CALIFORNIA -- Never buy an Electrolux side-by-side refrigerator with a water dispenser and ice maker. We bought one in 2011. After the first year, the water dispenser began to function erratically (the water wouldn't stop running). Over time, this problem cascaded into a myriad of problems that caused the entire unit to fail. We had paid for the extended warranty, so Electrolux replaced it. But now, the replacement unit has the same problems!
We're reluctant to start the repair process, fearing this unit may also self-destruct. Our only option is to again pay $800 for the extended warranty; but a good product should not require customers to endlessly invest in warranties. This product seems to have an inherent defect that the company has failed to fix. I would not recommend this product to anyone.
NORTH CAROLINA -- I wish I had read these reviews before I purchased an Electrolux refrigerator and microwave. The refrigerator needs a part to prevent the ice maker from freezing in the back. The microwave turned black inside. I remodeled my kitchen and purchased a package. The customer service is horrible. I tried to write to the headquarters but cannot find an address. I am terribly disappointed in these products.
Beautiful hunk of junk! Paid big bucks for a sleek state of the art all Electrolux appliances in new home. The sales pitch was that Electrolux has a long history of appliances all over Europe and not just vacuum cleaners. Electrolux also is the same company of Frigidaire, commonly seen in U. S. markets. So, we believed that we were getting the best products.
Not long after moving in, the first problem was with the wall oven. It was beeping with display instructions to remove meat probe and I was not using the darn thing. Customer services walked me through a series of steps to remedy the problem. So, I never used the meat probe. The oven would sometimes randomly have to be reset. The dishwasher stopped working after having it for 7-8 months. The authorized Electrolux service repairman has worked on this junk three separate occasions.
The refrigerator has had many problems. The light display panel stopped working, the circuit panel has been replaced twice, water dripped from the filter, the side by side doors do not seal properly especially on the freezer side, and the ice maker is constantly jammed and very noisy. I hate this refrigerator. Electrolux customer service are polite and offer repairs but these products are not of any quality. I will never buy Electrolux again including their vacuum cleaners just because.
MAPLE VALLEY, WASHINGTON -- I am in the same shoes as other people on this site. I have never been treated worse by anyone than the customer service reps at Electrolux. NEVER! Except for one person, whose name is **, everyone treated me disrespectfully. They raised their voices at me and made me stupid. I feel punished for spending three thousand dollars on an Electrolux refrigerator. I just don't know what I had done to deserve this punishment. But, let me start my story at the beginning.
I purchased the fridge in July of 2011. It is model # EW28BS71IS. This refrigerator has the same exact issues everyone is describing and complaining about. The ice maker has not been working from day one. Earlier in the summer, the panels (temperatures) went haywire. My fridge heated up including the freezer.
Unfortunately, I did not buy extended warranty and the one year warranty expired. I called Customer Service at Electrolux. The person I talked to made me buy extended warranty for $441 plus tax that would start in one month. Until my warranty would go in effect, she set up a concession so someone could come out and try to repair the fridge. She assured me that if the fridge cannot be repaired, the extended warranty will take care of it. They would give me a new fridge.
I had four repairs done on this fridge. After replacing seven (7) parts and final verdict came. The fridge cannot be fixed. It is a lemon. A big rotten lemon. Bad, faulty design. It is all over the Internet. Everyone knows about it. Certainly, Electrolux is aware of it. Up to this process, I cannot even count how many times I called Electrolux. I can tell you, however that I was treated so badly that I actually cried. They kept telling me that once the extended warranty would be in effect they would replace my fridge with a new one. In the meantime, my extended warranty arrived in the mail with an effective date of August 21st, 2013.
I called Electrolux again and asked them to replace my fridge under the extended warranty. They dared to tell me that my warranty (the one they mailed to me as a legal contract), would not be effective until September 22nd. When I told them that not what the document says they sent, they did not believe me. I had never been in a situation like this before. This was insane. Insane, I tell you.
