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Westinghouse D-6 Dryer question....
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Post# 929171   3/27/2017 at 09:08 (394 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Well, OK, it's really a CD-6 (the Canadian equivalent of the D-6)...   Anyway, yesterday, I decided to do a load of permanent-press items in the Laundromat, so I figured I was obliged by automaticwasher law to dry them in the matching Westy dryer.  While I was waiting for the washer to finish, I was flipping through a sales brochure for the US version of the Laundromat and dryer and I noticed one of the features mentioned for the dryer was, and I quote, a "Three-Way Automatic Drying Control".  The brochure mentioned that the dryer could be set to dry things completely for storage, to dry delicate items like rayons, or to damp-dry for ironing.  My first thought was 'DUH... This dryer will dessicate anything' but then it hit me that the dryer timer dial does have three distinct sections : dry, '2', and '1'.  I freely admit that I have been using this dryer regularly since I restored it (and subsequently had to repair some of my "restoration" work...) but I have only ever used the section of the dial after the '1'.  My assumption had always been that the increments were for '3' '2' and '1' hours because the dryer could also have been wired to use 115 volts to run the heaters that you may well have needed up to 3 hours to dry a load of clothes.


Well, I threw caution to the wind and set the dial to about 25 minutes but in the section between the '1' and '2' marks.   As I am here writing about this, we can infer that I did NOT set the house in Ogden on fire... LOL   The dryer cycled through to the '1' mark and the Singing Signal sang its signal.   The items were dry, but not so danged hot that I couldn't handle them, which is something I'd become used to.  


And so, I have to ask, is it possible that the Westinghouse control will react differently when set at different points on the control dial?  I have some documentation on Westinghouse dryers, but nothing that really indicates how it behaves.  If anyone has the owner's manual, are there any hints in it?? 


That was the fun part of the weekend.  The 'less fun' part was an emergency overhaul of the '56 Norge washer pump....  

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Post# 929378 , Reply# 1   3/28/2017 at 07:11 (393 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Auto Dry Westinghouse Dryer ?

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Hi Paul, does this dryer have a little brass thromostat on the top outside of the drum housing ?, if so the dryer will just shut off when it reaches a certain temperature which was WHs version of auto-dry, it only worked when using the dryer on 208-240 volt power.


But other than this extra feature it makes no difference where the timer is set.

Post# 929380 , Reply# 2   3/28/2017 at 07:55 (393 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Hi John,  yes this one does have the brass thermostat on the drum housing (I'd guess it's on the air exhaust chamber) so that makes sense that it would shut off at a certain temperature.    I guess I 'got lucky' with the time I selected for the permanent press items... LOL 


John, I will be contacting you shortly about dishwasher water valves and a drain pump that could be used in an old gravity-drain dishwasher.   I have some dishwasher work on my 2017 to-do list!

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