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Service Nightmare with Sears Warranty Refrigerator-Freezer Repair
Posted by JLuebke on 01/27/2010
On January 6th 2010 we requested service on our 10 month old Kenmore refrigerator freezer from Sears. Our second warranty repair.
This time the unit blew out the control panel which regulates the temperature and the unit was already warming up.

After speaking with the scheduler I was told the soonest we would see repair would be the afternoon of January 14th (8 1/2 days later.)
I explained that this was a problem as our perishables would be destroyed in a few days and we required the refrigerator to cool insulin and another drug used by a kidney dialysis patient. The agent put me on hold and insisted that was the best.
When I asked who would pay for the lost food I was told that there was a $250 refund available under warranty. I was told to ask the technician for the form and to fill it out and return it at the time of the repair.

Since I had 8 days to wait I did my best to expedite the service in the meantime.
One individual (who worked in local repair) said that some areas were backed up two-three weeks and I was lucky it was just 8 days. Hardly a selling point and as my food was melting I felt anything but lucky.

If I would have been told at the time of sale that this type of dreadful response was normal I would have left the store instead of buying the unit.
I would assume 99% of your customer base would do the same.

i began researching complaints made by others online and saw that there was an email address that kept recurring searscares@searhc.com. Whenever they found a complaint online they posted a cheery little response advising disgruntled customers to work with them to resolve the complaint. I emailed my problem

On the 6th day of my wait (01-12-10) I received a phone call.
A rude individual by the name of “Edwin C.” called to help.
His take on helping was that he would call me back after the original repair date to make sure that they fixed it. I explained that this wasn't helpful but if I needed any help filing the food loss claim I would keep his number.

He then informed me that there would be no compensation for the hundreds of dollars worth of food that melted. I explained that I had discussed this on my original call and had mentioned it in subsequent calls to expedite the repair.

He said they were wrong and we would have to assume the loss.
Naturally I was irritated and when I expressed my irritation he finally offered two options.

1) He would send us a check for $100.
That was better than nothing but still unacceptable. I wanted what I was promised and $100 didn’t come close to paying for our loss.

2) He would give us a 2nd year of warranty for free.
This wasn't helpful as we already had a free 2nd year of warranty service because we purchased it with a Visa card that included a double warranty up to one year. Besides who in their right mind would tolerate service delays like this twice?

He said that was all he could do and I said I may take this issue to small claims court. At which point he told me "If you're going to take that attitude I'll hang up on you.

Before he hung up he promised to follow up with me following the repair on the 14th to make sure I was pleased.

Further efforts to expedite the repair were useless.

January 14th finally arrived and the repairman came as promised at 2:00 PM.
Although I described the exact part that failed the service tech didn't bring one on the call. He was however helpful enough to check with a local supplier in Dallas who then couriered the part the same afternoon. He promised to make one other call then swing back and fix it shortly after 5PM

The parts arrived at 5:15PM
At 5:20 I received a call from the tech who apologized and told me that he was told he could not return until Monday January 18 to complete the repair so we would have to wait another 4 days without refrigeration for our food and medical supplies. The routing department in Ft Worth said he could not come because they would not pay the overtime. (15 minutes to complete the repair.)
I asked for the name of that individual to call and was told she was gone for the day but was given the number.

As a last resort I spoke with the local Sears store (previous calls were unsuccessful) here in Plano and spoke with Patrick who is the Appliance Manager. He pulled strings and got the call rescheduled to Friday (Jan. 15th) and apologized profusely.

The next time I spoke with "Sears Cares" Edwin called me on January 18th and asked if I was pleased with the service. I told him in no certain terms I was extremely displeased and would never buy another product from Sears.

He insisted the service was done as promised on Friday.
I corrected him because his notes were again incorrect – the promise was Thursday and then later Monday.
I reminded him that he didn't bother to follow up on Jan 15th as promised and he had done absolutely nothing to help alleviate the problem.

Then the lies continued. I asked to speak with his manager. He informed me he was THE manager. I asked for his last name. He advised me he "didn't have to tell me". I asked who he reported to and he informed me it was Bruce Johnston the CEO of Sears. I told him I believed he was lying to me. Silence on his end. I asked if the CEO did his performance review. After a lull he said "No, that's done by the Board of Directors" another obvious lie. I asked again for his manager's name or to be transferred he said he couldn't because he didn't know his managers phone number.

