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Incompetent salesman
Posted by Bigmattiem on 02/10/2006
NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA -- I needed a new heater for my house since the old one was 54 years old. I contacted Sears for a free estimate and figured they would stand behind their work. The Salesman (Charles) came over to give us the estimate. He kept saying that Sears is about customer satisfaction. He gave us an estimate for the heater and AC coil in case we upgrade. The estimate was for a Carrier heater, or so we thought. Also part to the estimate was to run return duct work. The original system had an open return system. The registers were there but not connected back to the heater.

Now the fun begins. The installer comes out to look at the job. He tells me that he will be unable to run all the returns and wants to cut a large hole in my living room so he can get enough air back to the furnace. We tell him no that he needs to find a way to get it done. We went back and forth with the salesman and the installer for a week and finally on the day of installation the installer agreed to do it the way the salesman promised.

Now the heater is installed and the installer informs me he has to come back the next day to finish running the return duct work. We look at the furnace and there is a big Kenmore logo on it. We were promised a Carrier.

After arguing with the sales manager it turns out that our salesman Charles told us we were getting a Carrier but on the contract and order form put the serial numbers for a Kenmore. He also forgot to charge us for the burner. They admit they made a mistake but tell us if we want the Carrier we will have to pay an additional $1,100. If we keep the Kenmore they will knock $250 off the price. We have contacted customer service and it appears they may be on our side. We will see how this one turns out.


     
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Furnace & Service Sucks!
Posted by Cindyrae on 12/07/2005
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- My mother who is 78 legally blind, quite handicapped (crippled) bought a new furnace a/c and extended warranty for her home from Sears. Well it’s really cold here right now (just like last year) and her furnace it out again… 3 times last year, already this year. The first appointment she can get is 7 SEVEN days away. So this 78 year old blind, crippled lady is going to be without heat for SEVEN days. If she has the furnace worked on by someone else it voids her warranty. What a scam. How can they rip old people off like this? I guess their bottom line is much more important than integrity? I hope the people who came up with this "service" plan get the same kind of service… would serve them right. My 78 year old mother sits without heat for seven days. The Repair would not even be necessary if they would have used a quality part to repair it last year. (Same problem different year) Sears sucks....
     
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Question: "Sears, where else?" Answer: "Anyplace else but Sears."
Posted by Nls3rd on 01/23/2004
NEW YORK -- Beware:
Anybody who is considering purchasing something from Sears
- you know, the company who says "Sears, where else?"
- the company who claims "customer satisfaction guaranteed or you money back."

I offer you the following story, while quite long, and perhaps a little boring, I feel compelled to let you know about my experience with Sears, because I already told Sears that if people knew this was what they were getting going into a deal with Sears, nobody would want this, so I feel compelled to let people know what they are getting from Sears. I will just offer you my story/experience, and let you judge for yourself. Even though parts of this story will seem a bit bizarre and even unbelievable, I assure you I have not fabricated or even exaggerated any of the story, all of this story is completely true. I would appreciate it if after reading this story you feel that others should be aware of this kind of business practice by Sears, that you forward this story to all the people you would like to make aware (or beware) as well.

In July 2001 my husband and I bought our house. The house had a very old 4 zone wood-oil combination furnace/boiler for our hot water baseboard heating system, and in the first winter we were paying for fuel delivery every 2 or 3 weeks. We decided to look into getting a more efficient furnace, so we contacted several places, among which were Economy Heating, Agway Energy Products, and Sears. We got the lowest price from Economy Heating, but the salesman (David Wilson) from Sears insisted that Sears matches any price from competitors, and that Sears offers a service contract for 4 years at the low price of $179.00 (which included emergency service), and that if anything went wrong with our heat we could call Sears' 24 hour customer service number, and if we could also call him on his cell phone day or night (he provided us with the number) and he would make sure the problem was addressed immediately even if he had to come himself. The salesman also insisted that Sears had the best reputation for customer satisfaction, and that they have been around for a very long time, so that we could be confident that we were buying from a company with a solid reputation for business and customer satisfaction. He even assured us that we would no longer need our service contract with Agway Energy products, because Sears offered a better service contract for a longer period of time, and for less cost. We decided, based on this information, to purchase our furnace from Sears ("where else"? - this is Sears own advertisement statement/question). Sears matched the price from Economy Heating, which was $883.60 less than the price I was quoted from Sears. We also ordered an extension to one of the baseboard units, because it was not long enough to supply proper heat to one of the bedrooms (this is what the Sears salesperson David Wilson told us). We signed the purchase agreement in April 2002, and Sears set up installation with their subcontractor (MBV Heating from Elmira) for May 30, 2002. The subcontractor never showed up. I called Sears, and they contacted the subcontractor (MBV Heating), and I was given another installation date of June 6, 2002. On June 6th (the same day they were supposed to be at our house to install the furnace) MBV Heating called and canceled the appointment, stating that they had jobs that were a higher priority than ours that they needed to take care of first. MBV Heating said they would call me back to set up another appointment time, and they never called. I called MBV Heating myself, but there was no answer. I called Sears again, and they said they would contact MBV Heating, and have them call me. MBV Heating still never called me. Sears called me a few days later as a follow up, and I informed them that MBV Heating had still not called, and I still had no appointment for installation of our furnace. Sears contacted MBV Heating, and found out that they had set up another appointment time for June 25, 2002, but failed to let me know about the appointment. MBV Heating did finally show up on June 25, 2002, but did not have the correct parts for the baseboard extension that we ordered. They said they would order the parts, and call me when they came in. I did not get another appointment from MBV Heating to install the baseboard extension until August 2002 (the parts had been in for weeks, and they never called me to set up the appointment). When they installed the baseboard extension they also had to bleed the water lines because they got air in the line when they installed the furnace. They installed the baseboard extension, but failed to install one of the connectors for the baseboard cover. I called MBV Heating the same day they were here in August, and they said they would mail me the part. I called Sears again on September 3, 2002, and told them I still had not received the cover connector from MBV Heating. They said they would contact MBV Heating and have them call me. MBV Heating never called me. On September 10, 2002 I called Sears again, and told them I was still waiting for the cover connector, and I still had not heard from MBV Heating. Sears contacted MBV Heating, and called me back and told me that MBV Heating stated that they would mail the part that day. I finally received the cover connector at the end of September (5 months after we purchased the furnace and baseboard extension from Sears).

