Frigidaire/Electrolux Complaint - Very Poorly Made Appliances, Bad Warranties, Poor Customer Service
AUGUSTA, GEORGIA -- We completely remodeled our home in 2006-2007 and purchased all matching Frigidaire kitchen and laundry appliances, all but one item came from Lowe's(our range hood was from Famous Tate's). To date, we have had repairs and breakdowns of every single product. Most seriously, our front-loading washer/dryer combo is an unbelievably poor appliance. The dryer, Model number LEQ1442ESO, catches clothing on the lint trap and ruins straps, ties, and tears clothes. It overheats regularly and leaves scorch marks on fabric or cuts off and doesn't dry at all. The case for the control panel at the top broke right after the warranty expired and has now detached completely from the machine and dangles by the wires. Most of the dryer cycles do not work and even before the control panel detached, all the lights blink and the machine beeps insanely and repeatedly whether the machine is drying or not. The only solution is to unplug the machine. We have had to have the machine serviced on multiple occasions for excessive lint build-up. The overheating is so serious, we check and clean the machine regularly and have pulled it away from the wall to prevent a fire hazard.
The matching Frigidaire washer is also a serious problem. Water damage from an interior leak has destroyed the barcode sticker so I am no longer able to read the model and serial numbers. Lowe's was not accommodating in helping us recover the model information. The washer filter gets clogged repeatedly and the drum retains water. The Drain/Rinse cycle does not work. The gasket leaked inside the door leading to a truly impressive display of rust on the washer door. The hinges are completely rusted and the bottom of the door, plus the door does not close by itself any longer and must be forced shut. The bottom panel beneath the door is completely rusted out. The first time I noticed the door sticking due to the rust, was when the plastic door handle snapped off in my hands under normal opening pressure. I now have to pry the door open with a screwdriver. As if this is not enough, the washer does not clean clothes properly and my whites never get white. Although I have yet to notice the mold problems mentioned by other consumers, I see the potential because the gasket does not drain properly and retains water between cycles--I always clean it out.
Frigidaire Stainless Dishwasher, Model FDB1500LFCO. Dishwasher has required multiple repairs. Spray arm becomes loose or dislodged and falls against the element, which then melts it requiring a replacement part. Filter is not effective and dirty water backs up inside the machine and leaks out the front. Dishwasher does not clean the dishes effectively even using premium products and rinse agent--glasses are regularly cloudy. (We do not have hard water). Most importantly, dishwasher chips and breaks plates\bowls and scratches cookware even when sparsely loaded. I have never owned a dishwasher that broke plates even occasionally and I currently have a 12 piece table setting that is more than 80% chipped. I will not purchase new plates while I still own this washer for fear of more expensive damage. Stainless cover shows excessive scratching...all I use is wipes or a soft sponge.
Frigidaire Side by Side Stainless Refrigerator Model Number FRS6LC8FS2. Plastic shelves chip, scratch, and crack under light cleaning. Fan motor is unbelievably loud and ice machine whines and grumbles. Door handles wiggle and will not hold flush to door even when adjusted. In-door water/ice dispensers are clouded and scratched after only 2 years of use. Stainless door panels show excessive wear after minimal use and light cleaning. Poor finish.
Frigidaire Ceramic-top Range Model FEFL796CA. Vented heat from inside stove has permanently discolored stainless control panel at top left. Vents at top of stove door do not prevent spilled fluid from entering sealed area between double glass fronts, resulting in unsightly drip marks we are unable to remove. Drawer slides on bottom oven drawer broken and non-functional. Both stainless and paint finishes are unacceptable--2 years of wear should not be enough to chip the paint and show scratches on the stainless areas.
I will estimate we spent $1800 on our refrigerator, $600 on our range, $300 on our dishwasher, and $700 on our washer/dryer combo. This is a grand total of approximately $3400 on Frigidaire appliances, none of which work properly or look aesthetically pleasing at the three year mark.
We are extremely disappointed and will NEVER purchase Frigidaire/Electrolux appliances ever again!
No satisfaction from the company, no help from Lowe's, only endless repairs and expensive parts. We estimate we've spent about an additional $500.00 on repairs and laundromat expenses so far. We are unable to replace our washer/dryer at this time and that is our most crucial complaint.
We've complained to the BBB and to various watchdog sites including this one. I will continue complaining. Appliances are not supposed to be disposable cheaply-made products. My last washer-dryer set (Maytag)lasted me 12 years and still worked and looked good enough to sell used when I was ready to upgrade. The retailer, Lowe's, should be ashamed of selling such a bad product. Electrolux should be lynched.
Anyone interested in starting a class action against Electrolux? How do we get started?