So, I called the # on the extended warranty, where I talked to **. I asked her what she was showing in the system for the effective date of my warranty. She said September 21st. I told her that the original I received was showing 8/21. She said, the effective date was entered into the system incorrectly. She said, I could fax her the original and she would fix it. I faxed it to her and she fixed it. I called again to start the process of getting the fridge replace. ** took the information and said someone would be contacting me from Electrolux and the replacement process. Five days later, I received a call from ** that my claim for a replacement under the extended warranty was denied.
I was told that the problems started with my fridge before the extended warranty went into effect. I was offered 60% refund of my purchase price. First of all, Electrolux manufactured a faulty refrigerator. I had nothing to do with it. It broke because it was a bad design. Giving me a partial refund is ridiculous. Second of all, Electrolux is obviously does not have a trust in its own products if they believe that the fridge would depreciate 20% in a year. So, this is where I am at currently. The fridge will never work. Even if I were to take 60% (which I will not), I could not afford buying another fridge.
The warranty was a sham. They made me pay for something that they knew I would never be able to use. Does not it sound like a scam? This is the WORST, the WORST purchase I have ever made. Electrolux has the WORST, the WORST customer service I have ever encountered. EVER! I know there are many of us out there that have gone through this. Has any one of you have been able to positively resolve this issue?
I need your advice. What about the class action lawsuit? Has that gone anywhere? Are there any attorneys that took these cases on? I would like to hear from Mr **, the CEO of the North America Division, what he thinks about this widespread problem. If Mr. ** is a proud CEO of Electrolux and believes in the company and its products, he will do something about it.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- This letter is to explain the circumstances of why we will not buy another Electrolux product. In November of 2002 we purchased new appliances for our kitchen which included the above refrigerator. Approximately two weeks ago the entire cooling system quit working. I called customer service's automated number for a service repair number. There were only two offered. I never received a call back after several attempts to one and the second one did not have a refrigerator technician. They suggested I call customer service directly.
In speaking with customer service I was informed that my warranty had expired and that I needed to contact a repair person on my own. I contacted a repair person who explained the board needed to be replaced. That was replaced and immediately blew. He said I needed to contact Frigidaire directly. I called customer service back and explained the situation at which time they said they would put in a request for repair and someone would call me back in 24 hours to let me know what had been scheduled. I call the next day after I did not receive a call.
The woman I spoke to said she did not understand why I had not received a call, normally they are very good. She then asked me for all my information again and said she would put the request in again….. it would take 24 hours. I called again after I had not received a call. I explained again to your representative, who then said she doesn't know why I would think it to be 24 hours. The policy is 48 to 72 hours and why was I calling them anyway since I was not under warranty. I explained about not being about to contact an authorized repair service and she said to use whoever I wanted because it did not matter.
I then contacted another repair service who took one look at the old board and said I needed to have Frigidaire come out. It appeared to be the compressor. I AGAIN called customer service and was told it would be another 48 to 72 hours before I would get a call to let me know when someone would be out. Fortunately, after speaking to a supervisor, who placed me on hold while obtaining an appointment with A&E Service, I was able to have an authorized repair technician come to my home. The repair technician then informed me that my unit has a short in the wire that is encased in the unit and therefore not repairable.
He asked how old the unit was and that this falls within the five year warranty that I needed to contact Frigidaire. I called on the next business day and was told the service company would be called and the case would be reviewed and we would be told if it would be replaced or not in 48 hours. I then received a call from ** would said that because we did not purchase an extended warranty nothing would be done.
I called back later and talked with another customer service representative and after asking her to explain how it is that something's can be covered in a five year warranty, how it is that something that CANNOT be repaired due to a manufacturing defect is not. She repeatedly said that if I had bought the extended warranty it would be covered. I then asked to speak with her supervisor. She asked me why several times, saying she has already addressed my question and that if I should provide proof of purchase I might be offered a small rebate. I had to ask several times to speak to a supervisor and was left on hold for 20 minutes before I was put through to **.
