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Bottom of the line Amana Washer/Dryer
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Post# 961128   10/7/2017 at 13:14 by llmaytag (Southern California)        

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Does anyone on here have experience with the very bottom of the line Amana top-load, center-agitator washer? (See link.)

I have a weekend/vacation home where I had to get a washer/dryer where I expect to wash mostly towels and sheets. I have Speed Queens at my regular home which I love, even though when I bought them a few years ago, Speed Queen still had only automatic dry, not electronic which I used to like with my Maytags prior, (actually automatic dry works reasonably well, I've discovered). Anyway, when I had to get the pair for the vacation place, HD had a special on the Amanas, $269 each. The dryer is fine and even has automatic dry, but without a lot of cycle flexibility, but good enough. The washer however, which I've only used perhaps twice, has been a bit frustrating. I'm having a hard time figuring out how to defeat the lid lock/switch, it takes a LONG time to fill and drain and overall even the most basic cycles take such a long time.

Anyway, I'm curious if anyone has experience with this Amana model.



Post# 961130 , Reply# 1   10/7/2017 at 13:21 by appnut (TX)        

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Modern top loaders fill slower due to flow restrictors.  And if all you're using is deep water fill then that's going to make it even longer. 

Post# 961141 , Reply# 2   10/7/2017 at 14:33 by henene4 (Germany)        

There are better versions of this out there. Here you can only have a deep wash and deep rinse combined, some other versions of the same base machine offer a seperate deep rinse and deep wash selection.

Post# 961144 , Reply# 3   10/7/2017 at 15:02 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Identical 3.2 cubic ft. capacity

as the Whirlpool equivalent. Vertical modular drive system with 4 water levels.
Nothing fancy but will do the job. It will not fit a queen size comforter like the impeller style models, but uses less water.

Post# 961148 , Reply# 4   10/7/2017 at 15:19 by DADoES (TX,U.S. of A.)        

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I'm having a hard time figuring out how to defeat the lid lock/switch, ...
Unscrew/remove the latch piece from the lid and place it into the lock mechanism. May have to take it out after a cycle for the electronics to reset as if the lid is opened.

Post# 961245 , Reply# 5   10/7/2017 at 22:46 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

The dryer is ok. Expect to change the timer in under 5 years. The washer is trash. If you are just trying to rinse a bit of sand off of your towels maybe it will do that.

Its hard to say no given the low price, but Id sooner look for a clean used set before buying those.

Post# 961251 , Reply# 6   10/7/2017 at 23:02 by brucelucenta (tulsa, oklahoma)        

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LOL Thank you!

Post# 961254 , Reply# 7   10/7/2017 at 23:13 by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        
We had this pair at the zoo

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It was located in the utility room off the lunch room and was used by the groundskeepers to wash the cloths and pads and mops we used on the floors and the bathrooms. We used all microfiber. It did take a long time to wash a load. The best results came if I used the rinse and spin setting to remove the gross amount of soil and then a hot, heavy, deep water wash, that made them smell nice. The deep water wash worked better than the normal wash even though our loads were small. It did take a long time to fill up, but the water was as hot as it came out of the faucet. Maybe there is a flow restrictor that can be taken out?

Sometimes the zookeepers would bring the towels they used to wipe off the animals such as a pygmy hippo and simian monkeys and tropical pigs and would stuff and overload both machines, not to mention the dryer was poorly vented, so both machines stuck of high heaven not matter what we tried to clean them with.

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