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Whirlpool's "Ring of Promise" ----NOT
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Rating: 1/51

Here is the letter I sent to Whirlpool and have not gotten a response regarding our frustration with the Whirlpool microwave we purchased. We still have not heard from anyone at Whirlpool after 30 days. We have now purchased another brand microwave and the broken one is still at Ronnie's Appliances waiting for a response from Whirlpool.

Jackson and Linda Elliott
Address and our phone number removed prior to posting on Internet

May 14, 2012 Home Phone: Jeff M. Fettig
Chairman of the Board and CEO
Whirlpool International
2000 N. M-63
Benton Harbor, MI 49022-2692

RE: Whirlpool Stainless Steel Over the Range Microwave GMH6185XVS-1, Serial Number TR00610674

Dear Mr. Fettig:
We are writing to express our extreme frustration with our numerous efforts to resolve our complaints with your customer service representatives and managers regarding the failure of our Whirlpool Gold Microwave.

We purchased our Whirlpool Stainless Steel over the Range Microwave GMH6185XVS-1, along with a stainless steel double oven and refrigerator in 2010. Seventeen months later, the magnetron failed and we paid for parts and labor to have this replaced. Then seven months later, the same failure occurred and we are now faced with the decision to again pay for parts and labor for a product that we feel should be taken off the market for poor quality.

We believe, after reviewing copious complaints listed throughout the Internet regarding this product that this microwave obviously has design flaws or Whirlpool is using substandard parts in its manufacturing process.

As an executive of Whirlpool, how would you respond if you had purchased this unit and had the same performance history that we and many others have experienced with this product? Would you feel that you are being truthful in your corporate communications that are publicly displayed on your website? We feel that you would be as frustrated and irritated as we are and would take action to adequately address these issues.

As we reflect on our memory of the past 50 years and what our parents told us about Whirlpool products and the quality they represented, we are quickly losing faith that this is still true today. Do you still uphold the statement in your logo? "The ring of promise circling the Whirlpool Corporation logo denotes the company's commitment to quality."

In our research to write this letter, we have thoroughly reviewed the Whirlpool Corporation website and feel that your intent for over 100 years is to deliver quality products that develop customer loyalty. From our recent experience to resolve our complaint, it is evident that the customer service folks at Whirlpool, and most importantly the Management at Whirlpool, have forgotten the concept of MVC (Most Valuable Customer). Just in case you aren't familiar with this approach, the MVC is the customer that you already have ( i.e. Jackson and Linda Elliott, and our network of friends, family, and day-to-day acquaintances). Normally, these are the customers you don't want to lose. After all, research has revealed that it will cost you seven times as much to find a new customer as it does to keep an existing one. What about current "customer-centric" concepts such as One-to-One marketing? Or, have you ever heard of customer relationships management (CRM)?

"Whirlpool customer service is ranked #429 out of the 536 companies that have a CustomerServiceScoreboard.com rating with an overall score of 26.77 out of a possible 200 based upon 475 ratings. This score rates Whirlpool customer service and customer support as Terrible"

If the following statement you make is true, then I feel that you will satisfactorily resolve the problems with our microwave at no additional cost to us: "What truly distinguishes Whirlpool Corporation is our Unique Sense of Responsibility. We have built a culture of responsibility that is good for the business, the environment and society overall."

Should you feel the responsibility to resolve this in an amicable manner, please call us to discuss a satisfactory resolution at your earliest convenience.
Sincerely,
Jackson and Linda Elliott
Most Valuable Customers

cc:
David A. Binkley Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources
Marc Bitzer President, Whirlpool North America
Daniel F. Hopp Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel
Roy W. Templin Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Michael A. Todman President, Whirlpool International
Ronnie's Appliances, Roxboro, NC

     
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$900.00 Architect Series Microwave broken after less than 2 years.
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NORTON, MASSACHUSETTS -- I finally had my dream kitchen. My hood/microwave combo was the 36" Kitchenaid from their Architect Series and cost over $900.00, PLUS installation. After about 14 months of use, it stopped heating. All other parts worked fine, but the magnetron gadget that actually heats the food was not working. I contacted Whirlpool. Too late...the warranty ended about 65 days before the magnetron blew. And they couldn't have cared less...they weren't going to work with me, even though it was a high-end item that had cost a lot of money and wasn't something I had been using for years and years. They were cavalier and adamant. POOR BUSINESS MODEL. I was offered an extended warranty plan for a tiny fee of $159.00!! I declined, and asked for a Whirlpool repair man contact in my area. When he arrived to do the repair, he told me I would have to give him $150.00 as a service call fee, and this was NOT included in any diagnosing or repairing, which would be additional. I said "No thanks" and sent him on his way, shutting my door firmly.

