Update by user Oct 12, 2011
This is an update to my initial complaint posted on September 29, 2011 just to further fill the public in on the \"quality\" of the Maytag customer service experience.
As you can see on my comment line below Jordan from Maytag customer service offered to discuss my complaint. After emailing twice with the requested information Jennifer from Maytag contacted me via phone this afternoon.
Jennifer was very polite and apologized for my issue. She asked some general questions about the rust problem and stated she had never heard of a Bravos washer rusting (Google it, it happens alot apparently). She then stated that since I was a good customer and if I was willing to pay a technician to come out and diagnose the cause of the problem Maytag would be happy to offer me 50% off the cost of any replacement parts needed to repair my defective rusting unit. Now mind you I am fully responsible for the labor cost of having a technician come out and determine WHY the machine rusted and also the labor to repair the unit and 50% of the cost of any parts. Really?
THANKS FOR NOTHING MAYTAG!
When I asked Jennifer why she felt this was an honorable solution she had no good answer. When I asked her why I would want to risk investing more money, time and frustration repairing a machine that lasted less than 18 months she had no good answer. When I asked what would happen when the new replacement cabinet started rusting in 18 months she had no answer.
Jennifer basically read from the script stating that the 50% was what they were offering and that she apologized for my problem. I think somewhere in there she felt bad for my problem but that does not change the situation or make their offer any less absurd.
So I called a few of the providers on the list Jennifer sent to me to get some idea of my out of pocket costs to have my rusty machine repaired. Including Maytag\'s \"generous\" 50% off parts offer the lowest estimate I got was approximately $350 out of my pocket for the repair.
No thank you Maytag! You can keep your 50% as I will not give you another dime of my hard earned money!
I can\'t justify sinking more money into a product that has shown itself to be inferior. How can I trust that the new cabinet is any different than the old cabinet and won\'t rust in a year and a half.
Please people take my warning and think twice before buying this or any other line of Maytag product. If anything goes wrong you will be left dealing with a company with no sense of pride or honor in backing up their inferior quality products. I will soon be starting a Facebook group for poorly treated Maytag customers so please check back and join. If I can stop even a few people from wasting their money on Maytag junk my time spent will have been worth it.
SHAME ON YOU MAYTAG!
Update by user Sep 29, 2011
This is an update to my initial complaint posted 9/15/11. I was advised by a local consumer advocate to post more information and pictures.
Original review posted by user Sep 29, 2011
In October 2009 we decided to purchase a Maytag Bravos 850 series washer and dryer combo for approx. $1800. We figured investing in a "premium" set of appliances from a well respected manufacturer would give us the best chance of a problem free and lengthy service life. The machines were delivered and installed by the seller's technicians to our climate controlled first floor laundry room.
For the first year we were thrilled with the machines. They provided superior service and we had no issues. The washer was cleaned with the recommended Affresh tablets at intervals recommended by the indicator on the machine.
In early 2011 my wife started to notice some brown spotting on some of our white clothing coming out of the washer. It was intermittent at first but as the year went on the problem got worse and worse. Finally after a particularly bad load of whites she asked me to look at the machine as she saw some discoloration on the outside cabinet of the washer.
It didn't take long to find the source of the staining. The washer cabinet is RUSTING along the junction of the lower cabinet and the lid assembly.
I immediately contacted Maytag customer service to report my defective product. Honestly what washing machine rusts in less than 18 months of use?!?! The first representative kindy apologized to me for my issue and stated that she had never heard of this being an issue with the Bravos machines. I replied that I assumed this was an isolated incident since "premium" washing machines usually wouldn't rust so soon after purchase. I explained that my 17 year old washer that the Maytag replaced didnt have a speck of rust on it and it was a builder model.
The rep put me on hold for a few minutes to discuss my problem with her superior. When she came back she again apologized for my issue and stated that "Maytag has no adivice to offer you on the rusting issue and since your warranty expired a few months ago we can't offer any further assistance". I tried to remain calm and explained to the representative that this was unacceptable. That Maytag clearly faltered in their design and materials selection (or that I just got a poorly painted machine) and they should have the common decency to repair or replace my product. Speaking right from her script she again repeated that there was nothing the company would do for my defective machine.
I asked to speak to her superior who came on the line after a few minute wait. This representative was less pleasant and much more aggressive than the first. Clearly these people are well trained because she sternly repeated everything the first representative stated over and over again. When I demanded to speak to a higher up she refused stating "thats as far as the company will take your matter".
I would warn anyone considering these "premium" appliances to think twice before you spend your money. Do yourself a favor and google "Maytag washing machine rust" and be amazed at the amount of similar complaints you will find with this company's washing machines. We got less than 18 months of satisfactory performance from our "high end" Maytag machine before the paint started deteriorating. Now we are out nearly a thosand dollars and the machine needs to be replaced. We can't tolerate it ruining our whites with rust stains any longer.
Maytag as a company should be ashamed of themselves. To market what they call a "commercial grade" washing machine and charge what they do for an inferior quality machine is dishonest and dissapointing. Their customer service people are trained only to turn you away when their poorly designed products fail. Never again Maytag. I promised your service representative that I would spread the word as far and wide as I could to make sure others did not fall into your trap. If a more reasonable customer service represenative would like to discuss my matter please post your contact information here and I will be happy to discuss this matter again.
Product or Service Mentioned: Maytag Washing Machine.