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Post# 972632   12/9/2017 at 16:53 (219 days old) by mint46 (North Eastern Pennsylvania)        

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New kid on the block, but I cannot contain my super squee any longer. I have been holding it in while dealing with those who don't understand for 8 hours today! I don't have pictures of my own yet because I borrowed help and a truck to travel 2.5 hours in the snow for this and we simply unloaded it at the house I am moving into and came home. BUT I will be going there tomorrow to get my own pictures. Any thoughts on my purchase?


Post# 972633 , Reply# 1   12/9/2017 at 16:57 (219 days old) by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        
Don't worry about not being normal...

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After all, Dr. Daniel Amen says that Normal is nothing but a setting on a dryer!

Post# 972648 , Reply# 2   12/9/2017 at 17:58 (219 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Hi Christie

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And welcome to, and we want pictures for sure!
Maytag 808 dryers are good performers. I had the model one-step beneath this (metal console, no lights) and it dried everything perfectly. Yours should have high and low heat buttons, Normal Dry and Extra dry buttons, then Reg, PermaPress, and AirFluff settings on the dial, and maybe one more. At it's age, you may want to think of opening up the cabinet enough to get all the lint out, way to the back of the cabinet.

Once you figure out the few buttons and cycles, you'll see it has everything you need. NORMAL versus EXTRA Dry means NORMAL when the entire load is the same materials (like all thin sheets, all heavy towels, all t-shirts, etc.) versus Extra dry for when a load is varied, like both blue jeans with the thick seams and also boxer shorts with flimsy thin cotton. NORMAL gets everything dried the same amount(thus for same material) and Heavy runs longer for the last bits of thicker clothing mixed into the batch.
On the dial,. Regular just beeps at the end and stops. PermaPress keeps running and ringing for a few minutes only, giving you time to come and get the clothes before it stops and wrinkles set in. Air Fluff is self-explanatory, no heat. There's one more dial setting, which I forget. I do remember just thinking for 2 seconds, pushing a button, setting the dial and pushing it, and never a wrong result. Too many modern driers have too many options, yowza. This one did it with ease and simplicity and well built machinery.

Good construction, long-lasting machines, and perfect repeatable performance. Set the dial, push a button, then push the dial in an no more worries until it rings!

Congratulations on your find. And nice night light! Shiny

Post# 972659 , Reply# 3   12/9/2017 at 18:41 (219 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Don't hold it in, we are all different. Its time people figure that out. But as for myself, I understand!

The facebook link does not work for me, but from others I hear its a Maytag dryer which is more than enough to be excited. Maytag is hands down my favorite and for many solid reasons. You will really like this dryer, I can promise you that.

And oh, a warm welcome to :)

Post# 972661 , Reply# 4   12/9/2017 at 18:45 (219 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Link doesn't work.  cry

Post# 972664 , Reply# 5   12/9/2017 at 18:48 (219 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Now I know what you have.  Good drier.  The other dial setting is damp dry.  shuts of for clothes you want to iron. 

Post# 972665 , Reply# 6   12/9/2017 at 18:54 (219 days old) by mint46 (North Eastern Pennsylvania)        

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I apologize if the link is no longer working. And wow, Akronman, thank you for the tips! When I was married, we purchased a home (17 years ago) that had an 808 dryer in Harvest Gold. At first, I could not stand to look at it. Then I dried my first wash load in it. Changed my life! I sadly lost that beauty in my divorce and have coveted a matching set ever since. I am finally half way there once again! I am a little appliance shy but am a great hands on student. How would I get that cabinet off to clear the bunnies away?

Post# 972673 , Reply# 7   12/9/2017 at 19:52 (218 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
link and cleaning

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The link works if you are logged in to Facebook, but here are the pics from that Marketplace Facebook app.

And Christie, here's a link of a MAJOR rebuild on a DE808.

Unplug your machine.

Reply 3 shows the front removed, check out the metal strap about 3 inches up from the floor, on each front edge of the drier. A Screw from the front side of the cabinet front goes up inside those straps at an angle. Now you know about how far down the cabinet to look for the screws with the front on.

Reply 19 shows the front, look way near the bottom, at that crimp in the front. You can almost see 2 screwholes right into the crimp. Unscrew them, then the front sort of swings out, sort of hinged where it meets the top of the dryer, and the top clips will just pop out once it's swung open far enough.

Depending on how handy you are or aren't, ask questions and please feel free to take pics and hit up this site while you are working on the machine (answers may come within 24 hours, it ain't always immediate).

You can see way down the right side of the machine for lint, and reply 3 and 15 are front shots of the dryer with and without the lintscreen/blower wheel cover in place, it comes off with a few small sheet metal screw, very evident.

If that's tooo much dis-assembly for you, at least look at those pics and see the thermostats and all that wiring way down near the base of the blower housing, and especially reply 16. You do NOT have to remove wires, you can simply unscrew each thermostat, one at a time, and get out lint and use some rubbing alcohol to clean the flat front surface of the thermostat until it shines. Re-install with the 2 screws, then do the next one. You do NOT have to be an electrician, just leave the wires on and clean one at a time, reinstall it before the next one.

Many thanks to beekeyknee for his detailed rebuild, sorry to steal all his work!

Reply 32 is a pic from inside the cabinet, out the back of it, with the back removed. At least it gives you an idea of how the exhaust pipe runs, and you can reach in from the back and clean as deeply as possible.

