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Yippee! The Inglis dryer is back too!
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Post# 750984   4/18/2014 at 17:08 (1,526 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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So, not that long after the Inglis washer smoked me out of the basement back in 2010, the matching Inglis Sterling dryer quit on me. The motor refused to start and I saw smoke coming out of the back of it, so I thought, 'Right, time for a new motor'. At the time, I had been getting parts for vintage machines from a used-appliance dealer not far from our place in the eastern edges of downtown Montreal. I took the motor to him, asking if it could be repaired or replaced. He said sure and that was the last I saw of it... His business closed down some time ago and my motor went with him wherever it was he moved to.
About 2 years ago, when the guy with the repair business in Stanstead was trying to get me to buy out his parts stock, I noticed he had a bunch of motors that looked like they'd fit the Inglis. Well, it took me a good 6 months to convince him that I just wanted a few parts not the whole lot. Among what I bought were three motors that would work in a Whirlpool/Inglis/Kenmore dryer.
Life got in the way until I retired last year, but I still never managed to get anything done to remedy the motorless Inglis dryer.

Until today...

Post# 750986 , Reply# 1   4/18/2014 at 17:12 (1,526 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I didn't remember what I had or hadn't done to the dryer when I removed the dead motor.

Turns out I left myself plenty of clues! I had labelled each wire from the old motor so that I would have been able to reconnect them. AND I had taken pictures as well. This was important because, surprise, I have no wiring diagram for this dryer.

I tested the three motors that I bought. Only one really worked properly... GRRR!
Still, I had a good motor, so back into the dryer it went.

Post# 750990 , Reply# 2   4/18/2014 at 17:16 (1,526 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I did a 110v test to make sure the motor powered up once installed and it did!

Now, just a little creative wiring to get a 240v test line... Why I installed dryer outlets in the upstairs part of the garage is now a mystery to me. This is an extension from one of those outlets; I think I heard my electrician down here in Ogden having kittens... LOL A knob and tube version of what I did here would no doubt have been much safer!

Post# 750996 , Reply# 3   4/18/2014 at 17:19 (1,526 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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And... TAAA-DAAAH! The dryer powered up and the heaters kicked right in!

Canyon and Hubby both came running to see what the hooting and hollering was all about. But by golly, IT WORKS!! That and I didn't set fire to the garage.

Now, I've got one last detail to work on with this dryer, but I'll get to that tomorrow. Dog and husband are both complaining about a lack of supper... EESH, the nerve!! LOL

Post# 751028 , Reply# 4   4/18/2014 at 18:56 (1,526 days old) by washdaddy (Baltimore)        

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Congrats on getting the dryer back up and running. I'm sure that you are elated about it.

On that machine- quick question, I see the timed wash-n-wear cycle. What do the other numbers on the timer dial correlate to?


Post# 751041 , Reply# 5   4/18/2014 at 19:55 (1,526 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Oh my, that Console Light switch is something unique!

The numbered settings on the Regular cycle are for a range of Light (or maybe Damp or Ex Light) to Ex Heavy fabric loads.  It's still a timed cycle (unless there's another surprise involved).

Post# 751047 , Reply# 6   4/18/2014 at 20:36 (1,526 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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three motors and one worked - you can never have enough resources

...good show , Paul....

on the dial, there's a damp dry area - if you turn that dial to the (approx) 15 min. mark, will it run to the 25 minute mark and stop? And just curious, can you select a time after 15 minutes, like 20 minutes and will it run to the end of the Damp Dry mark - trying to understand how that little marked area functions and what variables, if any, are within that marked area.

thanks! - Phil

Post# 751067 , Reply# 7   4/18/2014 at 22:23 (1,526 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Damp Dry is simply the marked 25- to 15-min range, on the premise of that much drying time (less 10 mins of cooldown, so 5 to 15 mins of heating) results in a damp-dry load.  The timer runs fully to Off.

Post# 751149 , Reply# 8   4/19/2014 at 09:05 (1,525 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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DADoES -I make life too complicated. ! lol ! appreciate the explanation - now if I only could start a car....let's see, fill up the

Post# 751191 , Reply# 9   4/19/2014 at 11:50 (1,525 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
By the numbers...

