We purchased a top of the line Kenmore bottom freezer refrigerator in 2000. Also purchased the MA for 3 years. Well, the month after the 3 years of the MA expired, one of the bin side bracket arms (plastic) broke. I went to Sears and purchased a replacement bracket. Installed the bracket and it failed again IN THE SAME PLACE less than 90 days later. Replaced it again and it FAILED IN THE EXACT SAME PLACE AGAIN!
Now, 2008, I have replaced this same bracket over 12 times and each time it failed in the EXACT SAME PLACE each and every time!
I have written the CEO for Sears 3 times to no avail. We had continued the MA all these years and have had other problems last year where the refrigerator started to warm up and had maintenance to repair it. A couple of months later, the ventilation fan started to fail (bearing made a lot of noise) and other plastic parts of the interior have cracked.
In December 2007 after my second letter to the CEO of Sears, I received a phone call from a person in at the National Customer Service department for Sears. I was told that the next time I had a problem with this refrigerator, Sears would replace the refrigerator. I was give a case number, name and phone number to call. I did this last month only to be told that there was nothing in the case file stating that Sears would replace our refrigerator. So, I wrote my 3rd letter to the CEO and never heard from Sears.
I went to the local Sears store yesterday and spoke with the Store Manager who listened to my complaint and to some degree, understood my fustration. She took my information and said I would receive a phone call within 24 hours. A few hours later, I did receive a phone call from Sears. I was told that I needed to have 3 MAJOR failures in one year before Sears would replace the refrigerator! And, I did not have one major failure! Lets see - refrigerator not cooling food is not a Major failure? And, I guess the bearing for the main fan going south for the winter is not major?
Needless to say, nothing I could say would change this persons views on what I was told by one of their National Customer Service personnel who was calling in response to my writing the CEO for Sears.
Bottom line - I no longer will purchase anything from Sears! They do not stand behind their product nor their word! DO NOT PURCHASE ANYTHING FROM SEARS!