This has been the worst service experience of my life.
I will never buy another Sears product and will warn everyone possible that they should consider my experience before spending hard earned money with Sears.

After researching other people's complaints online I realized how much the service at Sears has degraded. As one person put it "They're not the same company your parents bought from". That is so true.

I worked at Sears scheduling service calls when I was working my way through college. In that entire time I was never asked to be transferred to a manager because this type of response was unheard of and wouldn't have been tolerated.

Sears is one of the largest resellers of appliances in the world.
To expect customers to wait 12 days to fix an in warranty refrigerator-freezer is ludicrous. To expect warranty customers to absorb the loss of food on top of that just throws salt in the wound.

Don't do as I did and trust these jerks, you'll regret it just like I do.


     
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Posted by bcd on 2010-01-27:
When a service company is overbooked you need to be prepared to wait your turn. When you were offered a free year of warranty service did you request it be the third year since the second year was already covered? You should have a backup procedure for the medical supplies. You probably do but continued to use that as a tool to attempt to get quicker service.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-01-27:
This is a good review. I definitely agree that Sears insn't what they used to be.
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Lemon refrigerator
Posted by Newtoncb59 on 02/20/2011
FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA -- Just wanted to warn people to be aware that this particular brand of refrigerator (it's called a Kenmore but apparently it is a Whirlpool manufactured in Mexico) is a real lemon. We bought one from Sears in 2006 and immediately began to have problems with it. It would shut off for no particular reason, Sear would come and repair it, then it would happen again a month or two later. Finally, after documenting all the problems and repairs, Sear gave us a new one. We bought the two year warranty and all was well until just after the two year mark, when the same problems began again. Unfortunately for us, the warranty had expired and we had not extended it again (the hundreds of dollars Sears wants for its warranties seem excessive). It died on us and, after Sears sent out a repair person (for free) to see if it was a compressor (in which case they would have repaired it for free), they determined it was the computer board, which was not covered under an extended manufacturer's warranty. In sum, a very expensive and frustrating experience and one that you wouldn't think you'd have to undergo when you pay 1400 dollars for a major appliance. Sears said they couldn't refund any of our money, but offered to give us 30 percent off another refrigerator, to which we said "no thanks." We're done with Sears.
     
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Never Purchase an Appliance From Sears
Posted by Deb.sciascia on 12/17/2012
MATTAWA, WASHINGTON -- We purchased a Sears freezer. The ice maker has not worked since purchase. We have had four service calls. Also, they installed the water line incorrectly and it leaked and ruined my wood floors. We made a claim om 12-3-12 and no one at Sears will call us back. Every time we talk with Sears it is a different story. Tried requesting a manager and was sent to voice mail. Do not know what to do to get Sears to respond, let alone fix the damage they caused.
     
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Posted by At Your Service on 2012-12-18:
With respect, when was the purchase made? If the water line was installed incorrectly, it would show nearly immediately. The way this letter sounds, the purchase has some age on it. After four service calls, I'm not sure there is a reasonable way to blame the ORIGINAL installation.

Best of luck and please let us know how things turn out for you.
Posted by SearsCare on 2012-12-19:
Dear deb.sciascia:

My name is Susan with Sears Social Media Support Escalations team. We are a single point of contact for escalated issues which means that we handle issues start to finish with one dedicated case manager. I found your post here and wanted to reach out and offer our sincere apologies for the issues you have encountered with your freezer. Also, for your water line to be hooked up incorrectly resulting in damage to your wood floors is unacceptable. I know as a consumer this would frustrate and concern me when I'm unable to reach anyone to get this situation rectified. We would like to offer our assistance and assure you that we value your business very much and want to make sure that everything that can be done to help you is being done.

At your convenience please contact our office via email at SMAdvisor@searshc.com and a dedicated case manager will contact you directly. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the freezer was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide your screen name (deb.sciascia) you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.

Thank you,

Susan R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Sherrie Chapman on 2013-07-12:
not impressed with Sears products anymore even when I went to the appliance centre at Guildford Mall in Surrey were not helpful. We have only had our standup freezer for about 4 years completley dead now.
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Avoid the 14' Kenmore Upright Freezer
Posted by Pnkerner on 09/03/2012
CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Freezer purchased 6/27/12 stopped freezing Wednesday, 8/19/12; Sears was called that day, earliest appointment offered 9/6/12. The customer service representative was very inept. After giving her the model number (the owner's manual contained two model numbers) and my purchase information, she was unable to locate any Kenmore Freezers meeting my specifications. Her advice: keep the unit plug in, leave the meat in place for the repairman to see, and be patient.

