Maytag Corporation Complaint - Corroded Racks
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I purchased my Maytag QuietSeries 300 dishwasher from Lowe's in August 2003 for $776.00 (including installation and a 5-year extended warranty). This was the top-of-the-line model with 3 racks, sections of the top & middle racks that could be folded down to better fit large items, and dual silverware baskets that could be separated and placed elsewhere in the machine for more convenience. I LOVED this dishwasher as soon as I saw it at the store. The delivery and installation went fine and I have never had a dishwasher clean dirty dishes so well. The convenience of the adjustable racks is outstanding.
However, it is the racks that have become the problem and are at the point where they will soon cause my dishwasher to be unusable. It started with a couple of the little plastic/rubber caps coming off the tips of the upright prongs. Once the caps were gone, I could see that the metal prongs had corroded. Then, I noticed a "lump" in the plastic/rubber coating of the top rack. The lump was located at a "joint" where one of the vertical prongs is attached to the rack. I just thought it was an excess amount of the coating. But the lump got larger and started to spread. The coating eventually split open and I could see the completely rusted, corroded metal underneath. It is completely rusted through.
I called the "800" number for warranty repairs since I am still within my warranty period. However, they told me that the warranty does not cover the racks. So, now I have a 4-year-old top-of-the-line dishwasher for which I paid $776.00 that will be virtually useless when the racks fall apart in a rusty heap. I am LIVID that my warranty will not cover something that is CLEARLY a manufacturing defect. This problem was not caused by "operator error" or negligence or abuse. Since I already owned a Maytag washer and have been very satisfied, I was confident in purchasing another Maytag product.
How foolish of me to assume that "brand loyalty" would actually mean something.
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