Made an appointment to have Sears service a 4 year old GE dryer I bought from Pasadena Sears. The dryer started to take 3-4 cycles to dry clothes ever since I had a new washer installed next to it, also bought from and installed by Sears. The delivery people moved my dryer and I guess that misaligned the exhaust duct. The appointment window was between 8A-12N, at 1:30, I called to ask, the technician wasn't answering his phone.
He arrived about 30 minutes late and I had to get back to work by 1:30. He looks at my dryer, takes down numbers and looks behind and says I don't have enough clearance for the dryer duct and he doesn't deal with ducts. I told him, the dryer was working well and installed by Sears as was the previous dryer. I told him the problem started after the Sears people 3 weeks prior moved the dryer to put in the new washer.
He wouldn't move the dryer so he can inspect, he said he doesn't need to, but I am welcome to show him. I moved my dryer for him, he looks and said, for him to fix it, I have to move the washer and remove the laundry areas doors. I told him, the other repair people in the past were able to service my appliances without me having to move my stuff and remove doors.
So I asked him to give me a list of things I have to do before he can get down to fixing the dryer. I told him how long it would take, he said he couldn't say because he wants to do a good a job. I told him I was late for work, he gives me his card. I tried to ask more questions but the guy starts driving away in his Blue Sears Van, with me trying to catch up with his moving van.
He doesn't give me an invoice to sign, so I asked Sears to take the hold off my credit card for $129, essentially to have one of their technicians waste almost 5 hours of my day (and losing 5 hours worth of income), move my dryer back and forth for him, I should charge him money for doing his job.
Never again will I buy an appliance from Sears and use their repair service. They spend millions to advertise their "Blue Service Crew" and not on hiring decent technicians. So, Sears Blue Crew Technician Technician ID # ** hope you had good day because you certainly did your part in giving me a crappy one.
California Sears Stores in Placerville and Cameron Park. There is NO customer service, no follow-up, nothing. Easy to order, easy to pay and then it is over. Good luck getting it delivered or installed. This is our last purchase and the last for my children as well. I should have gone to Lowe's or Home Depot, or an independent store. Personnel are consistently inept. Took two weeks to get my receipt, 5 phone calls and three weeks to even get my message to the salesperson. Her co-workers (at two different stores) said they forgot to give her the message.
Of course the delivery people aren't here either. But they changed their time and didn't inform the customer, now I can just adjust mine - after all I spent $4000 and they now have the money so what can I do. Last installation = the washer they installed is so imbalanced that it throws anything on it onto the floor. Yes of course I called about it. But they didn't call me back. I finally gave up and apparently didn't learn. Frustrated and disappointed but with this purchase, at least I have NOW been convinced that the Sears we grew up with, the one with the quality products, friendly staff, and great service does not exist any longer in any form.
11/05: I was called at noon and they have no idea where my products are. They didn't get them and there is nothing they can do. Apparently SEARS also has no follow-up and so the first they know you are not getting your purchases is when you are standing in your empty kitchen. Their update that it is out of their control and their vendor isn't calling them back. Haha. What a surprise that karma should strike them. Anyway, I have no range or microwave, they have no idea when it might be coming or if. I started the entire process by calling every local small store. They did not carry the Jenn-Air product.
In the future I will change products before I buy from Sears. I judge a company by how they handle problems. Sears is currently not dealing with it - is that the service you are looking for? Glad I did this with my own home before I purchased all appliances for the new house.
Complaint Description: I purchased a Kenmore gas dryer including hookup and all necessary parts for hookup from Sears on 4/3/10. When Sears delivered my new dryer at 8:30 am on 4/6/10, they unhooked my old dryer leaving the gas line open and exposed, put my old dryer in their truck, brought in the new one (denting my door), and noticed they did not have a necessary part to hook it up. They left with my old dryer to get the part all the while leaving the gas line open and exposed to my home.
