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Sears - Master Protection Agreement - Don't Buy It
Posted by Stephanie.bullardbeares on 02/23/2013
KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON -- I am an EXTREMELY UNHAPPY customer living a HORRIBLE SERVICE SITUATION – that sadly continues on...

Our problems began on 1/30/2013. I came downstairs that morning and our frig that we have had for only a few years had stopped working sometime in the night. All food was spoiled. My husband called the service number and we were given an appointment date on 2/6/2013 – A GUARANTEED ONE WEEK OF NO WORKING FRIG.

The service technician arrived, made an assessment and then insisted on ordering the part as an emergency – which we appreciated. He was rescheduled to come back to our home on 2/13/2013 – ANOTHER WEEK OF NO WORKING FRIG. But, he also said that if the part arrived sooner than that, call in and he could come earlier. We did call in, and no, they were not able to have him come earlier – clearly there isn’t a policy for moving waiting customers forward in the queue.

So, on 2/13/2013 – the second technician arrived. He installed the part, but then made the assessment that a second part was needed to fix the frig because it still didn’t work. He ordered that second part while still in our home. It also was ordered as an emergency, with our next service date scheduled for 2/18/2013.

On 2/17/2013 – my husband received an automated call with a message to call Sears. Our service appointment had been cancelled because the part had not arrived. Our next service date was scheduled for 2/22/2013. – NOW WE ARE OVER 3 WEEKS WITHOUT A WORKING FRIG. And again, he received an automated call on 2/21/2013 that the part had still not arrived, so our service appointment was cancelled again.

By this time, our family of 5 had had it. I took my three children out of town just so we could have a working frig. With all the service appointments scheduled, we expected to come home to a working frig. However, that was not to be.

We have now been talking with the Sears Repair Active Solutions group. Unfortunately, their record keeping is not good. We have talked with Robert, Jeremy and Hortense – none of which knew our story or had the correct dates and actions in their records, so we have had to enlighten them each time. When I have asked to escalate the call, each one told us that they were the ones who make the decisions and wouldn’t transfer us to a higher decision making authority – stonewalling us each time. I believe their department is a black hole with no way of escalating.

On 2/22/2013, that group suggested that we rent a refrigerator and that they will reimburse us for the cost while our refrigerator is not working. First of all, why didn’t they mention that a lot earlier. And second, our local rental companies only rent month to month. Since we are already approaching 4 weeks with this service issue, I am optimistic that this refrigerator situation will be resolved within the next month, so I’ll be stuck with part of the rental bill. And third, the rental company can’t deliver anything to us until the middle of next week, so what’s the point?

We also have $250 food spoilage coverage. Great. However, we don’t receive that money until the frig is fixed. And what about the groceries that I cannot buy right now and the added expense of eating out or shopping daily since we can’t save anything? $250 doesn’t make a dent into our food elevated bill these last several weeks.

And then there is the fact that we have been told by two of the service reps – Robert and Jeremy - that GE has reported that they don’t have the part needed and it is back ordered indefinitely. If that is true, why on earth is Sears forcing us to endure this pain? They could instead simply move ahead with the replacement frig and we done with us.

I am a very patient person – I teach middle school - but I have reached my breaking point. I am done being patient. I am no longer giving Sears the benefit of the doubt. I have come to realize that sadly there is no one easily contactable who has any power to deal with our situation – which at this point is simply getting a replacement frig.

So, while we continue to be stonewalled and will have to endure this process to get the replacement in the end, we have contacted our attorney. My husband is a social media expert and will be doing damage to Sears’ reputation. This is what this service process has reduced us to – which in the end is simply telling the truth about our bad experience. Sears has lost us as a future customer as well as the many, many others that my husband and I will reach.


     
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Posted by tnchuck100 on 2013-02-23:
It's a sad state of affairs. You are simply one more dissatisfied customer in hundreds of others on this site alone. They really don't seem to care. The get worse and worse as time goes by. SearsCare may chime in here and offer help as they have done for many others on this site. I have never seen a report of anyone actually being helped by them. They appear to be nothing more than media damage control. They are pitiful.
Posted by trmn8r on 2013-02-24:
If I had a family of 5, and was at the mercy of a repair company with hard to obtain parts, I believe I would rent a fridge fairly quickly. Get whatever I could out of Sears to cover the rent later.

With appliance quality and longevity being poor today, your story does not surprise me. That's sad.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-02-26:
stephanie.bullardbeares
I saw your post here and wanted to offer some assistance. We do apologize for the troubles you have encountered with the repair of your refrigerator. My name is Liz and I am with the Sears Social Media Support team. I can see how frustrating it is to receive poor customer while trying to rectify this issue. If you would allow us the opportunity, we would very much like to connect you with a dedicated case manager to further discuss options and see what can be done to make things right. 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 the best contact phone number or the number to which the refrigerator was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. In addition, please include your screen name (stephanie.bullardbeares) 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,

Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Bob on 2013-05-28:
Your first mistake was buying a GE refrigerator. If Sears made an attempt to order parts and GE doesn't produce them it would take time for them to find that out. A refrigerator that is "a few years old" made by GE is a problem waiting to happen. If you had read your protection plan document you would have known to ask for a rental refrigerator much sooner. Sears will get you a new refrigerator. Choose something other than a GE.
Posted by Geneva D. Hansbrew on 2013-06-11:
I purchase a small chest freezer, back in 2011 (kenmore) well same story came home for lunch today 06/11/13 smell this bad order, open up the top it was all my food, the freezer has stop working, all my food was spoiled. Contact SEARS, I have to pay to have the tech come out/they offer me another agreement I have to pay for. I am a Single/working mother of two. The appliances (Kenmore Chest Freezer) should lasted some years before you have to call for a service tech to come. If this is the case they're no better than a second hand store. Running Big Time TV ads, with people running into appliances, That what their telling the Consumers in so many words "Big Problems if you dare Purchase a Kenmore.

Posted by DebtorBasher on 2013-06-11:
Geneva...what does being a single/working mother of two have to do with the problem? That doesn't make your complaint any more or less important than anyone else.
Posted by Sears Cares on 2013-06-13:
Geneva D. Hansbrew,
My name is Liz and I am a part of the Sears Social Media Support team. We can certainly understand your frustrations with having issues with your freezer. We would like to offer some assistance to connect you with a dedicated case manager and discuss your experience to see how we can get this resolved. 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 the freezer was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. In addition, please include your Screen name (Geneva D Hansbrew) 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,
Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Kg on 2013-06-15:
I am in Virginia and second the disagreeable service from Sears. No parts brought even if diagnostic codes are provided, no show, non responsive to having appliance non operative for mo ths at a time. This is NOT the exception but the rule. Stay away!
Posted by Kirit Desai on 2013-06-17:
I can not express enough of how good service we have received from Sears Master Protection Plan. Any time we had any problem with any of our appliances, and I have all my appliances under their agreement, Sears Technicians have come timely, assessed the situation and always gave us the best solutions, even to the extent of complete new appliance replacement.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-06-18:
Dear Kg,

We are indeed sorry to learn that you have had such a poor experience with our service(s). It’s clear that we have let you down and for that we apologize. We would like to speak with you about your recent experience to see how we can make this right on your behalf. If you would like to discuss this situation further, please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Kg), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com and we’ll reach out. We look forward to speaking with you!

Thank you,
Misty H.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by DK on 2013-06-25:
I am going through a similar situation with my KENMORE range and I have come to the conclusion that my house will burn down and then I will get a new stove AS WELL as a new kitchen. I am very discussed with Sears. We have a house full of Kenmore appliances and this is the first time we have had a serious issue with one and are VERY upset with the response from the warranty/replacement dept. They don't really care, it's all about $$$$$$. And they want to keep it. So I just keep calling the Techs to come out and one day They will be as frustrated as I and sick of wasting $$$$ and they will realize that it WOULD HAVE been cheaper to replace my range. Good Luck to all with your appliance repair quests. Hope they are smoother than mine.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-06-26:
DK,
We are terribly sorry for the troubles you have experienced with the repair of your range. My name is Liz and I am with the Sears Escalations team. We can truly understand your frustrations with the level of customer service you have received. We would like the opportunity to speak to you and see how we can get this resolved. Please send the following information – contact #, screen name (DK), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we’re sorry for any inconvenience we have caused you and we look forward to speaking to you soon.

Thank you,
Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Theresa Condel on 2013-07-08:
I am going through the same problem with my lawn mower. My brand new lawn mowers cable broke and the store sent it in for repair. Going on a month and still waiting on its return. Every week I get a call and it's not ready. The mower was under warranty. I contacted the store to see if they would replace it since its been so long and they will not. I am so aggravated with sears. I am going to cut up my sears card and never buy from them again and also let everyone I know about their service. I have gotten nothing but the run around
Posted by Mark W. on 2013-07-08:
I bought a Kenmore Elite in 2009. The liner cracked within the last couple of days. Upon seeking help, I was told that cracks are inevitable due to expansion of the plastic. A) Its a refrigerator....its not supposed to "expand." B) I am 50 years old and have NEVER seen cracks in a refrigerator. Then I discover that the problem is "cosmetic" and thus, the unit will not be replaced. Some sort of patch is going to be done. THEN, I discover that SEARS has known about this defect for YEARS and is selling a shoddy, defective product for almost a decade, without fixing it.
I will no longer buy from SEARS and will advertise the fact that SEARS does not stand behind its products and is willing to sell defective equipment.
Posted by Loretta S. on 2013-07-21:
My Experince:
Appointment scheduled 1-5p.
5:05p: no tech. 1st call to sears and hear tech is behind and will be here at 5:35p.
-let sears know I have an appointment and have to leave soon.
6:15p: tech calls saying he's here, their system was down and he was getting appointments 1 at a time
-told tech I was headed out and I wanted him back as the 1st appointment in the am
6:20: 2nd call to sears who say they can't guarantee this, but they will have the tech call me that evening
-NO CALL!!
Day 2: no communication from sears
Day 3: random call from a sears tech at 8:30am saying he's on the way and will be here in 15 min
-I didn't schedule you and I'm on my way to work. He hangs up on me w/o a word.
8:52a: call from sears that the technician may have missed my appointment. YA THINK?? :/ So I rescheduled for this week, so we shall see.
-I tell the lady I have to go to the laudromat again this week and she tells me to call sears for reimbursement. Hello! Isn't that who you are??
You know they send emails, call you, send letters to have you buy something and this is what you pay for??
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-07-22:
Dear Loretta S.,

We are indeed sorry for the unpleasant experience you have encountered with getting service out to your home and for the inconvenience this situation has caused. It’s clear that we failed to meet the expectations that we set for service and having to use the laundromat to wash your clothes can be a bit more than irritating. We would like to offer our assistance with this service issue to help resolve and minimize any frustrations moving forward. At your convenience, please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Loretta S.), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Thank you,
Misty H.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Claudia J on 2013-07-24:
Purchased a Kenmore elite French door (trio) in Dec 2007. Ice maker "auger motor" went bust in Dec 2012. I was advised to purchase protection plan which would cover that repair and would offer 1 yr of protection parts and labour. I did this. Tech came out, fixed ice maker and explained service and warranty to me. On 7/16/13 unit displayed ER FF code. Unable to select ice/water options I called sears. As per code parts were ordered and arrived days later at my home. 7/23/13 tech arrives and asks what parts were for? Told him sears sent same based on code I gave them. Bottom line tech worked for hours installing parts, problem worsened when he realized it shorted out board he had just installed in addition to fans in unit. Told unit needed replacing, not cost efficient to repair. This refrigerator was nearly 3000.00. I purchased a 3yr MPA at time of purchase, of course all problems began after 5 year mark. How convenient? Sears offered me 500.00 toward purchase of new fridge and a meager 200.00 max on food replacement. So disappointed in sears, honestly who buys a fridge for that much $$$ only to have it completely fail in less than 6 years? Shame.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-07-24:
Claudia J,

Please accept our apologies for the disappointing experience you have encountered with your refrigerator and the service that has taken place this far. We understand why this situation has caused some frustrations and we would like to offer our assistance. Please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Claudia J), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com and we will reach out and discuss your concerns further. Hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you,
Misty H.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Wilders on 2013-08-02:
We purchased several appliances from Sears last "Black Friday." The sales guy talked us into purchasing the added protection plan. We've had our refrigerator serviced four times for the same problem. We were told by both the service rep and Sears rep that if it happened again, our Protection plan would refund/replace the fridge under the "No Lemon" clause. Well, it happened. When we called, they sang a different tune. They told us that we did not have the right protection plan. That all we had was the factory warranty, which does not cover for this problem. We argued that we had paid for the extra protection and that we had the documentation. She asked for a "certificate" number. Stating that if we had paid for the plan, we should have received a certificate in the mail. Of course, we did not have this. This was not a problem until it came time to replace the appliance. Now we are stuck with a noisy Samsung that sounds like a jackhammer during that night and sporadically spits out ice.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-08-03:
Dear Wilders,
We’re sorry to hear about the difficulties you’re having with your fridge and the confusion surrounding your protection agreement purchase. It sounds like you have been going through quite a bit of frustration trying to get this resolved. We would like the opportunity to get you in touch with a dedicated case manager to discuss available options for assistance. 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 fridge 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 (Wilders) you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue. We do look forward to talking to you soon.