In November 2002 I had a baby 3 months premature who only weighed 2 pounds 9 ounces at birth, and had to stay in the hospital for 3 months after his birth. He was scheduled to come home on January 28, 2003. At the end of January 2003 just prior to his scheduled discharge date our heat in the zone for the bedrooms stopped working, and I called Sears. They said that the furnace was under warranty within the first year with the installer, but that the installer MBV Heating had gone out of business. They said they would find out who was taking over for MBV heating, and call me back. I called again and informed them that I had a premature baby coming home from the hospital on January 28, 2003, and that I could not be without heat for his bedroom. They were not accommodating. I called our salesperson David Wilson (the one that said we could call night or day, and he would get the problem resolved immediately), but there was no answer. I left a message on his voice mail, but there was no response. I called Sears again, and still did not get anybody to help. I called David Wilson's voice mail again and left a message that if somebody did not come to resolve the problem with our heat that day that I wanted them to come and uninstall the furnace and I wanted my money back, since I would not be satisfied ("customer satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" - this is Sears own advertisement statement). They did send somebody that day, and the technician told me that the pipes were frozen and there was nothing they could do (apparently Sears does not install antifreeze in the lines when they install a furnace with hot water heat - something that is apparently unique to Sears, because everybody else I called does install antifreeze). The technician told me that I had to have the heat on all the time in order to prevent this (I did not understand the efficiency in that, but followed his instructions, and when the pipes thawed out kept the window open in the room with the thermostat so that the heat would remain on all the time). The pipes eventually thawed out (thank goodness the pipes did not burst, as they are all enclosed in a finished ceiling), and I did not have a problem for the rest of the winter, as I had kept the window open for the entire winter. This year on Wednesday January 14, 2004 the heat for the bedroom zone stopped working again. The pipes in the bedroom zone were frozen again, despite the fact that I had the window open to keep the heat on. I believe this was because the temperature was below zero, and with the wind chill factor in some areas the temperature was estimated at 50 degrees below zero. My children did not even have school because school officials were told that it was not safe for people to be outside for more than 15 minutes or their skin would begin freezing. I called Sears, and they said they would send a technician. The technician called me on Friday January 16th, and told me there was nothing he could do, and did not come. I called Sears and asked them about antifreeze for the hot water heat pipes, and Sears told me that they do not do anything with antifreeze, and I would have to call a plumber. I called Agway Energy Products (our fuel oil supplier) and they said they could put antifreeze in the system, and I called Economy Heating, and they said they too could put antifreeze in the system, but both said that the system had to be thawed out before anything could be done in that regard. I got out the 2 electric heaters I had for 2 of the bedrooms (the 2 yr old's bedroom, and the 1 yr old's bedroom) and had the 2 older boys sleep in the den where there was heat still. I proceeded to tie tarps around the outside of the house on the high end, and packed snow up against the foundation of the house on the low end to keep the wind away from the house. I put 2 kerosene heaters in the garage (an unheated garage attached to the underneath of the house), and I also put a kerosene heater next to the house directly across from where it appeared the pipe met the outside wall of the house to begin feeding through the outside wall, and by the end of that day Monday January 19, 2004 the pipes thawed out again (and thank goodness still did not burst). Before I could get somebody to our house to put the antifreeze in the system, on Tuesday morning January 20, 2004 all of the heat in the entire house stopped working. I called Sears again. I told them I had no heat in the entire house, and it was 7 degrees outside. They said they would send a technician on Friday January 23, 2004 to inspect the problem. I said "What do you mean on Friday? That's 4 days away. I have 4 children, 2 of them babies, 1 of which was born 3 months premature. I can't wait until Friday to have heat, it's 7 degrees outside!" Sears said they would try to contact their routing department and see if they could get somebody out to my house sooner. I said "What do you mean sooner, aren't you coming today?" Sears said "No, it wont be today, possibly tomorrow." I asked them what I was supposed to do in the meantime, and they said if it was within my means they would suggest I get a hotel until then. I asked Sears if they were going to pay for a hotel for my family of 6, and they said "No, your warranty does not cover that." I told Sears that all of this just didn't sound right to me. Sears said "That is all we can do. Somebody will be in contact with you. Thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business." I said "Yes, I can tell." I asked to speak to a supervisor, and they transferred me to Marge who told me she was a supervisor. I told her the story, and that I just got the pipes thawed out on Monday, and if I left them without hot water for over 24 hours that they would freeze again, and perhaps burst all over my house, and then I would have extensive water damage. Marge from Sears said if that happens then I should contact my home owner's insurance. I asked Marge at Sears if I could have somebody else come and repair the problem because my fuel supplier has emergency service and could have somebody here within the hour, and Marge at Sears said if I had anybody else work on the furnace then that would void my warranty with Sears. I also said to Sears "As you say these words out loud, does this even sound reasonable to you?" I told them that I was going to contact the Attorney General's office, stating that we were supposed to have a service contract with Sears, to which Sears responded that the contract states that they will come and fix the problem, it just doesn't say when they will come, so they are still abiding by their contract (despite the emergency service I had when we purchased the service contract, and later found out that Sears has changed their policy as of last winter, and redefined emergency service to mean next day' instead of same day' - this policy was redefined after we purchased the contract). I told Sears that if people knew ahead of time that this is the service they would get from Sears going into the deal, that nobody would want this. I told Sears that I have purchased many products from Sears (stove, refrigerator, garage door opener, furnace - just to name a few), and that I always thought that Sears stood behind their products and service, and that they had a good reputation for customer satisfaction (as our salesperson even insisted), but that in light of this experience I would not buy another product from Sears. Marge from Sears said "I'm sorry you feel that way, that is all we can do." I called my salesperson David Wilson (you remember, the guy who said we could call day or night and he would make sure the problem gets resolved even if he has to come himself - the one who never called me back last year - the one who assured us that we didn't need our service contract with Agway Energy Products anymore because Sears was offering us a 4 yr service contract at a better price - the one who gave us his cell phone number so he could be reached anytime night or day) - the person who answered the cell phone number he gave us said "David Wilson has not had this number for over 6 months." I called Sears again and asked for David Wilson's voice mail, and left a message asking him to call me. He did not call me back. I called Sears again and asked them for David Wilson's cell phone number, and Sears said "We are not allowed to give that information out." I called Sears again and said "Doesn't Sears have a satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back' policy?" Sears said "Yes." I said "I want my money back, I'm not satisfied." Sears asked if I was referring to the service contract, and I said I was referring to everything. Sears said "I doubt you will get your money back for the furnace, you purchased the furnace in April of 2001. I said "We did not purchase the furnace in April of 2001." Sears said "That is the date on this contract." I said "We did not purchase this furnace in April 2001 because we did not even purchase this house until July of 2001, and we certainly did not purchase a furnace for a house we didn't even own." Sears said my service contract was scheduled to expire in 2005, and I said that we had a 4 year contract, and Sears asked where I was getting this information, and I told them it was on the contract. Sears tried to look this information up, but said that for the price we paid it looked like we only had a 3 year contract. I said the reason the price was so low was because Sears had to match the price of another company that had given us a quote $883.60 cheaper than Sears. Sears asked me to fax them a copy of the purchase agreement in order to prove that we bought our furnace in 2002 and not 2001, and that we also purchased a 4 year service contract, and Sears said they would call me when they received the fax, and had the problem resolved. I sent the fax within 10 minutes, and nobody ever called me back. Anyway, I went down to the furnace the same day (Tuesday January 20, 2004) and tried to press the reset button, and nothing happened. I tried to look around for any other potential solutions, and found a box on the wall, which when I opened it saw a fuse inside that appeared to have been blown. I took all 4 children to the hardware store, and purchased new fuses, and put a new one in the box, and the heat began working - all except in the zone for the basement. I tested the thermostat, and there was power, and the furnace did kick on when I turned this thermostat up. I felt the pipes, and they were cold from the water circulator on, and I knew they were not frozen because it is the only zone in the system that is entirely within inside walls in the middle of the house. I thought perhaps the circulating pump was bad. The Sears technician called the next day for directions to our house. I gave him directions, and told him that in my opinion I felt we needed a new circulating pump. He said he would look at it when he got here. He arrived at about 9:30am, and said we had air in the lines that was blocking the water from circulating through the pipes, and that is why it was not working. I asked him how he knew the circulating pump was working, and he said "It's working, I can hear it working." I explained the whole story about my experience with Sears up until that point, to which he responded "I don't know, you'll have to call Sears, they have all new management over there." He spent almost 2 hours draining water out of the system to try to get the air out, and it still was not working. After over 2 hours he took the cover off the circulating pump and said I don't think this thing is working, you need a new circulating pump. He then said Sears doesn't cover this under your warranty because it is not part of the furnace, and Sears does not do plumbing work, you'll have to call a plumber. He said he had paper work to do out in his van, and he would be right back. 20 minutes later he came back and said I can't give you a paper showing I was here because my printer isn't working. I asked him if he was going to mail me one, and he said "well, you're in the computer." I said I wanted something in writing. He said "I don't know if they will mail you something, but you're in the computer." I called Agway, and ordered a service contract with them (since they actually provide service), and ordered antifreeze for the lines, and told them I needed a new circulating pump. They said they could repair the circulating pump the same day, but I got $140.00 discount to have all the work done at the same time, and since the antifreeze could not be done until Monday January 26, 2004 I decided to wait until then to have everything done at once, and save the $140.00. Later that day the heat in the whole house stopped working again, and I went to the furnace again. I felt the pipes, and they were ice cold. I called Sears again, and they said they would send somebody the next day. They said sorry you are having trouble with your heat, but that is all we can do. I said I had heat in all but one zone until the technician was here, now I do not have any, and do not have hot water either. I told them I did not want the same technician, because it took him over 2 hours to find out something that I already told him before he even came into the house. I told Sears once again that if I let my pipes stay cold all night that they would freeze, and possibly burst all over the house. Again they referred me to my home owner's insurance. I called my home owner's insurance agent, and told them that Sears wants them to pay for water damage as a result of my pipes bursting due to being frozen because the system was without hot water until Sears could get somebody to my house to fix it, and my insurance agent told me that home owner's insurance would not pay for damage as a result of a problem that I knew existed, and did not do everything within my power to resolve (meaning that I would have to get whomever I could that would come and take care of the problem with the heat the soonest - this certainly wasn't Sears). However, in order to stay within the guidelines of my home owner's insurance policy, this would void my warranty with Sears. I called Sears again and asked them what I would have to do to find out about getting my money back, because I was not satisfied. Sears gave me another number to call. I called that number, and that person gave me another number to call. I called that number, and I was told I would have to talk to the technician who came the next day, and ask him about how to get my money back. I turned all the heat up to 90 degrees, and turned the hot water faucets on, and the heat began to work again. I later found out that the technician had drained so much water out of the system that the water pressure safety valve had shut the system down. When the pressure built back up, the system had come on again, but there was obviously now a lot of air in the line, because whenever new water enters the system, air comes in with it since there is oxygen in the water, and also the pipes were gurgling very loudly, and I could hear the water running through all the pipes. On Thursday January 22, 2004 at 8:42am I received a call from another Service technician. He told me that since I was having antifreeze added to the system in a few days anyway that I might as well wait until then to get the air out of the system, since they have to flush the lines anyway to put the antifreeze in. The technician did not come. I did not find out about how to get my money back, but the technician did tell me that if this happened again that I should have whomever I could get to come immediately to fix the problem, and send Sears the bill, and if they did not pay I could get a lawyer, and a judge would probably make them pay, but that that was just his opinion, and he could not guarantee it. He also told me that Sears discontinued emergency service last winter (obviously after we purchased our furnace and service contract), and that he knew there was going to be problems when they did that. I asked him how they can cancel something in the middle of our contract like that, and he said he didn't know. Finally on Thursday January 22, 2004 at 9:46am I received a call from the previously elusive salesperson David Wilson. He said he was calling in response to my voice mail, and sorry it took him so long to get back to me, but that he had been out of town for a few days, and that he wasn't even in the Southern Tier area anymore, that he was now in the Niagara Falls area. I explained the whole story to him, and he said he couldn't believe that is the service I got from Sears, and that it sounded bizarre, and didn't make sense to him. He said it sounded like I was getting the run around. He took the names of the people I talked to, and said he would be giving management a call, and that somebody would be in touch with me (we'll see). I told him that if people knew this is the service they would get from Sears going into a deal, that nobody would want this, and he agreed, and said somebody would be in contact with me.