A second call two days later to Sears offered this sage advice: don't refreeze the meat. Over $700.00 worth of meat (beef, pork, & poultry) was disposed. Several further phones to Sears for an earlier repair appointment were unsuccessful. It will be two weeks this Wednesday (9/5) since I contacted Sears. I unplugged the unit; removed the freezer's contents, and am staring at a $500+ freezer that does not operate!

I am requesting a full refund of the purchase price of the freezer and of the freezer's contents. Sears stated they cannot guarantee the freezer will properly operate after the upcoming 9/6/12 repair appointment and will only compensate me up to $250.00 for the freezer’s contents. I was further advised by Sears that under the Master Purchase Agreement only after 5 unsuccessful attempts to fix the freezer have occurred, will a replacement appliance be offered.

I am certainly not going to trust that if the present freezer is fixed on 9/6/12, it will work correctly in the future; or be forced to dispose of more food if it stops working, while working two weeks for future service calls. This experience has been financially frustrating!

     
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Posted by copper_works_ on 2012-09-03:
Doesn't that freezer have a 90 day return policy? I think it does. Sears will probably try sticking you with a restocking fee, but a manager can waive that fee.

I'm not sure how they will handle the food loss, you might be able to get a $250.00 check and maybe a gift card for some of the value. With that much food at stake you might want to have a small chest freezer running just in case something like this happens again. In the small chest freezer freeze plastic milk bottles that keep the freezer cold and so it uses very little electricity. But it is running just in case.
Posted by TIRAMASU on 2012-09-03:
I feel so sorry for you. I've given up on Sears ANYTHING! Their products have gone downhill for years. I bought a Kenmore stove 2 months before Thanksgiving. It went out for the 5th time and they wanted me to wait until the end of Novenber to come out.The comp for a new one was also a nightmare as well. I wish you the best and keep calling them!. I'm not a rude person but I was never as demanding as I was with the crummy stove.I did get a replacement but since they no longer carried the one I bought (I don't believe them) I had to take another one with I realized too late was a lesser value. I'm now looking for a new stove and fridge. You can bet neither will be Sears appliances.
Posted by ticia232 on 2012-09-03:
The advice to keep the meat in and keep in plugged in is because if the repair man sees all the food lost then they can call in themselves and up the payment for lost food because they saw it and the company knows that you aren't upping what you had in there.
Posted by Sears Cares on 2012-09-04:
Dear Pnkerner,
My name is Brian and I am part of the Sears Social Media Escalations team. After reading your post, I have to say I am very concerned, and would like to offer my team's help in making this right. We apologize for any inconvenience that you may have experienced with the failure of your freezer, and having to wait for your repair appointment. With the loss of so much food I can definitely understand why this situation is more than a bit frustrating for you. Being that the freezer is less than ninety days old, there are some options we have to help correct this situation.
At your convenience, please contact my office via email at smadvisor@searshc.com so we can help. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the freezer was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide the screen name (Pnkerner) you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.
Thank you,
Brian S.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by SearsCare on 2012-09-04:
Dear Pnkerner,
My name is Brian and I am part of the Sears Social Media Escalations team. After reading your post, I have to say I am very concerned, and would like to offer my team's help in making this right. We apologize for any inconvenience that you may have experienced with the failure of your freezer, and having to wait for your repair appointment. With the loss of so much food I can definitely understand why this situation is more than a bit frustrating for you. Being that the freezer is less than ninety days old, there are some options we have to help correct this situation.
At your convenience, please contact my office via email at smadvisor@searshc.com so we can help. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the freezer was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide the screen name (Pnkerner) you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.
Thank you,
Brian S.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by SearsCare on 2012-09-04:
Dear Tiramasu,
My name is Brian and I’m part of the Sears Cares Escalations team. We are very sorry to hear of all the trouble you experienced with your range. It concerns us when we hear of things like this happening with products we sell, and services we provide. From your post I see that you were able to get the defective range replaced, but we would still like the chance to discuss your situation with you.
At your convenience, please contact my office via email at smadvisor@searshc.com so you don’t have to continue to be frustrated by this. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the range was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide the screen name (TIRAMASU) used to post on this site, for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.
Thank you,
Brian S.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support

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Does Not Honor Freezer Warranty, Accuses Me of Not Having Item
Posted by Jslawsky on 08/21/2012
NEW JERSEY -- I bought a refrigerator last year from Sears with a 1 year warranty, the fridge broke within a year. Called for service, the service person who arrived said the refrigerator was built in 2004 and was not the one I bought at Sears.