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I had always assumed these were programmed 'automatic' cycles - but timed seems likely, too.

Here's the chart which explains which program number and temperature setting to use for most loads. I have got to admit that these combinations work really well - I quickly decided this was my favourite vintage dryer because of how nicely it dried things on the first shot!

Post# 751192 , Reply# 10   4/19/2014 at 11:52 (1,525 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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There is a thermostat of some kind in this unit - I will hazard a guess it's more of a cycling thermostat than a dryness control thermostat. I am soooo looking forward to getting this back into active service - four drying temperatures will be be really nice to have again!

Post# 751193 , Reply# 11   4/19/2014 at 11:54 (1,525 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Now, I mentioned that I still some tweaking to do on the Sterling...

Here's the before shot:

Post# 751194 , Reply# 12   4/19/2014 at 11:54 (1,525 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Can you spot what changed? LOL

Post# 751198 , Reply# 13   4/19/2014 at 12:01 (1,525 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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This doesn't show up that well, but the drum light and germicidal lamp stay on during the dry cycle so there HAD to be a window, n'est-ce que pas??

No, it's not completely original anymore; I don't know if there was a TOL Inglis dryer model (A Royal, perhaps?) that was equipped with a window door on the dryer like the Whirlpool Mark VII. But I don't care because it's cool... LOL Anyway, all laundry appliances should have windows!

A big thanks to John (combo52) for the door which I got back in 2010 and finally installed today.

It may be a while before Mona (the dryer) gets reunited with Roger (the washer) in the laundry room, though... I need to do some switching around, perhaps some creative wiring, plumbing and venting, and some careful consideration of what will go where. I'd really like to get both the Inglis machines repainted, but that's something I'll do when the weather really gets nice again.

In the meantime, I can always dry clothes in the garage... LOL

Post# 751326 , Reply# 14   4/19/2014 at 22:21 (1,525 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I like the window! This needs to be moved downstairs soon! 

Post# 755029 , Reply# 15   5/5/2014 at 12:01 (1,509 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        
Hubby's on the warpath...

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I caught him just in time... He wasn't happy that the Inglis still hasn't moved in a couple of weeks since I got it running again. Well, tough.... I am planning on repainting the cabinet of it and the matched Inglis washer to add to my 'Canadian Corner' of the Ogden laundry.

Post# 755030 , Reply# 16   5/5/2014 at 12:05 (1,509 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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And just to prove that it does work, I dried a small load of towels in the dryer on Sunday. It took a whole 15 minutes to dry two bath sheets, two hand towels, a tub mat, and a couple of washcloths. OK, to be fair they did get washed and spun dry in the '63 Frigidaire, but the dryer seems to be working just fine. Yay!

Here's a quick view of the 'new' look-in window in operation and proof that the machine cycles off:

Post# 755033 , Reply# 17   5/5/2014 at 12:19 (1,509 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, Iowa)        

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Paul, I love the shot of Chris! He almost got his way.... hahaha


Post# 755038 , Reply# 18   5/5/2014 at 12:39 (1,509 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Pity he couldn't find a hockey mask... LOL

Post# 755183 , Reply# 19   5/6/2014 at 00:12 (1,508 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Or worse, a Leatherface mask! He even has the same brand of chainsaw!

Post# 944035 , Reply# 20   6/17/2017 at 20:17 (370 days old) by seanm (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)        

I know this is an old thread, but I have a dryer that looks exactly like yours with the original door ;)

It stopped producing heat, turns out it was just a broken wire. I always assumed it was from the 80s like the other appliances in the house. But I did a quick check online and the sites (like appliance411) told me I had an invalid serial number.

How did you find out the date of manufacture?

Model H.860
Serial 337069


Post# 944097 , Reply# 21   6/18/2017 at 11:24 (369 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Hi Sean, glad you saved your ol' Inglis dryer!  They really are solid machines.

I wasn't able to actually trace the date of manufacture because I don't have a lot of service literature on Inglis appliances; I was just pure dumb lucky that I bought the set from the original owners who let me know the bought the set in 1966.   There had been some model and serial info on the whirlpool Canada website but since the Inglis division closed, the pages were taken down.  I managed to find a parts list for the Sterling washer there but that was in 2009...

