AUSTIN, TEXAS -- In December of 2006 remodeled our kitchen and installed a beautiful KitchenAid side-by-side built-in refrigerator (Model #KSSC48QMS 02). Our KitchenAid built-in worked well until 2011 when it began to make an strange noise and we had to have the main control board replaced (KitchenAid replacement part was used). The repair man reported that it was very unusual to have to replace that part, especially in a built-in appliance only 5 years old.
In 2015 we began to have problems with our ice maker. It would work and then stop working for about a month. By May of 2015 the system stopped cooling and we had to call KitchenAid who sent us to a certified service provider. We had to have the entire sealed system replaced. KitchenAid's warranty covered the parts and we paid $1,514 for the service. Within a week our ice maker died completely. The KitchenAid repair person came back and and quoted us $500 to replace the ice maker and the eye. We opted to wait as we had just spent $1,500 on the sealed system.
In June of 2016 we had the same certified repair company out to fix the ice maker (which had been left in the off position for a year). We paid $500 for a new ice maker and valve switch. The valve switch had been burned out. The ice maker cycled once. Tech left. No ice was ever made. Two weeks later (today) we added the IE to the list of expenses, to no avail.
After several more hours and time on the phone with KitchenAid directly, it appears that the original issue with the control board in 2011 seems to be the culprit. Only now -- since KitchenAid has fixed the known problem of a bad control board for our model and no longer makes the piece we need -- instead of just replacing the original small control board (again) I will have to pay to have the entire control board replaced to the tune of $700 or so for the part and who knows what for the service charge.
We are out of warranty, and so far it doesn't look like KitchenAid will help us to at least cover the cost of second replacement control board. We clearly own a lemon and would appreciate some assistance. I will also add that we originally paid over $8,000 for the built-in fridge. Now that we have the unit built in we are between a rock and a hard place as it will cost us over $10,000 now to replace this 10 year old machine. Even though we are now close to $2,600 in total repair costs (bringing the grand total cost to $10,600) we still do not have a working unit and it still makes more sense to keep trying to fix it than replace it.
Adding to the issue is the fact that I feel very certain that if not for the original control board issue we never would have had to pay for the entire sealed system to be replaced, and it's unlikely the IE and control valve would have failed as well. Surely high-end built-in appliances are expected to last more than 10 years without needing to be completely rebuilt, right?
MAPLETON, UTAH -- After spending over $10,000 for a supposed "high end" refrigerator, we've had our share of problems, coupled with POOR Customer support. Ice maker freezes up totally at least every two weeks. I have to turn the machine off, let it warm up, restart it and it works again. Clearly a defect in insulation of incoming water to the freezer, sitting too long, and freezes up. Whirlpool refuses to cover this under any warranty. Countless other people, online, have had this problem!
As of late, an even bigger problem. From the main control board/s, there is a very high pitched chirp/squeal. It chirps randomly every 5, 15, 10, 45 seconds, etc. The chirp lasts about 1/2 second, but continues indefinitely chirping. When it chirps, the power to the refrigerator seems to turn off while the chirp occurs for 1/2 second, only to turn back on. Again, from days of online research, it appears that the likely problem is the control board/s. Whirlpool, to my astonishment, does not even carry any of these control board parts! You have to go on eBay, and either buy a rebuilt one or send your old one in and have them fix it (costs vary from $70 to $1,500).
I'm contemplating doing this $70 fix (sending in my old control board, and having it "hopefully" fixed), reinstalling, and hoping for the best. I've also considered legal action against KitchenAid/Whirlpool. Whirlpool bought out KitchenAid a few years back. I've heard the manufacturers of these high end refrigerators are from China and have 'quit" making parts!
I've also heard many of you out there have similar 'high end' refrigerators out there, different model numbers, but similar and/or other problems, and with Whirlpool NOT giving you any plausible service or warranty. Please let me know. Let me know if you too have similar problems. Why? Strength in numbers! I've never taken legal action against anyone or any company, but this situation may well warrant such.
