Went to Sears in September 2011 and bought, along with several other appliances, a Kenmore 30" Gas Range. As of tonight, December 17, 2012, the range sits on the front lawn, placed thereby the local fire department. The thing started to smoke after cooking a baked potato for 45 minutes. So I shut it off, but the smoke continued and increased.
Call the FD and they try every which way to open up the interior to see what is burning. The oven compartment is empty and clean as a whistle. Well - no getting inside the stove - so the stove goes outside. Still don't know why it was burning. I then call Sears. The thing is not 15 months old, "Sorry no warranty, nothing we can do. Come in and buy another and we'll give you $20 bucks off" or some nonsense. No warranty from Kenmore. So tomorrow, I go the local appliance store - no more Sears and definitely no more Kenmore. $500 Bucks down the tubes.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- 3 times within a year 2 times within a week. This is just a few days over a year old and nothing but problems. Costing me more in service calls again. This product last week when taken apart was all burned up "could have burned up house", had that repaired and 3 days broke again.
Never buying Kenmore or LG products again. Too bad I purchased 8 thousand dollars of their product. Will not again on new house we're purchasing for an investment. Service calls are 125. Had to use my Home warranty 2 times and 1 from Kenmore. Junk and unsafe product could burn your house down. Stay away from Kenmore products. Posting to Facebook and my friends will not buy Kenmore products now.
FLORIDA -- We have a house full of Kenmore products. NEVER will I purchase them again. All have been a problem. I've was a devoted fan for many years. I have a side by side Kenmore fridge, 6 years old. Model #10656532400 series. After only 2-1/2 years the ice maker module broke. Three times I've replaced the same part, all since 2007. Cost is $200+ each time and that's with my husband installing. Water filter has tripled in price since I purchased. Water taste is still poor even though we used to replace 3x per year. We stopped using both the ice maker & dispenser. Installed a used ice maker in the garage freezer that works great. And not a Kenmore either.
Also have a Electric range, glass cooktop model #790.9621.2408. This is only 3.5 years old. Cooktop shattered when it was just 2 years old. It was due to a defect so the tech said. Luckily under warranty at the time, but it still cost me $75 to have them install a new one. Cost to replace the cooktop is over $400. Just last week, the right back burner stopped working. $87 later and no warranty. The bottom of the oven door rusted after only 1.5 years. And that is in a climate controlled house. The left side back burner vent gets so hot it has permanently darkened the paint. Scrubbing only removes the paint.
And now the timer went on my washer, model #100.24732300. Washer is 6 years old. Cost for that part is $113.90 and $15.99 for shipping that will still take a week to get. Cost to ship a part that small is about $5.00. I also just bought a cast aluminum patio set in October 2010. 2 of the swivel chairs have already broken.
I called and emailed Sears three times to return the item. Nobody would help me with the return, all said they would have a manager contact me. Which never happened. BE WARNED, stay away from Sears! I was a Gold Card Member, until I cut it up and returned it to Sears with a letter explaining why. I've never been contacted about my complaints.
When will I learn that Sears products are just not what they used to be? After purchasing a gas range, refrigerator, stackable washer and dryer and a dishwasher from them, nothing but headaches from all. Poor customer service regarding timely repair/replacement of the aforementioned appliances. A dangerous, faulty oven door handle that nearly killed my toddler when the entire thing flew apart upon opening the door and the glass slid out onto my child… They had the nerve to nickel and dime me for their death trap of an oven after I repeatedly contacted them telling them the bolts holding the door together were TOO SHORT!!!
The repairman that eventually came admitted the product was dangerous, defective, etc. and didn't bill me even though Sears argued with me and tried to force me to pay it before they would set up the service call. Now the dishwasher... purchased in 2008 no problems. Suddenly the cycles are haywire and it won't come off of heated dry. I dread making a service call to Sears. Product is no longer under warranty and I refused to waste my $$ on the Master Protection Plan since they have run me around nearly every time I've actually needed service on a product.
So so sad that this company seems to have forgotten how to maintain good customer service with its loyal customers. Impossible to talk to a manager or higher-up over the phone until the problem escalates to a screaming match. Rude service on phone, lengthy wait times for service, often with no-shows. My refrigerator was a no-show delivery, then they dropped it off of the truck and banged it all up, hence causing me another 5 days without one. Get it together Sears, I'm not drinking your kool-aid anymore.
ALTOONA, PA -- I cannot believe how Sears service has deteriorated in the last four years. There service used to be excellent, but not anymore. I purchased a refrigerator in 2008 and after 1 year and three months, all three of my slide out shelves cracked in the same spot, not the glass but the plastic holding the glass.
Sears said they would be glad to send me additional shelves at $64.83 each plus shipping. They don't seem to care that there has to be a factory flaw in design, as all of my shelves would not have cracked in the very same place. If this message saves even one person from making the mistake from buying anything from Sears anymore then I feel BETTER. GO TO SAM'S CLUB OR A STORE THAT JUST SELLS NAME BRAND APPLIANCES BUT NOT KENMORE.
This fridge is only 2.5 years old, it started freezing my eggs and vegetables earlier this year. The repairman says the baffles that regulate cool air flow from freezer to fridge are fully open and that they should be partially closed and fluctuate to regulate temperature in the unit. This is a cost to me to repair as it is no longer under the 1 year warranty.
However it seems to me that this is a defect and not one regular use could have made, just because the defect doesn't show its ugly head for a slightly longer period somehow it's not their defect to repair. I disagree the repair will cost just under 30% of the purchase price. Shame on Amana, Kenmore and Sears. As long as it lasts past the short warranty, but they know it's their defect they should at least replace the part for free… Don't purchase Sears, Kenmore, or Amana fridges.
TAMPA, FLORIDA -- As noticed on M3C, some Kenmore stoves have a dangerous defect in their manufacture. I purchased a Kenmore stove in late 2006. In 2009 the oven door handle came off during use. While attempting to remove baked food from the oven when the temp. was set at F450o, the door handle popped off allowing the door to slam back up with a strong force. It nearly caused a serious injury.
After the oven cooled off, I was able to examine the door and found that the screw securing the handle took only about two turns to tighten. Because of this bad design, there is no warning such as you would get with a loose handle. Additionally, the two handle screws seem to hold all the door components (exterior, interior, insulation, retainer frame and large glass window) together.
Sears's service, Sears salesman and store manager all said that they would only repair "as a service call" and that there would be a service fee. Excuses: Out of warranty, a long-term service contract was not purchased, this problem common after 2 1/2 years of use. They would not accept the "Mfg. defect" reason for my request of a mfg. repair on this product. So there you are. Me, I will no longer purchase Sears products.
STERLING HGTS., MICHIGAN -- Microwaves handle finish is coming off after one year. Refrigerator ice maker stopped working, then the door started making noise when I open it. Now the water doesn't come out and this will be the 5th repairperson to come out, this is one year old also.