Whirlpool Cabrio Almost Caught Fire !!!!
BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN -- I purchased a Whirlpool Cabrio washer and dryer about 6 years ago. Never had any problems out of either one and have always had Whirlpool appliance my entire adult life. Suddenly, about a month ago, I had a load of clothes on and began hearing an odd noise coming from the laundry room. As I walked to investigate, I smelled smoke. When I walked into my laundry room, there was smoke coming from under the lid of my washing machine! I was so scared that my house was about to catch on fire. Thank God I was home!!! I immediately turned it off and unplugged it. I lifted the lid and smoke just billowed out ! When my husband returned home, we talked about how odd that was and how we've never seen or heard about anything like that happening. He got on the internet to look up that particular model and saw that there had been a class action lawsuit a few years back on that exact model because of defective issues with it. The next day, I contacted Whirlpool and when I explained what happened, they put me through to their "Safety Department." They told me they would either pay for the repairs OR get me a washing machine at a discounted price (???) I'm thinking "discounted"?? I should be getting one FREE considering your faulty machine could have burned my house down !!! Because if their faulty machine had burned my house down - not only would they be buying me a new washer - they would be paying for my new home !!!!
Anyway, they sent S&S Appliance out the next week to take a look at the machine. My husband was there with them as they "inspected" it (which consisted of them taking the front panel off and looking under it and inside it - never removing any parts - never attempting to plug it in or turn it on). He was there 15 minutes and basically told my husband he couldn't say exactly what was wrong with it, but it "might" be this or it "might" be that. Boy, that narrows it down ! But he also could not say that it wasn't the "U joint" that the class action lawsuit was about.
After that, I spent a week and a half going back and forth with Whirlpool about the issue. Because the prices they were quoting me for a new machine were just too high, I told them I wanted my machine fixed. I could tell they weren't very happy with that decision and really kept pushing me to pick a new machine. I declined several times and said I only wanted my machine fixed. After days without hearing anything, I called S&S Appliance myself to see when exactly they were coming to fix my machine. They told me they had "declined" the repair - however, no one had bothered to tell ME that!! So, I called Whirlpool and when I couldn't get Carol on the phone (the representative in the Safety Department I had been dealing with) and after leaving numerous messages, I was put through to a supervisor, who in turn immediately put me through to Carol. Carol told me they did decline the repair because it was going to involve too much.
So, once again came the hard push for me to purchase a new machine. At this point, I had no choice since they were telling me they were not going to fix my machine. My whole beef is this -- Whirlpool had a class action lawsuit against them over this model of washer. I happen to have this model washer and it could have burned my house down had I not been home - yet they make me PAY a "discounted" price for a new washer ? And "discounted" for me just means that is probably Whirlpool's price before markup meaning they're not losing a dime !!! Ridiculous ! And I certainly did not want to get another Whirlpool or any of their related products.
I feel they should have sent me a check for the amount it would have cost to repair my washer and let me go out and purchase any washer I wanted to. Instead, I was forced to purchase a Whirlpool or Maytag product. I guess I'll have to make sure I'm home any time I put on a load of clothes in cas another of their washers starts to catch on fire!!