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Customer Service lately.... opinions?

Personally, I’ve been extremely disappointed with BGE customer service lately. Just wondering if others are experiencing the same.

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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,320
    Can you be more specific? Most BGE warranty issues are handled through your dealer's distributor, not BGE directly.

    I'm fortunate. I have an awesome dealer and distributor
    ~ John - https://www.instagram.com/hoosier_egger
    1-XL BGE, 2-LG BGE, KJ Jr, Ardore Pizza Oven, King Disc 
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!

  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 3,777
    Disappointed how?  Warranty replacement taking too long?  Dealer jerking you around? Corporate not returning your phone calls?

    Generally speaking, most issues are best handled at the dealer level.  If you're waiting on a warranty replacement, a lot of places will release their inventory to you and just assume your replacement part when it comes in. 

    If your dealer is a jerk, find another one who isn't, or contact BGE corporate.  
    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • 1voyager1voyager Posts: 824
    edited May 22
    The Ace Hardware BGE dealer where I bought my large is a jerk. Two weeks of trying to get a replacement firebox. "You have to talk to Alan, but he's not here." (On break, at lunch, at the bank, his day off). No return phone calls. I had the same problem with that Ace when trying to get the replacement bands a few years ago.

    I sent a whine-o-gram to BGE and received the warranty authorization within 24 hours. Fortunately there are two Ace franchises here. I went to the other franchise and walked out with the new firebox in about 15 minutes. Thank-you @speed51133 for your suggestion to go to a different dealer.

    Good luck getting your issue resolved.
  • DawgtiredDawgtired Posts: 421
    Somewhere around the second or third week in March I contacted them about my relatively new BGE meat thermometer not working. They sent an email back asking for a part number. I responded with there is no part number, it’s a meat thermometer. I sent them a picture of the thermometer that included the serial number. Response was send us the part number. Sent it again with the photos stating there is no part number. They finally figured out what I was talking about and wanted a copy of the sales receipt, which I didn’t have and told them so. After a couple of more emails still wanting the receipt, I received a text from one of the CS reps. He asked that I text him a picture of the thermometer, like this was all new to him. April 16th...can’t replace it since we don’t sell that model anymore but we’ll get a replacement, though not a new one, out to you in the next day or so. May 5..”just checking in to see if y’all have sent out the new thermometer”...response...”glad you called...been swamped...get one out to you today...5-7 business days. In the meantime I purchased a new ring setup for my small. Three of the nuts wouldn't thread. May 13...I called and said I needed three replacement nuts and bolts. Was told they would get those out that day and be here possibly Saturday but at the latest by Monday. So i asked again (same CS rep) about the thermometer and I had to explain to him in great detail about the thermometer replacement, no receipt, etc., give him my name and address again. It was like he’d never heard this before (again). So, it is now May 22 and still no thermometer and no nuts and bolts. Really disappointing!
  • SemolinaPilchardSemolinaPilchard Posts: 1,272
    Who exactly is them?
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 3,242
    No complaints lately. ACE did fine with assembling and delivering my new Large and the BGE computer handled registering it just fine.
    My standard complaint is that they could put a better gasket on it. Coming preassembled from the factory would be nice also, fortunately ACE handled that.
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 7,717
    My dealer was ACE Hardware and they're amazingly quick to respond and 100% helpful. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

    2 Large
    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • DawgtiredDawgtired Posts: 421
    Who exactly is them?
    Sorry I thought I was being clear when I said “BGE Customer Service”
  • WeberWhoWeberWho Posts: 8,112
    edited May 23
    I feel your pain. This Tuesday will be my 4th time calling Capital One for a replacement credit card. The first time they sent my replacement card to my previous address. The second time they said they sent it but still had my previous address listed. The third time I called and I spelled out my address and went over my address three different times to make sure the address was entered correctly. I noticed online the address was wrong. You can't even make this up. Everytime it's an hour plus to reach a representative. So I'll have four hours of my life wasted with these idiots. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

    Minnesota
  • SemolinaPilchardSemolinaPilchard Posts: 1,272
    BGE customer service could possibly have meant your local dealer. Your first contact should have been the local dealer. Although, it can be hit or miss with local dealers, some are awful, some simply are not well versed in warranty issues and the like, and some local dealers should get awards. BGE corporate can be hit or miss as well. Maybe with all what is going on lately, businesses have a good reason for delays, miscommunications, etc., but for years corporate has taken way too long to get back to customers. You are not the first to complain. Good luck.
  • JethroBodeenJethroBodeen Posts: 367
    Wonder how Kamado Joe's CS is? Thats one way to fight back. Sell the Green and buy the Red.
  • DawgtiredDawgtired Posts: 421
    Pack of nuts and bolts arrived today. Thermometer replacement remains to be seen
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 3,026
    sent in my request for a new fire bowl to the local dealer on 4/18/20, called a week later to verify they had started the warranty and have not heard from them since.
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,320
    Regarding KJ customer service. I called them about a cracked firebox in the Jr. Sent them the serial number and pic and had one at the door in less than a week. Still haven't replaced it. It's sitting in the garage in its box
    ~ John - https://www.instagram.com/hoosier_egger
    1-XL BGE, 2-LG BGE, KJ Jr, Ardore Pizza Oven, King Disc 
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!

