SARASOTA, ALASKA -- I know most people won't believe this, but it is a true story. We, unfortunately, bought a refrigerator at Lowe's on Fruitville road. The fridge has been nothing but trouble. The latest: unwanted formation of icicles in the freezer. Since the unit is under warranty, a technician, one more time, was sent to look at the problem. 2 solutions were offered to us: remove some trim pieces in the freezer section and, get ready for this, put some caulk instead!!! And, it is not all, and then, use some kind of goo and apply it around the freezer section so the seal will "stick" better. But no worries, the goo is transparent...
Talked to Service Advantage, then a sometimes manager, sometimes assistant manager Brian, The Only Brian in the Fruitville store, who said I should be thankful for caulk and goo. If I was unwilling to have the unit "fixed" like it should be, then I should call the manufacturer.
When ask if he would like to have a new refrigerator with caulk and goo, The Only Brian in the Fruitville store said if it is what it takes, then yes, he would have no problem with that. Same answer form Christine at Service Advantage: I don't see the big deal with caulk and goo. It is obvious, Lowe's DO NOT STAND BEHIND THE PRODUCTS THEY SELL. And the employees, all level: THEY DO NOT CARE. Do yourself a favor, don't shop there...
FRANKLIN, NORTH CAROLINA -- I bought a $1,500 stainless steel Whirlpool gas convection range at Lowe's at the end of July. Less than a month later the oven quit working and would only display the message "Fan speed too low, contact service". That was over 2 months ago. Both Lowe's and Whirlpool have been spectacularly incompetent since. Each has blamed the other for the problem. It took a month for them to get a repairman out to our house and then he said he couldn't fix it and walked out, explaining that he would call us in a couple days. That was 3 weeks ago... Never did hear back from him.
I've been to my local Lowe's where the Appliances manager tried to get in touch with the repairman with no success. After weeks like this, the Appliances manager told me that if I hadn't gotten help by today, they would just issue a gift card for my purchase price and I could buy a new one of my choice. You guessed it. When I called the number he gave me to get the gift card, they refused. While they acknowledged on a recorded line that I'd been promised the gift card, they claimed that the Lowe's employee who made that promise was not authorized to do so and they would not help me other than to say that Whirlpool would have to fix it.
MT. DORA, FLORIDA -- I bought Whirlpool washer/dryer and 2 employees told me that I would receive $250 rebates back after purchase. I went online and submitted for rebate. I was mailed $100 back. I called Lowe's and the response I got was "Sorry, I guess the salesman was wrong." Now I am out $150.00 because Lowe's doesn't train their employees or they just LIE to customers to make a sale. NEVER AGAIN!!! I spend thousands of dollars at Lowe's and now I will make the extra 10 minute drive to Home Depot for my personal and business needs. Buyer beware!!!
SPARTANBURG, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I went online to purchase a dishwasher. After finding it on their website I paid for it to be install. After giving a date for it to be installed it was never installed by their installer. All together I waited for 2 weeks. I gotten one from another store. Check for timeline on putting it in before buying.
MT. PLEASANT, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I will preface this by saying that we did buy the least expensive double oven range at Lowe's, but the salesman did say that it was pretty good, especially for the money. I bought this double range in January b/c my wife and I wanted the convenience of having two ovens… to cook two things at once, or to use a much smaller oven that heats up quickly for one small thing. We LOVED it when we first got it b/c of this feature, so we were happy we got it.
Then, in late April, the top oven went out. A few days later, part of the bottom one went out, and some of the buttons on the main board weren't working very well. So, in mid-May I made the call to Lowe's to get it serviced (under the one year warranty). A repairman came out, tested it, took it apart, and said we needed a new "motherboard”. The main board in the range. They would have to put an order in for that part, and it may take a week or two to get.
Four weeks later, he got the part from Whirlpool. Came to my house, put it in, and not only did it not fix the problem, it caused it to keep the oven lights on all the time… so we had to keep the circuit breaker off or else, all the oven lights would be on all the time. So, he said they needed to order another Circuit board b/c Whirlpool requires that one of their appliances needs to be maintenance at least 2-3 times before it can be deemed replaceable. So, the technician said he would put a Rush on the part this time, and it shouldn't take more than a week to get it in.