David W.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Sears Employee on 2013-08-12:
Hello everyone I am a Sears Sales Rep I completely understand that a lot of you guys are disappointed. Now from what I see most of you guys have problems with the item not lasting long. Now, I don't think that you guys should blame it on Sears for the item not lasting as long as you want it to last because we don't have any control over any of that. If you go to any other store the same thing could happen. Anyways what I am trying to get to is for you guys to not blame it on the Protection Agreement. Sears does call right before your three or five year protection agreement does end so if you aren't sure that it will last then extend the protection agreement. Anyways I hope that you all have a wonderful day.
Posted by Overheating Dryer on 2013-08-16:
I have an overheating dryer and the Sears tech came today and said it was fixed. It still seems to be overheating. I purchased the Protection Agreement. When I attempted to schedule an appointment online to fix what they charged me for and told me was fixed today if you have a PA it will not let you schedule an appointment to fix what they did not fix. They attempt to make you call a number for troubleshooting. Very shady. I could only schedule if I checked the box that I did not know if I had a warranty/PA. After I finally scheduled an appointment I called in and they said it should be covered under the 90 Day Warranty for the service visit, but I would have to pay a trip charge. Again very shady! I just paid for it to be fixed and purchased a PA! Why should I have to pay again? Then I explained no I would not because I purchased a Protection Agreement. Then he said the PA does not go into effect for 30 days. What!? Ok, now we are past very shady to downright FRAUD. Are you kidding me?! Why are they attempting to put me through the ringer (no pun intended) when I paid for the service call and it was not fixed the first time AND I purchased a Protection Agreement and they still are telling me I am going to have to pay. Either the man on the phone needs additional training or an outright fraud is being perpetrated. Hopefully, the tech will come and fix what they should have fixed a few hours ago on the first visit and not charge for something I have already paid for.
Posted by JayK on 2013-08-18:
I bought a Kenmore refrigerator during Aug’12 that stopped working during early June’13. Still under warranty, Sears tried in vain for 2.5 months to repair it over 8 appointments replacing multiple parts. Sears finally gave up an offered me a replacement. Since same model is not available anymore, I was promised that the authorization department will offer me a dollar amount that I could apply towards purchasing a new refrigerator. I got the case # on Aug 8th and Sears promised a turn around time of 72 hours. Not it is double that time and the representative just now told me that authorization department is backlogged and it could take an additional 120 hours and that too is not a guarantee. She said she could not do anything about it including not letting me talk to her manager and that I have to wait patiently. I dont think Sears really cares much about its customers as there seems to be no flexibility such as I buy a new refrigerator now and Sears adjusts the amount after the auth department wakes up and comes up with the amount. I explained I have small kids and that didn’t seem to make any difference. Very frustrating. After posting this on sears community, I got the canned email response asking for my contact information to show that they are doing something about it. I have provided it and still waiting for a case manager to be assigned to me. It seems very shady the cust svc rep forwards the call to protection agreement benefits dept and then a round robin back to another cust svc rep. Dilly dallying tactics and Sears just wants to wear you down so you go away. I am seriously thinking of moving away from Sears to another competitor for all my appliances.
Posted by Sears Cares on 2013-08-18:
Overheating Dryer,
My name is Liz and I am with the Sears Social Media Support Team. I found your comment here and want to offer some assistance. We sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience you have encountered with your dryer repair. At Sears, we pride ourselves on making sure our valued customers are satisfied with our products and services and it appears we have failed met that goal. We would like to speak with you about your recent experience to see how we can make this right. Please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Overheating Dryer), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we’re sorry for any trouble we have caused and we hope to talk to you soon.
Thank you,
Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Sears Cares on 2013-08-18:
JayK,
I saw your comment today and wanted to reach out to you to offer our assistance. My name is Liz and I am a member of the Sears Cares Escalations team. We are sorry for the troubles you have encountered with your refrigerator. We can truly understand your frustrations with what has occurred. We recently reached out to you on a different website on 08/15/2013. We have received your contact information and a case manager has been assigned to you. If you have any questions or concerns, please send the following information – contact #, the name and phone # used at time of purchase, as well as the screen name that you have been assigned to reference your post (JayK), to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you.

Thank you,

Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Crafylady on 2013-08-26:
I worked for Sears for 7 years and sold their agreements. I love Sears warranties because they allow me to warranty my products up to 10 years after purchase, lowes only allows 7 years. They replaced my door and glass on my oven and a new electronic thing behind the buttons. They fixed my vaccum cleaner and are now repairing my refridgerator again. Last year the rubber gasket/seal around the door fell off and they fixed it. So they are fixing it again. I received my $250 food loss check and feel the warranties are worth it. I paid $260.00 for a year warranty on my stove, refridgerator and vaccum and received at least $1000.00 worth of service. Best warranty ever!
Posted by Andrea Navarro on 2013-09-04:
HORRIBLE EXPEREINCE WE HAVE HAD OUR A/C OUT FOR ABOUT 7 DAYS IN TEXAS HEAT AND WE HAVE YET TO HAVE SEARS COME OUT. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING AND THEY KEEP TELLING US SOMEONE IS COMING. WE PAID OVER $6000 DOLLARS FOR THE A/C AND THE MASTER PROTECTION PLAN AND OUR A/C DOES NOT WORK!!! I CANNOT BELIEVE WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS. WE ARE ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS THAT SEARS CLAIMS TO SUPPORT. ALL THEY DO IS TAKE YOUR MONEY!!
Posted by Sears Cares on 2013-09-05:
Andrea Navarro, my name is Liz and I am a member of the Sears Cares Escalation Team. I came across your post and wanted to express our apologies for the difficulties you have experienced with the repair of your air conditioner. It sounds as if we have let you down on just about every level imaginable and would like to offer our assistance. We would like the opportunity to speak with you to ensure your situation is resolved quickly and to your complete satisfaction. At your earliest convenience please send the following information – contact #, the name and phone # used at time of purchase, as well as the screen name that I have assigned to reference your post (Andrea Navarro), to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you and look forward to speaking with you. Thank you, Liz R. Social Media Moderator, Sears Social Media Support

Posted by Chad S. on 2013-10-25:
Though my experience doesn't actually impact my livlihood like a bum refridgerator, washer/ water heater would, it is none-the-less frustrating. Not only due to the length of time between request and service, but also because I have been deceived by the support staff.

About a year and a half ago I purchased a nice LG TV from Sears. Though I normally wouldn't, I also purchased the master service agreement -- which has come in handy.

My first run-in with the service staff occurred last October, 2012. The coaxial jack broke off the back of the TV. Without it, and without HD service, the TV was useless. I called to have it repaired and was pleased to find it was covered under the service agreement. The repairman came two weeks later. He was there for five minutes, deduced that I wasn't lying, and ordered a part. The part arrived two weeks later and the TV was repaired. While the month span was more than inconvenient, I was happy that everything was in working order again and I hadn't spent a penny.

Recently, as in two days ago, the TV started behaving strangely. The screen would freeze, a bright light would pass atop the screen moving left to right, and white bars -- not entirely blocking the picture as they were more translucent -- would appear. This wasn't a constant event, rather it was happening in a predictable manner.

I called Sears to arrange a repair. Three weeks was the earliest appointment they had available. Needless to say, I was annoyed. Especially since I knew the song and dance all too well. The first appointment, the servicer would determine that I was being honest, but would need a part ordered and I would need to wait another two plus weeks for the repair to be completed.

I wanted so bad to get an earlier repair time that I began to read message boards looking for successful ways of getting through to Sears. Much to my dismay, I saw that depending on whether you were paying for the repairs yourself or if they were covered under a service plan would determine how quickly you were seen.

I didn't believe it, but I put the theory to the test. Since calling would reveal my phone number, I took to the Sears website chat. On two occaisions, I was given dates at least a week earlier than what I had been provided over the phone. I called again to confirm my appointment and asked if any earlier dates were available. I was told, "no." Little did the operator know, I was also chatting with a customer service representative who provided me an earlier date.

I kept my date three weeks out because I've already scheduled work around it, but I can't believe Sears would treat a loyal customer who purchased the protection plan any differently from one who is willing to pay the TV's current value to have it replaced. And yes, I am being sarcastic.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-10-31:
Chad S.,

My name is Liz and I am a member of the Sears Cares Escalation Team. I came across your post and wanted to express our concerns for the mishaps you have experienced with your television. It sounds as if we have let you down on just about every level imaginable and would like to offer our assistance. We can truly understand how important it is to have your television repaired and working properly in a timely manner. At your earliest convenience please send the following information – contact #, the name and phone # used at time of purchase, as well as the screen name that I have assigned to reference your post (Chad S.), to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience we have caused you and look forward to speaking with you.
Thank you,
Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Posted by Elizabeth on 2013-11-19:
11/7/13 Services
I'm experiencing a problem getting my LG plasma fixed, I had a technician come out and he said my power switch is broke, he called his boss and gave them the information and they said they where going to replace my TV because they don't make the power switch to my TV . The tech from sears gave my tv information,(60 inch) to his boss, he said his boss will give him a call back. He was waiting outside for a phone call from his boss. When he received his call, he was outside talking for 30 minutes with his boss. He came back in my house and said they ordered the part and it should be coming in the mail. 7/18/13, I received a remote control, I called sears and they said there was no order placed for the power switch. Sears said the "Master protection Warranty don't replace buttons on the TV!" I was transferred to 4 different people waiting on the phone for 1 hour trying to get this problem resolved! One sears worker told me that sounds fishy what your going through and transferred me to the main person in charge, I gave my information and I was disconnected!
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-11-19:
Elizabeth,
We thank for taking the time to let us know about this situation regarding your television. My name is Liz and I am a member of the Sears Cares Escalations team. We can truly understand how important it is to have the television repaired in a timely manner. Also, we can see your source of frustrations with the repair being delayed. We would be happy to connect you with one of our dedicated case managers to assist you and address her repair concerns. Please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Elizabeth), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience we have caused your daughter and look forward to speaking with her.
Thank you,

Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Laura McClammy on 2013-12-28:
My family is currently suffering through a refrigerator nightmare with Sears that has gone unresolved for 3 months, despite supposed ORIGINAL manufacturer warranty protection, repeated unsuccessful repair attempts by Sears technicians, etc. The day before Christmas Eve, we waited from 1-5pm for yet another technician (appt.supposedly confirmed multiple times by Sears via phone and guaranteed by them via e-mail). You guessed it: 5 p.m. came and NO ONE had showed up OR called from Sears. I called THEM and asked why no one was here and was told and I quote, "The reason no one showed is because we have to reschedule." Seriously?! WHY didn't someone call us before we wasted 4 hours waiting on them?! BTW, the fridge is and has been leaking water onto our hardwood floor continuously for weeks. We asked them to at least send someone to disconnect the water line to the fridge to prevent further floor damage as we have tried to do unsuccessfully and were told they would not do that, that we would have to wait until the secondweek of January, 19 days later, for a rescheduled appointment. My Mom just slipped and nearly fell on the pooled water around the fridge in an attempt to lift and wring out sopping-wet towels, and we have no clean towels to shower with. deattmptipontment. In summation, Sears is shamefully dishonorable entity , untrustworthy and makes people's lives miserable. Sears was, at one time years ago, honorable and trustworthy. They should be taken to court for fraud and breach of contractual terms, and ashamed at the disintegration of their reputation.
Posted by Laura McClammy on 2013-12-28:
If Sears has failed to honor their warranty on an appliance you purchased through them, I suggest you post the details of your experience on as many social media sites as possible, and google "Sears class-action lawsuit" regarding both the appliance itself as well as the so-called warranty for same.
Posted by Fred on 2013-12-30:
I use to work for Sears Santa Monica store, primarily in the Sporting Goods department. Even though I've purchased major appliances and tools from them over the years, I've never had Sears service and repair center respond favorably when I had problems. They are consistent in their poor service and I highly recommend that you NEVER purchase their extended warranty contracts.
Posted by Becky Mowat on 2014-01-13:
It is a sin what SEARS has done to itself! It has ruined itself as a business, by not acting with integrity towards its loyal client base. I have been trying to be heard by their "customer service" reps for 2 months to no avail re the disintegrating plastic parts in the interior of my Kenmore fridge.
It's all about lining the pockets of their execs rather than really hearing what their customers are saying. I was told today that it was a "cosmetic" issue as well, and that I the customer would have to order and pay for new parts from the manufacturer. Shame on SEARS! Shoddy parts, shoddy service and promises not kept on their mission and values webpage. You cannot build a business with lost trust.
Posted by SearsCare on 2014-01-23:
Becky Mowat,
We appreciate you posting about your refrigerator. At Sears, we pride ourselves on making sure our valued customers are satisfied with our products and services and it appears we have not met that goal here. From your post we can see that this has been a source of great frustration for you and we would like to assist. My name is Liz with the Sears Social Media Support team. We would like the opportunity to connect you with one of our dedicated case managers to discuss you concerns. We recently reached out to you on 01/10/2014. As of yet, we have not received your contact information. At your convenience, please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Becky Mowat), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we’re sorry for any trouble we have caused and we hope to talk to you soon.

Thank you,
Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Deb on 2014-02-11:
I have to say I am very please with the master protection agreement. Having a purchased a front load washer and dryer it is a necessity. They are fantastic machines but with all the computer tech attached to them it's best to have the MPP. I have saved well over $900 in repair and labor costs in the three years I have owned my appliances. The MPP is up next month and I am going to renew it for another year.
Posted by Anna on 2014-03-25:
Sears master protection agreements only benefit the store where purchased, corporate, and the employee's paycheck. My experience is being on the receiving end as a Sears employee. Once under their misrepresented contract, you are at the mercy of their so called trained technicians. The end result is either a no call- no show, 2-3 week wait, incorrect part ordered, or multiple repairs possibly resulting in replacement months later with what you were told in the store would be at retail or msp, which is a lie. A prudent financial decision is to pay yourself that money, place it in your savings, and find a local reputable repair man who does service calls within 24-48 hours.
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Food Loss Reimbursement Warranty - Sears
Posted by TowandaRox on 06/13/2007
FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA -- Wow, Sears really sucks the big dog. We had NO FRIDGE for the entire month of May---have you ever been "Amish" before, livin' like that without a FRIDGE?! It ain't fun, lemme tell ya.

They sent some schmuck to fix the dang thing FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES, but he never did fix it. The first time, he just cancelled the appointment a half hour AFTER it was supposed to happen, "due to an emergency" he said. I sat home the whole friggin' DAY waiting for his sorry butt, and he cancelled on us. GRRRRR.

The 2nd time, he showed up but said he had to order a couple of parts. So he did nothing but leave behind 2 screwdrivers. The 3rd time, he showed up on the wrong date, and hey guess what, nobody was home, so we had to reschedule. The 4th time, he showed up, the parts had arrived, but he said he couldn't fix it because 'it had to be unplugged, turned off, and sit for 24 hours.' Why the heck didn't he tell us that the FIRST time?? And why didn't HE unplug it and shut it off?? Friggin' moron.

After that 4th time, I called Sears and lodged a formal complaint. After 4 unsuccessful attempts at repairing an appliance, they are supposed to replace it with a brand new one under the warranty, so that's what I demanded. A few days later, they brought us the new fridge.

However, we are also entitled to food loss reimbursement under the warranty, and they've been jerking me around for the past 3 weeks, telling me they'll call me back, etc., putting me on hold for 45 minutes (that was just this morning, I never did get to a human being). So, I decided, "that's it, I'm gonna raise a ruckus now."

And honey, you'd better believe this feisty girl did just that.

I logged on to http://www.bbb.org/, which is the Better Business Bureau web site. I lodged an official complaint, asking them to resolve it. They emailed me a confirmation number for my complaint, which I then subsequently forwarded to Sears via email, telling them that I am fed up with their lack of service, stalling, and BS games.

We just want the $250 bucks for our food that we lost, (which I might add, doesn't even cover the eating at McDonald's and other restaurants the whole damned month of May because we had no food storage), and we simply want them to honor our warranty.

It's a simple concept. But you can't win a battle of wits with an unarmed corporation apparently.

They claimed that the idiot repairman schmuck was supposed to take down an itemized list of all the food items in the fridge the first time he came out, but he "forgot" and didn't even log in his cancellation due to an "emergency," so they had no record of him even coming out to the house all four times...so they say there WAS no food in our fridge. Ummm, yeah, ok, like we complained and tried to fix an EMPTY fridge FOUR TIMES?? Oh, but they did have it logged on the automated repair schedule for us, all 4 times.

So I said, "Ya know what? Just because you hired a moron who didn't do his job right, does NOT mean I'm gonna get screwed out of my warranty food loss reimbursement, so you tell me exactly how you're going to resolve this situation, and I want it done IMMEDIATELY."

"Well ma'am, we'll have to talk to the repair guy about this and get back to you." I said, "Jog his memory by telling him he had some "emergency" come up and didn't even bother to come to our house the first time, making me waste the entire day waiting for him. That would explain why he didn't log in any information into your system, he was off doing other MORE IMPORTANT things apparently." (I know by telling them this, he got his butt into trouble).

That's as far as it got, until just a few minutes ago---only a few short hours after I sent them my complaint to the Better Business Bureau---my phone rang, and it was a nice man saying, "Yes ma'am, we'll honor the warranty, send us the itemized list and we'll cut you a check immediately."

I have just come back from the fax machine smiling. It just sucks that a customer has to FIGHT for something on a warranty that was PAID for when the first appliance was purchased. I remember when 'the customer was always RIGHT,' and "customer SERVICE" was a way of life. But not anymore.

So, for all the world to see, I say to the cosmos and the universe: NEVER BUY AN APPLIANCE FROM SEARS. And unless you get somebody's BLOOD alongside a signature on any warranty you sign, prepare to have to fight to get it honored from them later on.

NOTE: I just got another email a few minutes ago from the Sears Service Center stating that "they cannot locate any information about our refrigerator repair." The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing apparently, so I wrote back and said, "Well that's funny because a guy named Justin just called me to say he's cutting me a check and I faxed him my itemized list of food items just now. I guess HE has access to the information that YOU claim doesn't exist. How is THAT possible I wonder?"

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. If that check doesn't get here by next week, I'll have to bite somebody's face off, and trust me, it won't be pretty.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-13:
Seems you're standing your ground
Posted by MRM on 2007-06-13:
You go, girlfriend! When nothing gets done, handle yo business!
Posted by One-Eyed Willie on 2007-06-13:
Plus you got the two screwdrivers he left behind for free. Good job T-Rox.
Posted by Pomona Guy on 2007-06-13:
$250 is a lot of food. Are you a big woman?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-13:
Pomona Guy, now what have I told you about posting that kind of stuff when I'm sipping a drink?!?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-06-13:
LOL...Me too!!!

My poor computer monitor!
Posted by TowandaRox on 2007-06-14:
Mr. Pomona Guy, you're a hoot...but for 3 grown adults, $250 split 3 ways is NOT a lot of food. You must not have read it all or you would have realized there are 3 of us in the house using the fridge. I'm quite the sexy beast actually, and modest too...but thanks for asking!
Posted by ThecustomerisNOTalwaysright on 2007-06-22:
I'm Amish and I have a fridge. When ours went out, I called Sears very politely, and they came and fixed it the next day. I guess you do catch more flies with honey than with salt. Sounds like you got exactly what you asked for.
Posted by SearsSucks on 2013-06-24:
Looks like the Sears Mole is posting as an Amish person. I've had a similar experience.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-06-26:
SearsSucks,
I came across your post today and wanted to reach out to you to offer our assistance. My name is Liz and I am a member of the Sears Social Media Support team. We are truly sorry for the troubles you have experienced with your refrigerator. We realize how important it is to have a working refrigerator in your home, as it stores your food, drinks and medicines. We do our best to make every service interaction both positive and memorable for our customers, and we do apologize for falling short of that mark in this instance. If you would allow us the opportunity, we would very much like to connect you with a dedicated case manager to further discuss your experience. 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 the best contact phone number or the number to which the refrigerator is listed under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. In addition, please include your screen name (SearsSucks) 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,

Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Sears is a joke on 2013-08-29:
OMG, I totally know what you are going through. We bought all our appliances from sears along with the master protection plan. Sears and the repair service plan is a complete joke. the fridge I have is a replacement fridge for the one I originally bought from sears. only a year later, it broke and sears was unable to fix it. So they offered to replace it. This replacement was more expensive, so I paid for the difference. It is now a year old, and it too has lots of issues. this Saturday will be my 4th appointment since July for them to come look at it. lots of spoiled food, and I just now was told about the food reimbursement policy. if its anything like the service we've had the last 2.5 years since buying their products and service agreements, I know it will be a waste of time. Last year we went 6 weeks without a stove because that's how long it took sears to fix my stove under the master protection plan. The We are selling our house next year just in time for the warranties to end and i'll be so glad to leave the worthless appliances behind with the house and buy all new appliances again, but definitely not from sears ever again. Fingers crossed this next repair technician doesn't "no show" like one of the previous ones a few weeks ago, or called from a blocked number to tell me to call him back asap or i'd have to re-schedule because he was already 5 hours late past the 4 hour window I was given. because I would hate to be passed around by "dispute managers" over and over again being told "its just too bad, there is nothing they can do" and blame it on their local dispatch offices for supplying poor quality technicians. And don't get me started on their now "non-existent" Sears portrait studios. Its a wonder they closed down.
Posted by Sears Cares on 2013-08-29:
Sears is a joke,
My name is Liz and I am with the Sears Social Media Support team. We are so sorry to hear of the frustrations you have encountered with your refrigerator. We can certainly understand how important it is to have a working refrigerator in your home. We would like to assist you any way we can, in resolving this situation to your satisfaction and as quickly as possible. At your earliest convenience please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Sears is a joke), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com. Again, we apologize for any troubles we have caused and we look forward to speaking with you.


