Whirlpool to give me the control board at no cost based on my frustration level and the fact I had spent one complete day on the phone attempting to resolve this situation. ** generously agreed to immediately ship me the part at no cost. I received it within a couple of days. Dockstader Service immediately came out and installed the part for a mere $74. THANK YOU Whirlpool and Dockstader.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- On Saturday, March 8, 2008 I made a call to A & E Services to repair my Maytag Dryer. I was told I would be charged a $59.00 fee just for sending out a repair man and that they could only come next Saturday, March 15 between the hours of 8 & 12. I accepted this regretfully as I was at a loss on how to fix my dryer and when I called the 1-800 number on my machine, this is where I had been transferred so I assumed this company was a referral of Maytag.
Saturday, the repairman showed up around 11am. He took one look at my dryer, found out it needed a thermal fuse and it would cost me a total of $187.74 for parts, labor, and the initial service call. Out of desperation, I told him just go ahead and fix it and I wrote him the check on the spot. He turned on the dryer. It seemed to work, and he went on his way. I put a load in and before the cycle was even 1/4 the way through it was not working again. Not even 30 minutes had past so I called the service center again, explained the situation and was assured the technician would be out after he finished this next call he had already started on.
After no one had showed up by almost 2pm I called the service center again. I was told the service tech would be paged and he would give us a call back. By 4:12pm we still had not received a call back, not did anyone show so I called the call center again. This time I was told the service tech was going to be paged again and be notified of the situation but he would not be able to come until he had finished his other tickets.
Knowing there were other people out there who also needed this service and should not be inconvenienced like I had been I happily agreed to sit the rest of the afternoon waiting for the tech to finish his other service tickets and then come back to finish what he had attempted to proved me with the first time around. At 6:10pm still no tech and I called and was told that he was off for the rest of the day and I would have to wait until Tuesday, March 18th for him to come back.
I told the "customer service" agent that this was unacceptable, that I had been waiting all day for this tech to show up and fix whatever it was he had done and I was assured each time I had contacted them that he would be out that day. The result was an entire Saturday wasted waiting for someone who was not coming and no one even had the courtesy to call me back and tell me he was not coming. After I asked her (** the "customer service" agent) to contact the service tech and ask him to come out she refused. I asked to speak with her supervisor and after she refused to let me speak with her supervisor at least 6 times I was finally transferred to a "manager", **.
I explained the situation to ** and asked her to contact her tech and ask him to come out and finish the job, after all we had already rendered payment for services we did not receive and it was only courteous to do so. She refused to contact anyone after hours and explained that she just could do it and we would have to wait until Tuesday until he would come back.
After I explained again to her the severity of the situation, (I was schedule to go on a business trip and needed my clothes to be washed and dried before Monday and why would I spend money needlessly at the laundromat when I had already paid her company to perform this service to my dryer so I could take care of my clothes at home with my own appliance) she again refused to help me.
I was not in any way rude, condescending, obnoxious, or threatening in any way to this woman or the agent I spoke to before. I never raised my voice and was actually cordial to both of them while pleading my case and just requesting the service I had been promised and already paid for. She told me the part was faulty not the service and since I had already paid that it was my fault that the dryer did not work again because it was working fine when the tech left.
I thanked her for her time, explained to her that I would be stopping payment on the check and I would be happy to submit payment after the job was complete and she threatened me with their collection agency. I asked her for corporate office information and at first she refused to give it to me but finally did. ** gave me the name ** and the address is 1300 Louis Henna Round Rock, TX 78664.
I thanked her for time and told her I would be contacting the CEO of the company on Monday morning during my business trip and let him know how bad the "customer service" is in Houston and that I would be naming her and ** exclusively, and the technician, ** who would not return the pages to the company following my phone calls of inquiry. She said there was no reason to do that and I should contact someone locally to resolve the situation. I had to actually remind her that I had called the Houston "customer service" line to try to "resolve" the issue to begin with several times throughout the day and I ended up speaking to her after all was said and done.
I again, thanked her for her time, explained to her I am not upset with her or the previous agent, **, and that I just wanted my dryer fixed and then I ended the conversation. After looking on my phone, I was able to obtain the cell phone number of the technician that was sent out because he called me before he came to make sure I was home. I called him 2 times and left a message for him to please call me back. I still have not heard from him or anyone else at the company and my dryer is still not fixed.
Unfortunately, I am not the only victim affected by this company. If you "Google" A&E Factory Service you will be able to see all the others affected by the horrible service by this company. I only wish I had known about this company before I contacted them to "help" me. I hope you are able to notify others so they won't make the same mistake I did.