In October of 2012 we purchased a new Kitchenaid refrigerator from Famous Tate Appliances in Brandon FL. The product selection was based on what was perceived at the time to be of the highest quality available and was purchased for the sole purpose of hoping to avoid any issues with reliability and future service should it ever be required. We had always been led to believe that Kitchenaid was the premium brand of the Whirlpool manufactured line of major appliances. Sadly this has been proven not to be the case.
After owning the product for slightly longer than 6 months we began seeing issues with the freezer and ice maker. (They basically did not work). The ice maker produced no ice and the freezer could not keep anything frozen. Appliance Service of Central Florida has been dispatched to our home dozens of times over the past two years and has been unable to repair or to convince Kitchenaid to replace the defective appliance.
Thousands of dollars' worth of food has been lost in addition to extensive personal time waiting for repair technicians to make multiple trips sometimes replacing the same parts and conducting the same tasks repeatedly (not surprisingly achieving the same lack of results).
It was apparent early on in the process that a quick and permanent repair was not going to happen within the initial manufacturer's warranty period which prompted us to agree to the purchase of an extended warranty. While repairmen have continued to make a constant parade through our home, there has been no willingness demonstrated by Kitchenaid to do the right thing and replace what is obviously a lemon (putting it politely).
An even greater insult is that even after refusing to live up to the word of the original warranty Kitchenaid has asked if we wanted to extend the warranty even further. I now have a very large and expensive piece of stainless steel and plastic sitting in my kitchen that quite simply cannot be used for its intended purpose. The service company is unable to repair it and the manufacturer is unwilling to replace it.
Let me make my point as clear and concisely as possible so that there are no misunderstandings. From this point on I will take any and every opportunity to discourage anyone from purchasing any product manufactured by this company. I will make it my mission in life to post as many negative product and service reviews on as many online venues that will accept them. I will NEVER tolerate another of your products in any residence that I own or business I may be associated with. I will in great detail ensure that every family member, friend and acquaintance is well aware of the horrible customer service they can expect should they make the same mistake as I.
UTAH -- We remodeled our kitchen 2 years ago and purchased an all new appliance package. All appliances are Kitchenaid and were reported to be high quality, they definitely carried a high-end price. In the 2 years of use we have had to replace all 4 plastic rollers for the top shelves in both dishwashers and now one dishwasher will not start at all. The refrigerator has cracks down the inside and both crisper and meat drawers have broken.
We are on our 3rd microwave (luckily Lowes replaced the 2 that stopped working - Kitchenaid would do nothing). Our gas burners on the cooktop will randomly spark, as if trying to light, while we are cooking with a different burner. All in all, we have definitely been very disappointed with our purchase and will never buy large Kitchenaid appliances again. I hope this spares others from going through the same hassle and waste of money that we have.
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN -- My husband and I purchased a custom home in November of 2010. We wanted high end appliances in our new kitchen and have about $25K in Kitchen Aid products in our kitchen. The largest expense was our Built-in refrigerator, model number KSSC42QVS. We paid $8000.00 for this supposed "High End" refrigerator and 2 and a half years later it sits completely dead in my kitchen.
The past 3 months have been a nightmare. First, the ice maker assembly had to be replaced at a cost of about $400.00. The cheap plastic arm that closes the ice chute stopped working and allowed warm air to move into the freezer, then the compressor kicked in overtime trying to cool the compartment.
3 days after the ice maker was replaced, the refrigerator side stopped holding it's temperature. The compressor would kick on, the freezer would drop to -10 and the fridge temp would go up to 56-60 degrees. The repairman was out again, this time he replaced the damper door assembly which allows the air to move from the freezer side in to the fridge side. Cost to me $700.00.
Again, everything was OK for about the 3 days and then the same problem happened again. The repairman was out again and this time replaced the thermistors. Again 3-4 days works properly, then compressor kicks on, freezer down to -10 and fridge up to 56. All this time, my technician is conferring with Whirlpool technical support and following their recommendations.