Well, two weeks later, I never heard back from Lowe's or the Repair center, and when I called Lowe's they said they would put a Rush (2 day shipping) on the part from Whirlpool. 4 or 5 days later, I never heard back from anyone again, so I called Lowe's to see what was up. The lady said that the last Lowe's Representative never "activated" the request, but that she would have her manager do it right away. Too little, too late in my eyes as we have now been without a working oven for over 6 weeks.
So, 5 days later (even though it was supposed to be 2-day shipping), the technician finally got the part in, and came out to my house the next day (today, as I write this). Well, surprise surprise, the part didn't work again. The Technician deemed the Range non-fixable, and that Lowe's and Whirlpool needed to get me a new one now. He told me to call Lowe's, tell them it needed to be replaced, and give them his contact name and number if they needed to verify that it wasn't fixable. So, he left.
I just got off the phone with Lowe's, and they told me that the service man was supposed to call Whirlpool from inside my home, to verify that it wasn't working again, and that would start the process of me getting a new range. Well, he didn't call Whirlpool, so for some reason Lowe's and Whirlpool won't deem it replaceable. Lowe's will have to have someone contact Whirlpool and the service man to get all the information and deem it replaceable. They said that could take a few days before I hear anything back from them. So yet, another delay.
The Lowe's representative couldn't tell me how long it will take to get a new Range. It obviously won't be within the next week since Lowe's has to do this "investigation”. Therefore it will be a MINIMUM of 2 months from when I put in the initial call before I get a new range. Long story short, do NOT buy a Whirlpool product. We bought a Whirlpool Fridge, oven, microwave, and dishwasher, and aren't terribly happy with any of them, but this whole ordeal with the Range is unacceptable.
As for Lowe's, all their Reps were nice to me over the phone, and tried to be helpful, but they (as a company) didn't do much at all to help me out in a timely manner. Especially this last ordeal today. I'm sure it could be just as painful of a process with another retailer, but I would seriously consider purchasing an appliance from a smaller retailer in town. They would probably do more to help to keep and retain the business. The Lowe's Reps had no sense of care or urgency. I apologize for the long review, but if it can help one person decide on what to buy, I am glad I did.
DICKSON CITY, PENNSYLVANIA -- On July 4th in the evening our Whirlpool dryer broke - no heat. We purchased the dryer for $673.20 on 10/4/08, model #WED8300SW. Along with the purchase in good faith of them standing behind their product, we additionally purchased a 4 year extended warranty for $99.97.
First thing on July 5th we called the extended warranty department and was initially told they couldn't come out until July 10th. I felt that was a long time to wait - we have a family of 5 doing an average of 2 loads of laundry per day!! They found an appointment for me on July 8th between the hours of 12 & 5. I took the day off of work and the gentleman (Dorsey). I called Mr. Dorsey myself and was told that Lowe's never emailed him the information to service our dryer. He stated that he could come service our dryer on Wednesday the 10th at 2pm. I took another day off of work, Mr. Dorsey never showed again!!! I left him 2 messages with no return call.
I called the extended warranty department and was told that now that it is Wednesday and nearing the end of another week, the soonest they could get someone to come now to service our dryer was on the 18th or 19th of July. I set up the appt for the 18th - was never sent an email confirming this appt yet again!!! I called the manager (Ryan) at our local Lowe's in Dickson City, PA and was told he would see what he could do. He calls me back and states that he called the extended warranty department and that Mr. Dorsey would be calling me to come for service sooner - well of course Mr. Dorsey never called again!!
I then proceeded to call and speak with a supervisor at the warranty department and was told no one was available and would call me back shortly and again I never got that call either!! On July 11th I called the warranty department again and insisted on speaking with the supervisor and after insisting on holding, several minutes later, a supervisor came to the phone and basically said there was nothing they could do more than schedule service.
I insisted on speaking with corporate and was connected with the Customer Care Center and was told that the best thing to do was to file an official complaint and I would be contacted back within 24 hours. Well again that phone call never came!!! I called back on July 12th and got the runaround and again and after being transferred to several people was connected with Sarah. She states she is in the executive department of Lowe's under the President.
