DEATSVILLE, ALABAMA -- Element coming on, although knob was on off. Sears sent A&E Factory Service. Technician installed new switch. When range was plugged in, it tripped circuit breaker. According to technician the new part he installed was defective and it shorted out another burner switch. He had to call two times for assistance. On speaker it sounded as if he were receiving his instructions from another country. He ordered new part (no charge for this he says, as it was not my fault). I paid him $159.00 for service call.
He returned in two weeks and worked on the other switch that was shorted out by the "defective part". He worked about an hour, pulling numerous wires out, reconnecting and plugging the range back in. After tripping the circuit breaker twelve times, I asked him to leave. I felt he was untrained, inexperienced, and I told him a second time to stop working, I was afraid he was going to burn my house down. I told him he didn't know what was wrong, nor did he know how to fix the problem.
When he continued working I called A&E and told them what was going on... Then Boom! I walked back into the kitchen and technician said "Your power cord is fried!" I told him to "Get out, that I should have never placed a service call, that I should have put my money toward a new range".
Guess what? He agreed! I had to go out that evening and purchase a new range. I have spoken to four different representatives from Sears and A&E Factory service. I would like a refund of my initial service cost. They said they would give me $30.00. This is the worst company ever. I will never have another appliance repaired. I would just as soon buy new than have to deal with an unscrupulous company.
TEXAS -- Having bought the 5-year warranty, we regretted it several times while dealing with A&E Factory Service. Officially the worst and rudest organization in the world. I feel sorry for poor technicians working for this monsters above them.
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.
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.
CLEVELAND, OHIO -- The worst service I have ever received from a company ever. Over priced, no one knows what they are doing at this company. Huge mess. I called regarding a 2 year old refrigerator that was not cooling properly. Repairman came out, barely looked at the fridge, did not take anything apart, and decided it needed a new evaporator cover, $400 to repair and I needed to wait two weeks until my parts could be delivered to my house and for the appointment.
The day before my appointment comes and I realize I have not received the part. I called A&E and they told me the part was delivered somewhere in Cleveland and they don't know where. I have to wait until the day of my appointment and hope the repairman has it. 2 hours into my appointment time slot, I receive a call, my part is at a warehouse in Cleveland and supposedly there's no one there and they can't pick up my part. So, I rescheduled for 5 days later, called the parts department 3 times to try to arrange to get my part somehow, no return phone call. The day before my new appointment I demanded the repairman pick up my part and I get confirmation of this from A&E.
The day of my confirmed appointment comes and goes by. I called A&E and they said I don't have an appointment scheduled today! It is scheduled for the next week, an appointment I didn't make! At this point, I have to cancel the service altogether, they've missed 2 appointments, and have no idea what they're doing. I started all over again with a new company and turns out I need 4 things repaired not just the evaporator cover. So, the repair that A&E wanted to do wouldn't have even fixed my fridge. Oh and by the way, the new company repaired 4 things in my fridge for the same cost that A&E wanted to charge to repair and replace one.
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.
VIRGINIA -- Briefly, used them for a repair needed to my Whirlpool washer. Serviceman was prompt, knowledgeable and did a quick fix, noting the part probably wouldn't last and a more expensive fix would be needed in the future. The part wore out prior to its 90 day warranty so I scheduled repair under the warranty. A different serviceman came and didn't run any diagnostics, was unfamiliar with the machine and finally said I'd have to reschedule. The earliest date was a week later.
Parts were delivered to my home but I was not told what they should be so I couldn't know if I had received the correct parts or all of them. Day of new repair, no one came. Rescheduled for next day, time was changed 4-5 times during day by email, until finally they said someone would be here by 9:15 p.m. When we called it was apparent no one was ever scheduled. We were told to reschedule and it would be another week. We had already paid for the new parts, but the service charge was under warranty, so they put paying customers before us and kept moving us.
As of tonight, my washer has been out of commission for over two weeks and I have to wait another week, possibly getting the runaround again. The supervisor we talked to didn't know who his corporate manager was or their phone number??? I doubt we'll ever get this resolved by this company. Don't use them - they are owned and operated by Sears and that is really the biggest disappointment since Sears used to have the finest rating.
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS -- The pilot light would not stay lit. Over the course of 10 days, they had a technician come out and replace the pilot light. The light again went out. They said they would get someone out in 5 days. I called a real plumber and he came out, cleaned the vent and it was fixed in 10 minutes. A&E refused to discount or refund anything. So I'm out $290. They told me to remove the pilot light and they would pick it up and they would refund me the part! This is the repair center for Sears. I got their phone number off the side of my Whirlpool water heater.
SAN ANTONIO, FLORIDA -- I wish I could give them zero stars. Terrible customer service. They canceled my service call 10 minutes before the technician was at my house. He was literally around the corner when he called to tell me it had been deleted from his schedule. He stated that he was unable to come to my house without the schedule and left the area.
They have almost no availability for scheduling. When I called, I was giving the runaround and transferred to multiple people. I went through two supervisors with no help whatsoever. They never called back when they promised they said they would.
I have gone almost a month without a working freezer because of their incompetence. If I wasn't forced to use them as part of my extended warranty, I would have given up by now. Unfortunately, I am locked in to them and will be forced to suffer.