Now Whirlpool says the main circuit board is bad. It cannot be repaired because all of the inventory was wiped out by the tsunami in 2010. I will have to wait 2-3 weeks while my board is shipped out to a 3rd party vendor to be rebuilt. Now I am out another $600 as we had to buy a cheap fridge to put in our garage because my $8000.00 fridge is unusable.
The board comes in, the repairman puts it in and within an hour after him leaving the whole fridge just shuts off. The rebuilt board is bad. The repairman is back with a new board. The fridge works fine for 3 days and then on June 27th the same problem is back. I let it run for a couple of days and by the 29th now the freezer isn't holding temp either. Both fridge and freezer are at 60 degrees. I called the repairman again and he tells me that Whirlpool is saying that they are out of ideas. My 2 year old $8000.00 refrigerator has some electrical problem and it cannot be repaired, I will have to buy a new one. Are you kidding me?
If I would have known what terrible quality Kitchen Aid is, I would have spent another $1000.00 back in 2010 and bought a Sub Zero. Please do not be fooled into thinking that Kitchen Aid is "High End and High Quality"! I have sent letters to the CEO and President of North American Operations, sent emails and a letter to Kitchen Aid Customer Service. Corresponded with a girl named ** in their social media group who only reached out to me after I rated this fridge a 1 star on their website.
I had tried to write a review the day before and it was rejected. Apparently if you tell the truth and say their products are of poor quality and their customer service is non-existent they won't publish your review! I also got a lip service phone call from a lady named **. She left me a message when I wasn't home. I have returned her call 5 times with no response.
I am moving on to the Better Business Bureau. Kitchen Aid has deceptive manufacturing processes that are not disclosed! They do not make replacement control boards and if yours goes out and can't be rebuilt you are screwed. They do not disclose this and don't care that you are left holding the bill for replacement cost. They build appliances that cannot be repaired!!!
JOSEPH, MI -- Exactly 2 years ago we completely remodeled our kitchen and purchased over $10,000.00 in KitchenAid appliances. Our French door refrigerator never sat right. It always looked like it was falling into the wall. My husband tried to level it and was frustrated that there was no way to level this fridge from front to back. He went online and called customer service and was told there was no way to level this fridge. Upon moving the fridge out we also noticed that there was a bolt on the left side of the bottom of the fridge that was sticking out and gauging our hardwood floor when moved.
On several occasions when I had KitchenAid repairman out to my home I would mention the leveling issue on the fridge and kept getting the same answer. One service company told us that you had to put shims in to level it. I have never heard of putting shims in a fridge to level it. We called KitchenAid and told them our situation and that the fridge was also at this point making a lot of noise. This was a few months ago. We did opt to extend our KitchenAid warranty through what I originally thought was KitchenAid directly but it is a third party company called Assurant.
We were frustrated that we were stuck with a less than 2 year old $2,500 refrigerator, that we had to put cardboard in for shims to try to make it level and were now making a lot of buzzing noises. I called the warranty company and they told me they don't come out for noises. Next I called KitchenAid directly and they advised us to call the warranty company back and ask for a second opinion company. While we were on the phone with KitchenAid my husband realized that the noise was coming from the under belly of the fridge. It was vibrating on our floor.
After calling Assurant they scheduled an appointment with a service company who never showed after we waited from 8 am - 5 pm on a Saturday for them. I called the warranty company back not to happy but they scheduled Quaker City repair service to come out. They actually had been the company assigned to us by KitchenAid under the first year manufacturer warranty period. I was not very impressed with them from the get go. The repairman came, and looked at my fridge. After looking at it, I asked him what he thought and he refused to tell me anything. He said I would have to wait for a call for his report. He wanted to consult with someone else.
I persistently tried to get some information out of him. I have never had a repairman not tell me what the problem was with an appliance for a service call. This only confirmed my poor impression with this company. After one week of waiting to hear from them I called the warranty company who lied and told me they had no report from the service company. The only thing he told me was that the noise it was making could not be addressed until something breaks and he told me to put a shim under the part that was making the noise underneath. What professional repair people.