I had Sears look it up and send me a copy of the receipt. Sears said that they would not honor the warranty because the fridge was manufactured in 2004. I don't care I bought it within the year with a 1 year warranty|. Their response was that it is too old to be covered under warranty. But I have a receipt and the warranty.

Oh that receipt is not proof you bought the refrigerator. But Sears looked up the receipt and sent it to me. Well that proved nothing, so now I have a $700 paperweight.

SPOILER ALERT

Sears contacted me and is going to do NOTHING, ZERO.

A Sears representative called me last night regarding my situation. Nine days ago I tried to have my Sears Gladiator refrigerator serviced under warranty. You can read the details earlier but now let’s review the customer service at Sears.

On July 24th, I was scheduled for in warranty service on my refrigerator and was refused service by the technician. I called Sears customer service and spent close to one and one half hours arguing with customer service at multiple levels trying to have my appliance serviced.

Bottom line, they would not service my refrigerator and Sears ignored (did not return) complaint calls during the next nine days. I posted a complaint online and the same day (practically) Sears responded that they would contact me regarding this issue (again see the post trail).

Well, they contacted me, we agreed that I have no way to prove that the Gladiator refrigerator in my garage is in fact the Gladiator refrigerator listed on the receipt. Sears did offer (for free) to have A&E look at and tell me how much it would cost for me to fix my refrigerator. Huh? So I am no better off than if I call a repairman and ask him how much to fix not under warranty. Additionally, I or my wife would need to spend another day at home to wait for the person. In the interim, I purchased a new freezer and a new dorm fridge to salvage what little I could fit in my neighbor’s freezer. The Customer service representative informed me that there was nothing he could do for me. He might have been able to help had I talked to him when the problem occurred. The problem was that how would I know of this person? I contacted customer service, they ignored my complaints.

Summary:

I purchased a refrigerator and have a receipt from Sears with a 1 year warranty

I called for service on the refrigerator and A&E came on schedule

A&E claims my refrigerator is not my refrigerator and I am scamming them

I have no way to prove my refrigerator is my refrigerator

I have had to replace my Freezer / Refrigerator at my expense

My Theories (And I invite Sears or anyone else to give me a better explanation)

Sears sold me a refrigerator and refuses to honor the warranty

Sears intentionally sold me a non-warrantable freezer as a warrantable freezer with the intent of never having to service it

Sears unintentionally sold me a non-warrantable freezer as an non-warrantable freezer but will not admit their mistake and leave me with a $700 paperweight and a need to purchase new equipment

Other Guesses?



SEARS has closed the case. I guess calling me to tell me they are not going to help closes that case.



searscares@customerservice. Sears.com

7:03 PM (13 hours ago)





to me





Dear ,



Thank you for contacting Sears Holdings Corporation Social Media and allowing us the opportunity to address your concern regarding your recent experience. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced and we appreciate the opportunity to assist you.



Please be advised your issue has been addressed and case 6143549 has been closed. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reply to this email or contact us via phone.





Thank you,





Social Media Case Manager

Sears Holdings Corporation

Phone:

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am-7pm CST, Saturday 8am-5pm CST



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Posted by trmn8r on 2012-08-21:
Do you have the actual receipt for the unit? If so, is the model# on it? Was this model still current at the time that you bought it? Was the unit purchased at some kind of clearance sale or location, or from a regular Sears store as new?

It's hard to believe that it can't be documented what you bought when.
Posted by copper_works_ on 2012-08-21:
Did you make sure the tech copied the numbers down right? The month and year are in those numbers so you gotta get them right.



Posted by prince caesar on 2012-08-21:
so theyre saying your fridge is a 2004 year model but its really not?
Posted by radar1857 on 2012-08-21:
I have 3 suggestions for you: 1) write Sears Holdings HQ a letter and send it certified mail. E-mails don't work with Sears. I found that out already. 2) File a complaint with the Attorney General's office in the state that you live in. 3) File a complaint to the BBB with the store you bought it out. Don't take this lying down. If you have a receipt, there is no way they can get out of honoring the warranty. Hope this helps. Don't give up so easily!
Posted by olie on 2012-08-21:
Where is your very own original receipt that you got when you purchased the unit? Teen.olie would accuse me of keeping whole forests' worth of "useless" paper, but even she would understand that I'd keep a receipt for a major appliance that had a warranty.
Posted by copper_works_ on 2012-08-21:
Here is something else to try. But again make sure you have the numbers written down right. In those numbers they can tell where it was made and when it was made.

