Moved into a home with a KitchenAid Range. It looks new, but in fact is 11 years old. The range is a glass top, electric range with an electronic touchpad, Model # KESC300HWH5. The pad died for the oven part of the range. Sears Appliance repair gouged me, charged me $139 to tell me the part was no longer made!! That's another story, and another review... So I am forced to call KitchenAid myself and see what gives.
When did 11 years mean an appliance is obsolete!? We complain up the food chain. No remorse. They don't care about their products once the warranty runs out! Now I have a stovetop that works and stove that does not. REALLY DISAPPOINTED in the greed, lack of environmental care American Businesses have come to. We repeatedly asked if throwing this 11 year old range in a dump was OK with them!!! You can bet I will not be replacing with another KitchenAid.
I have a KitchenAid Stove/Oven which I bought in 2006. My first problem is that the oven does not heat correctly. The temperature rises and falls while in use. The main problem I have is the panels on the front of the oven. I couldn't change the temperature or turn off the oven. I had to turn off the breaker to do so. I had a repairman and it cost me $500 for a whole new panel.
Now one year later it has happened again. While telling my tale of woe to someone the other day, she stated that she has had her same appliance as mine for 7 years and the repairman told her she was lucky it lasted seven years, as he usually gets this complaint when the oven is three years old. I have gotten nowhere with the company where I purchased it and I refuse to pay another $500 to repair it again. We are now looking for a new stove and oven. I feel so cheated.
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA -- We bought 5 KitchenAid appliances from HH Gregg in December 2007. The ice maker worked intermittently until March 2008 and then quit completely. We have had 8 service calls and replaced 4 parts. It still does not work. We paid $1,400 for the ice maker and have been having to buy bags of ice for 5 months. KitchenAid/Whirlpool Customer "NO" Service is very arrogant and condescending and refuses to replace the defective unit. HH Gregg has asked KitchenAid to replace the ice maker, but they obviously don't have much regard for HH Gregg either.
KitchenAid has offered us a 6-month extended warranty, but I can't understand what good that will do us for an appliance that does not work at all. I guess we can meet a repairman at our house every 2 weeks for six additional months before we accept the fact we have been cheated and buy a different brand ice maker. I wish we had read reviews on the internet before we remodeled our kitchen. We bought KitchenAid appliances thinking we were buying quality products from a reputable company. We were badly mistaken.
DEVON, PENNSYLVANIA -- When I remodeled my kitchen I bought Kitchen Aid major appliances because I perceived them to be high quality, however I have since found that the QUALITY is AWFUL and the COMPANY will not RESOLVE COMPLAINTS about FACTORY DEFECTS!
The molded plastic door liner of the refrigerator has developed cracks. The stainless steel skin of the freezer door has sunken in as a result of air pockets in the foam filler. The microwave oven clock LED has burn out digits. I wrote a letter to the President of the company and he had a customer service minion call me to tell me that they will do nothing to help because the 1 year warranty has expired. What a pathetic reply from a pathetic company. So if you want quality appliances, do not buy Whirlpool or Kitchen Aid Products.
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.
NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA -- I purchased this grill approximately 6 months ago at Lowe's. The grill has worked pretty well until approximately 2 weeks ago when the burners started to fail. I can turn 3 burners on with no problem, but when I ignite the 4th burner all the flames on all four burners get so low you can barely see them and the grill will not get above 250 degrees.
Additionally, the searer will not light if more than 2 burners are ignited at the same time. I have performed all of the recommended troubleshooting solution provided in the owner's manual to no avail. This grill was very expensive and I am very unhappy with Kitchen Aid. I contacted them by telephone and was transferred to 3 different departments, all who said they could not locate model number in their system. After being placed on hold the 4 time I simply hung up out of frustration. Will never purchase another Kitchen Aid product.