Explained my situation to her and she told me she would investigate and call me back. When she called me back, she basically said the best option she could do was to have Lowe's come pick up our dryer on the 14th and service would be done at Lowe's on the 17th and they would return to us.
I expressed that I have lost 2 days of work up to this point due to the no shows of Mr. Dorsey in addition to the time away from my family and the extra money I had to pay to take my clothes to the laundry mat to have them dried!!! In total I have lost around $450 due to loss time at work and laundry expenses!! She basically told me that they do not compensate for lost work time. I requested them giving us a new dryer and was told that wasn't going to happen. Her words were "You are not getting a new dryer"; that we didn't qualify for one under the terms of the warranty.
We were sickened by the thought of a large company of this manner allowing their company to make numerous errors with hiring incompetent contractors for their service work and allowing their upper management to just ignore phone calls of their customers. I then sent an email to the president expressing my concerns on the 14th of July and on July 15th. Of course I had the pleasure of speaking with Sarah again. I told her that since I lost 2 days of pay due to the contractor not showing up - not my fault - I was at my home waiting for service that we wanted to be compensated with a refund on our warranty or a gift card to the store and was rudely denied!!
BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA -- On 8/23/14, I ordered Counter tops, a dishwasher and other items to be delivered. I got a call about 1 hour later scheduling a delivery of 8/27/14 and would be called with a time. On 8/27/14, I had not got a time for delivery so I called Lowe's and they told me my delivery date was changed to 9/8/14, WITHOUT contacting me to see if I was available, and they didn't seem to care. I wrote customer service at Lowe's and 4 days later, I got a reply saying someone from the store would contact me, she did and offered me 10% off for my trouble, which I NEVER received.
On 9/8, the day my order was switched to without my knowledge, I had still not received a time of delivery. I do work and need to know when this was coming to schedule my work day. So I called them at 6:15 am to see when it was going to be delivered. I was informed, rather rudely, that no one is called until between 8-9 am day of delivery to a time. I gave them my cell and asked them to call me on that because I had to go to work. 9:15 - still no call, so I called again.
I was told they still didn't know when but it will be an AM appointment and I would get a call soon. I asked the contact number they had and it was my HOME, I gave them my cell again and asked them to contact me on that. 10:40 am I finally get a call and they said they will be there between 11-1. Nice, 20 minutes to run home, got there before 11. 12:45 they get there and deliver everything but the DISHWASHER and cord!!! This is why they moved my order in the first place without telling me. I asked the driver where it was and he said, “Sorry, it isn't on my order.”
He called the store and they said it isn't in yet and they don't know when it will be delivered. I called in to customer service AGAIN and I forget who returned my call but she was very apologetic and said someone would contact me as soon as the dishwasher was in and it would be delivered at MY convenience. This morning, 9/9 at 8:35 I get a phone call saying my dishwasher will be delivered between 9-11.
Wow! 25 minutes to rush home this time, and he seemed annoyed I had to check my schedule to see if I can make it, I could. And at 10:53 they get there with the dishwasher but NOT THE POWER CORD. I told him to cancel the cord, and I went right to Home Depot where I will be doing ALL my home improvement from now on and got it.
FERNANDINA BEACH, FLORIDA -- Thank goodness I purchased this machine at Lowe's. They honored my complaint, refunded my money and scheduled a pickup immediately for this horrible excuse of a washing machine. The product looked good on the showroom floor, it all sounded good as the salesperson went over the options and explained how it worked. That was as good as it got for this product. The washing machine never cleaned anything! However, it did manage to twist, mutilate, and tear up several blouses,1 pair of pants and 1 sweatshirt.
The first load was full of t-shirts, socks and underwear. These items came out OK, but as I was transferring the clothes from washer to dryer, I noticed they didn't smell fresh. I thought I made a mistake in adding the detergent, so I rewashed the load.The second load was towels, they seemed OK, but they weren't too dirty to start with; however, after I dried them I saw the soap residue that was left behind on several of the towels. So I rewashed this load as well. The third load was my last load. The clothes came out with soap stains, streaks from uneven wetness in the clothes and of course, the damages I mentioned above.