Anyway, that is my story.
Now when Sears asks me "Sears, where else?" - trust me, my answer is "Anyplace else but Sears."
     
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Posted by debbie0911 on 2004-03-30:
I agree 100%..This could have been written by me! I too had the same problems with Sears. Please go elsewhere to buy your heating system...Sears does not stand behind the warranties!
Posted by SRXCTrack16 on 2004-07-22:
There are a couple problems with your complaint. If the furnace was installed in September...and you said that it was 5 months after you bought it...that would mean that Sears was right and you bought it in APRIL!!! The second problem is this...do you honestly think that anywhere else would give you a better service contract...they certainly won't. Go to Lowe's and Home Depot and you will find that they will not do near as much or be as quick as Sears. The third problem is that as far as the installation...you had a complaint with the installer...not Sears. You should have filed a complaint with the installer and conveyed your dissatisfaction to Sears...if other customers all had similar complaints they would have found a new contractor. I work for Sears and come across customers like you every day who think because its Sears they should be given anything they ask for. You can not honestly expect that you would get your full money back after using the furnace for 2 years. If there is any indication in a decline in the Service Sears offers it is only due to customers like you who abuse the system and demand that the problem be taken care of in an unreasonable amount of time(As if they are going to beam to your house like Star Trek). This was your quickest choice. If you called a repairman yourself you would have waited a lot longer than a few days. And about the salesman...first he never should have given you a personal phone number because it is against Sears policy. Second...do you really expect him to have the same number after 2 years? Unless he renewed with the same company he could not have taken his old phone number with him(A federal law to allow you to take your phone number with you was only passed recently). Contracts generally last two years...so the only hope would be that he bought it at the same time you purchased the furnace or he decided to extend his contract. The other problem is that after two years he may not have even worked for Sears anymore. A lot of the sales associates are high school and college students who do not plan to stay the rest of there life. I understand that this was a bad situation...but you have to remember this...Sears may not be perfect...but you will never...ever...ever...get treated better anywhere else. No one ever treats me as good as I am expected to treat our customers anywhere else. We have the best trained associates... The most flexible return policy...(Craftsman stuff is guaranteed forever...find anywhere else that will exchange a tool for a new one 50 years down the road)...and finally the best service...I dare you to compare our service agreements with Lowe's, Home Depot, and Best Buy and you will find we have the most comprehensive plans available.
Posted by ilyak on 2005-12-26:
I believe every word, similar story happened to me as well.

