In April 2007 we purchased a kenmore HE front loader from Sears. The retail price of this product was $750- about 3 years later the door latch code began to malfunction and gave us a "f29 code", meaning "door latch malfunction". with this code, we could not run cycles and the washer would just give a buzzing sound and would not run. All this occured about a month ago. Upon calling the sears service center, an appt. was scheduled for 2 weeks after the call (soonest sears appointment possible). At the time of the call, I let the technician know that the door latch appeared to be malfunctioning(according the the diagnostic code and manual). 2 weeks later the technician showed up at my door without the part, and said he would be back in 2 weeks (the soonest appt, again) and then charged me the $130- service fee in full and then also the $62 for the door latch. 2 weeks later another technician showed up and told me that the door latch was not the issue. Though he "was not sure of the problem", he wanted to order yet another part. This time costing $116. I insisted he called tech support to assist him with troubleshooting and told him I was disappointed with sears service as well as their appliances, at which point he became rude and mildly intimidating (as he slammed doors in and out of the house). When my husband got home,I felt more comfortable because the tech was kind of intimidating me at this point with his rude gestures. Again, 2 weeks passed (which was today) and the sears tech arrived to repair the "motherboard" of our front loader, this time with no positive outcome. He admitted he did not know what the problem was, but he "thought" it was the motor, which would again.... cost us something to the effect of $500--
we said no and he issued us a piece of paper which stated we would receive a refund for the motherboard, and that we could expect to receive it within 3-4 weeks. UMMMMM what? SO we were now out a 3 year old, gently usxed $750 washer....a $129 service fee which got us no answers to the problem, and now we had to wait a month for a refund? (we arent the rockafellars here)
I called sears and asked for at the very least a refund of my 129- service fee-- even if given in form of a credit so that i could purchase a new washer... and was basically told that would not happen. and i also called another number to see if i could get a refund via bank card credit on the part we payed for and needed refunded.... again no answer.
All I have to say is that if sears comes to your house and demands payment for services that they havent 100% supplied.....DO NOT PAY THEM!!! Also, do not buy products from sears.... they are ***. A 750$ washer that breaks within 3 years? ***!! All they offered was 10% off on a new sears product up to $100..... do they really think I will purchase anything from them again? Hardly....I plan to boycott sears and bring this issue to other peoples awareness whenever it is relevant. I will buy from local businesses in the future..... ones with customer service skills where their bottom line is customer satisfaction..... this you will certainly not find with sears!
Monetary Loss: $750.