CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA -- What a horrific experience. Please use a local repairman and stay away from A&E. I called A&E thru Sears for a dryer issue. I scheduled my appointment a week and a half later. On that day, I kept calling the number for my updated appointment time. The time continued to be pushed later, and later in the day. Finally, just before 6, I received a call from the technician telling me that he was over an hour away and was not coming and that I'd have to be rescheduled. Fine. I understood.
The issue, regarding this, was that I had to go back to the beginning of the scheduling line. I was told it was going to be another week and a half before a technician could get to me. What?!? No respect for me spending hours waiting. No respect for customer service to have me seen the next day. I don't understand the logic here. All of my calls were taken by a call center in Southeast Asia and each representative I spoke with gave me the same scripted responses... verbatim. No help whatsoever. Avoid A&E.
PORTLAND, OREGON -- Had a great experience in the store, but the entire delivery process was a nightmare. Ultimately, the drivers left our brand new washer and dryer outside in the rain for us to deal with. It was clearly explained to us at the time of purchase that the drivers would move our old units, put the new units in the laundry room, and haul away all of the cardboard/Styrofoam that the new units were packaged in. None of this happened.
When we spoke with the delivery manager, his solution was to offer that the guys come out six days later to finish their job. He wanted our new Kenmore Elites to sit outside in the pouring rain for SIX days! We were fearful that the units would get damaged so we had to have friends over to help us move all the necessary units.
The delivery guys finally called to come set up the units. I explained that I didn't need help setting them up, but they needed to come pick up the packing material so I didn't have to pay to go to the dump. They gave me their two hour window that they would arrive by, but they flat out never showed up.
Speaking with Sears corporate has been the worst process of it all. They don't seem to care about our experience and each time I speak with them, they seem more disinterested. In fact, their solution was to offer me 10% off my next purchase (Imagine my disgust when their only resolution was for me to order MORE merchandise for them to dump at my house. Thanks, but no thanks).
I am horrified at the lack of customer service. I'm only asking them to do the job that was clearly outlined to me, but apparently that is too much to ask. BUYER BEWARE! They may not follow through and have no interest in correcting any issues.
HUFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS -- Regarding Kenmore Elite Oasis HE Automatic Washer model # 110.28062800 and Dryer model # 11078062801. This is how my complaint went about this no good set that we paid $ 2074.03 for. BUYER BIG TIME BEWARE. On December 26, 2008 we purchased the Kenmore Elite Oasis HE washer and dryer mentioned above. We paid $2074.03 out the door for the set. We were told they were the top of the line best set out there for our needs ie doing a lot of laundry for a family of 4. The dryer began giving us problems by February of 2009 with different codes coming on the panel. Sears sent service out to check it and the dryer was replaced.
In April of 2009 had to call Sears again on the brand new dryer the codes started coming on the panel service comes out and their comments were "CK operation and connections to control unable to verify problem". Service came back in July of 2009 and the Technician comments this time were "Unable to diagnose: was unable to duplicate complaint at this time. Checked air and temp. OK". The request for service both times were because a load of laundry had to be dried three times in order for it to be completely dry, again with codes coming on the panel.
Finally in February of 2010 the clothes while drying a short period of time were too hot to touch, I am thinking this cannot be safe. I call Sears and am informed that it is no longer under warranty. The warranty ended with the first dryer in this house which meant the two years was up in December. Not February when the dryer was replaced with a new one. I figure I am not going to pay a high service call along with parts to fix it. I just watched it close so the clothes would not catch on fire and basically lived with it.
Now my washing machine is junk too. It became so loud while in any cycle and the spin cycle was louder yet. Under the machine I find this oil ring made when the tub was in the spin cycle, photo's enclosed. Thank god that was on tile and with a little rubbing it came off. And right after that the machine started to leak warping my floor molding next to it, it was a mess to say the least.
I called Sears about my washing machine making loud noises back in October of 2011 and I was told no longer under warranty. The beginning of January of this year I call Sears again to see if maybe the cost would not be so much to fix the washing machine and they then told me the warranty had just expired and had no record of me ever calling in back in October of 2011.