Go to Sears if you have extra money, if you are really bored with your life and if you OK with your family sleeping at night without heat for your own money.
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Very Pushy Salesperson and Very High Prices Never Go There!
Posted by Codyscathy on 06/15/2013
I had a few estimates I tried Sears very pushy people they tried to get me to sign right away. I told them no, I would have to wait until my husband got home from work. He said well, you can call him and if he wants to talk to me I will talk to him, very pushy. I told him no, if they can't wait for a few hours then too bad. They're very expensive and I will never go to Sears for anything.

     
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Posted by DebtorBasher on 2013-06-15:
This reminds me of the pushy saleslady that worked in the woman's unmentionable's department. I wanted to buy a bra, but couldn't find my size. I asked her if they sold DD sizes...she said they didn't and tried her best to convince me to buy a C size, stating 'A size C is the same as a Double D size'...I eyed the C cup bra she was holding and looked down at my DD chest and said, 'I don't THINK so' and I left....
Posted by SearsCare on 2013-06-18:
Dear Codyscathy,

We are sorry to hear of the uncomfortable approach that took place at one of our stores. We can understand the concern this situation has caused. We appreciate the feedback and will make sure this information is passed along to the appropriate parties for further review. If you would like to discuss your concern(s) in detail, we are more than happy to reach out. Please send the following information – contact #, screen name (Codyscathy), phone # used at time of purchase to smadvisor@searshc.com and we’ll be in touch!


Thank you,
Misty H.
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Furnace Install Major Disappointment
Posted by Imp3400 on 03/19/2013
We bought and had new furnace installed a couple yrs ago in November First subcontractors didn't have ladders to get on roof and install new chimney liner. So they said they would order a through the wall kit. Which you cannot do with a 80% efficient furnace. So 6 months went by and furnace just vented into mortar chimney. So we had mold on attic ceiling. Sub contractors returned in April the following year to install through the wall kit but seen we had roofers replacing shingles and decided to use their ladders to install chimney liner. So they vented the furnace into the chimney liner but didn't vent hot water heater into the liner. So a couple months ago I notice mold and brown stuff all over my new paneling. But only on my paneling by chimney and that paneling is $30/sheet and I have 6 sheets ruined. Not to mention all my ceiling tile that is next to chimney. Because without the hot water heater being vented into the liner. That creates a lot of moisture/condensation which soaked through ceiling and walls.

Today I got a furnace guy to come in and vent hot water heater into the liner. But to my surprise and his. The liner is completely disintegrated and the heating/cooling man said he never seen that happen before. He said furnace venting inside liner and water heater venting on outside of liner caused all the problems. My Mom and Dad and I have always purchased Sears and they use to be good years ago. But lately they are BAD, you can't get satisfaction on local level. Management seems to play hot potato by passing the buck. In fact I finally got Sears to replace a few windows that was thermal pane and had air leak and was sweating bad. But it took 20 yrs. to get them replaced.