I diagnosed the problem myself (I'm a nurse, not a mechanic), went on Amazon, ordered myself a new magnetron for $75.00, and my husband watched a youtube video on how to change it himself. SCREW Whirlpool Corporation. I am one unimpressed customer.

Prior to this incident, (and before I realized Kitchenaid and Whirlpool were the same corporation), my Whirlpool Duet super-washing machine, which I only had for about 6 years and had cost over $1100.00, decided to break. First it was the mother board, which my husband replaced. Then it was the bearing, which blew. Husband again. Then the rubber ring blew and water was leaking all over my new bathroom, damaging my wood moldings and floor. Thank God for Amazon. THEN, the thing started banging and shaking and banging, into the walls, pipes, the dryer next to it, etc. Some arm holding the drum had broken. What a joke...time to get rid of the 'cheap' piece of garbage. My $300.00 Kenmore that had lasted over 20 years (and was still working when I gave it away, although it was no longer very pretty to look at) was looking better and better! And worst of all, I STUPIDLY bought a new model of the Whirlpool Duet after this one was too far gone to repair. It is 18 months old now, and it has broken 3 times. The bearing went, the drum and rubber gasket molded, and then the rubber gasket blew holes in it when the screws loosened from all the banging when the bearing went, causing a loose screw to rip holes in the rubber gasket, and causing yet another flooded bathroom.

Whirlpool? Kitchenaid? NEVER AGAIN.

     
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General Complaint
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I just wanted to state that I had Whirlpool appliances forever and loved them. Then I had to replace the wonderful microwave and dishwasher, so I went with Whirlpool again. After searching everywhere I finally decided on a Whirlpool Microwave and Dishwasher. After using them for several months now, I can safely say that I HATE THEM. The Microwave (supposedly with sensors) burns popcorn, etc. The Whirlpool Dishwasher must have been designed by an idiot too. Both products are the worst designs ever. The old ones I had were designed wonderfully. I actually took the silverware basket from my old one and cut it to fit in the new dishwasher. There's nothing I can do about the Microwave but bumble along with it, since I'm one of the few people that actually COOKS with my microwave. This one is so poorly designed it's laughable. MUST HAVE BEEN A MAN THAT DESIGNED IT. Won't purchase Whirlpool again even though my old ones lasted 10-15 years and I loved them. Can't wait until these blow up to replace them!!

     
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Poor Quality Appliances
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Rating: 2/51

MIDLOTHIAN, ILLINOIS -- I purchased a new home and then purchased 4 appliances, all Whirlpool Gold. In less than a year the stove electronic ignition and the microwave hood keypad went out. Since they were under warranty, a repairman replaced a bunch of parts and now they are working fine.

One month after the refrigerator was out of warranty, the water line to the icecube maker split about an inch and a half and water would spew out onto the hardwood floor under the unit. We were on vacation for all that month and didn't see any damage until one day there was a puddle in front of the refrigerator. When we pulled it out we saw that the floor was ruined under the unit, the cabinet next to it black with mold and of course, the line had to be replaced.

Whirlpool wasn't interested in the fact that the refrigerator had probably still been under warranty when the split occurred, only that we hadn't reported it before the warranty expired. Next to go was the water seal that goes on the inside of the door of the diswasher. I was running it about a month after the refrigerator debacle and water came spewing out of the side. The seal had come out and nothing was stopping the water from exiting out the side of the door. That's 4 for 4 in less than 15 months.

I will never buy a Whirlpool product again. That also goes for Maytag since I understand Maytag is made by Whirlpool. If this is American made product, let me please by Japanese. Couldn't be any worse.

     
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Faulty Microwave
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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA -- We moved into our new house in April 2010, as part if our appliance package provided by our builder, we have an over the range microwave by Whirlpool. Last week it stopped working and we had a service call today which cost 69.95. The tech told us the Megatron, which powers the microwave burned out and the part and labor would cost 300.00. We hardly use, and did not abuse it in any way. You would think a well made microwave by Whirlpool would last more than 2 yrs!
I called customer service and of course they will not do a thing. Long story short, for 300.00 I will but a new one but it will NOT be a Whirlpool!

