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Double dishdrawer model is unreliable and doesn't clean well
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I purchased a 2 drawer KitchenAid dishwasher in February of 2006 and have now replaced it with a standard model dishwasher (Maytag brand). The drawers came with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty and in November 2007 the motor in the top drawer stopped working. A service repairman came out the day after I reported the problem and had to replace the entire motor unit, which had to be backordered - this took almost 4 weeks to receive and have replaced. I didn't purchase the extended warranty, now in June 2009, both drawers were beeping and the error code indicated that the flood switch has been tripped. Throughout this time, I've experienced a considerable amount of water collecting in the top drawer when the bottom drawer is running, the touch sensors on the top drawer weren't working very well unless I had wet fingers, and the dishes just weren't getting very clean unless I prewashed everything. I know that to have the service repairman just come to the door is going to cost me around $100, so I've decided to just replace the drawers with a standard dishwasher. I've never had such an unreliable appliance and this was my first experience with the KitchenAid brand. I like the concept of the drawers, as I was able to run a full drawer as needed and not waste water and energy on half loads (until I started prewashing everything). However, as time went on after getting the dishwasher, the dishes weren't getting cleaned and a white, powdery haze was developing inside the drawers. I had to regularly take the insides of the drawers out to clean them. I eventually started using a product called Lemi-Shine, adding this to the prewash cup and this got rid of the white film and the water stains that were being left on the dishes. It also worked on removing the caked up detergent that was building up under the plate that the rotating arm sits on top of. The first time this was repaired, the repairman told me this was hard water buildup - I have a water softener and this is the only place/appliance that this was a problem. I pointed out that the dried white stuff under the plate looked like undissolved detergent - which powder detergent is the only thing that can be used. I tried some dishwasher gel, but that created a lot of soapy bubbles and didn't rinse completely off. The detergent cups are to small for the packaged tablets. After the motor was replaced in 2007, I did some research and found that there were a lot of complaints about the 2 drawer model. After I discovered the flood switch error, which requires a service technician, as that's what the user manual states and I couldn't find any information on the Internet on how to fix this specific issue, I decided it was no longer worth the hassles that I've been experiencing. I'm very happy with my new Maytag, but then it's only been a few days as of this writing. Just like with KitchenAid, I've never had a Maytag appliance before.
     
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KitchenAid wall oven extended service warranty total disaster!
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Rating: 1/51
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND -- Our 14 year old Kitchenaid oven caught on fire while broiling salmon. The fire was electrical in the oven and not due to cooking. The oven had been spotless before and was a disaster after the incident. I called Kitchenaid and told them what happened. They sent someone out twice from a totally unresponsive service company who denied anything was wrong with my oven, and tried to make me sign something saying they are not responsible for damage done to my floor if they damage it taking oven out of wall to look behind it. They damaged the kitchen wall below the oven, which had to be repaired. Another company came out and said they didn't know what was wrong either. I said they should give me a new oven under the terms of the policy, but Kitchenaid refused to do this, too. After having no oven to use for 3 weeks, my husband and I finally went and purchased a different brand oven, had it installed, and the wall repaired. Kitchenaid refused to give us anything toward the cancellation of our service policy which still had a year left on it refused to give us prorated rebate towards new oven, or anything else. Feel like our money on the Kitchenaid policy was thrown out and wasted.

Even worse, Kitchenaid products are lousy and unreliable, and the Service dept is unwilling to resolve problems in a satisfactory manner. Lesson learned -- NEVER PURCHASE KITCHENAID APPLIANCE AGAIN Ever!!!!!! Stay away from this lousy company!!!!!!!!
     
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$6000 Refrigerator Unrepairable
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Rating: 1/51
USA, WASHINGTON -- I purchased this high end refrigerator in 2008 for my new home...along with $10,000 additional dollars worth of Kitchenaid appliances. It stopped working on January 11,2014. The local authorized dealer and repair sent the circuit board back twice to be rebuilt. I am told that this board cannot be repaired and I can wait until 2020 (that's right!!!!) for a new one or I can accept a pro rated exchange; the details of which I am still waiting to hear. In the last month I have spent endless time on hold for various departments to help with this problem. Please tell me what the lifespan of such an expensive appliance should be. I would like to know if this company expects consumers to send all these huge refrigerators to the landfill every 6 years...and how will we afford new ones?

This is a huge disappointment and I still do not have a refrigerator after 2 MONTHS!!!!!
     