I started looking online in November of 2011 to see what people were saying about the washer and the set, just to see if maybe this was just my bad luck, I was shocked to say the least there are thousands of complaints about the washer and dryer. Complaints dating back to 2005. Many unhappy customers who had pretty much the same issues when it came to codes on these panels etc. I start getting warranty stuff from Sears on the washer as I said so I look again in January what kinds of issues and problems the public has had.
And today some more research. OMG it is crazy, many more consumers complaining. Enclosed you will find copies of some of what I found. Scary. I cannot believe we paid $ 2074.03 for a brand new top of the line washer and dryer, with the dryer being replaced within two months, and they have both failed all within 3 years. We have now purchased a brand new washer and dryer from Best Buy. The Sears set is sitting in our garage when asked if we wanted it hauled off our answer was NO. I need this set as proof of the hell we have gone through owning an expensive washer and dryer from Sears.
To resolve this problem, I would appreciate my money back and for Sears to come and pick up these machines and study them, figure out what is going so wrong with this brand. Copies enclosed as stated above, along with receipts. Also you will find an extra letter on more of Sears products that have failed for us. I do not know what this company has become but I am not going to settle for a washer and dryer set failing so badly in such a short period of time. IT IS NOT RIGHT.
I have to add, my mother had a Sears washing machine for 35 years. It started rusting in places but worked perfect NEVER SERVICED. Do you know what did it in??? Water in her basement after a bad spring snow melt. And I have to mention this also... She still has the same Sears Garage Door opener installed in 1973. Same controls that are now held together with black tape. Has never had it serviced. My point Sears used to be good. It was a household name that meant something. You could depend on Sears for everything and trust it to last. Maybe not for 30+ years in today's world but a little better than 3 years.
Today's Date April 27, 2012 I got a call from a representative from Sears two days ago on behalf of ** as he will not respond himself, I was told. So very sorry about all of this but unless Sears comes out to repair and repair and there are service calls and service calls there is nothing they will do about this. Whereas if there were techs out at our home constantly the machines would have been replaced. I ask how come there is no record of my calls on the washer??? She could give me no answer other than sorry. WE WILL NEVER USE SEARS AGAIN. ALL DONE. VERY EXPENSIVE LESSON LEARNED.
PLANTATION, FLORIDA -- Don't be mislead by a low price quote on parts - Prices charged by service tech are higher than prices quoted by customer service. When I complained about this, customer service stated that the tech can order parts from different vendors. The tech said the computer puts in the prices and they have not control.
You will be billed for parts and service on the first service call. If the tech does not have the parts, they will still bill you for the parts and service on the first call. They will then ship the parts to you. You will then be stuck with the parts, and the service tech may never come back to install the parts. They will refund the price paid for the parts, if you send them back. The service fees are NON-REFUNDABLE, whether or not the repair is completed.
They never arrive on time and often don't show up for appointments. Techs are overbooked and will call you to try to cancel/reschedule. If you don't reschedule, they just won't show up or if you're lucky they'll show up late. I had 3 appointments scheduled. The first one was for 1-5 PM. At 4:45, the tech called and tried to reschedule saying that most condos don't allow repairman in after 5. I told him that was not the case and he arrived at 5:30, WITHOUT the required parts. A second appointment was scheduled for a date 2 weeks later, between 1-5 PM.
At 4 PM, I started calling customer service to check the tech's status and they assured me he was on the way. For the next 2 hours, I called every 30 minutes and was repeatedly assured he was on the way. At 6:20 PM, customer service called me to reschedule. No appointments available, until the following week. The third appointment was scheduled for 10-2 window.
At 1:45 the tech called to tell me he was running a little late, would I like to reschedule. I told him NO and he said he was on his way, but never showed up. I repeatedly called customer service who reassured me he would be there. At 4:45, they told me that he had been there, but security wouldn't let him in the gated community. I don't live in a gated community. It is a high traffic condo/hotel and security does not monitor entry to the building.
Customer Service is unable to contact techs, they can only send them messages asking them to contact the customer. Techs and routers (dispatchers) ignore the messages and the customer is left waiting. Customer service will give you the runaround, transferring you to Customer Solutions who will just tell you that the tech will call you or is on the way.
