TEXAS -- I have had the misfortune of having purchased problematic appliances made by Maytag/Jenn-Air. My misfortune has increased exponentially after having been exposed to the unprofessional service staff your company has employed to represent the ideals of customer satisfaction.
Approximately 1 week ago I made a call to A&E for service on my dishwasher and was given the first appointment for 8/2/08, between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. I was not thrilled with either the one week wait, nor the breadth of the time frame, considering that the first of my two days off from work would be engaged waiting for your technician, but helplessly accepted the appointment.
From morning into afternoon, we anxiously waited for your technician to arrive. At 5pm when he hadn't arrived, I called A&E to figure out what time he would be here. Sarah explained that at 10:23 am the technician determined no one was home and he moved on to service the next client. I was baffled by this explanation as my entire family was home all day, having been inconvenienced waiting for this professional to arrive. She said she would send a message to the technician to return my call within the hour.
Livid by the callous misrepresentation that no one was home, I began to rethink my day. At 10:23 am this morning during a thunderstorm, while having breakfast, my phone rang and a man with a heavy accent asked for an unfamiliar name. Without a second thought I quickly informed him he had the wrong number. I checked the caller ID, redialed the number and the person answered the phone “hello?” I asked if this was the A&E tech and he said yes.
At first he denied that he was the technician assigned to fix my dishwasher, but after having posed some irrefutable questions, he admitted that he had called and made the assumption no one was home. He then explained that all his fellow technicians were through for the day and he still had two appointments to complete, so he would not return to fix my dishwasher. He suggested I call for another appointment.
I immediately called and was told by Sarah that I needed to call tomorrow to make another appointment, as my file was still with the technician. I requested the services of a manager and Misty dismissively reiterated similar sentiments. She went on to explain that she could place a note in the employee's file, but there was nothing she could do to resolve the immediacy of my need to have a working dishwasher.
I requested an emergency appointment and was told the company does not engage in that practice. She suggested that I call back at 8 pm to reschedule another appointment, as that was the earliest the technician would send his update to the company. I became even more incensed when I was told the next possible appointment would be six days later on Friday 8/8/08, a day my husband and I work.
Needless to say, I am enraged by the manner in which your company does business. Firstly your technician did not identify himself as an employee of A&E when he called my home. If he had, the occasion would not have arisen for me to write this letter. Secondly, he seemed either manipulative not wanting to leave the warmth of his truck during a thunderstorm to execute his duties, or he was overwhelmed by his workload, so he chose not to service my appliance, or he is grossly inept that he could not figure he was calling the wrong person.
The fact that I have to wait another week for an entire day again is egregious. When customers are inconvenienced in this manner, the company should take onus and extend itself to repair the damage done. The practices demonstrated by your staff, and the ideals of your company does not seem to epitomize customer satisfaction. Conversely, it serves to infuriate your customers.
We pay astronomical amount of monies for the appliances and the service contracts, and to be treated with callous disregard is egregious. Changes should be made to the way in which this business is operated, because it in not customer-friendly and your customers are growing increasingly disenchanted.
ROY, UTAH -- A&E Factory Service is the most wretched company I have ever had the misfortune to deal with. I was foolish enough to listen to Maytag who recommended them to repair my fridge (1st mistake). When the tech came out to repair it, he sold me an extended warranty which I again was stupid enough to purchase (2nd mistake). 3 months after the first repair on my 5-year old Maytag fridge (NEVER, EVER but a Maytag), it died again.
The tech came out and outlined what parts had to be replaced. It was the same parts they replaced before, only now it would take them 10 days to get them here. 18 days later my fridge was working again. Ever tried living without a fridge for 18 days? It's not pleasant. 3 months after this episode, the thing died again, the problem was the same.
Called the center and got a tech out and again, parts would not be available for 10 days. Considering I can ship anything to anywhere in the world in 24-48 hours and based on the fact that I located local vendors with those parts that day, I find 10 days to be beyond pathetic. This alone screams of their total lack of customer service and dictates what a horrid company they are. Well the day before the tech was to come back and fix my fridge, I get a call saying that one of the parts needed is on back order. I tell them I can get them locally and wanted to know what their problem was.