WEAVER, ALABAMA -- I had a leak in my dishwasher that was discovered by a local plumber coming from the inlet valve/solenoid where the line first hooks up. It was under warranty so decided to work through Lowe's and they in turn lined up A&E to do the work. It was scheduled for Tuesday Aug 11 2015. The service technician called me that morning saying he would be out between 11Am and 12pm. So I made arrangements to make sure I was home.
Well 4pm comes up and no technician and no call saying anything from anyone. Finally about 4:30pm and a technician finally shows up and says he wasn't originally assigned to do the job. It was put on him later in the day. So not only did the technician show up on time as per their guarantee but also on their page they have another one about calling should the tech be delayed. So two guarantees blown on one day.
Now through no fault of the technician the part was not able to be replaced and I had to get a plumber in to fix a separate problem to before he could affect the repair. I had asked if he could leave the part with me so that it would be here and ready when I could reschedule the repairs. He told me that he could not do that until the dishwasher was fixed and the job completed.
On the 12 of Aug 2015 the plumber having made the repairs I call to reschedule the technician and Lowe's was told the part had to reordered and it would be over a week before the repair could be made. They would not tell Lowe's why so I had Lowe's connect me with them. I was then told the part had to be ordered. This being the same part that was in my house the day before that I had asked to be left here so it would be here.
Now they are saying it would take another week before they could do this and would mail the part to my house for me to hold for the technician. Now what is the difference between me holding that part in the mail and having to wait or holding on the part that was already here and not be inconvenienced and having to wait a week? I asked to speak with a supervisor that I won't named and he just repeated the same thing over and over. When I ask why I have to wait for a part that had already been available after a day's notice and now having to wait for a week I was told that is just the way it works.
I am heated and was heated talking to him and being led in circles. I asked to speak to his boss or the next upper level of management to which he refused to do. I then asked for a number to the main offices he again refused to do so. He told me I had no choice that he was it and I am not allowed to go higher up that he was the main authority and had no boss. He refused to allow me to speak to higher authority. I am so fed up with this lack of concern with the customers that was shown to me and this company should not be treating those with problems and needing their appliances in this manner.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE -- I have posted my complaints on several sites. I just hate it that this company is contracted by the big appliances companies because they don't deserve to be in business. My saga with A&E began when our Jenn-Air microwave shorted out (out of warranty of course). I called Jenn-Air and they sent me to A&E. Made appt. and in two weeks tech shows up for repair. Let me preface this by saying the microwave is at our 2nd home, which is a 90 min. drive each way from Nashville. This company gives a window of 8am - 5pm, so appt. day is basically shot for me.
Tech walks in and looks at microwave and doesn't even know how to get it out of wall space. He asked my husband to help him and at that point he admitted that he didn't know how to work on Jenn-Air. I called A&E and they rescheduled appt #2 for two weeks later. I requested said tech not be sent back as he was incompetent with appliance.
Appt. 2 rolls around, new tech shows up, diagnosis problem and orders part, which I have to pay for as well as service call upfront - $129 + $16 parts. We scheduled #3 for two weeks later. Appt. day comes and I get a call about 2pm and it is the first incompetent tech saying he's on his way. I asked if he now knew how to work on appliance and he said no. I told him not to come and called A&E again to ask why he was sent when I requested he not, and schedule appt. #4 for two weeks later.
Appt. #4 rolls around, I wait all day and get a call about 2 pm saying the tech had hit a deer and would have to cancel. Reschedule for #5 appt. two weeks later. #5 rolls around, tech shows up and fixes appliance. I asked about the deer accident and he said he was on the safety team and didn't know anything about the accident. I filled out a survey with very low scores and asked that customer service call me regarding this fiasco.
All in I spent 15 hours driving, 5 full days of waiting at second home, hundreds of cell phone minutes used making appts., trying to communicate with non English speaking call center, pleading to be connected to executive offices and endlessly on hold. I waited three weeks for customer service to call me after appt. #5 and finally broke down and called them to ask for reimbursement of service call payment, they only offered $25 which was the icing on this very big, very stressful cake.
Do not use this unprofessional, incompetent, dishonest company if you can help it. I can't believe they continue to be in business with the shoddy and shady way they treat their clients. All shameful, in my humble opinion.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- Originally posted on 4/21/2009. I purchased a new oven at HHGregg. When it was delivered to my house on April 1, it was delivered with a broken control panel. This means I have not been able to set the clock or control the cooking temperature on my oven for 20 days. The only assistance they have offered is a minimal refund and A&E repair service. I invite you to read my review of their service!
This is the worst company I have dealt within customer relations. April 7 a technician came to my house to repair an oven that had been delivered on April 1 by HHGregg. The technician took pictures of the model and serial numbers of our oven and used that to order a part. He told my husband that he would return the following Tuesday.