Thank you,
Liz R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Price on 2013-09-13:
I called Sears repair today because of a faulty plug that is not sending juice to the fridge. They calmly gave me an appointment 12 days away. I said what am I to do about my food and why did someone not tell me when I purchased that expensive warranty that emergencies would be handled in about two weeks? Short answer, they have no appointments but if a cancellation comes up they will call. I said, bad answer. I called the office of the Chairman at their headquarters, I got a customer service rep that said they would try to expedite for the next day or so, but again no guarantee. Sears just lost a nearly 30 year customer. I was actually taking a 90 year old uncle to buy a new fridge tomorrow, but we will go to Home Depot or Lowes. Home Depot has cheaper warranties. Nobody could be offering worse service then Sears. Their excuse we are booked, it is a busy time for refrig repair. My response, you are likely understaff but you definitely do not have a contingency plant to service emergencies.
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-09-13:
Price,

We apologize for the trouble you’re having with your refrigerator. My name is David with our Sears Social Media Support team. I can understand you being frustrated having to wait for a repair. We would like to have a case manager discuss this situation and assist in addressing your concern. 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 fridge 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 (Price) you used to post on this site, for reference to your issue. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

David W.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by shirley daricek on 2013-12-03:
had same experience with sear , same appl . refrigator. called repair service went out nov28, send someone to repair dec9, how do u do without fridge, then they will come in ,look at it and order parts, whats wrong with sears , used to be good company to buy from , now act as though not interested in customers,
Posted by SearsCares on 2013-12-03:
Dear shirley daricek,

Thank you for taking the time to post about your issue, and we apologize for the troubles you had with your refrigerator. My name is Edwin and I’m with the Sears Cares Social Media Support team. We would like the opportunity to talk to you about this matter and provide any further assistance if needed. Please send the following information – contact #, screen name (shirley daricek) phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Thank you,
Edwin C.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Julie on 2014-01-31:
Crazy! My story is the same as yours. Went without a fridge for 6 weeks. Spent more time on the phone than I can imagine. Serviceman left our house saying...there are no guarantees! Finally filed a claim with Better Business Bureau and within three days I have a new fridge ordered and it will be delivered next week. Have not filed my food loss claim yet. I think I will do it now before I close my claim with BBB. Kudos to BBB! They did awesome work. I feel your pain. How many more of us are out there.....at the mercy of Sears!
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Unacceptable customer service and products
Posted by Kay p on 02/02/2008
CARY, NORTH CAROLINA -- Horrible and unacceptable customer service! Horrible and unacceptable products!

Sears should be ashamed of themselves for selling inferior products and should also be ashamed for taking advantage of folks that have supported and respected the Sears quality for years!

Sears should also have a real customer care center, not a customer DON’T care center!!

Called the customer “care” 800 number to explain the refrigerator we purchased from Sears, four years and seven months ago, is totally broken and no longer working.

I asked to speak to the manager and was told there is no manager on duty and was put on hold for eleven minutes.

Frustrated by the lapse of time, I called back and was advised I was calling the wrong number!

I was given another number only to find out that number was the new appliance number for ordering product manuals! I was again given another number and was put on hold again for a long period of time …called back again, explained yet another time to another agent and again was given the “canned remark” and scripted dialog of “sorry no longer under warranty, but you can purchase the warranty today for a cost of $297.00… etc.

In my final attempt to state my case, I was hung up on!

O.K. I am beginning to feel this a cruel joke being played on the customers that call Sears!

Why should a major appliance cease working after less than five years???
     
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Posted by tnchuck100 on 2008-02-02:
Let's go with the premise that you are out of warranty. Find a local appliance repair service. You will get better service from someone who cares about his business. Sears quality service is a thing of the past.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-02:
Sears just fired the CEO so maybe things will improve at Sears now. Sure can't get much worse. (VH post)
Posted by Justusryan on 2008-02-02:
I can't believe that you thought you'd get free work done on a five year old fridge.
Posted by Slimjim on 2008-02-02:
I'm taking because you didn't say cease working after two years, this thing is about 4 1/2 years old. Why is it people think a mechanical device that's on 24 hours a day for over 2000 days is practically new and should be fixed under warranty.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-02:
I was going to buy a sears washer and dryer , about six years ago.
The saleman wanted to sell me an extended warranty. I told him , what for, my old Kenmore washer and dryer Is still running after twenty years of wear and tear,but we wanted the more modern features.
The salesman said and I quote him.
You can forget about that kind of quality and your new washer and dryer won't even come close to lasting that long.
I told him I think it over . Guess what we kept our old set and there still working , just find .
Posted by hello dolly on 2008-02-02:
I guess I am missing something. You are out of warranty and because you couldn't get something for nothing Sears stinks???

And when you call that local guy for the warm fuzzy "he cares about his customers" feeling -demand that he repairs it for free and let us all know how quickly you get that free service because he values you as a potential long term customer.

Posted by hello dolly on 2008-02-02:
Ninny - the sales rep sounded very honest. If you check any consumer report new washers and dryers life expectancy is much much shorter than 20 years ago - not just appliances sold at Sears.

It is a very simple reason. The older machines had very basic operating concepts and no digitronics. The more "stuff" you put into the machine the more opportunities for failure. So either Sears is the only retailer selling cutting edge high technology appliances or every retailer sells the same kind of disposable appliances.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-03:
Dolly
Thank you for being honest and admitting that todays
machines are made to throw away.
So my question is why does sears sells these type of machines? It's not like they can't insist on a better quality product from there vendors.These solid state machines , have been around for awhile . Don't you thing by now they could have worked the bugs out ??
Posted by kay p on 2008-02-03:
Sorry, my concern and frustration was with the refrigerator not lasting more than five years and the non care of the customer service reps.
We originally had a service warranty but did not renew. On all our sear products, in honestly, we did not think we would need it since we bough sears products in the past and they stood by their merchandise.
We are definitely in the throw away society and I guess we should have known better.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-02-03:
Kay
Yes you did make a mistake with the warranty.
But you didn't make a mistake in asking WHY , their products are made with poor quality control.
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Very Very bad service
Posted by Sarichef on 07/25/2010
In Feb, 2009, we bought a side by side refrigerator/freezer with a dual cooling system from Sears. In May of 2010 our water dispenser quit, and we noticed the fridge was not as cool. The problem got worse so we called Sears Repair and scheduled a repair appointment.

I took time off work in order to be at the house between 8 am and 12 pm. The repairman came out on June 9 and diagnosed the problem - the fridge cooling system had frozen up - there was no problem with the freezer. He ordered some parts and on June 15th I again took time off work and the repairman returned, installed the parts and the fridge was once again working. He determined the work and the parts were not covered under our warranty and charged us $281.

Three weeks later the fridge again quit cooling – again, no problem with the freezer. We contacted Sears Repair on July 11th via the internet. Sears Repair responded that they would schedule us for July 20. I responded that Sears had already been out once and “fixed the problem” and that I now had a non working fridge and according to their schedule, would continue to have a non working fridge for another nine days. Sears Repair then decided to schedule me for an “emergency repair” and set up the appointment between 1 and 5 pm on July 13. I again took time off work to be at home when the repairman arrived. The repairman did not show up. I did receive a call a little after 4 pm advising me that the repairman was running late and would arrive between 5 and 6 - Nobody showed up. At 7:20 pm, we were called and told that the repairman would not be able to make it out that night and that Sears would call us to reschedule.
On July 14, I again talked with Sears Repair, and we started the process of scheduling all over again. This time they said they could schedule me for July 20 – leaving us ten days without a fridge. I explained my situation to them – a non working fridge, and advised them that the appointment they missed was an “emergency repair”. Sears then decided that they could schedule yet another “emergency appointment” and set it up for Friday, July 16 between 1 and 5 pm – now only 6 days without a fridge.

I again made arrangements to take time off work to be at the house when the repairman arrived. He showed up a little after 4 pm and proceeded to go to work on the Fridge. The freezer was still working just fine. The repairman pulled a circuit board out of the back of the fridge and performed some tests, and then got into the fridge and saw that our cooling system was once again frozen up. He thawed the cooling system (removed a bunch of ice) and then determined that a heating element on the cooling system (keeps the cooling system from forming ice) was not working – it had a split in it. He then determined that the repairs the previous repairman had undertaken were not necessary and that our cooling system was still under warranty. He reversed the previous $281 charge and ordered the parts he felt we would need. He explained that while we just needed the heating element it could only be ordered as one unit that was a combination of heating element and evaporator.

He then determined that because he had cleared the ice that the fridge would function until a repairman could return and install the heating element. He turned the fridge on and waited to confirm that the blower was working that the fridge and freezer were cooling correctly. Feeling confident the fridge would run for a few more weeks, he offered me a Saturday appointment on July 31, so that I would not have to take any more time off work – which I gladly accepted.

Later on that night, I tried to use the ice dispenser in the freezer and learned that it was no longer working. I figured that when the repairman pulled and tested the circuit board that he did not correctly reinstall it as the ice dispenser was working just fine prior to his repair appointment.

The next morning I noticed that the fridge was once again not cooling – in fact it was sitting at 53 degrees. So, once again I called Sears Repair. And once again we started all over again with setting up an appointment over a week out. I once again explained the problem - how many times the repairman had been there; the fact that I had been scheduled twice for an emergency repair, etc, etc, and in addition, now the ice maker and dispenser were not working. The Sears Representative that I was talking to then referred me to a “technical consultant” and we started all over again. Once again I explained my situation, the emergency repair, etc, and as a result, was referred to what I believe was called “customer solutions”, and we stared all over again. Once again I explained the situation, and asked if someone could stop by that day and look at the fridge – I explained about the circuit board, and told Sears Repair that I suspected that it had not been correctly reinstalled.

I got lots of apologies, acknowledgement that I did indeed sound frustrated, but the soonest they could get someone back out to the house would be July 28. That would leave us without a fridge for 14 days and there was no guarantees that the fridge would be successfully repaired on the 28th I explained again that I didn’t have a working fridge, and according to their repair schedule, that I would be without a fridge for almost three weeks, I again requested that someone stop by the house and look at the fridge that day. Again with apologies, I was told that Sears Repair would not be able to stop by that day, and the earliest time would be July 28. We went back and forth for awhile, and I expressed my frustration at their inability to properly diagnose and fix the problem - and their lack of customer service. It got me nowhere. I was told repeatedly that there was nothing else they could do for me. I ended it by hanging up.

Shortly after that, I was unpleasantly provided with the reality of why my Ice Maker and Dispenser were not working. It was because my freezer was no longer working. It was rapidly thawing!

How did it all end? That day, we went Refrigerator shopping – we had no choice! Sears left us high and dry without a functioning fridge and freezer and would do nothing about it until July 28. Bad, very bad, repair and customer service! Unbelievable, uncaring, unconscionable customer service!

In addition, during this whole two month issue, I also stopped by the Sears store to talk with the appliance manager to express my dismay that I had a fridge that was not working (at that time) just 15 months after I purchased it. He explained that if it had been a Kenmore product maybe he could help me. However he did agree to make some inquiries on my behalf and took my contact information. We never heard from him again. I also called and asked to speak with the store manager, explaining that I felt that he might be able to weigh in and help me move the process along to. I was assured he would get the message and would call me back after 1:00 pm that day. I never heard from him!

This was not the Sears store or service department that we have been accustomed to more than 37 years as Sears customers. Satisfaction Guaranteed? Not anymore.
There’s more to this, with regard to repeatedly being asked if I had an extended warranty, did I want to buy an extended warranty, - you know, you wouldn’t have this problem if only you had bought an extended warranty. Does that mean that if I did have an extended warranty, the repairman would have shown up with the problem diagnosed correctly with the parts on hand and the fridge have been repaired the first time? Would the problem have been prevented if I had the extended warranty? I don’t think so.
I also had a discussion with Sears Repair twice, regarding my hope that based on the history of this problem, the repairman would show up with the correct parts to make the repair, rather than looking at the fridge and determining that parts would have to be ordered – thus turning one repair appointment into many, depending on a correct diagnosis and my continued need to take time off work to be at home during the “four” hour window that Sears scheduled.