I can't get rid of this machine fast enough! Apart from not cleaning the clothes, the machine sounds as if parts about about to fly off of it at any minute. The rattle of metallic pieces is not the same sound as the sound of a washing machine in action.
I am luckier than some of the people who bought this waste of a product, because at least Lowe's was the company I had to deal with and they were wonderful regarding the return the product and refunding of my money. I am told Whirlpool has bought out Maytag, this is the only reason I tried this machine. Whirlpool, you are no Maytag! I am off to check out other manufacturers as they certainly can't be any worst!
FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I will start by saying I love Lowe's and normally do not ever shop anywhere else for my home repair needs. This experience, however, has left a sour taste in my mouth. We purchased a washer/dryer set on 8/18 under the promotion that if you spend X amount of dollars, you'll get a rebate of X amount. I submitted the rebate info online on 8/20. It says it takes 4-6 weeks to get the rebate, so we've been patient.
Today, 9/13, I get a note from Lowe's saying I didn't purchase qualifying items? I called the number, they told me I had to have receipt info (well, sorry, I didn't keep it) so I had to call the local store and get them to look up info, but, they told me I could look it up myself online… grr. If the original number I had called would've told me I could do that, I would have… So I do look it up myself, call back the first number, this new lady has a deep accent... I give her the item # for the washing machine and she tells me "Okay, I have the dishwasher pulled up" - I was like, “No, WASHING MACHINE.” She said, "Oh, I'm sorry..." She proceeds to pull it up correctly.
Then I give her the item # for the dryer, "Okay, I have the washing machine pulled up." "No, you mean dryer?" "Oh, well it is wrong in our system but it doesn't matter." All I know is, I better get my rebate! Then she says "it's a $50 rebate." I said, “No, it should be way more than that. The washer/dryer were close to $1300!” She said "Oh, I'm sorry, my accounting mistake. It is actually $120."
Now we have to wait another 4-6 weeks for our $120 rebate that should have been here already. Normally, I wouldn't mind waiting, but we have been holding off painting the nursery for the first child I'm carrying because we are broke now after the washer/dryer purchase... and now we're going to have to wait 4-6 more weeks to get started.
I'm less than thrilled with Lowe's lackluster performance in this scenario. It makes me wonder if perhaps others aren't experiencing the same thing, and Lowe's needed to "push off" the rebates for a while and faked the letter, or perhaps their system had a glitch that showed them all as invalid. Whatever the case, I hate to say, in the future I will think twice before purchasing anything that falls under a rebate with Lowe's.
WAKE FOREST, NORTH CAROLINA -- On 12-7-13, we walked into Lowe's with the measurements for our current over-the-range microwave oven; we even had the original user manual so there would be no problems buying a new one that would fit. The salesman assured us that the new one that we had selected would fit. Two weeks later the installer arrived and could not get the new one to fit because it was an inch too tall. We have a stone backsplash and the bracket for support requires that the microwave be no more than 15.5" high. The new one was 16.5" high. We thought that we could call Lowe's and just get them to send one that would fit. Turns out, they don't sell one that will fit except for a $1,000 model!
We had to urgently call the installer to come back and put our old microwave back and hope that we could pay someone to fix it. The installer brought our microwave back; it had obviously been thrown into the back of his truck because the key pad was now broken and the hood vent was also now broken. I went to Lowe's today and told them what happened and the only thing they cared about was "Where is the new microwave?" I told them I had no idea where it was and asked them what they were going to do to fix the problem.
They said that I could contact two companies to see about fixing it (never mentioning making any restitution for busting up my microwave) and that they would give us a full credit back after they are able to locate the original microwave. They also said that it wasn't the salesman's fault because he could not have known that we have a backsplash! Seriously, they said that.
Am I the only one in America with a backsplash? I told them that it was the salesperson's fault; we had the measurements and he should have paid attention to them. The fact that a home improvement store does not train its appliance salespeople to pay attention to MEASUREMENTS speaks volumes about this company.