     
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Whirlpool Fool's Gold appliances
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Rating: 1/51

NEGAUNEE, MICHIGAN -- 3 days ago I turned on our oven to bake potatoes. I left for 15 minutes. When I came back, the broiler had turned on instead and it wouldn't turn off. I had to unplug the oven. I tried repeatedly to plug in the oven and each time the broiler turned on and wouldn't turn off. Very dangerous. Thankfully we hadn't put it on delay bake or our house would have probably burned down.

We bought all new Whirlpool appliances for our new house in 2003. So far, our microwave failed 2 years ago, our dishwasher failed last year, and the range, 3 days ago.

As you may imagine, we will never buy a Whirlpool appliance again.

     
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Whirlpool microwaves are junk
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Microwave broke twice in 2 years - first time at 16 months and then again 6 months later. Customer service is not interested in helping customers only in making more money. I did not expect a $600 unit to be 'disposable' after only 2 years. After doing extensive research online I am finding predominantly bad reviews especially for their microwaves. Did not realize their warranty on the magnatron is only 1 year versus 6 years for most other name brands. That would have told me a lot if I had known this before I bought it. Funny thing is - their customer service stock answer is "nobody else is reporting this problem". Apparently they don't keep any statistics on their calls because from what I have seen and read online - everyone is reporting this same problem. Sad to see such a famous brand name going down the tubes. Will never buy Whirlpool again - just hope my other 3 appliances don't quit working now.

     
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Unreliable Microwave
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Bought a Whirlpool microwave in Sept 2009, within 2 months it stopped working. Would not heat/cook. Whirlpool sent out a technician, who fixed the problem. Then 2 months later same thing happened, again sent out a tech to fix the problem, same issue/same part. Now is the fourth time the microwave has stopped working with the same issue. Whirlpool refuses to replace the unit. They will only continue to send out a technician to fix the same problem over and over again, at least until the warranty runs out.

I definitely do not recommend any Whirlpool products, the company will not replace its faulty units even with a pattern of the same problem continuing to occur.

Very unreliable.

     
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Whirlpool Microwave Is Junk
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -- I bought a Whirlpool microwave from Lowes less than 1 year ago and its cracking and coming apart on the door. The plastic door around the window has several cracks in it and they are getting worse. I told Lowes of the problem and all they did was give me a phone no. to call for service.

I called the service company and they argued with me but finally agreed to send a repairman. The Repairman came agreed it was a problem BUT.... Whirlpool will not guarantee the quality of materials in the product and doesn't care that the door is cracking and beginning to come apart.

Whirlpool in the old days had a good name for its products.... NOT Anymore.... Now Whirlpool does not stand behind its products defects... instead they want me to pay more for the replacement door then the microwave cost in the first place..... plus pay to have it installed.

DON'T BUY WHIRLPOOL PRODUCTS......

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A very dissatisfied customer.

     
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The "Singing Oven" - Grrrrr
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I am just so angry about this brand new $2000 plus combination oven and microwave I could just scream. I have never had occasion to replace one of these, so I had no idea the 'questions' to ask--but bet you would never think to ask this either. "Does the oven make noise while you cook?" No, one would never know to ask this--but now you know. There is a fan that runs the entire time you use this oven. NO, it is not a convection oven. It is a regular oven with what is known as "Accubake." As soon as you turn the oven on, on comes a fan. A fan which not only makes noise but blows hot air out of the top and out of the bottom of the oven. Lovely. After you turn off the oven, the fan continues to blow until the oven is completely cooled off. I am talking OVEN and not MICROWAVE. That I would expect to "hear" - but an oven? Never.

I called Whirlpool the 2nd day after installation-they said this is normal and ALL wall ovens now do this. They all have fans. A 'safety feature' for idiots who have left their ovens on and warped their cabinets, etc. Be sure you do not buy a wall oven (or any oven maybe?) without having a demonstration first. Buyer BEWARE. This is one annoying design flaw if ever there was one and I am STUCK STUCK STUCK with what I call the "singing oven."

I was forced to give up my other combination one because the microwave died. I miss it every time I turn this stupid thing on.

     
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