And, there was the issue about the cooling failure being a common problem with the brand I had purchased, not withstanding a new fridge only lasting 15 months.
Then there was a customer service representative who wanted to diagnose and deliver an opinion over the phone, based on the parts the repairman ordered. Point is, that person was not present when the repairman was at my house, and the repairman explained to me what the problem was, and why he took the action that he did to order the part.

Then there is the combined 12 hours of personal time I had to take from work in order to be at the house to meet the repairman. And of course, the no show appointment
Very very bad repair and customer service by a company who used to bend over backwards to ensure the customer was satisfied!

And, there is the company I bought the new fridge from. Upon learning that the fridge we decided to purchase would be on backorder for a few weeks, they delivered a loaner fridge to me, free of charge……. Their idea, not mine. That’s the kind of customer service we would have received from Sears not too long ago………..

Finally, after all of this, why would I ever do business with Sears again?

     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-07-25:
Sears service department has never been that good. One the warranty is up you can get any appliance repairman to take a look at it. Sears did their part under the warranty. Sometimes these things happen.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-25:
Other than being a bit lengthy, which in this case was necessary, this is an excellent review. It is well written, easy to follow and sums up most of the problems consumers are having with their appliances, service and warranties. I don't even think SearsCares can do anything about this now since so much damage has been done and you have already bought a new refrigerator.

I hope people take the time to read your review because it will give them a good understanding of what could be in store for them when something goes wrong with their appliances. And not just with Sears but with any brand or retailer.

Again, excellent review. Very informative.
Posted by Helpful on 2010-07-26:
Sears seems overwhelmed in certain areas of the country and has a difficult time handling the available workload. You're absolutely right that an extended warranty would have no way guaranteed the problems wouldn't exist or, when the repair was done, it would be repaired correctly. The fact that the unit broke down, needing to be repaired, opens the door to a plethora of negative possibilities. With that said, many extended warranty programs do have, what is commonly referred to as, a no lemon guarantee. Ultimately this means that if Sears couldn't fix the problem, by the third time, the problem is assumed to be unrepairable and the replacement is at Sears cost, not yours. You may find it useful to read one of my blogs entitled "Buying Right".

Hopefully you'll enjoy your new refrigerator. Best of luck with it.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-26:
The lemon law looks good on paper, but it's not worth what a company will put you through to get it honored. Just read the reviews! You can also go to my blog and read my comments. I will never buy an extended warranty again.
Posted by Helpful on 2010-07-26:
Good for you; however, I've seen this no-lemon guarantee work wonders. If you can't trust the retailer you're buying the merchandise through, you're buying from the wrong retailer.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-07-26:
Well, it's not good for me at all, or for the countless other consumers who don't seem to be able to hit on a retailer that can be trusted. I guess we're just not lucky.
Posted by SearsCare on 2010-08-03:
To Sarichef,
I do apologize for the delay in finding this comment. We have been going through an upgrade process of our own in order to handle issues more efficiently. I also hope that you come back to this thread and read this note.
Unfortunately, this is the hottest part of the year and most every service organization is stretched fairly thin in some areas. That doesn’t justify what’s happened to you and the service problems. I know you’ve already purchased another refrigerator from another retailer, but if you’d allow us the opportunity we’d like to talk with you about what happened. We can’t fix an issue if we don’t have specifics on which service unit was involved, etc. We would also like to discuss some things we have available to ensure that you don’t have this situation in the future should you need our services again.
My name is Brian and I’m part of the Sears Cares Escalations team and we’d like to work with you. At your convenience, please contact my office via email at searscares@searshc.com. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the refrigerator with the abysmal service was originally purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we’ll call you directly. Also, in your email, please provide the screen name (Sarichef) 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 J.
Senior Case Manager
Sears Cares
Posted by 2cent-er on 2010-08-28:
wonder what happened, did the poster get some satisfaction?? nice that Sears responded but to what end? so we [readers] can think Sears cares??.. Sears has been in the service business forever. there's not much new on how to satisfy your cust'; just give them timely professional service..so why the need for a special resolutions team. everything should be SOP.. why, for instance, is a call back cust' put at the end of the Q. they should get same day/next day service. the parts should be avail on a timely basis. Sears certainly has the clout to demand this..appliance repair has always been a seasonal, demand service business requiring additional people and overtime at peak periods.. Sadly Sears is just following the nat'l norm for warranty/contract service. depending on the 'round robin' of consumer dis-satisfaction-keep trading unhappy cust' with all the other manf/retailers.
Posted by Venice09 on 2010-08-28:
Obviously I agree with you, 2cent-er, but I'm not sure Sears can afford to do that anymore because there are so many complaints. I also think things got much worse after the merger with Kmart. I'm actually surprised that this SearsCares team even exists. But OPs have come back to post good results so they must at least be helping some people.

As I've said before and it may sound naive, but I keep hoping Sears will be the one to come out ahead in the appliance world. As you pointed out, they've been in the business forever and should know how to get it right. I think it's more a matter of their ability to do what needs to be done. I'm not so sure Sears in a position anymore to restore its long standing reputation. But I do know that there are still people out there who are loyal to Sears and think of them as trustworthy. All is not lost, but it could be if they don't do something to turn this around.
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Bad Customer Service/Repair Center
Posted by CrappyCustomerServiceEverywhere on 01/16/2008
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -- 10/2/07 purchased brand new freezerless Kenmore fridge from the Sears in Northridge, California. On 1/5/08 my fridge was making a loud gurgling noise as well as a steam release noise. I unplugged it and all of a sudden, water came gushing out of the bottom and inside of the fridge. I called repair center and was informed that no one can come fix it that day and won't be able to until Tues. I informed rep that I'm leaving town for a week and can't have them come till the 15th. He set me up for for a window of 1-5pm and I told him I can't take any time off for this and need an appointment after 5:00 pm. He informed me that the latest appointment available would be at 5:30 and that he would schedule me for that time on the 15th. I then asked if I am eligible for food reimbursement even though I did not purchase the extended warranty, and I was told yes. He transferred me to the warranty dept and I was disconnected. I was on hold for a while and then was bounced around person to person until finally someone knew the correct answer and was told I'm not eligible. I informed the woman that close to an hour of my time was wasted because of uninformed staff.

On the 14th I receive an automated message confirming that my appointment was between 1-5. I called customer service again and the rep sent a message to the router center to put me last on their list. He informed me that the last appointment was at 5:00 and not 5:30. He game me a number to call the next day and ask to speak with a manager and explain the situation and to make sure that they received the message.

1/15/08 I called the no. and asked to speak with the supervisor. I explained the situation and she told me that the last call is at 5:00. I asked her if she can have the tech come to my house at 5:10 and she said no that she doesn't have the power to do that. I informed her that my ex husband use to work for Sears, and yes she can do that, but she refused and told me that the tech had 8 jobs, he's only done 3, has 5 left, it's 1:10 and he hasn't taken his one hour lunch yet and she guaranteed that I'm last on the list and that she's sure he's not going to finish his jobs before 5:00 and that he probably won't get to my house after 5:00. At 3:40 I get a call from the tech informing me that he's on his way to my house. I told him I'm not home and won't be till about 5:00. He said he can't wait and I told him that I spoke with the manager and what she said the case was and not to go far because I'm going to call her. I called again and the same supervisor answered the phone. She informed me that he can't wait and that there's nothing she can do about it. I asked for a phone number to headquarters and she said that there isn't one. I said yes there is and I want it and she said that District is the highest number they give and she gave me the number I just called her on. I asked her what good is that going to do me if I get her and she's not helping me. I told her I already lost $300 worth of food, my time back on forth on the phone with them, and now money because I have to by 3 meals a day for us and cannot afford that.

She wasn't helpful so I said fine I'll go to the newspapers with this and hung up. Within 30 seconds, the tech called me and told me that he doesn't want me to be upset anymore and will try to accommodate me, but that he can't do it that day because they were sending him to Calabasas and will not pay for him to come back to where I lived because he will not be back till about 7 and they won't pay for that and they won't pay for him to wait for me to get home in an hour and he promised me to schedule me for tomorrow and put me last on the list again. I agreed. I gave the key to my neighbor, who was getting out of work at 3:00.

1/16/07 I called the tech to confirm the appointment and he informed me that he did make it, that he put me last on the list, but that he did not have the call and it was given to someone else. He gave me a number to customer service (the original number I called to set up the repair service) to call to get an approximate time of when the tech is coming today. I called and was informed that the appointment was done for tomorrow 1/17/08 and not today. I explained the situation to customer service and she put me on hold and spoke with the warranty dept and they said that they can't come today and don't do same day service. She then called the router department where I dealt with that original manager and she was told the same thing and that they will give my call to a tech who finishes early in the area and that they will call me and inform me of what's going on. My neighbor was kind and left a 1/2 hour early from work in case they come early. I never heard from the manager and they never came!!!!!

I had sent a complaint to headquarter the previous day and I received an email today informing me how much they value me as a customer and had the nerve to ask me to call them. Hello....you sold me a piece of crap, I'm getting jerked around and blown off by your repair center, I have lost $300 worth of food, I'm on high blood pressure meds and have to eat out, my blood pressure is now sky high from the stress they have caused me, spend extra money to eat out, spent at least 5 hours on the phone and you're freaking asking me to call you to resolve the situation. Apparently they can't pick up the phone and call me after all this crap they put me through and have the nerve to tell me to call them. They've already made me jump through hoops, and they want me to jump through more. You have got to be kidding me. I responded to them with an update. And after not hearing back from the manager by the end of their business day, I told them to come and pick up the fridge. I don't want it. I don't want it fixed and don't want a replacement. I told them that I want to be credited on my credit card and that if they don't pick it up, I will not pay for it and will fight till the end to save my credit.

I actually called the store and spoke with the sales person and explained everything. I had looked at the fridge and freezer a year before and promised that I would go back to him, which I did. He informed me that they won't take the fridge back because the 90 days are up....it broke 3 days after the 90 day period! He transferred me to One Source, but got disconnected. He called back to follow-up and I told him I won't waste anymore time being put on hold and jerked around and I'll take this to the BBB and newspapers. The heck with the papers...this site is better...but I will be filing a complaint with the BBB. He said that he will call them and will have someone call me back.

I will get rid of my Sears account, and will never step foot in Sears or K-Mart and will research to see what other sister/parent companies of Sears and won't go to them.

WHAT IS UP WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE IN CALIFORNIA? They reel you in, take your money and screw you!
     
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Posted by Mario The Great on 2008-01-16:
You refusal to work with the repair team is rather unsettling. Just because your husband used to work for Sears, doesn't mean squat. You try to use this to your advantage and then get mad when it doesn't work for you. You were given a clear time window (1-5) and couldn't make that commitment. You sure were quick to let everyone know that you were leaving and wouldn't be back but when you did come back you were more than willing to give your key to the neighbor. Why didn't you do this in the first place? Yes, there is a return policy of 90 days and yes, you didn't make it. Even the less than smart customer rep. would know NOT to tell you anything knowing that you hadn't purchased an extended warranty. There is no way that they would cover ANY food loss without the purchase of it. What makes you think that it's covered anyway? Oh yeah, your husband used to work for Sears and yes, they can. It's consumers like you that make people in retail mad. It's not your store, you don't own them, you're not always right, we can't always make it your way, sometimes we try our best and finally, if you really want to know what Edward Lampert owns, here you go:

1. Sears Holdings Corp - Sears, Kmart, Lands End, The Great Indoors, Orchard Supply Hardware, A&E, among others.
2. Autozone
3. Citigroup
4. Autonation
5. Home Depot
6. Clear Channel.com

AND MANY MANY MORE.