They never came back to hook up my new dryer! I called from 10:00 am-7:00 pm to try to get someone to come back to my home to hook up my new dryer or at least hook back up my old one that they took. I got the total runaround. It was a nightmare. My gas line is exposed creating a serious threat to my family's safety. No one ever came back even though I told them I smelled gas and was afraid my house was going to blow up. They told me that I would have to wait until the next day for someone to come back out to hook up the dryer, and that I should call the gas company and the fire dept. to come to my house at my expense to make sure there isn't a leak. Unbelievable!!!
All I wanted was someone to come back to hook up the dryer they left in my laundry room. It is now 11:30 pm, and I only hope and pray that my family will not die from this exposed gas line. Even though I turned off the gas to my home, I am afraid of a leak. The service at Sears is not only horrendous, it seems criminal to me.
I do not even want this dryer because of the incompetence of a dangerous hook up, terrible service, the lack of concern or help, and the overall safety issue of leaving a gas line exposed. I was on the phone trying to get help for 9 hours. I want Sears to be held liable for anything unfortunate that should happen to me or my family if a leak or explosion does occur. I will NEVER make another purchase at SEARS.
We can certainly understand how frustrated you are about the installation on your new dryer. We should have returned the same day to get this taken care of. My name is Shayne and I work for the Sears Cares Escalations Team and we are here for assistance. At your convenience please contact my office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can look into this for you. Please provide us a contact number and the phone number the dryer was purchased under and we will call you at your convenience. In addition, include your screen name (aegtjg) in the email so we can reference to your case.
Senior Case Manager
COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA -- When I called to have my washer serviced using my extended service agreement I was told I would not be able to have someone come out for 2 weeks. My washing machine was leaking large amounts of water making it unusable. When I asked to speak to a supervisor at 1-800-myhome I was told the supervisor would tell me the same thing and the representative would not transfer my call.
When I insisted the representative finally agreed and placed me on hold for over 30 minutes. The phone call was disconnected at 5pm when I assume their phone system closed for the evening. I never received a call back from a supervisor. Although, I did get a call back to service my appliance earlier when they had a cancellation.
This is not my first bad experience with Sears. Their customer service is extremely poor. It is difficult to get through on their phone line, the wait time to speak with a live person is long. The phone reps will not transfer to a supervisor when requested. I have been transferred to multiple numbers when trying to rectify a problem. The numerous phone reps I have spoken with have not had the knowledge or authority to help me solve the problems I have had with the poor repair service I have received from SEARS.
On one occasion the service man left my machine dirty with grime and grease on the exterior of the machine. Plus he could not speak or understand English. On a separate occasion the same service man left my machine leaking water. It took me 3 hours on the phone to get someone out to my house to fix the problem he created. And the phone representative told me "IF they could send someone it wouldn't be until the end of the day". I was furious. I DO NOT RECOMMEND PURCHASING THE EXTENDED SERVICE AGREEMENT ON SEARS APPLIANCES!!!
I had an appointment for Monday July 13, 2009 between 8 am-12 pm and received a call from Sears during that time informing me of a scheduling problem and the technician would need to reschedule. I rescheduled the appointment for Friday July 17, 2009 between 8 am-12 pm. No technician showed. Someone was there the entire time.
I called the national customer service number at 1-800-795-5030 at 1 pm the same day and was referred to the call center that handles the area (I live in Miami). It is called Plantation Customer Service. The number is **. I was told the technician arrived in Miami at 11:20 am. I told the person waiting at home to not accept the service if the technician showed because the wait was ridiculous. I called the customer service number again to complain and was told that technician actually had a light day and was then told that he was in a meeting.
I was then forward to someone I guess was a supervisor. I made a mistake by not recording her name. She told me that Sears would reimburse $150 in labor and $100 in parts and told me that my file number would be my phone number and she would call me later with all of the information. She also told me that I would be rescheduled for Wednesday July 22, 2009 between 8 am-12 pm.
