Thread Number: 74831  /  Tag: Vintage Automatic Washers
1980s White-Westinghouse Pair in Almond
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Post# 986459   3/13/2018 at 18:37 by Spiraldasher (North East Ohio)        

Hi all,

About a year and a half ago, I was given this pair by a friend who switched it out for a newer washer and dryer because "they just stopped working." I've finally figured out how to get them side by side rather than on top of each other so each machine is more manageable. And with this, I thought I'd better get them fixed up, because as of yet, I have a very small collection of automatic washers, and none of them are a tumbler style.

The washer's electricals seem to be just fine, but the tub is scraping against the outer drum when I try to move it by hand. I hope it's nothing worse than replacing this plastic ring that appears to fit on the outer tub and give the inner tub something to support itself. I'll post a picture of the thing as soon as I can.

The dryer is a whole other situation however. It heats up and the blower runs just fine, but the drum barely turns, if at all, without my aid.

This pair was in use up until the time I got them, too. The whole family had no problems with them before, and wanted them fixed, but no local repair man would take on the job.

Thanks for all your input, and here they are:

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Post# 986484 , Reply# 1   3/13/2018 at 23:07 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
1983-1986 White- Westinghouse FL Washer Pair

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These were good performing fun machines, the washer is about the last of the real WH designed 3 belt washers


The scraping sound when you turn the washer could be one of several things, If the wash basket moves up and down it might have bad bearings, if not the sump strainer and baffle in the bottom of the outer tub may have broken loose and is rubbing against the basket or it could be as simple as a nail stuck in one of the basket holes dragging on the outer tub.


The dryer that does not tumble could be a badly worn belt, WH used a flat belt that would wear down in width and would lose traction. The dryer should be taken apart and the rear drum bearing, idler pulley and front slides inspected for wear cleaned and lucubrated etc.


Get in touch if you need any help or parts for these machines, over the years I worked on hundreds of these washers and still work on a lot of these dryers.


John L.

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