So, if you really want to not set foot in anything owned by Sears, there you go.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-16:
My thoughts echoed here Mario.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-17:
www.searsholdings.com/invest/ Great site to learn about
sears holding corp.
But each company must stand on their own and I wonder were sears falls in on that list??
Mario : I don't see any reference about her husband ever working at sears???
Posted by Mario The Great on 2008-01-17:
Ninny - 2nd page, 1st line. It's actually her ex-husband. Makes me even more livid. I'll bet you she doesn't go around telling McDonalds that her ex-husband used to work there and she knows that former employees get an extra pickle. Heck, how many women do I know that use their ex-husbands as leverage in ANY situation? I know of NONE. :) my3cents worth.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-17:
mario
sorry about that , didn't see the second page.
see we all make mistakes.
Posted by Ponie on 2008-01-17:
ninny, I can understand your overlooking that comment. After reading the first page of her exclaiming 'I want what I want when I want it,' I almost didn't go to the second one either. I don't think there's any question why her spouse is now her 'EX!'

BTW, I just reread the first sentence. I didn't know any company makes a 'freezerless' refrigerator. I thought all of them had a freezer...but what do I know, I live in an apartment where I don't have to go appliance shopping.
Posted by Anonymous on 2008-01-17:
There are some customers out there , that don't make any sense at all.
I believe this is one of them.
Sears can't bend over backward for these people.
Otherwise they would be making service call at two in the morning.
Posted by CrappyCustomerServiceEverywhere on 2008-01-21:
Actually Mario, my ex husband working for Sears means that the only advantage I have, is a huge one....I know how customer service operates. I told the manager about him working there, so she knows not to jerk me around, but she still did, and I knew what to do. Did you ever think that maybe I just moved to this location? Maybe that’s why I didn’t want to give my neighbor my house key while I was away for a week. If Sears didn’t sell lemons (apparently other customers on here are complaining about lemons from Sears) then I wouldn’t have to worry about it!!!! If customer service did their job, then life would’ve been easier for all. I know you have a hard job working as a customer service rep. No I don’t own the store nor the people, but THEY OWED ME A FRIDGE since the one I have broke 89 days from the day it was delivered to me, till the day it broke!!!! Yes, I was quick to tell the customer rep that I was leaving...that’s because I was...he was trying to make a repair appointment for me while I was away....maybe I should’ve just let them come knocking on my door..oh wait a minute...they wouldn’t have...they freakin blew me off 3 times. I wasn’t sure if the food was covered, so I asked...but the less then intelligent customer service, as most are, informed me incorrectly. If he, and the other idiots I delt with knew their job, then I wouldn’t be pissed about being passed around person to person in midst of being on hold for a total of 45 minutes. That’s what pissed me off....not the fact that it wasn’t covered. It sounds to me like you hate your job. Perhaps you may want to consider working as a security guard at a morgue...that way you won’t have to deal with customers like me....ones who won’t get jerked around, by lazy and unmotivated customer service reps sitting behind the phone and scratching their nuts while they’re snoozing on the job. The sales person and the repair tech who finally showed up were the ones to help me out...they and the delivery guys told me all the issues that customer services causes their customers...how they dick people around. That’s right...One Source called me right away, apologized and I had the fridge the next morning!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Apparently, this customer is right!!!!!!!! Let me tell you something...I know you’re really busy doing nothing working as a customer rep...but I am the President of a PTA for a school holding 1200 children, work full time, a single mom and guess what....also own a RETAIL business, as well as getting ready to go to school to enhance my RETAIL business. I don’t’ have time to be played with nor to waste because of unmotivated and incompetent idiots at customer service. So you’re crying to the wrong person. Instead of being a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. Instead of being on here complaining about customers like me....you know the ones who aren’t passive...maybe you should start doing research starting from the first post on here of an unsatisfied customer. Oh wait, you may be noticed and succeed. What a jerk!!!! It’s customer service reps like you that will keep me away from Sears and will have me going to family owned businesses. It’s also customer reps like you who just motivated me to open another business...watch out, I might be the next one to write you up on how you’re doing with customer service!!!! Don’t bother responding to this, I won’t be wasting my time....The 5 minutes I just spend was enough on you and the likes of you.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2008-01-21:
Crappy, as you name fits you well also,
your last 3 posts have proven what the others said about your attitude.
You need to learn to work with people.
Posted by Ponie on 2008-01-21:
'I'm going to stop right here, before the evil in me comes out.' Too late.

I don't have to worry about silly things like appliance purchases/repairs. My people get paid to take care of things like this.
Posted by hello dolly on 2008-01-21:
I have only 3 thoughts I would like to share on this situation
1)Do you understand "warranty"? As in the manufacturer provided a period of time with no cost REPAIRS because this is a mechanical piece of equipment that may experience a failure. 1 such failure does not equal LEMON.
2) Can you please provide me with the information about the class you took to make you so successful that you can both own your own business and address the PTA with that attitude and language and still hold your head SO HIGH !!
3) For those of use who are slow please go over again how your neighbor was too new and untrustowrthy to hold the key the first time suggested and so trustworthy just a week later....possibly the answer to #2?
Posted by hello dolly on 2008-01-21:
Ponie I just saw a new Samsung fridge that has 4 doors. It is advertised as follows
top left - deep freeze
bottom left - soft freeze
top right - fridge
bottom right - soft freeze or fridge
Very good looking box. As i am remodeling my kitchen I have looked at 100's of appliances so if there are any you want me to look at for you just give me a heads up. LOL
Posted by Randy1133 on 2008-09-16:
Its really fun when Sears loses your service order you pay in advance for and you spend 4 hours on the phone proving you ordered what is showing up on your credit card labeled "Sears". I am still waiting fir the refund to show on my card.
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Service repair installation and customer service
Posted by Dblachman on 04/15/2006
CHICO, CALIFORNIA -- If you are thinking of buying a major appliance at Sear because you believe that they back their products with service, be forewarned. It wasn't true for me.
When we bought our refrigerator we had Sear deliver and install it. One and a half years later we found our kitchen, washroom, and 2nd bathroom covered in water. The hose that connects the water to the refrigerator had come apart where Sears had connected it. I called and Sears sent a "service repairman". He told me that he couldn't fix the problem because the original installer had used a plastic hose that was too thin. I asked what Sears and was told that an installer would be sent to fix the pipe from the water feed. Several phone calls later, I finally arranged for the installer to come. I didn't complain when Sears called and postponed the appointment one day, nor did I object when they called to say that they would be an hour and a quarter late.
In fact they were an hour and three quarter late.
They looked at the job and said they couldn't fix it with the present hose; that I would need and installer. "Who are you then?", I asked. "We are the delivery men. We can't replace the hose. The installer no longer works for Sears." They left promising to ask for an installer.
I thought I should talk to customer service at Sears. BIG MISTAKE! I made three calls lasting a little under two hours. I first got hung up by the least user friendly auto-operator system. When I did get through BOTH the operators transferred me off, one to a dead end that hung up and the other to terminal hold. I figured that after waiting one hour for someone to come back on my line that I was out of luck. I still don't know what to do. I am facing a lot of expensive repair work on floors, sheet rock, and due to this accident I have found carcinogenic tiles in the bathroom.
I also have a SEARS refrigerator with no water or ice machine for which I paid extra.
Learn from my mistake. Go elsewhere for your appliance and service.
     
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Customer Service Sucks Costing Us Huge $$$$
Posted by Charlie08 on 02/01/2008
My husband recently had a problem with Sear’s Customer Service Department. After checking the internet, we aren’t the only people who experience problems after purchasing an item from the company. It’s no wonder the Company is going downhill! We still haven’t had our problem solved, nor were we able to speak with a manager: We are writing to ask if you would investigate this situation for us. We paid $2500 for this refrigerator only 16 months ago!!!!


We purchase the Stainless Steel Kenmore Elite 25 cu. Ft. refrigerator at Sears item# 04677563000 Mfr. model# 77563 16 months ago. The ice maker just broke. I had to make 4 calls to the service department. The first time I called, I go so far as to schedule a time before I was hung up on. I thought, oh no, I’d better call back to verify. The second time I called, I was able to give my name and phone number before my called was dropped. The third time I called, I asked to speak with a manager in the service department, however, they transferred me to the credit card department. By the 4th call, I was able to speak with someone who informed me that I was never on the schedule. Which meant that I would have sat home for 4 hours waiting for nobody to show up. Finally, this customer service person scheduled the appointment but put my address AND phone number down wrong!

The service man came to my neighbors house instead of mine. Long story short, our 1 yr warranty was up and the part was defective. The Service Department said there wasn't anything we could do, nor would they let us speak to a manager! We were told that it would cost us $350.00 to fix the failed Circuit Board on the Ice Maker. For the price of this machine, you'd think it would work for longer than 16 months before breaking. When my husband called to speak with someone at the Sears store, the salesman got very defensive and told my husband, “I’ve been with the company for 31 years and never had a problem dealing with the service department, don’t ever call me again!” The was the end of that conversation. So, my husband resorted to calling the hotline again.

Of course, he was never allowed to speak with anyone in management. The customer service person he spoke with said we should call LG corporation, because the icemaker is an LG part placed in a Kenmore refrigerator. We called the number to LG. They said that Sears should never had given out their number and there wasn’t anything they could do. We needed to go through Sears. We’ve been through hoops trying to get a manager and figure out why a defective part in our machine is a cost we should pay.

The internet doesn’t have nice things to say about Sear’s Customer Service, or this refrigerator. We are tired of the run around and certainly can’t afford to fork out another $350 on a $2500 refrigerator.

By the way, we paid to have it fixed and NOW it's broken again. We were told to fork out another $350 to fix it again. We were also told we should have purchased the extended warranty!
     
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Posted by Ann Margaret on 2008-02-01:
I purchased a refrigerator from Sears a few years back, and I took out the extended warranty. Within the first year three (3) compressors went that had to be replaced. I also had no refrigerator until their order of the new compressor came in. This took a week or better. Each time I put in for my food loss, which I was covered for, they told me I needed something new to prove my losses.

When the compressor went a fourth (4th) time, I contacted their headquarters and got no satisfaction whatsoever. They referred me back to their service department. At this point in time my husband and I went over to the store, where we purchased the refrigerator, and directly to the store manager's office. After all, why not, as his secretary had made many promises to me on this ongoing problem. The secretary became very upset that I walked into her office unannounced, and we had a few words due to this. The store manager came out, and said that if I didn't leave he would call security and have me removed from the store. I told him to go ahead and call security, as I would call the police, and press charges and call the newspapers to report how they treat their customers. He did call security on me.

Little did the store manager know, but we knew the security director of this store. When he showed up he spoke on our behalf, and told the manager that we are quiet people, and must have been pushed too far. The store manager then spoke with us. When he heard what we were put thru, and having a 4th compressor go on us, he immediately had the floor model cleaned up and brought to our house. They put the old refrigerator outside and left it there. A new refrigerator was ordered for us, and delivered in three (3) days, and I was left with two refrigerators outside of my back door. I had to call them up to come and get them, as they never called me during the two weeks these refrigerators sat outside. I was also reimbursed for the loss of my food for the four (4) times the compressor went down. The new refrigerator worked well with no problems for several years.

My advice is to go and speak to the store manager about your problem, because he is the person who can help resolve any and all problems. Good luck.