I called Tuesday July 21, 2009 to verify my appointment was scheduled for Wednesday. The representative told me that all she had in the computer was my last appointment for Friday. Apparently there is no record of anyone doing anything after my Friday call. After calling on Tuesday I received a voice mail later that day informing me of my new appointment. It was not scheduled between 8 am-12 pm as the person said. It was scheduled between 1 pm-5 pm.
I called Sears again on Wednesday July 22, 2009 at 1-800-469-4663 at 915a and the representative (Gabe) confirmed my appointment. I asked who scheduled it and she was unable to do so. I asked because I did not and would not schedule it for that time period. She returned and told me the technician's supervisor (Olga) rescheduled it. I asked if there was anything in the file stating that I would be reimbursed and she found nothing. I canceled the appointment during that call because I was tired of this. This is horrible customer service. I advise you to never use them.
CLAY, NEW YORK -- My dryer stopped working during the week. I am a single mother who works full-time. I have A LOT of laundry!! When I realized that my dryer couldn't be saved. I looked online and found that Sears had next day delivery - yeah, I could do my clothes!! I called the store to make sure that it could be delivered and they said yes as long as I ordered it by 3 pm.
I went to the Great Northern Mall location and purchased a dryer from a salesman named Joe. Joe assured me that the dryer would be delivered the next day. He said delivery would call that evening with the time of the delivery. When Sears delivery arrived, they had a washer not a dryer!!! They said that the earliest it could be delivered was Monday.
I changed my Easter weekend plans and spent less time with my family because I was getting my dryer delivered. I spoke to customer service, "Joe the salesman" and Craig **, his manager and was told that he couldn't produce a dryer "out of thin air". He said that I was being unreasonable. I said that if I expected to purchase a dryer and have it delivered that same day, that I would be unreasonable but I expected them to HONOR THE AGREEMENT they had made.
I added that with the retail business in the poor shape it is in, it was not a good idea to sarcastic to his dissatisfied customer. He offered me a $50 Sears gift card for my inconvenience and added that they had a 10% sale going on! What the man did not appear to understand was that because of this I will not shop at Sears again. I would strongly urge others not to shop at Sears as well. It is rather sad that when our economy and the retail industry in particular is suffering, that company can treat customers in this manner!
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- When I bought a new home last year, I went to Sears to pick out the major appliances. At that time I bought a high-efficiency electric dryer. From the time I bought the dryer, the lint trap did a poor job, with Sear's response to my complaint being "you can probably buy a new one online." When the dryer stopped working 14 months after purchase (and of course, 2 months out of warranty), I called Sears to come out for the repair. It took over a week to get the initial appointment, with a 4-hour window, of course. I re-arranged my life to wait at home for the service person. When he came, he said he thought it was the control panel, and he could order the part for me.
Another appointment was scheduled at that time, but Sears changed it without notifying me a day before the work was to be done. The part arrived in a reasonable period of time, and it was installed for a price of $350. He informed me that the work would be warrantied for 90 days, so if the same symptom came back, they'd come back and repair it for the price of the parts. When the dryer failed again (the very first load after repair), I called Sears service. They informed me that the warranty only applied to the part they had just installed.
If the repairman had mis-diagnosed the problem and sold me the wrong part, I'd have to pay the service call, plus labor, plus the new part for whatever they diagnosed the problem to be this time. At that point, I decided to cut my losses--I will never again purchase any Sears products, nor will I have a Sears repairman in my home. I have found a local repair shop that actually stands behind their work.
PROVO, UTAH -- Until now, we have bought all of our major appliances at Sears -- but NEVER again! We bought a Maytag dryer and the delivery date was set for a week later. On the day of the delivery, I was looking forward to arriving home to find my old dryer gone and my new dryer hooked up and ready to process a week of dirty clothes. Instead I found the dryer in the middle of the downstairs hall, blocking all access. The old dryer was gone but the new dryer wouldn't fit through the door so they just left it! My daughter explained that we would need to solve the door problem (that makes sense) and then call them to have it installed. However, they didn't leave a number to call.