For additional product information, in the U.S.A., visit www.GladiatorGW.com
In Canada, visit www.gladiatorgarageworks.com
If you do not have access to the Internet and you need assistance using your product or you would like to schedule service, you may contact
Whirlpool at the number below.
Have your complete model number ready. You can find your model number and serial number on the label, located on the inside wall of the
refrigerator compartment.
For assistance or service in the U.S.A., call 1-866-342-4089. In Canada, call 1-800-807-6777 for service or 1-866-342-4089 for product
support.
If you need further assistance, you can write to Gladiator® GarageWorks with any questions or concerns at the address below:
In the U.S.A.:
Gladiator® GarageWorks
Customer eXperience Center
553 Benson Road
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-2692
In Canada:
Whirlpool Brand Home Appliances
Customer eXperience Centre
200 – 6750 Century Ave.
Mississauga, Ontario L5N 0B7
Please include a daytime phone number in your correspondence.
Posted by leet60 on 2012-08-22:
All the suggestions above are valid. I believe, were it my situation, at this point I would simply file a small claims lawsuit againt Sears and make THEM prove in court that they have no liability under the warranty. In my opinion, it matters little to none at all when the unit was manufactured. If Sears sold it as a new model, with a one year warranty, the year it was manufactured does not negate their responsibility.
Posted by SearsCare on 2012-08-22:
Dear Jslawsky,

I apologize for the continued frustration. I will forward this information along to your Case Manager and request that he contact you. Thank you for your continued patience.

Thank you,

Kiera J.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
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Refunds
Posted by ALICELEGGETTE on 06/08/2012
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Purchased an appliance from Sears but unfortunately had to cancel..Cancelled within two hours but had to make several different phone calls to cancel. Had used my bank debit card and $910 was immediately withdrawn from my checking account..But learned it would take 10 days to refund my money into my checking account. Easy to take out, but hard to refund. Moral of story is do not pay cash..Or buy elsewhere.
     
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Posted by TLSmith on 2012-06-08:
When the cashier asks "debit or credit" always. always say credit. That way the money doesn't come right out. It will show as 'pending' that way u have more control. If you are swiping the card yourself, always choose the credit button.
Posted by trmn8r on 2012-06-08:
Buying elsewhere is not the answer. This potential for this is always present if you use a debit card.

The beauty of using a credit card is a transaction like this never comes to your attention (aka you never miss the money). Even if it happens just before statement closing, you will get the refund before payment is due.
Posted by CowboyFan on 2012-06-08:
Debit cards are not cash - they are more like checks. If the op had used cash, then the refund procedure would probably have been different.
Posted by Mario The Great on 2012-06-08:
Moral of story - do not pay cash?

All banks/cards have the same hold procedure. It usually take 3-5 business days to get the money back on the card. If you had picked DEBIT, they will give you your money back (CASH). Most likely, you used it as a credit card and the transaction went through without a PIN.
Posted by ALICELEGGETTE on 2012-06-08:
THANX FOR ALL THE HELPFUL INFO IN USING MY DEBIT/CREDIT CARD...HAVE BEEN TRYING NOT TO USE CHARGE CARDS BUT WILL HAVE TO BECOME MORE CAREFUL IN USING DEBIT CARDS....
Posted by jktshff1 on 2012-06-08:
I used to use my debit card all the time. Now, I withdraw the cash I need and pay that way.
Posted by SearsCare on 2012-07-17:
My name is Tony and I am with the Sears Social Media escalations department. Please accept our sincerest apologies for the delay in getting the refund back into your account. I can certainly understand your concern for the money getting back into your account in a timely manner.
Understanding the importance of this refund, we would appreciate the opportunity to step in and assist in getting this refund issue resolved to your satisfaction.
At your convenience, please contact our office via email at smadvisor@searshc.com so you don’t have to be upset by this any longer. In the email, please provide a contact number and the phone number that the item is listed under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. In addition, please include your Screen name (ALICELEGGETTE) in the email for reference to your issue. Again, we’re sorry for any trouble we have caused and we hope to talk to you soon.
Thank you,