Customer Service will tell you that the tech will call 30 minutes before arrival. Don't believe this. I was later told by Customer Solutions that this is not correct and they may or may not call you. You need to be home waiting for the tech. Be prepared to take a few days off of work. If you complain enough, they will offer to send you a $25 Sears gift card, but I never received it. Even if I did get it, $25 is not near enough for all the time and energy wasted!!!!
I will do my very best to be brief. I will not be purchasing anything at your store or online any more. My wife and I purchased a great GE washer/dryer set last August (delivered Aug 21 as a matter of fact). And until this past Sunday, Nov. 15, they both worked great. I am happy to say the dryer is functioning well, still. However, the washer would not spin the clothes.
I called the repair center and set up a time for a tech to come to the house. I was informed on the phone, and with two courtesy calls, the tech would arrive at my house on Thursday (today), Nov 19, between 8am and 12pm. I usually love being able to take a half day off from work, but my wife and I are traveling and will be out of the country starting Thanksgiving day, and I do have a lot to do. So, I worked from home this morning.
The tech arrived at 1:45pm. I called three times and was told a message would be relayed. After 20 minutes, the tech informed me that a part was needed, and it would arrive in 2-3 business days (at the latest, next Tuesday). I would then need to call and schedule another appointment, which could take 6-7 business days (Thursday and Friday being holiday next week). This solution does not help me to wash my clothes.
I let him know that was a bad plan for me. I purchased the washer/dryer to do a job, and it has broken WITHIN THE 90 DAYS RETURN POLICY I have been given. I want another washer. We can simply replace the washer. The tech informed me that I would have to call and set that up, he didn't have the authority to okay that move.
So I called. I spoke with two different ladies. The first one quickly transferred me to an "Escalated Representative." I vocalized my issue. She informed me that I had no choice but to wait for the part, and if I am unhappy, I can write a letter to the corporate office. Again, these solutions do not help me wash my clothes. I then went to the Sears store I purchased the washer/dryer from. I talked with ** (MOD). He talked on the phone with someone (his direct report, I believe). He did his best to get clearance to have another washer delivered so I could wash clothes. After all, I called in the problem before my 90 days return was over. Denied.
** then called and made the part shipment a priority with the warehouse, and told me he will try to next day this to my house and get the repair completed as quickly as possible. He apologized for Sears' policies and procedures, and basically did not defend his company when I said: "It seems Sears has my money and that they are more concerned about serving their processes and policies rather than me. No one has really cared that I have clothes to wash and I trusted Sears' products and services with my money to do that."
** then did what he could do and gave me some money to wash my clothes before my wife and I leave the country next week. ** heard me and did what he could do. ** was awesome. Sears, as a whole, has disappointed me. On Sears' corporate site, this statement is buried two clicks away from the home page: "Sears Holdings is committed to improving the lives of our customers by providing quality services, products and solutions that earn their trust and build lifetime relationships. In our associates we value teamwork, integrity and positive energy. Our culture is defined by a clear vision, mission, pace and values."
I officially call bullcrap. **, the manager on duty at the Marley Station Mall store in Glen Burnie lives up to that. But no one else at your organization, that I have interacted with, cares about that statement. I will no longer walk into your store or come to your website. I was not heard by your "escalation department" (really? you really call it that? the mere fact that you have to have one of these says a lot), I was not valued by your policies or processes, and I was undermined and tricked into believing you were someone you cannot live up to becoming.
I sent this email in on the Sears.com website as well. I also sent a copy to GE. I do not care for a reply that let's me know I have been heard, for unless there is a genuine response that inquires and cares about the failing processes within your company then your communication with me is moot. Maybe someone in middle management or someone that actually cares about the mission and vision of your corporation will read this. That is my hope. I will also blog, face book, twitter, and paste this response with all my social networking sites (that's close to 1000 people in all who follow). Viral information is so cool.