I had to crawl over the dryer to just get in my bedroom! I removed the door (easy) and moved the dryer into place. I then had no choice except to hook it up myself so we could have some clean clothes to wear. When I purchased the dryer, I also purchased a new power cord (not included?) and a new exhaust hose. They didn't leave an exhaust hose and the power cord they installed was the wrong one. I spent the evening running back and forth to Home Depot getting the necessary parts, installing the parts and getting the dryer hooked up. WHAT A PAIN! And I had paid extra to have this done for me!
The next day I called Sears to complain about the incident and get a refund of the extra parts I had paid for. They were nice about it, apologized for the "inconvenience" and promised a quick refund. Then they did nothing. A number of days later I called back and yelled at them. They apologized again and promised a refund. They even offered a gift card for all the problems. Then they did nothing... Again. I called back today and spoke to a manager who explained that I had to take this up with the store -- they couldn't do anything about it. AHHHH!!!
So I called the Sears store and wrestled through their ASININE automatic phone system only to be hung up on twice and dropped in a void once. Once I ended up speaking to their credit card service, who (of course) couldn't help me and told me to "call the store". I still have not been able to speak to a human by calling SEARS. ** YOU SEARS! So it is worth it to drive half a hour to the store to get my $30 refund? I probably will just to vent my extreme anger AT THE ENTIRE STORE, AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS! How is it that a major store like this can have such poor service now? Does anyone have a suggestion for a good place to buy appliances?
AJAX ONTARIO CANADA -- My son bought a Kenmore Dryer from Sears home store in Whitby Ontario on November 20th, 2007. On or about December 9th this dryer stopped working (2-3 weeks after purchase). Although it spins there is no heat. The house fuses that control the dryer are okay and not blown, but the dryer does not heat nor does the timer work. My son called Sears home store wanting to return this dryer within the "first 30 days as per the return policy" but the Store said "NO", they would not take it back and insist on sending a technician out to repair it.
My son does NOT want to be stuck with a Lemon of a dryer that has broken down within the first 30 days, but Sears home store in Whitby will not take it back nor will Sears Customer Service do anything but say they need to send someone to repair it. Therefore their 30-day refund for any reason policy is a total way of defrauding the public and supplying them with faulty appliances. We really need some help in this matter.
To top it all off, Sears will not send a guy out to look at this dry until next week. My son works 24/7 almost and I have to make a trip to his home 40 miles from mine and take time off my work to meet the man there, and they will not give me an exact time and make no promises on either fixing or taking back. And my son is now out a dryer which he needs badly because he works outside and gets wet, dirty, and needs to clean his clothes on a daily basis. This has left us in a real mess and we will be losing a lot of money from taking time off work. We would never buy from Sears again. They lie, defraud the public, and have created a nightmare for us!!
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- I am absolutely furious with Sears. I bought a Whirlpool Duet Sport model – both the washer and dryer in October. The washer washed a total of THREE LOADS before breaking down. I stupidly bought a five year service contract from you. I ordered the part which took about ten days to arrive. I scheduled an appointment for service today – a window between 8 am and 12 pm. At 12:20 pm I called (obviously a housewife who takes the calls because you can hear the baby crying in the background) and she said she would have the guy call me to let me know when he's going to arrive.
40 minutes later, no call from the service guy, so I call again. The next housewife informs me that one of the service guys called in sick, so someone else is taking his place and he's behind. I asked her to have him call me to let me know about when he'd arrive. That was almost an hour ago – STILL NO CALL FROM HIM. He FINALLY shows up at 2:15 claiming he had a different window for me on his schedule. Great!!! But even better - he is unable to install the part! Thank you Sears for ruining my day. This is so unacceptable.
I chose Sears because I thought I could trust quality service and products. Obviously neither is true. I am furious with this shoddy treatment. I've bought almost every appliance from Sears for years. I doubt I'll be doing it again. And if this Whirlpool isn't fixed this time – you had better be prepared to replace it or be sued. Lest you think I'm some kook – I've never written a complaint letter to a company in my life. What has happened to Sears? I am fast becoming a FORMER customer.