I then asked the same question and she said she is doesn't write the warranty and what is it that I expected. I explained that we paid a lot for our refrigerator and for us it would be worth paying $1000 to have it repaired but after only four years of owing it we didn't even have that choice. It doesn't make sense to offer a five year warranty of parts and repairs that can be made and not offer the same warranty of something that can not because of a defect of the manufacturing. She then said there are guidelines and that is what they go with. What did I expect? I should have bought the extended warranty.
I asked to speak with her supervisor. She stated there wasn't anyone else for me to talk with. I asked if she has a supervisor and she said yes, but not in that office. I can go the website and make a complaint that way if I like but the answer will remain the same. So, what is the point of the long letter? I have had to deal with many customer service providers from being in real estate and property development over the last 10 years. My husband currently owns more than 40 investment properties and is developing a handful of multi-unit properties over the next five years. I currently own a property management company.
This is the first time I have ever felt the need to write a letter about how unprofessional and disappointed I have felt at the end of a resolution to a problem. There never was an answer of let's see if we can help you or answer your question to some satisfaction or even giving me a name or transferring me to someone to answer the simple question of why I have some parts that are under a five year warranty (that I would gladly pay to have fixed) and that something that CANNOT be repaired does not fall in that same category? I understand that customer service doesn't write the guidelines, but they do interpret the guidelines because that is what guidelines are for, to guide.
Doesn't it seem reasonable that perhaps this short in an area that is not accessible falls outside of the "guidelines"? I don't know, customer service wasn't willing to help find that answer. Given all the above boring details, I will not buy another Electrolux product to replace any existing appliance in any unit or in any new property. I will forward a copy of this letter to Consumer Reports and everyone I know along with what I have learned regarding other appliance companies. If your company cannot stand behind your products, then I cannot either.
CALIFORNIA -- Fridge has leaked water all over brand new kitchen. Damaged our floor, wall, $15,000.00 cupboards, and Electrolux just keeps passing the problem around to another party. They are trying to drive me over the edge. I can hardly wait to see what else breaks down. This company is selling garbage and does not care about you or your hard earned money. PLEASE go on line and read of other people's experiences.
Here we go! After reading all of your complaints, I felt as if it is a page out of my book. We purchased a 4000$ "top of the line" french door Electrolux refrigerator in 2009. We were so happy! What a beautiful unit. Well, our happiness did not last but 24 hrs when we woke up to a puddle of water in the kitchen. The water was flowing out of the ice maker and the ice was already clumped up into a block. We thought how could this be? A $4000 fridge that doesn't work!
We called Warehouse Discount Center where we purchased this boat anchor, and told them about it and they sent a service guy to look at it. Skip ahead three weeks and they replaced the unit. Approximately 6 weeks later, same problem so I decided to call Electrolux directly and the customer representative argued that she had never heard of such a problem. Only after I spoke with her supervisor was I told that it was a major problem with 80% of the units sold. I guess the other 20% were sold in Alaska!
So, here we are 4 years later and 3 refrigerators they now replaced the unit with a side by side (of lesser value), which we had no choice because that Electrolux would not refund our money but they were kind enough to offer us a discount on a purchase of another model of refrigerator. They delivered the unit and to our dismay, due to the design of the new model, the drawers would not open unless the door swung completely out of the way which is impossible in our kitchen.
So, now we have a $3000 unit that we cannot use and after speaking with ** (customer representative at Electrolux), we were told that they cannot do anything for us and that we would have to live with it. Is anybody reading this and if so, LET'S GET SOMETHING GOING HERE! How can we let this company take advantage of so many honest hard working people?
In April 2010 we installed a new kitchen and upgraded to Electrolux Stainless appliances. We thought the "look" and design was superior to our previous appliances, so we invested in paying the higher cost, thinking they were superior products. BIG MISTAKE! The refrigerator is a side by side, with the freezer on the bottom, and a built in ice maker. After only having the refrigerator only 10 months, we have had to have the ice maker serviced 4 times, and are awaiting a 5th board. In addition to all the noises it makes, the constant water leaking out of the ice make onto our floor, and the lack of ice for weeks.