I called the service company and they read me the report and confirmed that the warranty company had a copy of the report. The service representative did read me a copy of the report which stated "Base of the unit is bent and preventing left right wheel to be on floor causing unit to be unbalanced." They told me that it was not able to be fixed. Assurant the warranty company will not fix the fridge or even address the issue because they are saying that the fridge was like this from the get go and KitchenAid says that it is out of the original 1 year warranty and will not fix it.
We have spent countless hours on the phone with KitchenAid and the extended warranty company that KitchenAid uses and have gone round in circles. Neither will take responsibility for it. So right now we have a pretty new fridge that has shims under the back to try to level it and shims under the belly pan area to keep it from making loud annoying constant buzzing noises. Which is still does constantly. I am ready to kick it to the curb. We are totally frustrated. Every time we call we have to go through the same story and you would think that after 10 or more phone calls it would be on file.
Somehow KitchenAid and the warranty company can't find our information each time. We are probably posting this on this website in vain but I am on a mission to post this information everywhere until someone listens and does something about my defective refrigerator. We are very unhappy with the lack of professionalism from KitchenAid's customer service, the repair companies that they use and the extended warranty company that KitchenAid offers.
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN -- I bought a Kitchenaid side-by-side counter depth refrigerator (made by Whirlpool) in early 2006, having had great experiences with Whirlpool products for many years. I thought that a top-of-the-line Kitchenaid from Whirlpool would be a product with superior quality and reliability. Not so!
In April, 2009, I noticed that the temperature read out for the freezer was going up, though there didn't appear to be any problem with keeping things frozen. The erratic temperature readout continued though the freezer seemed to be freezing very well (ice cream that was hard as a rock, etc.). I had the Whirlpool authorized service company, ASI Appliance in Houston, come out. They couldn't find any reason for the erratic read outs and basically the technician suggested "just live with it, at least it's keeping everything cold," though there was of course a service call charge.
However, the unit continued to get colder I thought and seemed to be running most of the time; I called ASI again in October, after problems developed with vegetables being frozen in the refrigerator crisper, and the temperature readouts continuing to be erratic. They checked everything and still couldn't find anything wrong, though there was another service charge, of course. Finally, a week or so later, I bought a refrigerator thermometer and discovered that the freezer was cooled down to -20 degrees F.; also the ice/water dispenser had by now stopped working (the water line, not surprisingly, was frozen).
ASI came out again, though they sent a different technician. He consulted with Whirlpool technical support who advised that since everything else checked out, I needed to replace the two main circuit boards in the unit, at a cost of almost $600 parts plus $130 labor. After I complained to Whirlpool about all the expense (including replacing the circuit boards, my costs would total over $1000 in service calls, labor and parts over several months), they agreed to sell me the circuit boards at a discount.
Okay, I buy the boards for $300 and pay ASI $130 labor to install them. But it didn't fix the problem! Called ASI to come back. Finally, Whirlpool technical support tells the ASI technician "Oh, with the freezer being so cold, you're probably not getting an accurate reading on the thermistor resistance, so probably it's the thermistor that's bad."
So, in December, 2009, I paid another $60 for two new thermistors and labor to install, and the temperature control problems were immediately fixed. However, I'd spent $450 on new circuit boards that I probably didn't need, not to mention numerous service calls and labor charges, and much time off work to meet the ASI technician. (I'm even leaving out the part where Whirlpool sent a wrong circuit board and had to resend the right one, adding another week to the repair process and another 1/2 day off work.)
Now, five months later, another problem: This time the refrigerator is gaining temperature. Called ASI once more. They found a "loose connection" to the defroster heater, causing the condenser coils to freeze; they fixed it, for another $140 in service call and minimum labor charges.
So now I'm out $850 in repair costs. I just called Whirlpool to request some consideration from them on the expense over that past year, but they refused to reimburse any of it, though they were "sorry" I'd had so many problems with the unit. They offered me a "customer loyalty" discount on a new unit (which they had offered last fall); I declined, since when I discussed that with them last fall, the "discounted price" was about the same as the price from internet sites and discount appliance stores in the area.
