Hey Whirlpool, why are my refrigerator shelves cracking?

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When Cynthia Barrett’s refrigerator shelves start to crack, she goes looking for answers from Whirlpool. She doesn’t like what she finds. Can this appliance be fixed?

Question: I have a problem with the quality – or lack thereof – of some of the refrigerators manufactured by Whirlpool Corporation. My complaint is about flawed shelf design in the side-by-side refrigerator that I purchased at Lowes in 2009. All of the shelves in my refrigerator have cracked. If only one shelf was affected I would deduce I had done something to cause the crack, but with all the shelves cracking, and most in several places, it is obviously a design flaw.
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Why did this Whirlpool microwave go down the drain?

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Question: I purchased all new Whirlpool Gold appliances in March of 2011, including a refrigerator, convection microwave/hood, dishwasher, large smooth cooktop, built-in oven.

I’ve been very happy with everything until my microwave stopped working. It doesn’t heat, so it is very likely a bad magnetron. I called Whirlpool and talked to a representative and escalated the call to a manager. The supervisor admitted the product was defective, but said it would cost $300 to repair the unit and to extend the one-year warranty.

We have been very careful with this microwave. We haven’t slammed the door or abused it in any way. Remodeling our kitchen was quite an expensive thing for us. I researched all the major brands and even talked to a Whirlpool rep at Nebraska Furniture Mart. I believed Whirlpool made a quality product that would last, and I still do. But this particular microwave was defective.
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