COQUITLAM, B.C CANADA -- Let me start by saying I have never dealt with a more difficult company in my life. On June 25th, 2009 I went into Sears and purchased a Kenmore stacking washer & dryer (apartment size). While in the store the sales person ** seemed to know what he was talking about, he explained about the type of soap to buy, and he sold me the required Bits and Pieces. I picked up hoses and he told me I didn't need them as the hoses come with the washer. I gave ** all of the delivery information and two contact numbers my cell phone number and my mothers home number as I was moving into a newly constructed building and the door buzzer had not been installed.
The delivery date was scheduled for July 3rd, between 8:00am and noon. I waited for their arrival until about 2:00pm then called Sears to inquire why they hadn't been delivered my washer & dryer and was informed that they had been to to my address at 8:00am and no one was home. I stated that I hadn't received a call on my cell nor had my mother.
Sears informed me that they had attempted to phone me on my cell phone and they had also tried to contact my mother by phone and did not get answer so they left and message with reception. (What reception I live in a condo). I checked again with my mother and she was home and had not received a phone call from Sears. I found out that the sales person had written down the wrong cell phone number.
Hear we go. I asked that they return to my address and deliver the washer & dryer as promised, as this was not my fault! I found out very quickly they were not prepared to return and make the delivery as promised on July 3rd they were however willing to set-up another delivery date (isn't that nice of them). I explained to her that I work and that I had taken the day off in order to be available for the delivery.
Even though I explained my position to this woman several times, that I worked and the only time that I would be available to except the delivery would be on the following weekend. She said that they could not deliver my washer & dryer until the end of JULY. Feeling totally unheard and realizing that this was not about customer satisfaction but what was best for Sears, I started to get angry that's when she hung up on me.
I phoned the store and found out that without my consent a delivery date was set up for JULY 8th between 5:00pm & 6:00pm (I work until 5:00pm and don't get home until 6:00pm). The store was equally unhelpful and tried to convince me that I was wrong about the delivery dated because their records showed that the actual delivery dated was July 8th.
I finally got a commitment from them that they would deliver my washer & driver the following day Saturday July 4th the first delivery of the day. They showed up at 9:00am on July 4th brought the units up to my suite and promptly told me they couldn't install them because the hoses were to short and by the way these hoses are not recommend for condo's. They said I would have to go to a hardware store and buy hoses (the same hoses I had in my hand in the store) and set-up another installation date. They dumped the washer and dryer in my living room and left.
Again I phoned trying to get serves and express my frustration and was getting nowhere very quickly. I finally get hold of someone named ** in there CUSTOMER I DON'T CARE DEPARTMENT and he was a bit more helpful and offered to credit me my delivery cost and give me some gift certificates (Big Deal). I told him I would think about it, because I was considering returning the washer & dryer. He told me to call back when when I made a decision.
A little while later I attempted to contact ** only to find out that Sears has 3 call centers, and they have no way of talking to one another. I was informed that I would have to continue to phone the Customer Care line until I got the Brampton, Ontario call center. WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS COMPANY!!!!!! (Oh don't raise your voice or you'll be told that they don't care for your tone of voice). Stupid me; I bought the hoses and set-up another installation date and now have wasted 3 days, 2 of which were vacation days that I'll never get back.
When they return to install the units they informed me that the plug on the dryer was to short to reach the wall plug and that they would not be able to install the units until I have the wiring moved (in a brand new building) "I don't think so". The building manager came up and said that the wiring couldn't be and won't be moved and that they needed to figure out away to hook them up.
They figured it out, they left the washer & dryer in the middle of my hallway in front of my front door so that I could only open my front door wide enough to slide through and they walked away. Here's the kicker I have yet to hear from Sears and I writing this July 23rd, 2009 a full 3 weeks later. FOR ALL THEY KNOW THE WASHER & DRYER COULD STILL BE SITTING IN MY FRONT HALL WAY.
In the end my building manager hooked-up the washer & dryer and moved then into there place. Without moving the electrical. If you like stress, inconvenienced, and being treated with disrespect Sears is the store for you. I will never shop at Sears again and will continue to tell my story to anyone who may be considering buying anything from Sears. I have a question for Sears and their investors how long do you think you can continue to provide this type of service and stay in business?