So if it takes Sears that long to step up and do the right thing. I will eat the cost and let the cooling /heating guy to the job. Because I have to much remodeling time and money to have it ruined because of a bad job by Sears.
     
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Posted by SearsCare on 2013-03-21:
Dear imp3400;
We do apologize for the circumstances surrounding your furnace and water heater installations and venting. We do understand the frustration with being unable to have your concerns addressed and questions answered. We would like to connect you with our case management team that will directly contact you and will work with you and our home improvement services. 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 your home improvement was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. In addition, please include your screen name (imp3400) 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,

Christine R.
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Posted by imp3400 on 2013-03-23:
Sorry but i have been through your office and nobody wants to do a damn thing. I am stuck with $1500 worth of damage to my home and you guys want to offer me a 20% discount off next sears purchase. That is useless. $1500 is a lot to me, and you guys didn't offer me even a part of that. Just We are Sorry. Well sorry doesn't cut it. My neighbor has a beauty salon and said i could put a paper in her salon with pics showing damage to my paneling and ceiling. And i will just sit back and eat the cost of doing repairs myself. And just spread the word to friends, relatives, neighbors. etc. to stay away from sears. I know sears will deny everything and do nothing because we finally after 20+yrs. of trying to get sears to stand behind lifetime warranty on windows. I finally was able to get them done. I cannot wait 20yrs. for this to be resolved. I am already in process of ordering my paneling, ceiling tile etc. Because so far all you guys offer is 20% off future sears purchase. I'm not shopping at sears any more.
Posted by imp3400 on 2013-04-09:
Here is update 2 days before GOOD FRIDAY. Sears social media calls me on phone and said they would call back within a couple days to set up appt. for tech to come out. I knew it was a half hearted attempt on their part. Same old Same old sears customer service. I've gave up. My heating and cooling guy will be taking care of problem within the next couple days. In fact my neighbor was thinking of getting sears to do windows, roof etc. But i showed him the problems i had with windows from sears 20 yrs. to get problem resolved. And showed him the damage from incompetent furnace install. I'll let him make decision if he wants crappy workmanship or not.
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Furnace service
Posted by Stu426 on 08/15/2011
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT -- Beware, do not buy from Sears Home improvement. Outside of their high pressure sales process, everything is subcontracted to incompetent contractors, there is no accountability.
We purchased a new furnace from Sears in January 09, after several month it was leaking oil, we called and waited over a month for someone to get a part. a new contractor came and said the first didn't install it properly. But what really got me was the lies I was told about Maintenance.
I am actually writing to complain about my annual cleaning which the sales guys insured me was part of my 5 year warranty and I would’t need a service contract from the Oil Company. This of course was a lie. It should have been obvious because I learned Sears doesn’t have emergency service. So I do need a contract.
I scheduled the service and was told that the filter is not included and would cost me $60. Ridiculous for a filter. Anyway the technician came and in 5 minutes was ready to leave. He asked my wife for the $60. Which she gave him and asked for a receipt. He said they don’t provide receipts, which she thought was strange.
A couple of month later our furnace stopped working, I called Sears and was told they couldn't’t come for a week. This is the winter in New England; WE could not wait a week without heat. My oil company came and of course the filter clogged and had never been changed since installation. I had tried to complain but never heard from anyone.
I gave up, but it is ridiculous to blemish the Sears name so easily. Dump the home improvement business if you can’t sub it properly.
     
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Posted by At Your Service on 2011-08-15:
I was once told by a doctor that it is better to purchase the lessor expensive furnace air filters but replace them more frequently even for those suffering with allergies.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-08-15:
I believe the $60 filter the OP is referring to is the oil filter on the burner - replacing that during a service is typical. Replacing the air filter is a homeowner task. $60 sounds a bit steep.
Posted by ok4now on 2011-08-15:
Another Sears satisfied customer I see. You should have bought the Kenmore washer & dryer also. Then you would have no heat, the washer would be broke and the dryer would catch fire. Then when you write a negative post SearsCares would chime in doing damage control. You got ripped off by a once great company that doesn't care about its customers. They are owned by K-Mart and one step away from bankruptcy. Good luck.
Posted by Stu426 on 2011-08-23:
thanks for your feedback. It was not the air filter I do replace those regularly. it is the filter in the oil burner.
Stu426
Posted by SearsCare on 2011-08-24:
Dear Stu426:

I saw your comment here and I wanted to reach out and apologize on behalf of Sears Cares for what happened with the service on your furnace. I do apologize for the delay in finding your comments also and I wanted to ask you to contact my team, even if this has been resolved, to allow us to check into what happened and see if we can make this right for you somehow, but especially if it has not been resolved so we can ensure this happens. We value your business very much offer our deepest apologies for any frustration this has caused you and your family.

