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Thoughts on possible damage from freezing on this Whirlpool?
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Post# 859266   12/31/2015 at 10:07 (482 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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So I'm thinking of going to take a look at this WP washer this weekend. When I replied to the ad I mentioned it would be a good idea to pour some anti-freeze in the tub and hose to prevent damage if it was going to be left outside. But we've already had a few days of sustained temps in the 20s a few weeks ago. I wonder if something has already been damaged as a result? And was told its actually sat outside since the summer under a tarp. Ad says works fine. But of course that was before it sat outside in freezing weather. Seller mentioned it was moved out because of loss of room due to a remodel project.

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Post# 859267 , Reply# 1   12/31/2015 at 10:30 (482 days old) by LaVidaBoem (South Carolina)        
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I would say its a good chance its just fine.

As long as someone didn't try to run it froze...


And I can say this from what happens here.

I am like most of you, sometimes, they pile up outside or people drop off items when you are not around...This past cold spell a few weeks ago is a good example.

I had over 10 machines, some with water, most uncovered to go thru a freeze unfortunately...

So far, no damage to any that I have went to get, and work on, from late model computer ones to the old girls.


Anyway, not something to do as a practice, but I bet its OK.


Good Luck


Post# 859296 , Reply# 2   12/31/2015 at 13:11 (482 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Looks to be an LFA5800 "Supreme" model.  18lb capacity, manual filter, Double-Duty Super Surgilator (wings on the skirt).

Post# 859325 , Reply# 3   12/31/2015 at 17:18 (482 days old) by delaneymeegan (Mary Richards lived here)        

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Ken, nice choice. Are you planning to use this as a parts machine for the '62?

I hope not. I like this panel. If so, I'd be willing to buy some parts from you.

It's safe to say, if it's been exposed to a solid freeze, there's a good chance something will get damaged. Usually it's the pump. The rubber pieces usually not, as they expand. It's rigid plastic pieces like the elbow coming out of the machine and sometimes the water solenoid.

I hope this doesn't have a sudsaver valve that could get damaged, and I hope there isn't a couple of inches of water sitting in the bottom of the tub.

I've put washers into storage where it would freeze before. As long as one manually removes the fill tube from the solenoid and thoroughly drains water from there, and removes all water from the pump; it's not a problem.

I hope you get it.

Post# 859331 , Reply# 4   12/31/2015 at 17:33 (482 days old) by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        
Freezing Machines.

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Don't forget the Fill Valve.

About 6 years ago I had made arrangements to pick up a dishwasher in Stoneham, Ma.

It was in January and requested they keep the machine inside until I got there in the morning.

Well, her Genius Son put it out in the driveway the night before and I had a split Fill Valve and Drain Valve. The sump was OK because theoretically there was nore surface for the ice to expand.

But the Valves... Not so much. When I store Dishwashers in my Storage Unit, I remove the fill and drain valves. Removing the Drain Valve (if the machine has one) will empty the sump out.

Good Luck and I hope everything works out.

Post# 859337 , Reply# 5   12/31/2015 at 17:46 (482 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

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Using for parts wasn't my plan. Considering it has sat outside since summer its too bad they didn't post it before freezing weather.

Post# 859341 , Reply# 6   12/31/2015 at 18:00 (482 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

I had a BD that got froze and the bottom of the pump protector got broken loose- I replaced it with a spare.

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