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Post# 966372   11/6/2017 at 10:07 by Kafooty06 (washington )        

Hi I have a pair of vintage Kenmore washer and dryer set.I bought them on craigslist and they are in good working condition. My Kenmore's are center dials heavyduty 70s series from 1980-82? I enjoy these babies very much and they look masculine with awesome durability .My question is how hard is it to still get parts for them in the event someday something goes out? Can I still get parts like motors transmissions heating elements or other general parts ? You just don't see these big old washing machines with center dials like the vintage Kenmore's anymore! any help would be great! thanks




Post# 966376 , Reply# 1   11/6/2017 at 10:25 by Maytag85 (25 miles from Idywild, 25 miles from Temecula. )        

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Parts for the dryer are still available since Whirlpool still makes the 29" dryer. They still make wig-wag solenoids, belts, pumps, motors, and a whole bunch of other parts. Transmissions might be a little tricky to find, but all the other parts are easy to find.

Post# 966384 , Reply# 2   11/6/2017 at 11:10 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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never hurts to be on the lookout for donor machine, even if not exact, in fact could be a Whirlpool clone...especially a good base, the control panel and such can always be switched over...

if anything, stick with the same capacity.....


Post# 966421 , Reply# 3   11/6/2017 at 14:31 by Kafooty06 (washington )        
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I AGREE WITH GETTING A DONOR FOR MY MACHINES .THATS A GOOD IDEA AROUND WHERE I LIVE THERE ARE GREAT DONORS ON OFFER UP .

Post# 966445 , Reply# 4   11/6/2017 at 17:03 by Kafooty06 (washington )        

Here are my washing machine and dryer from my original post.

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Post# 966479 , Reply# 5   11/6/2017 at 21:00 by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        
CONGRATULATIONS!!

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On that very strong looking set of Kenmores. They look so robust & sturdy! A handsome pair for sure!

They look really clean & well cared for!
Is that the washer that first came out with the dual-action agitator?


Post# 966553 , Reply# 6   11/7/2017 at 09:15 by Kafooty06 (washington )        
congrats !

hi @hippiedoll .. THANKS FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON MY KENMORE'S ! I REALLY DONT KNOW ABOUT THE AGITATOR BUT ID LIKE TO KNOW MYSELF. I'M NEW AT VINTAGE APPLIANCES BUT WASHERS HAD ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE PEICE OF MACHINERY. I FIRST GOT THE WASHER ON CRAIGSLIST FROM AN OLD GUY IN A 55+ COMMUNITY FOR 45.00 HE SAID IT WAS USED LIGHTLY BY A LONSOME WOMEN THAT WAS A WINTER VISITOR . HIS SON SAID THAT IT SHOULD HAVE LOTS OF USE LEFT SO IM ASSUMING I CAN USE MY WASHER FOR YEARS AS LONG AS I BABY IT.My dryer I purchased a year later from a young guy selling his moms dryer I BOUGHT IT ON OFFER UP 30.00. HE TOLD ME THAT IT WAS USED BY A FAMILY OF THREE BUT ASSURED ME IT DRYS VERY GOOD STILL. THE DRYER LOOKS LIKE IT WAS SERVICED AND GOT A NEW 4 PRONG CORD RECENTLY ITS ONLY MY ASSUMPTION . TO MY SURPRISE THIS SOFT HEAT DRYER WORKS PHENOMENALLY! I COULD'NT BE HAPPIER WITH MY MACHINES DEFINATLLY A SCORE !

Post# 966702 , Reply# 7   11/7/2017 at 21:20 by kenmoreguy64 (Charlotte, NC)        
Great mid 80s Kenmore Heavy Duty Plus machines

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These are almost a perfectly matched pair, and it's really neat that they were purchased from separate sources. I would have assumed they were purchased as a pair.

The washer is a 23711 model, which was available from summer 1983 to Fall 1986. This is the second of four 70 series large capacity models from the 1983 line.

I cannot see if the dryer has an electronic sensor notation above the start button, but assuming it does not, it is a 65731 model, also a mid line 70-series. If it does have the electronic sensor, then it is either a 65811 or 65821, the '821 having a drum light, the other does not. Both are 80-series models. All three of these dryers were very very popular, and are 1985 models that were introduced early in 1984 and were available until Fall 1986, like the washers. The 1985 line of dryers replaced all the 1983 dryers, none of which had soft heat.

The 1983 line of washers and 1985 line of dryers sold in collassal numbers due to the economic recovery that started during 1983, after a recession which began forming in late 1979. By the time these machines began showing up at used appliance stores in the 1990s, they far out-numbered their 1981/1982 siblings, which did not sell as well during the height of the slowdown.

The dryer, if it is a 65731 or 65811, it is one of the best selling Kenmore dryers of the 1980s. Yes, they were considered excellent performers. The washer on the other hand is quite rare from the 1983 line. I have no idea why, but the 23701 and the 23721 outsold this model dozens to one it would seem, based on the hundreds I have come across over the years.

I bought a 23701 washer (same exact machine less the pre-soak cycle) and a 23721 dryer (no soft heat) in summer 1986, new. Still have both.

Parts are plentiful for the dryer, though the timer is now NLA. Parts are still around for the washer too, but in some cases not necessarily plentiful. If the washer has its original Mallory timer, it will eventually develop dead spots, so I would keep an eye out for an affordable 378133 timer. Amazingly, Whirlpool still stocks these, after after more than 30 years since last production usage.

I am glad to see someone else is enthused by these great machines!

Gordon


Post# 966788 , Reply# 8   11/8/2017 at 08:36 by Kafooty06 (washington )        
#@Parts and codes

Hi Gordon thank you! you had great advise and I will keep my eyes out on these parts as I keep my search up. First off the dryer is a "sensor timer" model with soft heat option. I will post more pics on the instrument panels for you, it does heat great and dried a large comforter better than my hot point gas dryer. I love the sound they make when running the washer has a cool woo woo sound and the dryer sounds quietly with a gentle rumble .

Post# 966897 , Reply# 9   11/8/2017 at 19:07 by Kafooty06 (washington )        
Dials speeds and such



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