Tony T.
Posted by shelby on 2013-12-04:
I called a sears store directly and was transferred to sears.com without knowing it. I was trying to purchase a Playstation 3 for my child for christmas. I was willing to pay $20 more than BestBuy if I could pick it up today. I was told that if i pay for it right now over the phone "she" will walk over and take it off the shelf and hold it for me. so i did and then i drove 20 miles on my lunch break to pick it up. that is the first $300 out of my account in minutes after my purchase. I drive to store and it is not in stock. I was lied to buy sears.com and they told me it was sold out from under me while I was ordering it over the phone. After I talked to the store manager I was told they haven't had any in stock all day and they actually rejected my order. then I was told that they have one available in for me to pick up that was a cancelled lay away. this is at the same store so I pay for this one while I am on the phone with sears.com. then I am told this is the wrong product and I have to cancel my order again. now I am out $600 dollars in less than 1 hour. then I place an order to be delivered to my house after I was told they can't fix the first two orders. after all said and done I was on the phone for over 2 hours and sears now has $900 of my money and I won't have a Playstation 3 for 3 days. they told me they won't give me my other $600 back for 3 to 5 days. I love how they can take it out in minutes after I give them my debit card number but they can't put it back in the same amount of time. This is the worst service I have ever had and now I am out $600 during the christmas season for who knows how long.
I have always loved sears. I am a huge craftsman fan and we always buy all our appliances and bedding from them. if they can't handle a little $300 purchase for christmas no way will I give them any of my other business.
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Appliances Are Junk
Posted by Debbie.figgs on 05/05/2012
MARYLAND -- Sears will never have a appliance purchase from us again. Spent to much money with them and all appliances have broke and are junk - 1st cook top broke down the middle while cooking, 2Nd microwave caught on fire replaced with a Kitchenaid and it has been great. Dishwasher parts falling off and refrigerator shelves cracking and breaking. Front load washing machine works good sometimes and other times has an error message come during a cycle had another repair person come out to look at stop trusting Sears and has no idea how to start to work on. Last item purchased 1 1.2 ago stand up freezer messed up during warranty lost all food and they replaced the controller on the freezer then it is only been 6 months last night came in and loud noise went inside again the 2 shelves were soft and the controller on the outside not working again - called Sears today the representative had problems talking with me was not to good with English asked 3 times for a supervisor finally got when I was telling him he just sat there quiet like no one was there. Then I got a little out of control with him and he said if you listen if the repair man comes out I can take off a discount of $50.00 well 6 months ago the tech said the controller he replaced was a $300 part. I told the supervisor like $50 is really going to help I lost again my freezer full of food. I have reported them to Better Business. I heard they are bankrupt and going out of business. they need to to sell consumers product that they do not stand behind- My issue is the part is only 6 months old it should have some kind warranty if it cost $300 plus it is the same issue that happened during the product warranty time and they should take care of this since it was an issue then. They just did not care I agree they use to try and help even if they get you to do a warranty for 1 year to cover the issue. We should have to do that but if it is out of warranty then at least sell the warranty to help the consumer they did this about 3 years ago with my microwave when it caught on fire I had to buy a 1 yr warranty which was like $100 and they replaced the microwave but I had to upset with them on that it could of burned my house down. I am done and I hope all reads but appliances are expensive they should last longer then 1 year. If that is the life span of them then what a profit this company is making.
     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2012-05-06:
Good complaint. Sounds like good hard-earned money was spent on junk. Good luck with whatever (other) company you try next time.
Posted by Bill on 2012-05-06:
Obvious question -- why do you keep buying Sears appliances.
I assume you didn't buy all the appliances at the same time.
Posted by SearsCare on 2012-05-07:
Dear debbie.figgs,

Please accept our apologies for the frustrations surrounding the repair of your standup freezer. We can understand how frustrating it can be to have continued repairs on an item, we understand your time is valuable and this can be time consuming. We also understand your concern with the life span of your replaced parts and would like to look into this further on your behalf. You are valued as a Sears customer; we would like to further speak to you about your experience. At your convenience please contact our office via email at smsupport@searshc.com and a dedicated case manager will contact you directly. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the standup freezer was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide your screen name debbie.figgs you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.