So on Tuesday, April 14 we received a call asking if we had our part yet. My husband said no and they rescheduled our appointment. When UPS finally delivered the part that evening at 5:30 it was the wrong part. So I called the 800 number to attempt to talk with someone. After speaking with 2 people I was finally able to talk with someone who said he was going to have the parts department send the correct part and that it would arrive in 7 days.
Later in the evening, around 8 pm, the rescheduling department called me and wanted to reschedule. The lady on the phone told me that her job was to call and reschedule missed appointments and that she could not answer any of my questions. Two days later I was contacted by the company wanting to send another tech to my house to take another picture of my oven so that they could reorder the part. So I called the 800 number again. Again after talking with 2 different people, I was finally able to speak with someone who helped me. However, the most help she was able to offer me was to have a local manager in my area call me.
The manager finally returned my call. She couldn't accept that we had the wrong part. I finally said "the control panel you ordered has tactile buttons and my over is a touch screen. The panel you ordered only has 6 buttons and mine has 28, and you ordered a Maytag and my oven is a Samsung." So at this point she finally realized that I was correct, but I still had to convince her that she had the necessary information in her office to order the part without the need to send another tech to my house.
This was Thursday, April 16. She ordered the part to be expedited to me through UPS and scheduled for a Saturday appointment that I had been told earlier in the week was not available in my area. Yesterday, Monday, April 20, there still had not been a part delivered to my house. I called the 800 number and was told that it had been "shipped" according to their system, but there is no way to track it. I then called my local manager back who also could not track the part that she claimed she had ordered to be delivered within 3 business days. She told me she would have an answer for me by 9:30 the next day.
I am still waiting and it is past 9:30. In fact, I called her and left a message at 9:30 and still have not heard anything. I guess this is going to be day 21 of having a brand new oven sitting in my house that does not work. My advice is to stay away from HHGregg and A&E.
Since my post I have been yelled at on the phone by the local manager for asking too many questions regarding the delivery of my part, I have spoken with her supervisor's assistant in Nashville, I have spoken with One Source, and the customer information Team (CIT) at the A&E 800 number. None of which have been able to tell me anything or do anything to help me other than to confirm that my part was shipped today (rather than yesterday as I was told by **, the local manager, last night), and that my part will be delivered Thursday! All I want is a little understanding and someone to make this experience better.
Originally posted 4/24/2009 (modified version here): Here we go! On Tuesday I was told that my oven part would come on Thursday, and this is Friday... no part! On Wednesday I called the Bax Global company based in Atlanta, GA that was responsible for the shipping of my part. The lady I spoke with on the phone had no clue what was going on because she couldn't find the tracking number I had been given in her computer. Odd, I thought. But, I let it go.
So yesterday I anxiously awaited for UPS to drive by, but before they did my phone rings. It was ** from the Nashville, TN office of A&E. He was giving me a courtesy call to let me know that there was a mishap with my part. He says "the part missed the truck in LA and will not arrive to your house until tomorrow". His only response to the torture this company has put me through was "this is the shipping company's fault not ours ma'am and I apologize for your inconvenience." His mother should have taught him how to properly apologize because I assure you I was not feeling empathy or sympathy from him.
And as we as humans know an apology is meaningless unless there is sincerity expressed. As I hung up the phone with him my other phone rang. It was the owner of Bax Global calling. This is great!!! He was calling to let me know that "there was some miscommunication with your freight. It was mistakenly shipped to Texas. We are going to do our best to have it delivered to our distribution center in your area tomorrow." However, this did not tell me when the distribution center would be able to deliver the part or when we would be able to reschedule a technician to come to our house to completely remedy this problem.
So that is when I began trying to call HHGregg again, and I called Samsung. Samsung offered to have the oven fixed by a local company and began the process for this. So I called my friend ** to let her know that I would not be needing her service after all and I canceled my work order with her company.
I will keep updating until the oven is working. So far the new company and Samsung have been exceptional to work with. Within 5 minutes of ending my phone call with ** I received an email confirming my problem and their solution. The email even included ALL of the contact information for **, Samsung, and our repair company. Who knew you could work with customers so well!!!
Wait!!! I forgot something hilarious. The technician showed up while I was on the phone with **. He actually told my husband that the wrong part was ordered on April 7 because the tech didn't look up the correct part number. He said, "he has had to order a bunch of those for ovens so he thought that he knew the number and didn't look it up before he ordered it". What quality service technicians this company offers! So the moral of the story is consumer beware of companies that lack honesty, integrity, and humanity.
