Ok, I purchased the Whirlpool Duet Washer and Dryer set and the
pedestals through Best Buy in March 2004 and installed them in my new
house. The Washer shook like crazy once it hit high spin speed. I
returned it to Best Buy and got another one. Second one did the same
thing. I had a Whirlpool tech come out and check it out. He put a
glass of water in front of the washer to test the floor. The washer
shook and the water didn't move. He found out that Whirlpool had
since made a kit for the washer to help with the vibration so he
installed that. It improved the situation, but we still cannot run it
on high speed. We have since moved into an apartment (different
floor) and we still are having the same vibration problems.
I want to get rid of these machines and try a different manufacturer.
Best Buy is talking like they may only be able to replace the washer
with their 'Lemon Policy'. I am in the process of contacting
Anybody know how I can just get rid of these machines and get all or
most of my money back? Thanks!
Before giving up on the washer you might want to put a piece of 3/4 inch
plywood under it. May solve the problem. Also the washers may be defective
in that I had one with a defective cabinet which sears had to take back.
Welding was no good on bottom. Replacement was fine.
If you paid by chargecard and feel the item is defective you might ask the
charge card company if you have any options with them. Some cards will back
you up against bad merchandise
If you live near Raleigh, NC and the dryer is a gas dryer I might be
interested in the dryer.
bottomline though is that these washers shake more than top loaders and the
Maytag frontloade which I also owned and recently gave to my parents when I
bought the Elite from Sears.
By the way, this is another reason why I purchase stuff like this from
Sears. They will meet the bestbuy price and take it back if you don't like
Plus give you 10 percent of the difference. Sears policy is "Your
satisfaction guaranteed or your money back" and instructions to the Sears
employee is that "The customer is the sole judge of whether or not they are
satisfied". Of course once in a while you'll get a new kid who thinks he
or she is saving the company money by denying the customer. In that case
just ask to see the manager...even the store manager is always accessible to
Sears employee with over 15 years.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, July 10, 2004 3:03 PM
Subject: Re: Whirlpool Duet Washer Problems?
I agree that commissions aren't what they used to be..but then what can you
expect when the market becomes flooded with competition. The average
customer pays $399 for a washer, now, and that is what they paid back in
1978 when I started selling appliances. The machines are much improved over
those old machines, too. The trend is to eliminate commission and go to an
hourly wage. This could be good in the long run as it will get rid of the
salespeople who will only wait on the customer looking at the $1300 washer
thus ignoring those who have less to spend. I managed to retire the first
time after 15 years at age 60 with a pretty good nest egg in my pension and
401k. Couldn't stand sitting around the house so went back to the new Sears
Hardware and Appliance formatted store. Work part time..hourly wage that I
feel is competitive and am able to devote my attention to everyone coming
into the store regardless of whether they are looking at a $29 microwave or
a $1500 refrigerator. The atmosphere is so much better...you don't have 10
people standing around like vultures on a limb waiting to swoop down on the
first customer to even look towards an appliance. We used to watch people
get out of their cars in the mall parking lot and if they so much as turned
their head towards our dept when they came in the door, one of us would be
off and running towards them. Finally, I get the feeling that our customers
seemed to be relieved when they find that we're trying to help them make an
educated decision on a purchase and not just trying to maximize the
commission we receive.
Well, I'm going to take my paperwork down to Best Buy and ask to speak
to a manager and see where that gets me. Thanks for the Sears advice.
My brother used to work there and they would take back all kinds of
The Best Buy Customer Service Center is not being that cooperative.
Best thing would be a replacement washer, but I want to get rid of
both of them and try something different.
I, also, wouldn't rule out contacting Whirlpool at their 1-800 customer
service number. Whirlpool is pretty good about seeing that their customers
are taken care of. Very important, however, when contacting them to be sure
they get the impression that you are a life long customer and are really
surprised that you are having a problem. And your quest is to see if there
is anything they can do to help you out of your situation. The old adage
about sugar being better than vinegar. I've seen major manufacturers like
Whirlpool and GE authorize dealers to take back appliances and return them
to the manufacturer for pre-approved credit.
Well, my trip to the Best Buy store and discussion only led to, "You
will have to call the 1-800 number." They will probably just send the
same stupid Tech out. Time to call Whirlpool and see what happens.
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