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What Might Be Wrong With This '80s KM Washer?
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Post# 931933   4/12/2017 at 00:35 (193 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Looks like a nice 70 series.


Per the ad, it tends to overfill.  Any ideas on what needs replacing?  It might be a good temporary patio machine for FL-unfriendly and line-dry items until I find a nice Maytag or an EASY Spindrier.



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Post# 931934 , Reply# 1   4/12/2017 at 01:08 (193 days old) by whirlykenmore78 (Prior Lake MN (GMT-0700 CDT.))        
Overfilling BD Whirlpool/KM

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Typically these only overflow when there is a problem with the pressure switch(or most likely a clog in the hose leading to it. Otherwise you should get cleaner laundry from this washer than the others you mentioned and spend less time fixing the washer.

Post# 931937 , Reply# 2   4/12/2017 at 01:38 (193 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The ad says it overflows on "some settings" ... which isn't clear what that means.  Does it fill up and overflow the tub, or is it just a leaking situation of water on the floor that's mistaken as overflowing?  Maybe one of the water valves is hanging open.

Post# 931957 , Reply# 3   4/12/2017 at 06:23 (193 days old) by Kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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As Nick and Glenn said there could be an issue with the pressure switch, or the mixing valve could be failing, both of which are easy fixes. Either way, this issue would not concern me, and I would get the machine if it's still available. We will help you with it whatever it is Ralph.

It might be interesting to note that this machine is a standard capacity, 1977 Roto-Swirl model. Standard tub machines are rather unusual in the black panel era, as a hugely overwhelming majority of production by this time was large capacity.

I hope you get it!!


Post# 932016 , Reply# 4   4/12/2017 at 14:23 (193 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Thanks for the replies.  I haven't contacted the owner yet.  Considering it's listed in the "free" section I have a feeling it's already been nabbed by a scrapper, but will at least inquire.

Post# 932089 , Reply# 5   4/12/2017 at 21:06 (192 days old) by Washerlover (Lake County, California: Wines With Altitude)        

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Is that model a belt-drive?

Post# 932115 , Reply# 6   4/12/2017 at 23:07 (192 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Wide cabinet like that one is a dead giveaway to a belt drive model.

Post# 932118 , Reply# 7   4/13/2017 at 00:12 (192 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Mom's Maytag was doing this, filling way too full...there was some slime in the hose going up to the pressure switch.  I cleaned it out and it's worked fine since...this was at least 4-5 years ago.

Post# 932203 , Reply# 8   4/13/2017 at 13:47 (192 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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It's still available, but I don't see an opportunity to get it until after the weekend, and it looks like we're in yet another wet weather pattern for the next week or so.  If someone else gets to it before me, so be it.


Todd, I sent you a PM advising if you're interested in it, go for it.

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