3333 BEVERLY RD., HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILLINOIS -- We purchased a Samsung Steam Washer and Gas Dryer from Sears and had Sears Home Delivery install it using a 0-18" Periscope/Dryer Vent Kit which was highly recommended to us by several Sears representatives and purchased at my local Sears store in Laguna Hills, CA. I was so excited when these beautiful appliances arrived on Sunday March 21st, 2010. The tragedy that followed is HIGHLY DISTURBING. I'm still traumatized even as I write this.
Sears could have killed me and my fiance as a result of a bad installation and the bad part I purchased from them- we were exposed to BOTH Carbon Monoxide and Gas (nat.) leaks for almost 22 hours!. Even worse, I discovered that the dryer could've exploded on me while I was trying to use it that same evening. I had to go to the Emergency Room and am by the grace of God LUCKY TO BE ALIVE TO TELL YOU THIS STORY. CLEARLY, Sears installers were negligent and the bad periscope I purchased from Sears created this DEADLY situation.
You would think a company like Sears who I always believed was the "go to store" for appliances would try to take responsibility or comment or try to address our near death experience in an expeditious manner. INSTEAD, they are ignoring our repeated inquiries regarding this situation and what they plan to do about it and it just seems like they're hoping this situation will just disappear and we'll get so frustrated that we'll give up trying to contact them. Numerous SEARS representatives keep trying to pass the blame off entirely on the third party installer- DIACOM, Santa Ana, CA.
ALL I KNOW is that when the installers came into our home, they represented themselves as SEARS. I BELIEVED THAT THIS WAS SEARS. SEARS NEVER told me that they outsourced the work to another company to do the installation. So, even though the products, part and services were purchased and performed by SEARS- I now discover that they hired some other company and SEARS is trying to tell me that SEARS is not responsible and that the problem was not because of the flimsy part they supplied. I've been trying to contact SEARS for AN ENTIRE WEEK and I'm getting nowhere!!!
They don't want to accept ANY responsibility for what happened to us. HOW IS THAT RIGHT?!?!? We are the victims here and its sadly become our job to hunt someone beyond customer service to contact us. I have filed case numbers and claim numbers and have talked to at least 20 people with no result!!!
NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO PUT UP WITH THIS AND I HOPE THAT I CAN HELP SAVE ANOTHER PERSON FROM WHAT I EXPERIENCED. SEARS is irresponsible, not technically skilled, and trying to get away with causing possible serious injury and risk of death to people like my fiance and I. I WOULD RECOMMEND THINKING TWICE BEFORE YOU PURCHASE APPLIANCES FROM SEARS.
WILLIAMSVILLE, NEW YORK -- My parents bought a washer and dryer from Sears a couple weeks ago. They got them home and installed and we all LOVED them-- they were fabulous- 2 days after using the dryer- it stopped working. It would make a clunking noise and stop spinning. So my Father called Sears and they sent out someone to fix it last week. The guy ** came out and said he needed to order a part to fix it and it would be in Friday- 12/18/09.
My parents not having much of a choice agreed and put aside more of their time to wait around on Friday for the dryer (which is in about 10 different pieces right now) to be fixed. Well the part never came in and my dad is obviously very upset. So he called this morning and found out that the part wasn't even SHIPPED from CALIFORNIA (we live in NY) until SATURDAY 12/19/09 and it was shipped GROUND instead of "emergency shipped" which is what they were told would happen.
We have 6 people who live in this house, we haven't had a dryer for over a week now and we are NOW being told that we WON'T HAVE A DRYER UNTIL THE 29TH OF DECEMBER!!!! MORE THAN 10 DAYS AFTER THE ORIGINAL DATE THE PART WAS SUPPOSED TO COME IN!!
I find this completely ridiculous. I'm moving from my parents house in the next couple of weeks into my own home and I can assure you that I will be buying NOTHING from Sears. When my father called about the dryer this morning he was told there was nothing they could do about it! At this point you should give them a new dryer and we will give you the part to fix the dryer once it comes in...
