Maytag Corporation Complaint - Bravos? I think not
After owning a cheap GE washer and dryer for 17 years, I bought a new laundry system -- the Maytag Bravos -- in December 2008 for a newly constructed laundry room. I liked that the Bravos washer was a top load machine with front loader technology. (I have back issues so a front loader was out of the question.) I have to say that I am pleased with this machine.
My problem is with the dryer. After 14 months of regular household use, the machine stopped working. My husband and I checked and cleaned every inch of vent pipe; the dryer still didn't work and was making a grinding noise. We took off the back of the machine and watched its inner workings. To us, it seemed that the blower motor wasn't working. Since this repair looked to be too much for us, we decided to call in the pros. Maytag service, right?
The Maytag 1-800 customer service line couldn't get the model number right. The Maytag website gave the me the first available appointment as 4 days away. I called the local Maytag store and was told that a technician could come out the next day. I guess the third try really was the charm.
The tech was not rude, but not very pleasant. He kept insisting that the dryer vent was clogged even though I told him otherwise. He then wanted to know who had disconnected the belt that went around the blower motor. When I told him that neither my husband nor I touched it, he repeated twice that someone did. After rooting around my machine for a little while longer he told me that the blower pulley was broken (that's why the belt was no longer attached). After going to his truck, the tech returned to the house to inform me that the pulley was a special order item and that none of the local parts dealers carried them. Turns out this is a part that normally doesn't "go out." If I am very lucky, the part will be shipped in 7-10 days. In the meantime we have laundry hanging around the house and plan a trip to a laundromat tomorrow to do sheets, towels, sweatshirts, etc.
As stated earlier, I had a GE washer and dryer for 17 years that didn't not give me any problems until the end. And guess what? We were able to order the parts and repair them ourselves at tremendous savings. I'm not sure that my Maytag machines will last that long or give me that many years of faithful service. Let's hope I'm proved wrong.
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