Thank you,
Stephanie L.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by madconsumer on 2012-05-07:
Thank you SearsCare for assisting with consumer issues on our site. I know they appreciate it!!

very helpful comment.
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Empty Promises For Repair On New Refr/Freezer
Posted by Kamuca on 04/29/2011
MOORESTOWN NEW JERSEY -- Dear Sir:
In good faith, I purchased a new Refr/Freezer (defect) and had no service on three different dates, between the hours of 1:00PM to 5:00PM on 4/15/11, 4/20/11 and 04/25/11. All three dates I was assured and promised a repair service person to replace this gasket on the Drawer/Freezer. It is well over a month, 04/08/11, when I called to mention that the freezer is filled with frost all over the freezer. When I opened the drawer, the frost fell all over the floor. This has been gone on the entire month of April. I was promised and assured of service. All three of these dates, has proven to be "NO SHOW" AND NOT EVEN A CALL FROM ANYONE, BEGINNING WITH MGR. OR A REPRES FROM THE SERVICE DEPT. aLL CALLS THAT I HAVE MADE HAVE BEEN EMPTY PROMISES AND APOLOGIZES. This is not acceptable for me. I am a former employee of Sears of twenty years (20 yrs.) My late wife and I have always purchased big ticket items from Sears. They were always reliable. Today, I can honestly say, "I WILL NEVER EVER PURCHASE ANOTHER ITEM FROM SEARS AGAIN. AFTER ALL THE EMPTY PROMISES AND APOLOGIES I HAVE HAD EVERY TIME I INITIATED THE CALLS TO FIND OUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED. On one call, I was told, I was not even scheduled. I have lost all interest with Sears and their guarantee that we will be out to fix your freezer. The Gasket has been at my house all month of Apr. and still sits presently.

I requested on April 25th to a repres. Miss Pam, if I could have the replacement Refrig/Freezer delivered on 04/30/11 IN THE MORNING. I RECEIVED A CALL TONITE 04/29/11, THAT THE DEL. TIME IS 2:30 TO 4:30 PM. Reason, I will not be here in the Sat. PM because I have to be at my Church to set up for the 5:00PM Mass (Catholic). Sunday, I will not be here all day, because I will be in a Convent, to play for a Mass and A Communion Breakfast after the Mass. I have never Ever Been so Disgusted and Fed-up with Sears, that I can honestly say, that I WILL NOT DEAL WITH ANY PRODUCT WITH SEARS AGAIN. I JUST CANNOT GO THROUGH WHAT I HAVE ENDURED THIS MONTH BECAUSE NO ONE FROM SEARS HAS MADE ANY KIND OF EFFORT TO CONTACT ME AND TRY TO MAKE GOOD ON THIS REPAIR. NOW THE DELIV. DATE IS ALL MESSED UP TOO. MY REQUEST FOR AN AM DELIVERY WENT ON DEAF EARS. I WAS TOLD TO CALL EARLY TOMORROW MORNING TO SEE IF A DELIV. CAN BE MADE IN THE SAM ON THIS SAT. 04/30/11. I AM ANTICIPATING, THE SAME DISAPPOINTMENT WILL RESULT, JUST LIKE THE THREE DATES FOR A REPAIR. I CAN PROMISE, I WILL NEVER, EVER PURCHASE ANY MORE PRODUCTS FROM SEARS AGAIN. I AM EXTREMELY DISSATISFIED WITH THIS WHOLE MESS. I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY SEARS IS NOT DOING WELL WITH THE BUSINESS MARKET. I WON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH SEARS AGAIN. THIS WHOLE ORDEAL THIS PAST MONTH HAS PROVEN THIS TO ME, THAT I WILL TAKE ALL MY BUSINESS ELSEWHERE.

AN EXTREMELY DISSATISFIED AND DISAPPOINTED FORMER CUSTOMER.
MR. ROBERT J KAMUCA

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Company Response on 04/30/2011:
To Robert J Kamuca,
My name is James and I am part of the Social Media Support Escalations team at Sears and I am very sorry that this repair has gone so incredibly bad. We would like to help. We are a single point of contact for escalated concerns which means we step into a situation and handle it start to finish with one Case Manager. At your convenience, please contact our office at smsupport@searshc.com so you (and others) don’t have to continue to be impacted by this. At your convenience, please send us an email. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the item(s) were purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email please provide the screen name (Robert J Kamuca) for reference to your issue and we do look forward to talking to you soon.