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Oven Temperature Adjustment Requires Complete Reset
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Rating: 1/51
When reducing an achieved temperature resetting the new temperature causes. uses the temp to drop precipitously and the over goes into pre-heating mode. This turns on the broiler element which can (and did) burn the item being cooked. According to Kitchen Aid,..."the only way to change the temperature is to cancel the current co{king cycle and restart with new desired temperature. That process would be normal." This is the response even after I told them about the pre-heating so I guess they are OK with it. (My Thanksgiving turkey wasn't too happy.)

Other issues with the oven are how long it takes to get up to temperature in the first place and how it can drop 50 degrees when you simply turn it off to reset the temperature, as instructed, when the door was not even open. Perhaps this is "normal" too. In one case the temperature never returned to the reset and lower temperature.

The dysfunctional oven was only surpassed by the poor customer response which took over 3 weeks.
     
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Wall Oven Broke Cooking Thanksgiving and Christmas Meal
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Rating: 1/51
GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA -- We bought a Kitchen Aid wall oven ($1,800) last April. Had it installed in June. Was cooking Thanksgiving meal and the oven went off only after an hour and a half cooking time. Ended up having to take everyone out to eat as I couldn't finish cooking the turkey (24lb) and rest of meal. They came out and said it was a loose wire even though the digital read out said it was the relay board. Thinking the oven was fixed I started cooking the Christmas meal only to have the same thing happen. How frustrating. It took a serviceman a week to get here and then he said it was the relay board and they would have to replace it. It came in and when the serviceman came out he found out the wrong color board had been ordered and that was almost 3 wks ago and we haven't heard a thing from anyone. I am so disappointed in the service and the function of this oven.

I will never buy another Kitchen Aid product. I have several in my home and they used to be very good and have a good reputation but not anymore. This problems has caused a lot of money and frustration to say the least.
     
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Kitchen Aid Double Oven (KEBS277BSS) Does NOT Work
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Rating: 1/51
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA -- I purchased a Kitchen Aid double oven online from a Sears outlet in Oceanside, CA in September 2013 (I am writing this in December). I have had technicians out to my house 6 times now (I have wasted 24 hours of my time).

They have replaced the same part two times and the same thing happens every time. The lower oven has only worked correctly once other wise the food comes out burnt in a fraction of the time the recipe calls for. The upper oven does not bake the food, the food tends to comes out raw. When I contact Kitchen Aid they do not care that their product does not work and refuse to replace it. They also will not allow me to post my review.

When contacting Sears they keep giving me the run around.

The only thing this oven is good for is being a towel holder. I don't think a working oven is [too] much to ask for.
     
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KitchenAid KEBS277BSS does Not Work
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Rating: 2/51
SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA -- I bought this KitchenAid product in September and it has NOT worked since it was installed. I had a professional install it and tried to bake with it and it did NOT bake my dish. This product was purchased from a Sears Outlet store. The first time I had the technician come out he said nothing was wrong with the product. After I discovered the issue, I have had technicians come out 3 other times and I have another appointment scheduled for after Thanksgiving. When speaking to the KitchenAid and Sears Customer service and asking them to replace this oven they stated that they will NOT replace the product no matter how many times they come out to fix it. I was explaining what was going on with the upper oven and the lady on the phone said that it was a simple calibration problem that I can do myself and if they someone come out they would charge me (after I have had a technician out 4 times). I calibrated the oven and the temperature still drops about 30 degrees. Sears has already replaced the control panel and has ordered some more parts for the lower oven. Currently, my upper oven does not bake things thoroughly and my lower oven burns everything in a quarter of the time it takes to bake the dish. Example I baked cupcakes and they were in the oven 2 minutes and were burnt. I DO NOT recommend this product or any KitchenAid product. KitchenAid DOES NOT stand behind their product.
     
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Bad Kitchenaid Basket
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Rating: 1/51
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA -- I bought a new Kitchenaid dishwasher 8 months ago. I live alone and run this once a week, tops. The utensil basket has broken on the bottom in three different places already. I called Kitchenaid because the machine has a one year warranty. I was told that the basket breaking was cosmetic and they wouldn't warranty it. How can this be cosmetic? If it breaks much more, the utensils will fall right through the bottom! I refused to pay for a new one and told the customer service clerk to get her supervisor on the line because this is ridiculous. 43 minutes and much arguing later, they said that a replacement would be sent to me free of charge. I was also told it might be the same color as the one that I have or it might not and that the lid isn't included. What a joke. The kicker is that they tried to sell me an extended warranty before I got off the phone. If they won't stand behind their products under manufacturer's warranty, what makes them think that I'm stupid enough to buy an extended warranty? I think I'll try putting the utensil basket on the top rack and see if it breaks there. If it's just a heat issue, being up there will keep it away from the element. It's a shame companies make stuff so cheap. My old dishwasher lasted for 17 years and the basket didn't break anywhere. Thank goodness I kept it. At least I will have something to put utensils in when the replacement part breaks.
     