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN -- Filed against A&E Factory Service, 3099 28th St SE, Grand Rapids MI 49512-1667. Complaint description: I had A&E come out to my home to repair a dishwasher. The dishwasher was making a grinding noise 1 1/2 hours into the cycle. The repair guy came out and said we needed a new pump. We authorized the pump and he replaced it. Paid $335.77 total for repair. That night we ran the dishwasher. The same thing - 1 1/2 hours into the cycle the washer began grinding. NO CHANGE. I was furious. I called the company and they rescheduled to come back out over a week later.
Meanwhile I had Apex Appliance repair come out and check my dishwasher the next day. They tested the pump and found that it was not NOT BAD. They said they could not figure out what was wrong with the unit and they did not charge me for the visit. I then put a stop payment on the check after finding out the pump was not bad. Then the second service tech from A&E came out a week later and aplogized for the problem. He determined that the dishwasher needed a new circuit board. I said OK. He ordered the circuit board from my home and told me they would settle up on the billing when they returned to install the circuit board.
The circuit board showed up about a week later. I called and rescheduled for the board to be installed. Then a few days later the THIRD tech from A&E showed up to install the board. His name was **. He determined very quickly that the circuit board was likely not the problem. He said that he could install the board but that it would not make a difference. He said that the drain on our dishwasher did not have a vent and that the water was siphoning out of the washer when it should be holding water.
I told him that I stopped the check from the original pump repair because the pump was not the problem and I offered to pay for the service call for him to determine the drain problem. He said "that this issue should have been resolved by the last two techs from A&E and he would go back to the office to tell them both what the problem was." He also said he was not going to collect for the service call because that it should have been diagnosed the first time a tech was thereby them and that we had waited long enough to have this resolved. He took both the pump and the circuit board back with him and I thought the whole matter was resolved.
That night I installed the vent in the dishwasher drain line and ran the dishwasher and wallah! NO MORE GRINDING! Problem solved!! Now, I am getting collection calls everyday from TRS recovery trying to collect on the stop payment check. Everyday two and three times a day!!! I had called A&E multiple times and they would not call me back to resolve. The collection company won't drop the issue unless A&E drops the issue. I feel that being charged for a repair that was not needed is consumer fraud. I feel that I am also being harassed by a collection company that has no business in this matter. I don't know what else to do.
Your desired resolution: I would like the A&E to follow through on what their last technician said he would do. He said that he would take care of this matter and that there would not be any charges. I also would like the collection company to respond by sending me a confirmation that this matter is resolved.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- My problems start with buying Maytag products, but ends with their preferred appliance repair company, A&E Factory Service. My complete overall dissatisfaction of how A&E Factory Service treats their customers. Having problems with your appliances is acceptable, their service and attitude towards customers is completely unacceptable behavior. I bought these appliances on Maytag's name alone and though they make a great washers and dryers, their presence in the kitchen appliance department leaves a lot of room for improvement.
I find it in these tough economy times, that Maytag and their preferred service A&E Factory Service (Sears?) can stay in business with the service that they provide. In 2004, I bought all new kitchen appliances from Maytag, right from the beginning the appliances started to break down, mainly with the range and the dishwasher. Somewhere in the range of 3 times each. Dishwasher is now on its 3rd main brain. I now can diagnose the problem better than some of their own techs. I was treated unfairly and rudely, not only by numerous agents, but the supervisors as well. I never wanted anything for free, just wanted them to stand behind your products.
Finally with no help from Maytag, I turned to their “preferred” appliance repair company - A&E Factory Service. I have had nothing but problems with these people and a month later, I am seeking another company to come in and take care of my appliance. Fortunately for me, there are plenty of companies in the appliance business willing to help me out. For this, I am grateful. A&E Factory is now in possession of $158.00 of my money, like a idiot, I paid them up front, thinking they were a reputable business. (Maytag recommended them.) I will try through the court system to get this back.
In closing, buying Maytag has cost me a lot of time, money and frustration. It's not so much about appliances breaking down, it's how their company deals with it. A&E Factory Service is one of the most anti customer service companies I have ever dealt with. Their agents are rude, uncaring, out right lie, never show up for their appointments and from agents, techs, supervisors, just don't give a damn.
What's ironic is after I decided to have someone else come in and fix my problem. A&E Factory Service immediately sent someone over to pick up the part (Maytag had paid for this, not them). The only time I could get them to do something is when it involved their money. I'm still out $158.00! LOL. I would never allow anyone in my house that acted like this. They are bullies and I will deal with them in court. I can only hope for potential new customers, Maytag does the right thing and stand behind their products, but at all cost, stay away from A&E Factory Service, believe me, only head aches and frustration will prevail!!!!