The service representative has even told us these are new appliances in the US market and new technology, so they are having a difficult time fixing the appliances. In addition, the service representative disclosed that the owner of the Appliance Store has the same refrigerator as we have, and they can't seem to fix that one either. That was a warm and fuzzy thought. The microwave has only had to be serviced once, the metal tray was arching causing sparks and near fires in the microwave. This was an easy fix by simply replacing the bottom metal tray, but seriously, less than 10 months old and the micro is arching?
The gas range has worked pretty well, with the exception of the right front burner that takes approximately 30 seconds to ignite. Electolux is aware of the problem, but has yet to figure out a solution. You just have to be patient with the gas on that it will ignite before the explosion. We have only had to replace one of the great ball bearing shelves so far. I love the way they slide, but apparently they aren't all so smooth. The dishwasher, well, we luckily took the advice of another representative and bought a Bosch.... thank goodness. That is the ONLY appliance that we have not had to have service on, must be the manufacture.
I consider myself reasonably intelligent with a boat load of common sense who does his homework before making a purchase. Boy did I get fooled on the Electrolux brand. They look fantastic but the reliability is the poorest I have ever experienced. Save yourself money and headaches and go with another brand.
NORTH CAROLINA -- I purchased this refrigerator and it was installed in February 2009. By August 2009 I had my first service call for a bad control panel. The control panel was replaced and the refrigerator worked OK until the evaporator motor failed on August 3, 2010. This caused the refrigerator to overheat. I lost over $300 in food. The repair was completed seven days later. On September 20, 2010 the same problem occurred again, the new evaporator motor failed. I lost all of my food again. When the technician came (3 days later) to analyze the problem, he said the problem was caused by the control panel going bad which caused the evaporator motor to fail.
Now we have again a bad control panel and a bad evaporator motor. The parts were ordered from Electrolux on Sept. 23, 2010. I was told on Sept. 29, 2010 that the control panel was back ordered and they didn't know when they would receive it. I was also told by the Electrolux Parts Dept. that they had sixteen (16) control panels on back order. Do you think they have a problem with this refrigerator? Electrolux is refusing to replace the refrigerator even though the problems started to occur when it was under warranty and they are reoccurring problems.
When I asked for a replacement under the Lemon Law I was told that the Lemon Law does not apply to Electrolux. Now they are above the law??? Anyone who buys this product or deals with this supposed high end company should have their head examined. Their Customer Support is useless, their Platinum Star Service is useless, and their Warranty Customer Service is useless. They all put their heads in the sand and try and pass you off to the next person. We have four Electrolux appliances and we have had repeated service calls on all of them except the dishwasher. Not a very high end product as far as I'm concerned. I would never buy one of their appliances again.
MISSISSAUGA ON CANADA L5R1Y4 -- I bought this new side by side refrigerator with all the amenities. The problem started right away! The water filter inside the frigerator started leaking after one month, since 4,01,2009 we have bought 6 filters from different sources, so 6 multiply it by $40.00 per water filter = $240.00 we have spent on water filters and I need another one. Service rep say this is a problem with all refrigerators that use this filter! One even put a reducer in line, didn't work. Leaks when ice maker fills puts water inside of door storage area on shelfing. We have a lot of money tied up in this refrigerator to just go out and dump this one and buy something else.
I called the manufacturer, oh this is not a problem they said but I could buy a water filter from them again. Every service guy says this is a problem and isn't fixed for the consumer. Do not purchase a refrigerator with water unit in front top right side filter located unless you want to waste good money, out the window. I did fill a complaint to attorney generals office so noted. Good luck getting this fixed a little over a year old and I will buy again, but not from them. They stated the filter for water should last up to 6 months, not a month or six weeks. Putting towels inside to collect water leaking from water filter again.
They call this a consumables product water filter number is fc-100 puresource2 states changing water filter every 6-9 months normally ensures the highest water quality. This is in the 17 months I have owned this product, we have bought 6 and number seven is next. We live in a big city and the water is monitored all the time no wellwater/city water. It might be tested water filter, yes. Oh white Westinghouse uses the name crystalclear instead of puresource are same filter. States in manual.