My name is Susan and I’m part of the Sears Cares Escalations team and we’d like to step in and resolve this issue for you. At your convenience, please contact my office via email at smsupport@searshc.com so you don’t have to continue to be frustrated by this. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and the phone number the furance 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 (Stu426) listed on your site, to reference your issue, and we do look forward to talking to you soon.

Thank you,
Susan R.
Social Media Moderator
Sears Social Media Support
Posted by Retired Trooper on 2011-09-01:
I just allowed Sears to make appointment with me to do estimate on heat pump for my home....they had to cancel first scheduled appointment due to unforseen problems - I agreed for a later date - hope I haven't made a mistake - although I haven't signed on the dotted line yet - don't know who they are sending to do this but no one from Sears - apparently a subcontractor....
Posted by Retired Trooper on 2011-09-01:
Well I just agreed to allow Sears to come and do estimate for new heat pump....they cancelled first scheduled appointment and rescheduled - I hope I haven't made a mistake - no one from Sears is coming - it's some subcontractor they didn't tell me the name - at least I haven't signed on the dotted line yet - thank you 3 cents!
Posted by ok4now on 2011-09-01:
Retired Trooper. Welcome to the 3cents community, I see you just joined today. I would be very cautious about letting Sears install a heat pump. They are no longer the great service oriented company that really took care of their customers. Take a few minutes and read the reviews about their lack of service for appliances, poor subcontractors and shoddy work. SearsCares is all over this site doing damage control. My advise is to find a local established business with a good reputation. They will do the job right and take care of you if there's a problem.
Posted by hairball on 2012-09-10:
My wife and I are furnace shopping now. We were going to buy carrier through sears because of the 10 year warranty . I have had 5 estimates. Sears offers the best price and warranty.Their policy of putting all jobs online and just taking lowest bid is awful. Hundreds of complaints about their installation and service prove this. I got fooled by the same system at Home depot and still have to see their poor craftsmanship every day. I will now pay 450.00 more to a local contractor and cross my fingers. Thanks for the info people:)
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Troubled Furnace
Posted by Heated furnace on 01/24/2011
I called Sears to schedule a repair appointment on Friday January 21, 2011 for my furnace. I was told they would be there on Saturday between 10-2pm. The technician didn't show until 4:30pm. When he did show he said he fixed the furnace and the heat should come on shortly. Of course, the heat didn't and we paid our 69.99 dollars for service. We called Sears to explain the matter and they told us that we would have to wait until the following Thursday for service. We are expected to stay in a house where the outside temperature is 25 degrees during the day and 17 at night. We were told by a manager that someone would come out on Monday, but when we called again, they said Tuesday. Sears is the worst.
     
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Posted by Alain on 2011-01-25:
Try contacting Sears via smsupport@searshc.com and see if they can't give you some assistance in solving this problem.
Posted by SearsCare on 2011-01-26:
Dear heated furnace,
My name is Marcus and I am part of the Sears Social Media Support Team, and I am very concerned about what I have read here pertaining to your customer experience with Sears Repair Services. I want to apologize to you about the unsatisfactory service that you received on your furnace. I do understand the frustration and the inconvenience that you have been put through by this repair. I would like the opportunity to reach out and speak with you about what has been done concerning your furnace at this point. Please allow us to make sure you as customer is taken care of. Please know Sears does value you as a customer and we want your experiences with Sears to be pleasant. We would like the opportunity to help and keep you a satisfied customer. Sears Social Media Support Team is the single point of contact for all escalated concerns which means we step into the situation and handle it from start to finish with one Case Manager. At your convenience, please contact my office at smsupport@searshc.com so you don’t have to continue to be impacted by this. In the email, please provide a contact phone number and we will call you directly. Also, in your email please provide the screen name (heated furnace) for reference to your issue and we do look forward to talking to you soon.

Thank you,
Marcus C.
Sears Social Media Support Team
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Pathetic Furnace Repair Service
Posted by Robin6341 on 12/12/2010
My mother-in-law is 83 years young. On October 13 of this year she had Sears service her furnace in preparation for winter. During this service call the technician changed the thermostat and then declared everything ready to go.
Fast forward to December 5th. The furnace had not been functioning properly and she finally called the service center on December 6th to set up a service call. She was told they would call back. Didn’t happen. December 7th another phone call and she was told they would sent someone between 1 PM and 5 PM. Service technician showed up at 5:10 PM and after some functionary checks he declared he couldn’t fix it and that they would have to send a different technician the next day. No one called from the Service Center to verify that a technician would be sent and when they were contacted about the appointment they did verify a technician would call between 10 AM and 2 PM. The technician called about 1:30 PM and explained he was in a different town and that he wouldn’t be there until later in the day. He did arrive and diagnosed the problem as a bad safety switch. Had to order one and have it delivered to the house. It showed up on Friday the 10th. The technician came out on Saturday morning around 8:30 AM and installed the switch. From the first contact with Sears until the day of repair was 6 days.
The local temperature during this 6 day time frame was a High of 24o Fahrenheit and a Low of 13o Fahrenheit. Thank goodness for electric space heaters.
Although you could put partial blame on the technicians, the majority of the blame for this fiasco falls squarely on the shoulders of Sears’ system. They proved that their scheduling practice is more important to them than customer satisfaction. Pathetic. Make sure you direct your friends and relatives away from Sears. Find a local reliable service and stick with them.