Apparently they have "standard processes" they have to follow. 8 days after this the parts arrive and I, not they, call to scheduled the tech. The night before the tech is to come out, I get a call confirming the appointment for the next day between 8-12 am. 10 minutes later I get another call saying the appointment is to changed to 1-5 pm. I refuse this change, saying I have a doctor's appointment that afternoon and was told the appointment would be left between 8-12 am. I took the day off work to wait for the tech and at 12:30, no tech. I call the "service" center to find out they changed the appointment to 1-5 pm anyway.
After discussing this problem with Nancy, a supervisor who stated that the notes showed I declined the change and agreed the appointment should not have changed, assured me that the tech would be to my house before 2:30 pm. At 3 pm, no tech. I call back to learn that they re-routed the tech to another call and skipped me. Apparently not have a working fridge for 4 weeks doesn't make you a priority with this wretched company.
I got the corporate office address; they couldn't provide me with a phone number, and rescheduled for another week out. Let my mistake be a lesson. DON'T USE A&E Factory Service for ANYTHING. They are awful! DON'T buy Maytag, they break with very light use!
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.
KALAMAZOO -- Over three service calls: Diagnosis was wrong. Wrong parts were ordered. Technician took apart washer before checking if the new parts were correct. Technician install parts which did not fix problem then left without ordering the two parts he said would be needed to fix unit and he "closed the ticket" resulting in another diagnostic appointment before parts could be ordered....EVEN THOUGH the PROBLEM was the SAME. Phone calls to schedule up to supervisor level were a total waste of time, language barrier, excuses, no help or return call to expedite repairs. One month lost to incompetence.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- A&E ordered and attempted to install a new ice maker in my GE fridge. The repair tech was unable to install it properly and had to uninstall it. I called GE who sent their own tech and the exact same replacement part. They installed it and it works great. Despite their incompetence A&E has refused to provide a credit of their charges and they are very difficult to speak with.
RINCON, GEORGIA -- Gave me an appointment, called day before to confirm. No one came or called. I called and they told me he was at my house. Right. Then they said he was on the way. Then they said he would call. None of that happened and the next day when we called they said: 1) we had canceled 2) technician canceled 3) tech came and no one was here (totally false). Horrible. Should not be in business.
CANYON COUNTRY, CALIFORNIA -- I have never received such horrible customer service in my life. The supervisor yelled at me and hung up in my face. I asked for corporate information, he told there was no corporate number. I asked for a refund, they told me they could only give me back $20.00 of the $156.00 that I paid. How is this legal? How are they still in business?
NEW YORK -- Four service calls, 2 no shows on day they were to come. One call they just vacuumed behind top of line Monogram Stainless steel refrigerator and charged $165. Left. Still not cooling properly. Third visit tech named starts with H. Insisted I pay him for visit. Tried to tell him it was a recall. Became angry and would not talk to A and E. Service representative on phone. He didn't fix it. And did not show up for the last appointment. No one calls you back. NO one helps. Worst ever repair company in NYC. Should be banned.
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.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- I recently scheduled repair service via Whirlpool's website with A&E Factory Service to repair a "new" duet washing machine purchased in December 2007. (The problem is the "SUDS" warning followed by a F35 error code. I did research on the internet to discover the error is caused by a faulty W10156252 Switch, Analog Pressure Sensor.) The service was scheduled for 8 am to 12 pm Monday April 6, 2009. At 11 am I called the 800 number to find out when the technician would arrive as I was anticipating a call from him at the last appointment. The operator had the tech call me back at 11:20 am.
At this time he said he would be here "around 2". He called again at 3:10 pm to say he would be here in 20 minutes. At 4 pm he pulled up in front of my house - he left at 5 pm without making repairs as the part would need to be ordered and take 3 or 4 days... at a cost of $159. I had already asked him at 11:20 am call to be sure he had the part. He said he could come back after he got the part to install it for $315... I asked for a written estimate and he said "we do not do that". It was clearly indicated in my confirmation email when I scheduled service that I would get an estimate.
I told him the price of the part was too expensive and he made a call to a local parts store which had it for $115 and I "could go pick it up. But we won't install it." I have since ordered the part from Amazon for $85.95 and it will arrive in 3-4 days. I will install it myself as it only takes a single screw to replace it. All said and done, I paid $86.17 to have no service provided and my washer is still broken. Perhaps Whirlpool should reconsider recommending A&E Factory Service as it clearly is neither "factory" or "service".