Let me remind you again - 6 people in one house and no dryer - you should try it sometime - It's going to take us forever to catch up on laundry! SEARS LIED TO OUR FAMILY ABOUT HOW LONG IT WAS GOING TO TAKE TO GET THE PART IN THE MAIL AND LEFT US WITHOUT A DRYER-- I THINK MY PARENTS ARE OWED SOMETHING!
DEVON, PENNSYLVANIA -- I purchased this dryer new from Sears in July '06 after owning a Maytag for over 30 years. The gas dryer runs fine, does a good job; however I noticed a dark area near the silicone seal near the paddle. When I put my hand in, thinking it was lint from the dark load, I found there is a hole in the metal at the base of the drum. I used my digital camera to photograph the area, and can see that there is a crack in the silicone that leads out to the hole which is approximately 1/2" around.
Fortunately, I had purchased the extended warranty and called the service department. Being a gas dryer with a flame, I did not want to run it with the hole in the drum, but I was told I had to wait two weeks for a service call opening. I was told that the drum would have to be replaced and this happens a lot.
Of course, they don't carry them on the truck, so I knew that the repair person would only look and order it when he came today. They would then have to order the part and I would have to wait until it comes in, then set another appointment to install it. The appointment was to be between 1 and 5 P.M. We waited, and waited, and waited. I called Sears twice asking if they could tell what time the person would arrive since we had many errands to do. I was told that I was the 7th person he was to service.
At my second call, I was told that he had finished #5. During each call, the person on the phone told me that they would have the service person call me to let me know that they were coming. Well, 5 o'clock came and went and at 5:40 I called Sears. I was told "The serviceman won't be finishing his route today." I expressed my frustration and asked that someone still show up whatever time they could. No, I was told no one could come out. I asked, what do we do? He stated "we can fill out a complaint form with consumer services and set an appointment for the next opening they have"...not tomorrow mind you, but in 11 days from now!!!!
We were looking at Sears Kenmore appliances for our kitchen redo... Never, never, never would I purchase another appliance from Sears! To think that a dryer can fall apart in 2 1/2 years is enough to turn us off future purchases, but to then not get the service to fix that mess under the extended warranty I purchased until who knows when is too much to deal with.
HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY -- I bought a dryer on July 12th, it was supposed to be delivered on the 13th. I rescheduled to be delivered on the 14th the because the tenant was not home nobody called or showed up. Since I had a bad experience with them since last year, I went to the store to cancel the order, and the sales representative said it is not our responsibility anymore, after the 13th you have to call customer solution.
Then I realized why he was insisting on scheduling the delivery on the 13th, they are professional crooks. He put me on the phone for 25 minutes. It was the hottest day, when I dragged my 2 kids who wanted to go to the pool that day. So, I waited and waited to cancel my order and from one person to another we ended up the call based upon the warehouse specialist will call me but she never did.
I called the next day and was told don't worry. My order is cancelled and the refund will be shown within 6 business days. Here we are after 10 days. I just hung up the phone with them. I have been told that my item was successfully delivered. We are so sorry but we need to open an investigation. I said well can you send me a proof that you delivered the dryer, she said "sorry, I can't."
At this point I am so angry, tired and frustrate. What if they don't give me my $778.00 back? The funniest thing is that the lady I spoke too at last, was asking to do a survey, and I said are you serious you have audacity to ask me that please put zeros on everything. I will never deal them again or step my foot at any location.
I saw your comment today and wanted to reach out to you to offer our assistance. My name is Liz and I am a member of the Sears Cares Escalations team. We apologize for the troubles you have encountered with your recent dryer purchase and the level of customer service you have received. We can truly understand your frustrations for not being refunded in a timely manner after the delivery was canceled. If you would allow us the opportunity, we would very much like to connect you with a dedicated case manager to further discuss your experience and ensure your needs are met to your satisfaction. At your convenience please contact our office via email at email@example.com so you don't have to be upset by this any longer. In the email please provide the best contact phone number or the number to which the dryer was purchased under (if different than the contact phone number) and we will call you directly. In addition, please include your screen name (coljon) in the email for reference to your issue. Again, we're sorry for any trouble we have caused and we hope to talk to you soon.
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