Reply 50 shows access to the motor, try de-linting and vacuuming as much as possible. Further dis-assembly and oiling the motor bearings is really a full-fledged teardown.

Hmm, it seems my main advice is to read all of Beekeyknee's doings, and look at all pics, and do as much as you feel safe with, taught by him, not me.

Thank you beekeyknee!

Christie, keep us posted, ask questions and be patient for answers. If you're moving into a new place, you know you'll have 82 chores going at once, this will be only one, and it won't be done in just an hour. But you'll be pleased with the results of your good work.

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Post# 972683 , Reply# 8   12/9/2017 at 20:33 (218 days old) by leefree (Los Angeles)        

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Keep us posted!

Post# 972694 , Reply# 9   12/9/2017 at 22:31 (218 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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That is a really cool find!
I love the maytag center-dial machines.
I have an 806 washer & 808 dryer (that I still have yet to use!).

I've used the washer plenty, but at the moment I'm using a Frigidaire 1-18 washer.

Keep us posted and like everyone had mentioned, we loves to see pictures...

And welcome

Post# 972696 , Reply# 10   12/9/2017 at 22:38 (218 days old) by mint46 (North Eastern Pennsylvania)        

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This is EXTREMELY helpful. I saved the link as well as your recommendations for specific areas. I can do this. Nothing too intimidating there. Just careful deliberate actions. Now as far as a technical rebuild.. that would be far out of my comfort zone. BuT I am a woman who enjoys a challenge as well as learning as much as I can about maintaining / repairing the antiques that I cherish so very much.
I will take pictures of the current condition tomorrow. I noticed that mine has a chip in the top in nearly the exact spot as beekeyknee's! I appreciate the warm welcome, advice, and the time taken to give me such detailed direction. My heart swells. Truly. You are a kind bunch. If I have questions, I shall patiently seek advice here.

Post# 972754 , Reply# 11   12/10/2017 at 08:08 (218 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Nice score! Just the dryer, or the set?

Post# 972756 , Reply# 12   12/10/2017 at 08:15 (218 days old) by mint46 (North Eastern Pennsylvania)        

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Just the dryer. The washer she is selling was nothing spectacular or interesting. All white everythings (controls and panel) and just in bad shape. Not even sure what brand. Looked to me like every other used washer up for sale on CL or in used appliance shops

Post# 972773 , Reply# 13   12/10/2017 at 10:26 (218 days old) by mint46 (North Eastern Pennsylvania)        
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Well I don't have her moved into the basement yet, but I have a few photos here. Now that I am able to really look over the shell, it looks pretty good. There are a few scratches, one chip in the enamel, anf over all built up gunk around controls and trim due to lack of regular cleaning. Once I get it moved to the basement, I will begin the cleaning from inside the cabinet

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Post# 972777 , Reply# 14   12/10/2017 at 10:47 (218 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Ping goatfarmer(Kenny) Bet he has a Maytag A806 Washer that will match.

And Welcome to AW. Fun place with fun stuff.


Post# 972798 , Reply# 15   12/10/2017 at 12:14 (218 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I have an 806 washer, in white, but it has the blue back panel, not the gold.

Post# 972803 , Reply# 16   12/10/2017 at 12:49 (218 days old) by Whatsername (Loveland, CO)        

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The washer was a Maytag dependable care, that would have been a great grab too.

Post# 972865 , Reply# 17   12/10/2017 at 16:57 (218 days old) by mint46 (North Eastern Pennsylvania)        

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I didn't have any interest in that washer. I currently have this one. Although, I am not sure if it should / could be fixed. It leaks from the top left during the wash cycle. I noticed the water coming out in am erratic way during filling. It came with the house I am moving i to and I ran one load through it.. i am not sure what to do but would love if I could save this washer.

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Post# 972895 , Reply# 18   12/10/2017 at 21:10 (217 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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check out where the hot and cold hoses come into the machine. Pretty darn close to where you see the leak, right?
Open the front(similar to dryer) and get a flashlight up near the incoming water valve(the inside portion of where the hoses connect.) Turn it on for filling, your leak is likely up above, where the one hose from the 2 incoming goes from the incoming valve to the top of the washtub. There is an air gap assembly with small, looped around hoses, very prone to wear and tear, very easy to buy and replace. Check out that whole region of the washer, from hoses attached to the rear to where the water flows into the tub. Any/all repairs for that area leaking are cheap and easy and do-able.
You need the machine on and filling to inspect for leaks, but unplugged for when you replace the hoses. Easy, quick, then you have 5 years before they leak again. On a long-lasting machine, this is one area of routine replacements.

Post# 972900 , Reply# 19   12/10/2017 at 21:33 (217 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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Brand: Maytag
Type: Clothes Dryer
Country: USA
Model: DE808
Serial: 572879ARAccording to the serial number this product may have been manufactured:
September of 1978

Post# 972902 , Reply# 20   12/10/2017 at 21:35 (217 days old) by mint46 (North Eastern Pennsylvania)        

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Well thanks again. I followed your instructions with the dryer and it was all very easy for me to do. I rather enjoyed it, actually. Once I was in there I started looking around at what else I could get my hands on! I will do as you say with the washer and see where I get with it

Post# 972917 , Reply# 21   12/10/2017 at 23:58 (217 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Fantastic find!!! I really like the dryer, and the washer too. Really like the door opening on the side. Very nice. Oh, if they just made appliance like that today!!


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