MARLBOROUGH, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- My wife and I purchase a GE dishwasher less than a year ago. This last July it stopped working. My wife made a service call to the company. They had us call a service tech to come out and fix the machine. We were informed that this company is no longer in service. We called GE back to let them know, they gave us another company to call. We called left a message. 2 days went by no return call. We called again, an individual answered to tell us that they turned down the service call because they were too busy to come out. She went to say they called GE back immediately to tell them.
GE never called us to let us know the service call was turned down. We then called GE back again, to let them know that this company will not be able to help us. They gave us yet another company to come out and fix the machine. We called left a message with the receptionist. We were told that a tech would be in touch that day. No one called us that day. We called back again the next day. Spoke to Tech who came out that day, looked at the machine and told us it needed a part and he was going to order the part once he got back to the shop.
After two weeks of us constantly calling to find out where the part is and the tech telling us that GE has not been any help to him getting the part, or him wondering why it is taking so long for him to get a part; he suggested we call GE ourselves. My wife calls GE to find out why it is taking so long to get a part out to the tech. They tell her that they will be sending the part overnight to us. Now this is after my wife and I both tell them that this is ridiculous waiting this long for a part. This is now early August, we have filthy standing water in the machine.
The kitchen smells simply awful with all the hot weather we were having and us cancelling dinner dates with friends because it was embarrassing to have people come over with our kitchen smelling like it was. When the part arrives we call the tech. He comes out, installs the part, starts the machine, nothing happens. He checks all the connections, tries a few things, tries it again--nothing happens. It is decided they sent us a faulty part. He puts the old part in, it goes through a cycle, yet it will not restart. He tells us he will GE himself and ask a tech there if there was anything else he could've done. My wife also calls GE to tell them that the part was faulty.
At this point we are pretty much fed up with GE. After a long lengthy and somewhat heated discussion with their representative they gave us an extension of 6 months on our warranty. My wife went on to ask if this cannot be remedied she would like a refund of our money since we purchased a GE product and have a machine we simply cannot use. The response was a prompt, "we do not give refunds". My wife went on to ask what they are intending to do to rectify this problem and also she wanted to speak to someone above her. The response was "that can't be done, you will need to write a letter and wait for someone to respond".
Frustrated my wife went on to ask if this representative was at all willing to remedy this problem. The representative told her she would again overnight a part to us and also to our tech. This is now September we have been unable to use an appliance we purchased for almost 2 months and receiving no customer support through GE. My called a lawyer to get advice who suggested we call the store we bought the appliance at. We called the hardware store explained our problem. They got a hold of a manager who was very understanding, the manager told us that if this part does not work call him back and he will swap the machine out for a new one.
The part arrives, tech comes down, installs the part, machine goes through a cycle, then does not work. He also goes on to tell me that GE is trying to sell their appliance part of the business, yet no one has made a bid. This of course explains why they are not very helpful. I finally send an e-mail outlining my immense displeasure and overwhelming disappointment with how they handled this problem and how I can't believe how they do not stand behind their product. I receive a computer generated response. So no one in customer service even saw this complaint.
So I sent yet another e-mailing detailing my disbelief that my complaint was not important enough for them that they had a computer respond. I went to say that I wanted a personnel response by either e-mail or phone and that it must be by a manager. We got a phone call from a representative who basically was impersonal about the problem and it still is unresolved. My wife has in fact spoke with the same representative today whom has told us she would swap out our GE dishwasher with yet another GE dishwasher. My wife told her why would I want another GE dishwasher. She tried again to get our money back, and yet again we do not give refunds.
Needless to say we have decided that we will never buy another GE product again and I will make a point to investigate anything to see if GE is involved and avoid that item. I will also make it my objective to tell everyone how badly we were treated by GE.
TALLMADGE, OHIO -- This was my first experience with GE appliances and service. For a total kitchen remodel I bought a new Profile dishwasher, microwave and stove because they were attractive and a good price with the rebate. They were delivered in good order, my contractor installed them and they looked terrific. I have no problems with using the appliances themselves. The microwave and dishwasher are fabulous, simple and intuitive to use. The dishwasher cleans like a dream.
I only bought the ceramic top range for value added to the house. I still would rather be cooking with an old-fashioned burner system. The glass cooktop needs wiped off all the time to look clean. It took me a while to get over my fear of scratching it. It is much less fragile than I thought.
The control panel cover is what scratches way too easily. I'm the only one using it and I still don't know how some of those scratches got on there. Bits of food also get under the top edge of that panel and it is even harder to keep un-smudged looking than the cooktop. I also don't like how easy it is to accidentally hit an oven control button while the oven is in use. I've shut the thing off several times when cooking on the cooktop just by brushing against the touch panel.