  • DFWDFW Posts: 169
    Same experience with our KJ Jr. 

    ColtsFan said:
    Regarding KJ customer service. I called them about a cracked firebox in the Jr. Sent them the serial number and pic and had one at the door in less than a week. Still haven't replaced it. It's sitting in the garage in its box

    Arlington, TX
  • rifrenchrifrench Posts: 387
    The first thing I learned when I was a service manager at a dealership was to keep in touch with the customer.  That includes any circumstance that delays a repair.  Since those days I give my business to those vendors that stay in touch, even if it costs me more to buy from them. 
     1 LBGE, 1 SBGE, 1 KBQ and a 26" Blackstone near Blackstone, Virginia
  • nk3tnk3t Posts: 3
    BGE customer service is dismal. I have cracks in the fire box and fire ring, so contacted the dealer where I purchased the egg. They pulled their franchise so ACE hardware could be the dealer. I went to ACE, but nobody at ACE knew how to process a warranty. Now I have been dealing with BGE customer service for over 2 months and still have no progress. I am close to taking a hammer to the remains and shopping for a different brand.
  • TracebuztaTracebuzta Posts: 13
    I am also having issues, albeit in Denmark which is probably very different from the US BGE wise... 
  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 3,777
    ColtsFan said:
    Regarding KJ customer service. I called them about a cracked firebox in the Jr. Sent them the serial number and pic and had one at the door in less than a week. Still haven't replaced it. It's sitting in the garage in its box
    My thoughts on KJ service is exclusively informed by people praising/complaining in the FB group.

    From what I can tell their warranty service is very streamlined.  Submit claim online, shipped promptly to your home.  Easy, peasy...with a catch.  They seem to have common inventory problems with long lead times on resupply.  If they have it in stock, BAM! At your door, asap.  If they don't, people seem to wait an eternity for those replacements.   Also, they seem to have had some manufacturing issues with a lot of their innovative changes.  I've seen a lot a broken temp controllers or messed up top vents online.

    Personally I wish BGE would adopt some of KJ's innovative spirit.  Particularly in regard to the bands and the standardization of the multi-tier cooking grid.  Though, I would hope they wouldn't rush product to market with widespread quality issues like KJ.
    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • johnnypjohnnyp Posts: 3,777
    nk3t said:
    BGE customer service is dismal. I have cracks in the fire box and fire ring, so contacted the dealer where I purchased the egg. They pulled their franchise so ACE hardware could be the dealer. I went to ACE, but nobody at ACE knew how to process a warranty. Now I have been dealing with BGE customer service for over 2 months and still have no progress. I am close to taking a hammer to the remains and shopping for a different brand.
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    XL & MM BGE, 36" Blackstone - Newport News, VA
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 25,902
    with ace i needed a firebox, new band assembly, and thermometer. band was ready in two days, box came in 10 weeks or so, still waiting for the thermo. thats 9 months ago =) i should call them again
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 14,013
    1voyager said:
    The Ace Hardware BGE dealer where I bought my large is a jerk. Two weeks of trying to get a replacement firebox. "You have to talk to Alan, but he's not here." (On break, at lunch, at the bank, his day off). No return phone calls. I had the same problem with that Ace when trying to get the replacement bands a few years ago.

    I sent a whine-o-gram to BGE and received the warranty authorization within 24 hours. Fortunately there are two Ace franchises here. I went to the other franchise and walked out with the new firebox in about 15 minutes. Thank-you @speed51133 for your suggestion to go to a different dealer.

    Good luck getting your issue resolved.
    Is the dealer a jerk or just the person you have dealt with? Perhaps finding a person who gives a **** could be your answer.....but certainly realize there are dealers with out those kinds of folks.  ;)
    Johns Creek GA with a Large & a 17" Blackstone........Medium & MiniMax in storage

    Well, I married me a wife, she's been trouble all my life,
    Run me out in the cold rain and snow
  • speed51133speed51133 Posts: 557
    Dealers are hit or miss. You do not have to go back to the dealer you purchased. Use people skills when talking to them. It really is up to them to service you (not officially but in reality). I had luck going to a local ace and telling them the furniture store I purchased from sucked and I was looking for a new go-to place for accessories, lump, when I don't want to wait for online deliveries and avoid shipping. 
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