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Sears / Kenmore Refrigerator / terrible quality product

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I purchased a Kenmore Bottom Freezer Refrigerator in February 07. It has a 1 year warranty. It is now August 08 - My refrigerator is 18 months old. I spent $1, 400 on this appliance. Earlier this month I smelled something burning in the refrigerator, but could not identify it.After some time the smell got worse. Then the light fixture literally melted down from the top of the shelf. Apparently the lights did not go off and burned the fixture to melting. We unscrewed the lights and the fixture now hangs down and we are unable to access the shelf. The warning for the refrigerator being open no longer works. The plastic lining on the doors is already falling apart. The doors no longer open independently. If you open one door, both open. The freezer shelves do not pull out properly.

I have had this refrigerator for 18 months. I have never had an appliance that fell apart so fast. I have read online that other people have had the same problem with the light fixture burning. I believe this is or should be a recall item.

We usually purchase our appliances from a local dealer. This is our first purchase from Sears. This is a Sears product- Kenmore. I am shocked that Sears could sell an appliance of this quality. I called for a repair and told it was $175 just to come out and look. This is ridiculous. A refrigerator is only made to last 18 months? Our last one was 15 years old and in better shape than my new one is. I will take my old one back in a heartbeat.

I believe Sears should repair this appliance at no charge, or take it back and refund me a reasonable amount. I intend to contact as many business organizations as possible to advise them of my situation. Sears is selling their own brand appliances that fall apart in 18 months. The light problem was a serious fire hazard. Luckily we noticed it in time to prevent a fire in our home. The plastic on the fixture is melted and visible.

Again, I believe that Sears should repair or replace this appliance at no cost. This experience has totally eliminated any confidence in Sears that I might have had.

I would like to be contacted as soon as possible by someone who has the authority to help me.


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