Thank you,
James H.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
     
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Posted by Venice09 on 2011-04-29:
I'm not sure how you got Sears to agree to a replacement, but I think you should do whatever it takes to be available for the delivery. Don't give them any excuse for not following through.
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Loved my service
Posted by Mailbag54 on 08/29/2010
on vacation
on vacation
EL CENTRO, CALIFORNIA -- I really enjoyed my latest visit at the Sears store. Ivan was awesome, and made my purchase painless, and happy to have been there, He is outstanding awe have been looking for a new type of refrigerator, and Ivan at the El Centro store, was helpful, and had seen customers very satisfied with this new Ken more 25 cu ft French doors and sliding freezer so much more space, and it makes ice, I love the crush ice, and lordly the ice water in the door, is to die for, with the filter system it taste like spring water, I am very happy with this design, and hope anyone liking, stop ! You have ftp look no further, you will hit the jackpot on this one, it's so quiet I have to open to see the lights, and it's an energy saver you get 250 back from the stimulus plan and a 50.00 rebate from your electric company, run what are you waiting for
     
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Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-08-29:
Hey Addy - What kind of formatting mess is this??
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-29:
Size of the OP's pic.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-08-29:
I wonder why OPs sometimes post irrelevant pictures. I mean I've posted reviews so I see where the thing is to add in a picture, but maybe the word "relevant" should be added, or some sort of disclaimer about only needing to upload a picture if it has something to do with the review. I think I would help some people out.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-08-29:
not to mention i'm not sure what the family photo has to do with the door issue.
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2010-08-29:
I think there should be a restriction on picture size. Pictures of this size destroy the text width. Even in this case most of the "picture" is just blank photo area.

Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-29:
Notice the kid with a Niner's cap and sporting the Chiefs t-shirt...a conflict of interest? To the average eye maybe, but to any football fan, it makes perfect sense.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-08-29:
TNC - good idea. perhaps the same file-size restrictions that we have for photos on the community page.
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Terrible service
Posted by Coldhearted sears on 04/20/2010
BRANDON (WESTFIELD MALL), FLORIDA -- On Friday April 16th 2010 we purchased a side by side fridge/freezer. We were told delivery would be Saturday it was then changed to Sunday. When the truck came the item was damaged n left leaving us without a fridge. Food was packed in ice all over the kitchen which we put back into the old fridge. By the next day it had spoiled. We went to Sears n got the run around but an assistant manager promised delivery on Tuesday of a temp so we could store our food.
On Monday night the store manager called me NOT knowing anything about the food sp[oiling or the truck leaving. She insisted that I have proof of all the items in my fridge. Who the heck keeps foot receipts for more then a day????? She was rude n had not one ounce of care for my situation. Promises were made that a truck would be here in the morning.
Morning comes with a 6;45 wakeup call saying that the truck was coming. At 7;15 a call saying no the truck isn;t coming. At 8;00 yes it's coming. I called the Sears hot line in Ill. n the guy says now it's not coming until Thursday. We bought this item on Friday have been without a fridge since Sunday n now they are calling for my credit card number to put the charges on my account for a rebate but I don NOT have the item. Not one person has told us the truth n the store manager thinks I'm ripping her off for money for spoiled food. Where is the concern for me the customer. Not one person in that store in Brandon, Fl. knows what the other has said or done. It is the most utterly disorganized store I have ever dealt with n now reading others reviews I fully understand why.
I can only try and warn the next innocent person not to buy = deal= or go into a Sears store b/c they will lie to you n treat you awful. Words can not describe how we have been treated and Sears does NOT care about their customers at all. p. v of Florida
     
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Posted by SearsCare on 2010-04-20:
To ColdheartedSears,
Words cannot express how sorry we are to hear about this situation. This is not acceptable by any Sears standard. I only wish we had been aware of this situation sooner so we could have stepped in and made sure all these issues were addressed and resolved to your satisfaction. We are very concerned and we sincerely request that you reach out to my team and allow us to step in and address these issues. We also need to make sure you are taken care of as that is our primary objective. My name is Brian and I’m part of the Sears Cares Escalations team. At your convenience, please contact my office via email at searscares@searshc.com so you don’t continue to be frustrated by this. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the refrigerator was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide the screen name (ColdheartedSears), for reference to your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.

Thank you,
Brian J.
Senior Case Manager
Sears Cares
Posted by clutzycook on 2010-04-20:
OP, come back and let us know how this works out. I'd love to see Sears do right by its customers for once.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-04-21:
Yes, I wish more people would follow up when Sears responds to their review. I'd love to know the outcome of these complaints.
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