CHINO, CALIFORNIA -- The rotisserie burner failed to light on this $799 grill I purchased at Lowe's. Because I did not discover the failure within 30 days, Lowe's has refused to consider my problem. Five phone calls to Kitchenaid aka Nexgrill Industries have resulted in an over-the-phone diagnosis that there is a faulty gas valve. The one year warranty only requires Kitchenaid to supply the part. It is my responsibility to have it installed. I have owned about six outdoor grills in my lifetime and I have never had a problem. None of those previous grills cost more than 50% what I paid for this Kitchenaid grill. Buyer beware!
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN -- I have had my KitchenAid double oven for two years and since I don't use the bottom one often I have never had to use the self-clean function. I used the oven the holidays and turned on the cleaner for the first time on Thursday, December 29th and an hour later the interior door shattered. Pieces of hot glass came out of the bottom and scorched my hard wood floors. KitchenAid says I didn't have the extended warranty so I had to buy the extended warranty for $307.00 in order for them to send someone out.
I believe this is a manufacturer's defect since the self-cleaning function had NEVER been used before. I posted my concern on KitchenAid's Facebook page and received a message to send my contact information to a specific email address and someone would contact me. Then they took my post down. No one has contacted me.
Today when the repair person showed up he had not been informed about what had happened and he didn't have what was needed to repair the oven. I received a call later today that it was on back order. How many ovens does KitchenAid have blowing up? I have over $10,000 worth of KitchenAid products in my Kitchen that are two years old or less. I want my $307.00 returned and I want my oven repaired or replaced.
I purchased a high end stainless steel KitchenAid Trash Compactor, Model Number KUC503FT550, Serial Number SY0371126, on June 21, 2009. In October 2010, 16 months after purchase date and 4 months after one year warranty expired, my trash compactor broke. I live alone and the compactor does not receive high use. After dealing with KitchenAid and having them set up a service call, the vendor never showed. I set up a service call with the vendor I purchased the Compactor from.
After reviewing the compactor, I was told that the "Plastic" Main Drive Gear broke and would need to be replaced. KitchenAid was only willing to give me a 10% discount on the part but I had to pay for the service call and shipping. Three months later to the date, my compactor has broken once again. I have talked to KitchenAid today and was told that they do not have a Lemon recall program, no recall on it nor would they replace the compactor which is not two years old yet. My service representative is on his way to try to fix it for the second time in less than two years. Do I have to replace the plastic Main Drive gear every three months?
After dealing with KitchenAid, which I thought was a reputable company, I would not recommend purchasing a trash compactor from them or for that matter, any appliance from KitchenAid because, in this circumstance, KitchenAid does not stand behind their merchandise. This compactor cost $1,000. I wish I had a compactor that worked so that I could trash this one.
We built a new home two years ago. We thought that we were splurging when we installed all new KitchenAid appliances (counter depth fridge, dishwasher, built-in oven and microwave and 6 burner gas stove). Within one week of installation, the freezer completely froze up and the water/ice maker didn't work. The store through which we purchased the appliance had to order a new door to fix the problem (this was after 3 service calls to figure out what the problem was).
We waited 4 weeks for the door. They ordered the wrong door. Waited 4 more weeks (and talked them into a loaner fridge for the garage). When the service repairman installed the door, the stainless was completely scratched up! We had to talk them into ordering ANOTHER door!
In the meantime, we begged Kitchen Aid for a replacement fridge, convinced that this fridge was a lemon - no luck dealing with them. In fact they were extremely hateful on the phone. We gave up. Needless to say, upon finally getting the replacement door for the fridge (it works, but the door and ice maker area is again scratched). Kitchen Aid did nothing to compensate us for our time or trouble.
We are stuck with a fridge that looks awful. Even the vegetable drawer gets in the way of the other door and scratches it every time we open it. And to add insult to injury, our digital reading had gone out on our built-in microwave after about 6 months of use. I will never purchase anything that has a KitchenAid logo on it - EVER!