My biggest complaint, however, is over the rebate offer. I've read that consumer rebates are often scams by manufacturers and stores - that they purposefully make them complicated or just never send the money. That has been my experience with GE's famous appliance rebate. I'd love to know how many people actually get their money.
Due to the time deadline for the rebate I ordered my appliances before the start of my remodel. To fill out all the numbers required on the form I had to cut open each box and perform acrobatics to find them. But I did it. I read the whole form and did exactly what they said. Unfortunately, I didn't think I should have to spend money on return receipt mail just to get the rebate. That was my big mistake.
The form said it would take many weeks for the rebate to arrive. Come the end of that period I went online as indicated to see the progress. I could find nothing about my rebate so I emailed them. This was well after the deadline for submitting the form.
The customer service person emailed me back asking for the registration number of my rebate request. There had been NO mention to expect a registration number on the form or online or anywhere. No registration number - no proof I'd sent the form - No rebate. I'm out $300.
I also had a part go bad right away in the microwave - a problem I read online that was chronic with this unit. I have no complaint with the scheduling of the repair although my cable repair company manages to narrow down the arrival time much better.
The repairman was surly. He had to remove the entire machine from the wall to replace a tiny part. He was prepared to do this with the unit sitting right on my ceramic cooktop. He acted unhappy when I brought out a towel to place over the glass. He left a metal screw bit inside the door of the unit that fell out onto the glass when I opened the door. (Accident or revenge, I don't know). He also left bits of lint behind the touch panel cover. It was under warranty so that was free at least.
After a while it became apparent that one of the burners on the stove was not heating up enough at the medium heat setting. It is easy to schedule a repair online and the timing is only about a week to wait. However, once again I have to take leave from work to wait for the scheduled repair.
Also, the email acknowledgment and registration for the repair said they would call me the day before. They never did. I called them just to make sure I wasn't wasting half a day. The repair was scheduled. I will also note here that after working my way through their touch phone v-mail choices that one choice didn't work correctly. Very frustrating. I mentioned it to the CS person I finally got but she seemed totally uninterested.
There was a place to specify online if I wanted him to show up earlier or later in the 8 to noon period and I'd said early as possible. They called at about 10AM to say I was the next stop. He showed up at about 11. I know that he has no way to know how long he'll spend on a problem, but an empty option is worse than none - something they have a chronic problem with, it appears. This repair man was friendlier than the first, but he also treated me like a moron. To "test" the burners he simply had me give him a pan of water to heat up. So much for modern technology.
I said that I thought each setting on the dials had a range or maximum heat that should be testable but he said that was impossible, that it all depended upon the pan and what was in it! I may be wrong but those heat settings must have some kind of maximum even if they do cycle off and on. I don't think they "sense" what is in the pan. Duh. In addition, I'd think there must be some kind of thermometer to test burners, no? He finally agreed that the triple burner was borderline but "might have a problem" and ordered the part. He said it would come to me FedEx and that he'd be back in a week to install it - no asking what was convenient for me!
That is my experience with GE and I don't think I will ever buy appliances from them again. They really need to work on their customer service as well as some product design features. Perhaps a test kitchen with real people using the machines who could offer suggestions.
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- My oven had a bright light with sparks coming off element. Immediately I turned off the oven. The fire did not go out after turning the control to off. I had to pull oven out and unplug before it would go out. I am disappointed. Glad I was near the oven when this took place. This oven should have a recall. I saw so many reviews for the same issue.
This oven is junk! I see that besides mine, there are MANY reviews complaining about the faulty oven baking element that catches fire. I can't see where GE has done anything about it at all. I'm sure they'll try to claim that if your oven is out of warranty that they can't help you, but "out of warranty" doesn't excuse a part that is dangerous! GE, you can bet if your stupid oven had caused damage to my home I would be suing the pants off you right now! >:( I will NEVER own one of your products again!
CONNECTICUT -- This refrigerator was a problem since day one!! had the icemaker worked on 5 times and have black mold growing. I have to clean out the whole refrigerator every few weeks with bleach. Contacted GE and they said it's a problem with fan and temp setting. Wanted me to foot the $500 bill or offered to sell me new GE refrigerator at slight discount. Why don't they just recall these refrigerators? They are obviously defective and are health hazard!! Don't buy a GE refrigerator!! They don't stand by their products. I think this would be perfect class action suit.
NEW YORK -- DPSB620EC4CC - After 5 years and 8 service calls, the control board catches fire. We have replaced this board previously under GE Appliances service plan in 2008. In 2011, the same control board catches fire 5 weeks out of warranty. After sending pictures of the damage which clearly shows that the control board does not meet UL safety requirements and the fuse not blown, GE will not do anything but offer a replacement board at a discount or a $75 gift card. If you have this model PLEASE CONSIDER REPLACING BEFORE THIS CAUSES A FIRE IN YOUR HOME!!