Posted by Aerocave on 2008-02-01:
I had a problem with a Kenmore refridgerator after about 2 1/2 years...a relay went out, causing a food loss of about $300, my kitchen floor was ruined, and the part to fix was about $300...I contacted the Sears location where I purchased it from, talked to the General Manager, calmly explained the situation, made it a point of the several appliances I had purchased from Sears in the past 3 years, and he reimbursed me to fix it. I realize Sears has a bad reputation, but I have always had good luck with their products (except that one time) and their employees.
Posted by Slimjim on 2008-02-01:
Well you certainly can't blame LG or the salesman for telling you it's not their concern. Regardless who sources the part(s), once Sears puts their name on it, it's their baby only.
Posted by Justusryan on 2008-02-01:
Wouldn't the world be perfect if we could all get things for free after a stated warranty expired?
Posted by Rachael1978 on 2008-02-13:
You know - it's poor customer service that makes a company go down hill! Thanks for the warning!
Posted by imp3400 on 2013-03-21:
You are right their customer service sucks. They do damage to your home in the $1000+ range give you the "we are sorry" and offer you 20% coupon good off your next purchase. I had this happen to me.
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Ridiculous About Serving Customer
Posted by NMY on 03/07/2011
ILLINOIS -- Sears repair service is the worst in the world. I first called Sears on 2/21 to come out for my refrigerator. Freezer side of my refrigerator stopped working. The tech comes out and sees that one of the sensor for the ice maker is not working and that's why the freezer side is not working. So he orders the part and according to him " he put a rush on it". Mind you, we are talking about a refrigerator here and all my groceries are going bad and I can't buy more groceries because of the freezer. I called them on 2/25 to find out the status on the part. People at Sears have no clue about the part, they have no tracking # what so ever. So finally one guy tells me if the part doesn't arrive by Monday 2/28, call us. Sure enough, Monday comes by and we still don't have the part. So I call Sears again and wondering what's going on. Again no one has any clue. After being on the phone with different reps for couple of hours, I get a chance to speak with a so called supervisor. He assures me that my refrigerator will be fixed on Tuesday. I told him, more power to him if you can have the part and a technician out here tomorrow. He said if I want to bet him. I said, I don't want to bet him but if he wants to take this challenge, be my guest. All I wanted was, my refrigerator fixed. He said, if he can't get this fixed, I can have his job (like I need his pathetic job with the ridiculous company) He said to call back Tuesday and speak to him if this thing is not resolved(he even gave me his Employee ID# and his extension#, which God only knows, even exist). I knew that he was full of hot air, So I took it upon my self and sent out a nasty gram to the following Sears executives

(ld'ambrosio@searshc.com; bjohnson9@searshc.com; wharker@searshc.com; sfreidheim@searshc.com; jgoodman@searshc.com; mcollins@searshc.com).

I didn't know if it's going to work on but it was worth the shot. After that, I did little more research and found a number for their "Executive customer service". I spoke with them and explain to them that it has been a week and no one has any clue on the part. The representative there, assured me that the part should arrive tomorrow BLAH BLAH BLAH. Well on Tuesday 3/1, the tech shows up and asks us for the part.

We are like, how the heck we know, you are the one who ordered it. He said, OK, he will reschedule his appointment for 3/3 and the part should arrive by then. I also received a call from the Executive customer service stating that they are responding to my email. So I was happy that my nasty gram wasn't a waste of time and energy. Couple hours after the tech leaves, the part shows up.

So I called and scheduled an appointment for 3/2. Now the interesting thing is, I am in IL, and Sears sends out a part from California VIA UPS Ground. Grounds takes 5 business day from California to IL. Now, one day for them to come take a look, 5 days for part to get here and one additional day for them to come out and install part. We are into 9 days of not having our freezer. It gets better. The tech that came out was the same tech that came out the first day. I had told him that the water had stopped working too but he apparently ignored me. So when he comes in on 3/2 (funny, he doesn't even ring a bell and puts a "sorry we missed you" sticky on the door and was about to leave, I happened to see him and ran out to stop him, he claims that he rang the bell and tried calling on my cell, what a bull crap). So when he comes in to install the ice maker, he just installs the ice maker and about to walk out. I asked him, how long will it take for it work? "He said 8 hours". I said fine but what about the water? He was like "what about the water"? I told him that I informed him on the first day that the water was not working. So he goes behind the refrigerator and says "Oh it needs a valve and he will order it". So my wife asks him, "what, another week for the part"? He goes "yeah" with out any worries. Fine, it's only water, I can live with it. 12 hours go by and the freezer still not working and it's Thursday 3/3 now. So I reach out to the "executive customer service" and told her the tech was piece of work. he didn't do crap. So she apologized and said that she will send out another tech to come out on Friday between 8-12 on 3/4. Very frustrating but I had no other choice. We waited till about 12:15 on 3/4 and no one shows up. I called Sears and they said that tech was running little late and he will call us. I called them back again at 12:45pm and the person there said that he will be there in 30 minutes. I got little busy and didn't get a chance to call them until 2:30 to find out where the heck the tech was. They said, the tech took it upon himself and cancelled the appointment because we had the parts coming on 3/8. I am like what????? Parts were for the water and not for the freezer side. I was on the phone with at least 12 different rude people until 5:00 pm (I am not exaggerating) who had no clue what's going on and reading off the freaking scripts. I finally was able to get a hold of another executive customer service person and she said that she's going to have the tech call you. So the tech finally calls me and I explain to him that the parts that other moron tech ordered were for the water and not the freezer. I know this because, he told us that it's going to work in 8 hours, so why would he order other freezer parts (may be lying so won't get into trouble? humn.. interesting). He was really apologetic and said that he's going to have a senior tech come out on Monday 3/7. I was fuming at this point, now we are going into 3rd week and the freezer still not working. So I sent out another nasty gram to the following executive (ld'ambrosio@searshc.com; bjohnson9@searshc.com; wharker@searshc.com; sfreidheim@searshc.com; jgoodman@searshc.com; mcollins@searshc.com) So this morning on 3/7, I received another call from the customer service saying that, we will have to cancel the appointment because the parts are on order and no point of tech coming out. At that point, I wanted to reach out to the person on the other side of the phone and choke them. I explain to her that the parts were for the water and not the freezer and I begged her not to cancel the appointment. So she was nice enough to not cancel the appointment. I also reached out the tech who called me on Friday and asked him for help. He was really nice and reached out the tech suppose to come out and ensured that he was still coming out. So finally today the senior tech came out, was nice and professional and knew what he was doing. He checked several things and told us what to do and said that some one has to come out and install the parts are coming and it should work. This guy seems to know what he's doing so I trust that it will be fixed in next couple of days. But shame on Sears for letting it go this far. I didn't ask to repair a rocket, it's freaking refrigerator. It's ridiculous that it takes 3 weeks to service a refrigerator. I wouldn't recommend their service to any one. Had my wife been working, either her or I had to miss out 4 work days and not to mention, that we have to go out to Walmart to get some water throw away some groceries. PLEASE DON'T USE SEARS unless you REALLY want to take some blood pressure medication...

     
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Posted by Venice09 on 2011-03-08:
This review is lengthy and hard to read. There's probably a valid complaint in there somewhere, but I have to be honest and say that I couldn't read the entire thing. A scaled down version that gets to the point would be more helpful.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
I stopped reading when the OP insulted the employee about their "pathetic job". That tells me all I need to know.
Posted by getoverit on 2011-03-08:
It does sound like a horrific story - but there's always that whole thing about catching more flies with honey.
Posted by NMY on 2011-03-11:
Yeah sure, I agree, it's a lengthy review, but even if it helps 1 person, it serves it's purpose. throwback, I didn't tell the employee that i didn't want his pathetic job, these are my feeling after been screwed for 3 weeks. Your comments are just based on reading my story, I bet if you went through what my family and I went through, your comments would have been different.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-03-11:
NMY, consider the fact that you could help more than one person if you rewrite this review in a way that's easier to read. Just a suggestion.
Posted by NMY on 2011-04-29:
Update, Today is 4/29/11 I am still waiting for a tech to come out and fix the same issue. My appointment was for between 8 -12, I called at 11:35 and was told that truck broke down and the tech will be late. Thank you sears for calling ME and letting me know!!!. What a BS customer service.
Posted by NMY on 2011-05-12:
Update on 4/29/2011. A tech finally showed up at 3:00. I told him that he must have been backed up because his truck broke down. He was like "What? who told you that? His truck never broke down". I told him that Sears told me that when i called them, because he was scheduled for 8-12. He said, no, they put me at the end of his route, and those customer service people just make up stories so you will not get mad at them. This just can't get any better than that....P.S. it's 5/12, I still have a broken fridge!!!!
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-05-12:
Besides the verbal exercise, what did the tech do on 4/29?
Posted by NMY on 2011-05-12:
@trmn8r. He pulled the part out, compared it's specs with the new one and said " well the old part is ok, something else must be wrong" I wanted to choke him right then there because he could have check the specs when he ordered the part, he wasted our entire day for that?
Posted by ok4now on 2011-05-12:
Venice: I just knew that this post would get your attention. Difficult to read, the OP is venting and rambling without giving much specific information about the complaint. I did speed read this due to the length of the post. Kept looking for my favorite "Sears Cares" who solves every complaint with 100% complete customer satisfaction. LOL!! It appears that the OP has not been contacted by them yet. After they do we can expect a second Sears Complaint review. When will these people ever get their act together? Must be the K-Mart mentality.
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-05-12:
ok4now, look at the comments above ours. The OP posted an update on 5/12, and it's not going well. Can't say that I'm surprised.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-05-13:
Venice: I did see that. You and I have been commenting for some time now about the inferior quality and poor response from the seller for all of these appliances. Sears seems to be the poster child for this. Way too many negative reviews and lack of service from this once great company. Recently they had a 30% off sale on all Kenmore appliances. Gee I wonder why?
Posted by shoes2010282 on 2011-06-03:
I am sooo scared. I could start crying right now. I wrote a review about my issue with them and mine has just started. My fridge just went dead on 6/1/11. I received a date of 6/20/11 for a tech to get here. They left me a message that they have sent the part for the tech on the 20th. So how do they know what part I need? I've only had this fridge 1 1/2 years. I bought a protection plan (costly too yet). I'm going to be sick.......
Posted by rneely371 on 2011-10-19:
I am there too. Similar story...different people. Kind of like dragnet. The names were changed to protect the idiots. No nore sears 4 me!
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Sears Home Warranty services - absolutely the worst
Posted by Dnoel on 12/20/2010
BETHESDAY, MARYLAND -- Sears has twice cancelled warranty services on my refrigerator, each time with less than 24 hours notice. I've missed two days of work as a result. I rescheduled the service for today (12/20/2010), again took off work, and this time no one showed up. I'm unable to comprehend the lack of competency and the sheer disdain for customer satisfaction.

I would avoid purchasing appliances from them because they are apparently unable to provide the warranty services that they've committed to.
     
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Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-20:
That's unacceptable. They should reimburse you for lost wages.
Posted by SearsCare on 2010-12-22:
Dear Dnoel,

I am reaching out to you to offer assistance and extend an apology. I'm terribly sorry for the manner in which your appointment has been handled. No call no shows are unacceptable. This is not normally how we conduct business. Our goal is to exceed your expectation and I know we have more than disappointed you. My name is Scott and I'm with the Sears Social Media Support Team. At your convenience please contact my office via email at smsupport@searshc.com so that we can assist with resolving this issue. Please provide us a contact number and the phone number the refrigerator was purchased under and we will call you at your convenience. In addition, include your screen name (Dnoel) in the email so we can reference to your case.

Thank you,

Scott J.
Social Media Support Team
Posted by Steer clear of Sears on 2011-01-23:
Just spent six hours today working with various sears team to resolve an appliance issue, I made near zero progress. Working with their insincere teams is equivalent to hitting your face against a brick wall. After investing too much time attempting to negotiate a fair solution, I now realize our only option is to report them to the better business bureau, and take your business elsewhere. Attempting to resolve issues through sears is not productive.
Posted by Steer clear of Sears on 2011-01-23:
Do yourself a favor, just document all issues and report Sears to the Better Business Bureau...don't get mad...the BBB is stWructured to del with these clowns...we are not.
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Sears Did Not Honor Refrigerator Warranty
Posted by Myconcern on 12/06/2008
My 2-year old Kenmore refrigerator quit running on August 12, 2007 due to a defective compressor, which is covered under the 5-year warranty for sealed components. When you call Sears, you get the usual options to select and questions to answer. Then you are put on hold awaiting a live person. This person will be the next person available and could be in any city or state. You can’t get the same person you talked to last time. You can give the employee ID number and they still don’t know who it is. You must start over with the entire story after you repeat your phone number, name and address. Several times I was disconnected after telling my story and had to start over with someone else. I frequently got conflicting answers, like “no, they don’t do warranty repairs” to “yes, they do warranty repairs”. This is the worst customer service experience I have ever had. Below is a summary of my stressful experience. Following that is the unbelievable details. You will see that Sears continuously changed their story. I got the impression that they were trying to wear me down and drop the issue.