     
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Posted by Venice09 on 2010-12-12:
I have to agree with your statement that scheduling practice is more important to them than customer satisfaction. That's one of the reasons people are sometimes left waiting for a tech who never shows up. I think that's one of the worst things a company can do to a customer. Your mother-in-law might be better off calling a local company in the future. I think she will get much better service from someone who is actually a member of her community.
Posted by SearsCare on 2010-12-16:
Dear robin6341,

My name is Scott and I'm part of the Sears Social Media Support Team. I came across your post here and wanted to reach out to you to establish contact with you. I'm so sorry for the trouble with your mother-in-law's furnace. I know this time of year it's not only inconvenient to be without a furnace, it's down right uncomfortable. Our goal is to exceed your expectations when servicing your items; clearly we fell far short of that goal. 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 furnace was purchased under and we will call you at your convenience. In addition, include your screen name (robin6341) in the email so we can reference to your case.

Thank you,

Scott J.
Social Media Support Team
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Do Not Use Sears Home Service to Install or Repair Your Heater
Posted by Viabonita on 04/23/2010
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CALIFORNIA -- In 2007 I purchased a Carrier Infinity furnace from Sears. Their Home Services section in Citrus Heights, California, was responsible for the installation. That was a nightmare because the actual company who does the installing was poor.
The Carrier Infinity furnace they installed has had three major problems in three years. Beginning in Fall 2009, the furnace failed to heat. The problem was diagnosed as an ignition problem, and the part was replaced.

Three weeks ago the furnace once again stopped heating, although it would cycle on and just blow cool air. The days have been very cool this spring, 58 or so in the daytime, and 47 in the night, so heat was necessary.
The first Sears technician who came was an employee of "A & E" which he identified as a "sister company" of Sears. In fact, this company's contractor's license is actually Sears' contractor's license and A & E has no license (in violation of state law). The technician refused to believe anything was wrong with the furnace, instead telling me the door was vibrating and causing the problem. Employee no. 867747. I had already had another company come out and diagnose the problem, so I had already shown him the estimate showing the parts that needed to be replaced. He would not listen to me. Needless to say, this technician was absolutely wrong, and I had no heat. The soonest Sears could come out to repair the heater was a full week later. It was a cold week. But, if I let someone else repair the heater, Seats will "void" my service agreement with them, for which I paid $775 when they installed the furnace.
A cold week later, the same technician came out, 867747 (he refused to give me his name or his supervisor's name so I have to use his number). This time he was rude because he knew he had made a mistake the week before. Of course he reported my furnace needed the two parts he had denied it needed a week before. He said I would have to wait another week without heat because Sears purportedly did not have the parts on hand. Now it was almost three weeks without heat and the weather had not warmed up. Needless to say I have requested that this "technician" not come back.
Last week after the rude technician left I called Sears and spent three hours on the telephone with 15 different people, two of whom hung up on me, trying to get heat sooner than a week after the repair call. I asked Sears to pay for me to move to a motel so I could be warm, and Sears refused. Sears would only allow me to buy a space heater (for my entire house???)from a Sears store and then I could submit the receipt for reimbursement.
The parts arrived on Wednesday and I called for an appointment--the soonest was today 8-12. At 11:45 I called because no technician had called or come; the response was that the technician would call me to update me. No call. At 12:45 I called again and was told this time that the technician was on his way to my house and they would have him call me. At 1:15 the technician finally called and said he was on a big job and would not get to me until 4-5 pm today.
I have missed a total of two full days of work now, have been lied to repeatedly, cheated, and left without heat for almost three weeks. When the "technician" finally comes, he will be from the unlicensed "A & E" company.
Do not let Sears have anything to do with installing or repairing your furnace. Run away from Sears and their "A & E" technicians as fast as you can run. Please tell your friends--the only way to finally make Sears understand that complaints mean something is for all of us to refuse to give Sears our money.
     
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Fam party
Posted by Tee200 on 02/17/2009
Customer Service Sucks!!!We got a Kenmore furnace from Sears. The next day there was a gas leak from someone moving our carelessly moving our dryer and let a ladder fell on the gas line, connecting to the dryer.

We still have wood chips in our washer from them drilling in the ceiling! It has been over 2 months and we are still trying to get issues resolved.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-17:
Did they at least take care of the gas leak? Please tell me you're not waiting for them to get it handled
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