Maytag Corporation Complaint - Freezers Should Be Recalled Too!!!
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- In November of 2007, I decided to invest in an upright freezer for entertaining and holding things that would not fit in my refrigerator /freezer that came with the apartment. I have considered myself a savvy and informed consumer, and I always thought of Maytag as being dependable; which may be due to their subliminal advertising. Anyway, I scrimped and saved my money and bought the above model Maytag upright freezer online from Home Depot; another trusted entity. They delivered it, but I noticed that something was not right with the door handle, and had them take it back, and they rescheduled to bring me another. It was beautiful and I was beside myself with shopping by bulk and then putting the food into my new freezer. It was nice and cold, and initially was very quiet, and was energy star rated. I had no problems with it for the first year, and then as if on cue, when the manufacturers warranty ran out, it began to make noise, first a little, and then you could hear the compressor come on, and shut down. While it was a little annoying, it still seemed to be tolerable.
Last week, I went in to get some ice. The freezer was cold, but I could hear some crackling inside somewhere, like moisture was hitting something hot. I pushed the light off, and through the little vents cut across the interior of the freezer, I could see a red hot coil. I freaked, and immediately disconnected the appliance and called Home Depot. Thank God I was home when that was happening! I have since read where people have lost everything to fires caused by these components! How terribly frightening! Home Depot asked me if I had an extended warranty, which I hadn't; since I struggled as student to get the freezer itself. They said they would set me up with an appointment to have the Maytag repairman come out an look at it. When I asked how much the repair and charge would be, I was told that the repairman would go over that when he called to confirm the repair date; this coming Tuesday.
Then my Mom told me about the refrigerator recall, and how Maytag may have to replace my freezer for free; which I think they should! She had also purchased Maytag appliances (washer and dryer) from Home Depot, and wondered it there was something wrong there; which is why they have such great sale prices . . . because the appliances are "defective." That's an entirely different concept, but in light of things; completely plausible. So, this morning I called the recall line, and was told that they were only doing refrigerators, period. I told them that it didn't make sense since the components manufactured were the same ones that went into the refrigerators and freezers! She gave me another number to call, and no one answered. I will try again tomorrow. I feel sad for the people who have lost everything due to their trust placed in a company's products known for their "dependability." Right!!!
To think that prior to this happening, I was going to buy a Maytag side by side, with automatic ice maker from Home Depot! EEK! Now after this experience, I will always buy an extended warranty for any major appliance! Maytag, when you get this complaint, please contact me right away!
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