Summary:

1. My first phone call for service, Sears said the refrigerator was no longer under warranty and it would take a week before Sears could service it.
2. I said I would call someone else for service because I needed it repaired sooner.
3. When I called back and explained that a local non-Sears repair service said the problem was the compressor, Sears did not tell me that the warranty was now void. In fact, my warranty description in my manual did not say the warranty would be voided if someone else worked on the refrigerator. Sears proceeded to sell me the service agreement saying that the compressor would be covered under warranty and the service agreement would cover the labor. They did not say that the service agreement would not cover the repair since some else worked on the refrigerator. I asked them to fax the terms of the Service Smart agreement. They said they did not have faxing capabilities. I asked them to email it; they said they could not, that I would have to wait until it arrived in the mail about 10 days after paying for it.
4. They proceeded to schedule an appt. A week went by, and then the service tech arrived and said he would not replace the compressor because someone else worked on it. He proceeded to write a report that was inaccurate and made it look like the repairperson had damaged the refrigerator.
5. I called Sears back and explained that the compressor is covered under the 5-yr warranty. They say the “agreement” is void because someone worked on the refrigerator. I can’t get them to consider the factory warranty and forget about the service agreement. My manual does not state the warranty is void if someone other than Sears works on the unit.
6. 9/5/07: Received the service agreement contract. If says this agreement does not cover service required as a result of a repair by someone not authorized by Sears. The compressor failed before the repair tech arrived. I called him because the refrigerator quit running. The failed compressor was not caused by the repair tech.
7. I asked multiple Sears’ personnel if I could fax them the write-up from the local repair tech, which indicates the compressor, was not working upon his arrival. They said they could not receive faxes. The non-Sears repair tech has agreed to appear in Small Claim court if it comes to this.
8. I filed a claim with the Better Business Bureau. Sears said my warranty was void because the non-Sears repair tech damaged the refrigerator. This is not true. I will file with Small Claims.
9. I did Win in small claims court because Sears did not show up.


Below is the detail:

1. My 2-year old Kenmore refrigerator stopped running on 8/13.

2. 8/13: Called Sears, Service Tech could not come until 8/21.

3. I could not go w/o a refrigerator for that long, so I called a local service. Only the sealed units were still under warranty. He replaced the start/run switch for $190. It did not help. He said was a faulty compressor and he would not touch it since it was under warranty.

4. Made the appt. and asked them to have the service tech bring a compressor when he comes so it could be repaired right away.

5. Cannot bring compressor at first visit. Must come, charge $65, diagnose, and then order the part. Takes a few days to get in. Then they will set up the next appt to install.

6. Cannot have 2 appointments on the books, so they cannot set up the second appt now

7. Compressor is under warranty, but the labor is not.

8. We stocked food into coolers and purchased many bags of ice. Eventually we bought a small refrigerator for $140. We had already lost about $125 in food.

9. After I made the appt. I spoke to Employee x. He said I have to select and pay for the plan prior to making the appt.

10. Must cancel my appt if I want to take the plan, and then reschedule.

11. Can’t provide an est. cost. So we cannot decide in advance if we want the plan.

12. Called to get service plan. Went thru all the automated questions again, a person put me on hold for at least 5 min., and then we were disconnected.

13. I called back and got the plan. She confirmed that the plan was accepted even though I had an appt.

14. 8/21: the service tech said he would not repair the compressor and that it was no longer under warranty because someone other than Sears worked on the refrigerator. A new compressor would be $452 and the labor $177. He didn’t give us the $500 per the Service plan agreement.

15. 8/21: I called Sears and spoke with Employee y of the Dept of Repairs. She said the warranty was voided when the other repair service replaced the switch even though they did not touch the compressor. The unit was still sealed.

16. 8/21: I requested to speak with her supervisor. She said she was the “top” and there was no one above her to talk to. She said that even if I talked to the CEO, he would say the compressor was not covered under the warranty. I persisted and she left a message with the NCR Dept. who must respond within 24 hours.

17. 8/22: The NCR Dept did not respond. I called them. They were unfamiliar with the situation and I started from scratch. She said that I needed to call the mfg for the warranty. I said it was Sears, She said no it is Kenmore. She said that the service tech could not do the mfg warranty work. Then why did they send him? I asked for the $65 service charge to be refunded and to cancel the service agreement. She gave me the Cancellation dept. Gave all my info again. They don’t handle the Service Smart cancellations. They will transfer me to 1-877-469-5663. Employee z cancelled the agreement. He said the service tech can do warranty work.

18. 8/22: I called the Kenmore number. It was Sears. Selected repairs and was transferred to warranty, but got the Tech Line who handles Service Smart disputes. He reviewed my info. The mesa service tech had reported that the wires were hanging loose and shorted the compressor. That is false. I explained what happened and offered to fax my receipt and description of the repair. Employee A “they” have been looking at this as not being covered by the Service Smart agreement. He feels it should still be covered under mfg warranty and there is no need to fax the repair slip. He was the first person who actually “listened” to me and had any empathy. He will have Employee B call the Mesa Service Unit tomorrow morning and get this resolved.

19. 8/23/07: Employee B has not called me. Called 1-800-767-2000, Opt 1 and asked for Employee B. No such person. They suggested I call Nat’l Customer Relations at 800-927-7836 or Protection Services Resolution Center at 1-888-528-6326. I asked them to connect me to the Service Smart Tech Line in High Point, NC (800-827-6655). They did and someone took a message for Employee B since she was out to lunch.

20. 8/23: Employee B called me. We became disconnected and she called me right back. The Tech Mgr from Mesa has not returned her call. However, she said the compressor should be covered under the warranty and the motherboard, if needed, is most likely covered as well. She will order the parts and schedule service from Mesa. The next avail appt is Wednesday, Aug 29, between 8 and noon. She will tell them not to send the same service tech. He should have at a minimum given us $500 towards a new appliance per the Service Smart agreement. Employee B will reactivate the Service Smart agreement I cancelled. We can cancel after the appt if it is not needed. Can confirm the appt by calling Tech Line again at l 800-775-2023. I can also reach her at that number. She will be out until next Wed, but will in during our service call in case we have a problem and need to contact her.

21. 8/23: I called 800-775-2023 and asked for Employee B. She was gone or away from her desk. I left a message. Perhaps the motherboard should be ordered right away in case it is needed. I don’t want to wait another week for a second service appt.

22. 8/28/07: Sears left VM at 6PM to cancel tomorrow repair appt.

23. 8/28/07 11:00 AM: Called 800-775-2023. Employee A and Employee B are out. Employee C confirmed that the Service Smart agreement has not been reactivated. I explained that Employee B was going to do 3 things for me last Thursday. 1) Order a compressor, 2) reactivate my Service Smart, 3) schedule a service appt for Wed. Aug 29 between 8 and noon. We have yet received the compressor. I asked Employee C to leave a message for Employee B so she sees it first thing in the morning in case we need to reschedule the service appt.

24. 8/29/07: Talked with Employee B. She said they cancelled the appt. for the same reason they did not repair the refrigerator the first time (they determined the compressor was not under warranty). Why did they make this appt in the first place if they were going to refuse to honor it? Why wait until the night before the appt. That adds 6 more days w/o a refrigerator. Employee B will call them. She said Sears must legally replace the compressor.

25. 8/29/07: Sears Repair in Mesa called to set up appt. for Fri or Sat. Set it up for Fri, Aug 31, 8-noon.

26. 8/29/07, 12: 45 PM: I called the Tech Line. The gal confirmed that the compressor is covered because I did not have Service Smart “before” the other company worked on the refrigerator. She confirmed my Service Smart was reactivated to cover the cost of the labor to replace the compressor. She will have Employee B check on the status of the compressor and get back to me.

27. 8/30/07: I called Employee B to confirm part was ordered. She did not respond to that question, but said that Service Smart could not cover the repair because someone else worked on the refrigerator. I explained again that the compressor is covered under the “factory” warranty. She said “You have a good point, I’ll look into that and get back to you”

28. 8/30/07, 2PM: Employee B called to say that the warranty is void because someone worked on the refrigerator. She cited their service tech notes that say the previous repairman damaged the refrigerator. I told her, as I had told her before, that I would fax her the repair slip for the previous tech that states that the compressor was weak and maybe bad before he even finished his repair. After all, I called repair service because the refrigerator was not running. So, something was wrong BEFORE the repairman came. She said I could get $500 from Sears (my $240 that I paid for the service plan plus their $260) but it must be spent at Sears. I told her I would never buy an appliance from Sears again. I then told he I would contact an atty. She said she could no longer talk to me and gave me the number of Nat’l Customer Relations (800-927-7836).

29. Called Nat’l’ Customer Relations and explained briefly what is going on to Allie (56059). She said they handle service agreements, not warranty. I should call the Mesa service unit regarding warranty 480-497-7733. I have talked with them in the past and they refuse service because they say the warranty is void.

30. 9/13/07: Retrieved Small Claims form to complete.

31. 9/13/07: Called Sears Repair number, selected warranty. Explained the situation to Althea. She said she could not determine where we bought our refrigerator, just when. But she said if I would cancel my Service agreement, then make a repair appt., the compressor will be covered under warranty. She said to call 888-528-6326.

32. 9/13/07: Called 888-528-6326, spoke with Employee D and said I wanted to cancel my agreement. She put me on hold and Employee E answered, a Sears Tech Support. I said I wanted to cancel the agreement. He started to read the notes. I summarized it. He said the compressor would not be covered if someone else worked on it. But they would refund my $240 for the agreement. Then he said there were a lot of notes and he better speak with his supv first (He said “she”, I suspect it was Employee B). He said someone would call me back tomorrow. His dept’s direct line is 800-775-2023. That is the number for Employee B’s dept.

33. 9/14/07: Called 800-549-4505 (customer service). Spoke with the regulator compliance specialist. She is working on my claim with the BBB and plans to respond soon. Her number is 800-762-3049, ext 16357. I explained that I had not been given a chance to provide the local service tech’s findings and accurate description of repairs. She gave me her fax number 512-248-7945.

34. 9/18/08: Sears responded to the BBB claim saying they would not pay the claim. They said to call for a full refund of the service agreement plan. I had to call two or 3 phone numbers and speak with multiple people to get the refund. They tried to charge me for the service visit in which the service tech did nothing. I refused to pay that. After being on put on hold, they came back and agreed on a full refund.

35. 10/5/07: Sears replied to the BBB complaint stating that they believe the repair tech damaged the refrigerator and therefore they would not honor the warranty.

36. I will file with small claims on 10/9/07.

37. I won in small claims court because Sears did not show up.
     
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Posted by tnchuck100 on 2008-12-06:
So what was the end result?
Posted by Soaring Consumer on 2008-12-06:
He won in small claims. I really like when these stories have happy endings.
Posted by hello dolly on 2008-12-10:
Won what?
Posted by myconcern on 2009-01-02:
Sears had to reimuburse me the cost of the my refrigerator, the small refrigerator I purchased to use until the claim was settled and the settlement costs. It came to about $1650. If they would have covered the compressor in the first place it would have cost them much less.
Posted by Slimjim on 2009-01-02:
Good job following through with a legit situation and making them pony up via the courts. You ended up doing ok for the effort.
Posted by hello dolly on 2009-01-02:
Good for you. The pits that it took so much to make it right but hopefully this will make Sears do the right thing when they have the chance.

Posted by gush on 2010-04-25:
Sad what people have to go through in order to get what was rightfully theirs in the first place. I'm surprised Sears isn't in the news about this.
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