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Post# 950980   7/31/2017 at 21:09 (351 days old) by dosxxpapa (Oregon)        

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Did they make a Dark Blue Maytag in the mid-50's like the one in this ad?

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Post# 950988 , Reply# 1   7/31/2017 at 21:56 (351 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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I wish they did. This was just an illustration of a transparent cabinet to show the drum and heating element at the front.

Post# 951009 , Reply# 2   8/1/2017 at 05:15 (351 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        
Maytag suds-saver washer heater...

Did any of the Maytag centre-dial washers of the same era (e.g. A806) come with an integral heater? If you used suds-saver, how were you meant to heat the water otherwise? Especially with such a short 12-minute wash.

Post# 951011 , Reply# 3   8/1/2017 at 05:16 (351 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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To my khnowlege, GE was the only one to offer a similar blue color--Cadet Blue and it was short-lived, apparently GE's least popular color.  I personally always felt it was their most distinguished looking color. 

Post# 951013 , Reply# 4   8/1/2017 at 05:24 (351 days old) by brucelucenta ()        

Actually Whirlpool made a very nice blue too. A Whirlpool dealer had that color appliances in his home back in the 80's. He said they only had that color a year or two in select appliances.

Post# 951031 , Reply# 5   8/1/2017 at 07:13 (351 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Richard, very few American machines were built with integral heaters. No top loading washers had them as most homes had a storage-tank style water heater that provided hot water for the entire house. The suds saver washers pumped the wash water into a storage tank while the washer completed the rest of the rinse and spin cycle. When you started the following load, the water was pumped back into the machine for the wash cycle. The water would have cooled a bit, but since there wasn't quite a full tub of water, fresh water would be added to bring it back up to operating level, usually with hot water from the tap.

Bendix was one of the few that did have internal heating, but that was only meant to maintain the wash water temperature rather than heat it from cold, they still depended on hot water from the house supply. Whirlpool's early combination washer-dryer was the only one (IIRC) that used a heater to reach a set temperature of 120F if a hot wash was selected. They also depended on a house's hot water supply, but would re-heat to 120 since the water would cool in a room temperature machine as it was filling. The combos had the advantage of having 230 volt electrical supply, so water could be heated much more quickly. Standard washers were only 115 volt and would have taken a very long time to heat water from cold.

Post# 951033 , Reply# 6   8/1/2017 at 07:27 (351 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Right, so none of them used a 220v connection like the dryers?

Does anyone know if any of the American top-loaders were offered in a heated form in the UK/European market? Given that there is a 50Hz pulley available for the Maytag... I've seen a few 90s/2000s top-loaders (Admiral, Maytag Atlantis type things) here, not sure how far back it goes or whether they're internally heated.

Post# 951034 , Reply# 7   8/1/2017 at 07:27 (351 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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My GE Combo has a 'Water Heat' option, too, however it simply cycles the calrod units above the tub on during wash more to maintain heat than boost it. 


Dumb question - did the Whirlpool-built combos have a heating option?  

Post# 951051 , Reply# 8   8/1/2017 at 09:03 (351 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the flooring a machine sits on has more to do with shaking/walking than the actual machine....

growing up, we had a filterflo in the kitchen on a wood floor, and the left back foot bore a hole through the floor....Dad ended up bolting down a piece of thick sheet metal for the machine to sit on, it helped steady the machine, but not eliminate the vibrations altogether......on rough spins, glasses and dishes would chatter in the cabinets....but it never walked from its space...

on a wood floor, a belt drive Kenmore would be more steady than a lighter direct drive machine...there were advantages to a heavier machine

Post# 951146 , Reply# 9   8/1/2017 at 15:54 (350 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        
Combo water heat option

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Paul, the Maytag combo had the same option. It used the radiant elements above the drum to keep the water temp hot during the wash cycle. The Maytag (and later GE combos - yours too?) energized the heating element during the final "spin" to pre-heat the load and drum before the dry cycle began.

Not sure about all of the American top-loaders, but don't recall seeing any info on this from Maytag export models having a heater. Other than the combinations, I don't think there were any washer-only built with 230-240v power supply.

Post# 951176 , Reply# 10   8/1/2017 at 22:09 (350 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
US Combos With Water Heating Ability.

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The orignal 33" wide KM and WP Combos would all heat the wash water to 130-140F if you set the temp switch to hot, If you set the dail to medium wash temp the machine filled with warm water and ran the heater to bring the temp up somewhat but the timer did not hold, this was also true on the gas models. Even though the machine filled from a hot water connection the water heating was powerful enough that it could be run on cold water.


The orignal 36" wide Bendix electric models also had a 240 volt heater that would help maintain the hot water.


As Paul mentioned the early GE combos also did this along with the electric Maytag combos.


John L.

Post# 951234 , Reply# 11   8/2/2017 at 07:46 (350 days old) by whitetub (Montreal, Canada)        

Here's a picture of dark blue Maytag dryer. I found it on the internet a year or two ago. Can't remember where....

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Post# 951257 , Reply# 12   8/2/2017 at 09:51 (350 days old) by dosxxpapa (Oregon)        

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Orange and Blue.... The blue looks nice.


Post# 951258 , Reply# 13   8/2/2017 at 10:00 (350 days old) by cadman (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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That blue reminds me of a 1959 GM color, Tampico Turquoise Poly. Has the same iridescence to it, too.

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