Maytag Corporation Complaint - Maytag Washing Machine
WILLCOX, ARIZONA -- In December of 2000 I purchased a new Maytag Atlantis washer and dryer. I have six children and plenty of laundry. I grew up with Maytag products. My mother would only buy Maytag brand washers and dryers and had given me a washer/dryer set that was 20 years old and still working when I gave it away to purchase a new set. I needed a dependable machine and felt certain that I would receive years of satisfying, dependable service from Maytag. Unfortunately, this is far from what has happened. The dryer has been fine, but my washer began having problems within 1 year of my purchase. It began with an unusual noise during the spin cycle. It was still under manufacturer's warranty so they replaced the motor. I purchased an extended warranty (through Maytag Dependability Plus)which has at least saved me the hundreds of dollars on repair bills. Since May of this year (2003) this washer has had the pump replaced twice, the transmission rebuilt, then replaced, and a bearing replaced. It has been in various stages of working condition for the past year. At times I have had to go without a washer for up to a week and a half. The sound that I originally heard has never gone away. It is a loud, shrill, whirring sound during the spin cycle. Then it develops into a clanking sound and eventually occurs during the entire wash cycle. Eventually it does not spin at all. The repair technician is as frustrated as we are. He has even held the phone up to the machine for the Maytag technicians to hear. They say things like "we don't really know what is causing that, try replacing ......." or "let's just leave it alone and see what develops." Bottom line is that it has never been fixed and doesn't seem to be "fixable." I have contacted the Maytag company multiple times - they refuse to replace the machine. I have contacted Maytag Dependability Plus (the extended warranty holder) who refuse to replace it unless four separate instances occur. However, they do not consider it separate unless it happens more than 30 days apart. In other words, I could go on forever having repairs done all as ONE Incident!! I feel cheated and thouroughly disappointed in the Maytag company - I'm having second thoughts about their products' quality, but even more so, I have TOTALLY lost faith in their customer service. Obviously customer loyalty is not one of their priorities. Overall, I still hear from the industry that Maytags are usually very good machines that require few if any repairs. Every manufacturer produces a "lemon" now and then and I feel I got one. Maytag and the warranty have already spent more money on this machine than its worth! I just want them to replace it.
Remember the Maytag repairman who was so bored because he never got called out to a service call. After all, Maytag is so dependable that they hardly ever need repair. Well, send him to my house - he won't be bored anymore!!!!
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