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Post# 195047   3/5/2007 at 11:51 (4,584 days old) by spaniel50 ()        

Just build new house and picked out new Whirlpool Gold washer,dryer,dishwasher,range and bottom mount refrigerator. I kept my old house and left my 34 year old Maytag washer and dryer. Also left Frigidare stove and bottom freezer. I didn't realize how quiet that old Maytag washer and dryer were until I got the new machines. My question is when the new machine in put on "reg" wash it seems to be going too fast. Should I always use the slow setting for washing?! It sounds so loud compared to the Maytag and it's difficult to determine when I have enough water in the machine. Any suggestions? I wish I had moved the Maytags. It was so quiet and everything worked,even the light in the washer tub.

Post# 195055 , Reply# 1   3/5/2007 at 12:38 (4,584 days old) by maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Hi, welcome

if you've kept your old house, why not just swap out the Maytags?


Post# 195057 , Reply# 2   3/5/2007 at 12:38 (4,584 days old) by peterh770 (Marietta, GA)        

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"Too fast" is the new black... The washer has a short 90 degree stroke and oscillates 120 a minute (or faster, I'm sure someone here has the exact number)...

Post# 195058 , Reply# 3   3/5/2007 at 12:39 (4,584 days old) by maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
Hi, welcome

if you've kept your old house, why not just swap out the Maytags?


Post# 195059 , Reply# 4   3/5/2007 at 12:39 (4,584 days old) by maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        


Post# 195207 , Reply# 5   3/6/2007 at 08:20 (4,583 days old) by spaniel50 ()        

You guys are good! I did think about swapping the machines but I was afraid that as soon as I did the old Maytags would stop. My ex partner is living in the house and I hated to move the Frigidare refrigerator,stove,etc. I just had not bought any new appliances for so long I did not realize how things had changed. I do like my new stove. I had to buy a top of the line to get any lighting on the cooktop. Something interesting is how the bake element is located under the oven much like the old Hotpoint pushbutton stove on the late 40's and early 50's. I still have my Maytag wringer at the old house and will likely need to find it a new home. It REALLY did get the clothes clean! Thanks for your info.

Post# 195231 , Reply# 6   3/6/2007 at 11:52 (4,583 days old) by sillysuds (new jersey)        

If you look up on the Whirlpool web site, under washers and look up the model#WTW5900, the Three speed model. look up washer features,it said that low speed is 90 stroke's per minute (spm). and intermediate speed spm is 120 and high on normal is 180 spm. Boy 180 is way to fast,even for normal speed.

Post# 195253 , Reply# 7   3/6/2007 at 13:19 (4,583 days old) by spaniel50 ()        
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Thanks for the tip on the website. That does seem way too fast! I grew up with Frigidare washers and I thought they went fast! I have been using the low setting as normal and the extra low setting for perm press. Thanks again.

Post# 198144 , Reply# 8   3/18/2007 at 07:09 (4,571 days old) by sillysuds (new jersey)        

How many stroke's did your Frigidare's have?

Post# 198161 , Reply# 9   3/18/2007 at 09:15 (4,571 days old) by spaniel50 ()        

I have not been on the website for a few days. I really don't know that much about washers but I do know that my parents Frigidare really did spin much faster than my new Whirlpool. My grandparents has a early 1950's Frigidare and the clothes almost were dry when you took them out of the machine. That washer and dryer were still working when my grandmother went into an apartment and they still had the paper labels on the top of the machines. The cabinets were beautiful. The dryer collected the moisture in a drawer. We didn't know how good some of those old machines would look down the road!

Post# 198208 , Reply# 10   3/18/2007 at 13:51 (4,571 days old) by sillysuds (new jersey)        

Spaniel50,Your so right about old machines looking so good and washing so good too.those old washer with the lights on the control panels looked liked the cars from the 1950's. SillySuds.

Post# 198291 , Reply# 11   3/18/2007 at 18:00 (4,571 days old) by spaniel50 ()        

Talk about lights on the console,my grandmother had this great 1948-49 Hotpoint automatic double oven stove that had 5 diferent colored lights for each heat on each burner and it had 3 colored lights for each oven plus a lighted console and lighted ovens with the bake elements under the oven. I had to hunt when I bought the stove for my new house to find ONE that had back lighting for the cooktop.

Post# 202707 , Reply# 12   4/9/2007 at 23:54 (4,549 days old) by toggleswitch (New York City, NY)        

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And to think all these ridiculously fast agitator speeds may have evolved:

1- To make the upper part of a cruel-action agitor appear to move constantly (as opposed to intermittently.)
2- Due to perhaps newer engineering with transmissions; perhaps to physically fit in a direct-drive system.

But what scares me is how can engineers not realize these speeds are excessively rough on clothing?

Post# 202742 , Reply# 13   4/10/2007 at 07:14 (4,548 days old) by sillysuds (new jersey)        

Rough on clothing, your so right. I think the engineers do not care.

Post# 203308 , Reply# 14   4/12/2007 at 03:22 (4,546 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Maybe these "engineers" are trying to make the washer double as a BLENDER?

Post# 203505 , Reply# 15   4/12/2007 at 22:09 (4,546 days old) by neptunebob (Pittsburgh, PA)        

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Most engineers just are not into fashion and have "the wife" take care of the laundry so it probably doesn't matter to them what they wear becuase their wife picks out their clothes. Now, if a washer was designed by an actor, an interior designer, a hairdresser, or a fashion designer we could have washers that take care of our clothes. I think we all know what I am trying to get at I just can't say it. It could also be a plot - the washer manufacturers are making their machines rough on clothes to keep the clothing and retail industries going with people buying clothes more often.

Post# 203514 , Reply# 16   4/12/2007 at 22:18 (4,546 days old) by dadoes (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I'm curious what exactly are the testing routines done on new machines and designs nowadays to determine washability and performance, excess fabric wear, consumer satisfaction with features and the "user interface," etc.

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