I will never purchase another major appliance from GE. The pictures taken of this catastrophic burning of the control board is being sent to Underwriters Laboratory for their evaluation. GE does not take this seriously. There should be a recall of this model.
Maybe it's something in the water, but we have had to replace our water heater more times than we can remember, all while under warranty and all from Home Depot. The last time the replacement brand was out of stock so Home Depot gave us a General Electric unit with an eight year warranty. Lo and behold, it started leaking yesterday, after only three years of use.
My husband contacted GE, and after providing some basic information and doing some simple troubleshooting, it was determined that the unit would be replaced. No excuses, no weaseling, no mind games. Just an authorization for replacement. So, off to Home Depot he went with the old tank and back he came with a new one. The overall process was fairly smooth, with only a few glitches that were quickly resolved.
This is the way customer service should work. General Electric and Home Depot together turned what could have been an expensive and inconvenient ordeal into a painless process. Now if we could just figure out why we go through so many water heaters!
NAPLES, FLORIDA -- I purchased a brand new washing machine by General Electric, however my understanding is that all brands are doing the same thing so the spotlight is not entirely on GE. Top loading washer - nice large tub, however the tall agitator had dwarfed. To that, I figured a revision was warranted after some testing had concluded that a tall agitator did not help to get the clothes clean. Wrong!!! You can't test these machines out in the store - once it's home and it's hooked up - you are saying to yourself, "where is the water?" I put 3 bath towels in the machine - had intentions of doing a large load. The agitator barely moved, but that's not the worst.
When I opened the top lid - - there was only about 2 inches of water in this large tub. That's it - that's all you get. The tub is huge - so it allows you to believe that it's designed to accommodate a large load - but there is no water. The items were literally sticking up in the air - out of the water - as the lid says, "this is normal." How can anything get clean, if it can't get into the soapy water??? How can the load be submerged into the soapy water - if there isn't any??? What's more - there is nothing you can do to override this machine's decision NOT to give you any more water. I spoke with GE about this, they said that the EPA is in control of this. Something has to be done.
I've now brought my old washer back into the house which I had sent to the garage - I'm now treating it with kid gloves - will not give it away - I'll get it repaired until I can no longer do so. It fills up to the brim - washes clothing with the tall agitator - it's "golden" to me now. I had no idea that the new washing machines (top loading) had been so severely redesigned and not for the better in terms of washing and getting items clean.
It doesn't even truly save water - because people will end up doing more loads of laundry (several small loads) which can be immersed into the water - which causes more electricity for certain and eventually more water. Who wants to have to wash one king fitted sheet in one load, then wash the king flat sheet in yet another load - this could take all day, ridiculous. We're going back in time to where I'll be forced to wash the sheets in the bath-tub by hand.
FT LAUDERALE, FLORIDA -- It has been only two months since I have begun using my new GE Refrigerator Model PFCS1RKZA SS (Bottom Freezer Style) for which I paid approximately $2500. There is an annoying noise which can be heard from everywhere inside the house – the refrigerator emits the noise constantly and it seems to be coming from the motor-fan. I called GE to get it serviced through the warranty; however upon arrival the technician told me that "the noise is normal". I disagreed with because my son has the same model which does not make this noise. He confessed that he has never replaced that type of motor; that it was very complicated and it would take a lot of time and effort.
Then I asked him: ‘Do you mean I have to live with this noise?' – The technician promptly shrugged and left, which honestly upsets me. I later requested another service appointment to resolve the problem, but instead I got a phone call from the # 1.800.491.2737, a person that identified himself as a GE Engineer who “was trained by the same people who designed that refrigerator”. He told me that there was no problem with my refrigerator, and that if I wanted to get it serviced, he would have to bill me $79 for the second visit. So I asked him: ‘Why would I be billed $79 if you guys have not fixed the noise coming from my refrigerator and you say you will not fix it?'
He responded that he would then cancel the service appointment: So he did. Then I set another appointment through GE's website and was visited by another technician from the same repairing department. When he came into my house I noticed that he had a bit of an attitude problem: He was discourteous and aggressive. He only opened the refrigerator for what seemed like 2 seconds and told me that there was nothing wrong with it and then left without further instruction or explanation. In my opinion he didn't try to listen for the noise and was most likely already told that there was "no issue" so he did not look for one.
The same GE “engineer” called me later that day to inform that I was billed $79 dollar for the second servicing. I honestly rather they honor my warranty and fix the annoying buzzing sound that is coming from my refrigerator than I have to sit here and write these sort of reviews for the GE Appliance Service Department in Fort Lauderdale. However since they refuse to help me I find that this is the most effective way of warning other people about their quality of service. I recommend to anyone that would be serviced by this department to buy from a different brand.