So I add my voice to others on the site: Don't purchase Kitchenaid or Whirlpool products based on past experience. Their current products aren't worth the money or up to reliability standards based on my recent experience, and they don't value customer goodwill enough to "make it right" when customers have a terrible experience like this!
We purchased a set of Superba stainless steel appliances as part of a home remodeling project in fall 2002. This was after buying a Superba dishwasher some years earlier with some success. The range has given minor trouble - control failures, most of which seem to result from water vapor getting into the glass touch-screen control panel, a control knob that shorted, and a burned out heating element. However the mother of all problems is the refrigerator, which we bought for its looks - easily the best looking, inside and out, of any major manufacturer.
The refrig. has had problems cooling from the time it was new. Briefly, it cools by admitting cold air from the freezer section through a thermostatically controlled flap in the top rear of the dividing wall between the refrigerator and freezer. THIS EXACT DESIGN IS USED BY WHIRLPOOL, KITCHENAID, MANY KENMORE SIDE-BY-SIDE MODELS, AND SOME LG MODELS. The flap mechanism seems to ice up and stop working. At that point it can't control cooling. In our case, we noticed that milk would go bad.
Several service calls went by, during which we were told there was no problem. Eventually (after warranty expiration) another service call resulted in replacement of a control board (about $300). Only much later did we learn from a service tech that the problem was the temp. control flap "valve".
In 2006, just before its fourth birthday, the plumbing inside the fridge let go, flooding our kitchen and basement ($15,000 in damage, including replacing he kitchen floor). The service tech explained that the plastic tubing that feeds the icemaker and water dispenser had slipped out of a fitting under the unit. He replaced the fitting. I contacted KitchenAid and was told they had never heard of this problem. I kept moving up the KitchenAid organization but got the same answer all the way up the line - the attitude was basically this was not their problem.
A year later (2007), the refrigerator blew the same tubing fitting again, and again flooded the kitchen. This time the insurance company's engineer came in to look at it. He discussed with the service tech that had replaced the fitting the year before, and suggested this was a design or manufacturing defect. I contacted KitchenAid again, and again got the stonewalling from their people. Needless to say, we did not connect the unit up to water again. The ice dispenser does make a convenient ice bucket for the bags of ice we get at the store.
By January 2009, the temperature control was working erratically again, and all the fixes our tech had shown us (let it defrost, warm it up, etc., were not working. Time to bring in the service man again! This time, he said the flap/control mechanism was shot, and we needed to replace it. He stuck a pencil in the flap to keep it open while he ordered the part, so the fridge section could cool down. The part was another $250 (don't remember whether this included installation).
Finally, in June, the unit stopped working completely. Another visit from the service technician confirmed that the compressor had blown. He recommended we junk the fridge and stat. We have contacted KitchenAid again, but have not started to deal with their rigmarole yet. Went shopping for a new refrigerator today, and learned that our unit's design is shared by KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag and some LG models - same parts, same systems, just different doors.
I'm now looking for any brand refrigerator that has nothing to do with KitchenAid/Whirlpool. At the high end, KitchenAid sells in the same price range as "expensive" brands like Electrolux (hopefully they are not Whirlpool too).
The KitchenAid approach to customer service is beyond useless. It seems to be part of their business process to simply deny that any problem with their appliance is their problem. They will bump you around from one person to another, all the way up to the "executive offices" (probably another desk at the call center, since the person I spoke to knew nothing about the products and seemed to be just following the same script as everyone else there.
Whirlpool makes a big song and dance about being an American product (most of their refrigerators, including the KitchenAid, are now assembled in Mexico - I think mine was still made here). They also do a pretty convincing sales job on commitment to quality (did you know their door bins are guaranteed for life??). When it comes to actually standing behind their product, good luck - these people will give you nothing but excuses.
Epilogue: These people actually made a good product and backed it, once. I own a Whirlpool refrigerator that has served us faithfully since 1986 - it's probably seen a repairman twice. They even had a "cool line" back then, staffed by people who could actually tell you how the fridge worked, and even how to fix it. Maybe with the downturn they will finally go bankrupt and sell out to Lucky Gold Star (LG) or some other Asian firm. It can't be worse.