Post# 944142 , Reply# 22   6/18/2017 at 16:44 (369 days old) by seanm (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)        

Thanks. Like I mentioned, we really didn't realize it could be so old. It was here when we bought the house. We are trying (so far successfully) to keep all the old appliances going since they where built to last, unlike modern appliances.

We have been in the house over 20 years. All the appliances where here when we moved in. I think we have put about $100 in parts into fixing all the major appliances (stove, fridge, washer, and dryer). Can't complain about that!

One last question. On the serial number plate it has 65W stamped beside the "Made in Toronto". Does yours have this?

Post# 944209 , Reply# 23   6/19/2017 at 08:25 (368 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Hmmmm.... I never noticed anything like that on the serial number plate.  I remember the 'made in Toronto' part, though!  


The dryer is currently in storage (I need to rotate it back into service soon... LOL) - I'll go have a look at the plate when I get back down to the house in Ogden this weekend. 


This may be a date and colour code - 65 = the year of manufacture, W = white for the cabinet finish.  Oh boy, if there's a 'T' model out there, I'd be happy to grab it!!  LOL 

Post# 944213 , Reply# 24   6/19/2017 at 09:22 (368 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I found another 1966 Inglis dryer in this thread and the date code was 66P, it had a white cabinet so the letter must be for something else:

114jwh posted this link to an ad from a 1966 newspaper in the thread above, here it is. The Citation was one model above the Sterling in the Inglis lineup as it feature an automatic cycle but it's otherwise a very similar machine.

Like cars, appliances were often manufactured in the year previous to their "model year".

I have a set of 1965 Inglis and 1964 Canadian RCA Whirlpool (also made by Inglis) and the dryers from 1964-65 have the older style two belt drum drive mechanism and a single piece front panel for the cabinet.

1964 RCA Whirlpool:

1965 Inglis Superb

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Post# 944308 , Reply# 25   6/19/2017 at 22:49 (368 days old) by seanm (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)        

Interesting! So I may have a '65 or '66.

Post# 944319 , Reply# 26   6/20/2017 at 00:14 (367 days old) by 114jwh (Vancouver)        
Inglis History

From what I understand of Inglis model numbers, they changed their method several times throughout the years. For 1964, 1965 & 1966 decoding is as follows:

The washers and dryers have a letter followed by 3 numeric digits in the model number.
The letter indicates the model year (not necessarily the year of manufacture): A=1964, D=1965, H=1966.
The first digit indicates the type of appliance (4=non suds washer, 5=suds washer, 6=propane dryer, 7=natural gas dryer, 8=electric dryer)
The second digit indicates the model line. This usually matches the name of the model but not always (2=Liberator, 4=Superb, 5=Normandie, 6=Sterling, 7=Citation, 8=Royal)
The third digit I believe is just the revision

My washer is a H470 = 1966 model year, non-suds washer, 7/Citation model line, no revision
Paul's washer is a H560 = 1966 model year, suds washer, 6/Sterling model line, no revision
Phil's washer is a D441 = 1965 model year, non-suds washer, 4/Superb model line, 1st revision from the original

Post# 944341 , Reply# 27   6/20/2017 at 06:09 (367 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Great information, James!  Thank you for posting this.  I have a "rosetta stone" for decoding Whirlpool, GE, some Kenmore, and some Maytag model/serial numbers but had no idea how the Inglis coding worked!  


Now I'll have to go double-check that Liberator dishwasher tag again... LOL 

Post# 944350 , Reply# 28   6/20/2017 at 08:40 (367 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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You won't have to wait next weekend...

Here's the picture of your tag!

Note it says "made for"

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Post# 944408 , Reply# 29   6/20/2017 at 19:07 (367 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Nice post Paul! Glad to see its working again, when you get it downstairs youll have to get a picture of the matching washer with it too!

Post# 944420 , Reply# 30   6/20/2017 at 21:51 (367 days old) by seanm (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)        

Wow, great info! Thanks.

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