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French Door Unexpectedly Flies Open
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Rating: 1/51
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- Bought the Kitchenaid KBFS20EVMS counter depth french door bottom freezer refrigerator in May 2012 and have had two main problems, one of which is still unresolved after three service calls. After 9 months of use, the compressor and condenser failed. Luckily my local appliance retailer arranged to have it repaired.

Second, ever since I bought the fridge, the right french door does not work correctly---once it reaches the 90-degree point, it flies open and bangs hard against the hinges, rattling and occasionally throwing items out of the shelves. I have had three different service providers come out and adjust the doors, level the fridge, they even replaced the cam inside the right door located at the bottom hinge. But the problem persists. If you don't hold on to the right door when you open it, it crashes open and things will fall out if they are tall. I have only seen one or two such complaints online.

What's even more interesting is that when I went to some of my local appliance showrooms to look at the product, the door slowly opens throughout the 160 or so degrees of travel, not at all like mine. Do I have any redress from Kitchenaid?
     
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trmn8r on 2013-04-30:
"Do I have any redress from Kitchenaid?"

I doubt it, but good luck. Something like this is probably deemed to be a minor nuisance by the manufacturer.
WP2008 on 2013-04-30:
Hello w180. My name is Amber and I am a representative with KitchenAid. We truly apologize for the frustrations you have experienced with your washer. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please email us at KitchenAid.Digital@KitchenAid.com and provide us with your complete contact information as well as the model and serial number of your appliance. Please also include the name of the site you were contacted on (My3Cents) along with your user name and your ticket number (42722). We would be happy to review your concerns further. Sincerely, Amber.
Damona on 2013-05-30:
We purchased the same refrigerator (same model #) and after 9 months it stopped cooling. After two weeks we were finally able to have the compressor replaced but the problem was not fixed. Now we are being told that the process starts over - diagnostic visit, order parts, and another repair visit. We are headed into week three with no end in sight. We would rather not seek a legal remedy but we are afraid we may have no choice. This was our first KitchenAid purchase and it will be our last.
BRexperience on 2013-07-22:
Having an unresolved problem with condensation on KitchenAid french door refrigerator purchased in December 2013. KitchenAid just scheduled the 5th service visit to attempt to solve the problem and says they will get a 3rd repair service out for a "second opinion" if this second company cannot fix it at its 4th visit. Unbelievable. Don't ever buy a KitchenAid - they knew of this problem with condensation, even made a new part to correct it (unsuccessfully in our case). What ever happened to recalling appliances that are defective? KitchenAid service is the WORST.
George Speer on 2013-09-30:
http://mythreecents.com/showReview.cgi?id=127842#comments
Andrew on 2014-04-18:
I have had an unsatisfactory experience with a KitchenAid refrigerator. Below is the email exchange I had with KitchenAid (although it is in reverse order as I copied it from my email). I hope you can gain some wisdom from reading through it:

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From: Andrew
To Kitchenaid_customerexperience@Kitchenaid.com

Dec 11, 2013
Renea,

Thank you for your prompt and courteous reply. However, I am a bit confused by your last response. Are you saying that the flawed action of the door (which is not evident on either the model on display in Frank's Appliances nor in the same unit owned by a friend) is in fact satisfactory and no corrective action is needed?

Thank you again for your help and assistance.

In Appreciation,

Andrew X,
Unhappy KitchenAid Appliance Owner
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On Dec 11, 2013, at 7:16 AM, Kitchenaid_customerexperience@Kitchenaid.com wrote:

> Dear Mr. X:
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> Thank you for your reply. Since, the service technician has been out to inspect the refrigerator and found this to be normal
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Rating: 2/51
The vent fan stopped working within first year and was repaired under warranty. During second year one burner and the high speed on vent fan stopped working. The best Kitchen Aid Customer Service could offer was service at a minimum of $129 per hr, not including parts or $279. 95 for repair and 12 month warranty. These offers were only good for 24 hours. Clearly there is something wrong with the electrical system since it already had a problem during the first year. I am extremely disappointed in this Kitchen Aid product and the company's response to my complaint. I should not have to pay this much for a nearly new appliance to function properly.
     
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WP2008 on 2013-04-12:
Hello mcronen. My name is Amber and I am a representative with KitchenAid. We sincerely apologize for the frustrations you have experienced with your cooktop. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please email us at KitchenAid.Digital@KitchenAid.com and provide us with your complete contact information as well as the model and serial number of your appliance. Please also include the name of the site you were contacted on (My3Cents) along with your user name (mcronen), and your ticket number (40012). We would be happy to review your concerns further. Best regards, Amber.
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