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Post# 549597   10/15/2011 at 18:01 (4,631 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Time to reveal here, this is my 1998 Hotpoint WD61N, the youngest machine I will keep in my collection. As you can see this machine has been cared for and the interior reflects that (no carbon dust, no black goo in the condenser). It must have been in a holiday home as it appears hardly used and no service dates are scribbled into it. It was threw out over a 10 part can you believe it a pump. It functions very well, gets towels dry in 60 mins if spun dry in a Hotpoint spinner one has. I was instantly brought back to my childhood when using this machine as my Aunt had a WD22 (last years range, 1996). This machine is basically that in sweeping Natural Linen and Calico clothing. I'm so chuffed with it and more photos and videos will be done tomorrow.

Bye for now!


Post# 549644 , Reply# 1   10/15/2011 at 20:01 (4,631 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        
Well done James...

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What a great thing to find something in such good condition that was so inexpensive to bring back into full service....

Post# 549648 , Reply# 2   10/15/2011 at 20:16 (4,631 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
nice save!

probably a decade or more of good service left in that washer!

Post# 549708 , Reply# 3   10/16/2011 at 03:18 (4,631 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        


I had the machine, scrap, for a jar of jam! I am soooooo regreting getting rid of mine!

Mine had a few bits taken out of it!Grrrr.....

And the plastic in the door was smashed so the blokie who had it ripped the perspex out of the door. it is now my laundary basket for the candy!

I kept other parts, panel & draw, sump hose, waste hose but not the pump, blocked with who knows what. R.I.P hottie.

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Post# 549710 , Reply# 4   10/16/2011 at 03:31 (4,631 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        

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Excellent find James, and a great first auto washer/dryer, always use the spinner for maximum extraction , you dont want mega bills!!

Can you whip the lid off (after switching off at mains and pulling the plug out) and take a pic of the workings please?? would like to see whats changed from the first blower condensers etc..

Cheers, Mike

Post# 549722 , Reply# 5   10/16/2011 at 06:09 (4,631 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Mike, here is mine with the lid off.

Post# 549820 , Reply# 6   10/16/2011 at 15:42 (4,631 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

What was missing from your machine or what was wrong with it? I see that your's has an Indesit FHP motor and not the classic Hotpoint GDA one. Could suggest that your's is younger than mine. You also have different timer cover sheet and are missing a rear spring. Heat shield's are also available as a spare part for 10.

Mike here are a few picture's of mine with the top and rear panel's off. Hotpoint had called this condenser the MK2 Condenser so older machine's must have differed somewhat but how?

Post# 549822 , Reply# 7   10/16/2011 at 15:44 (4,631 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

The fan that makes a lovely noise...

Post# 549824 , Reply# 8   10/16/2011 at 15:45 (4,631 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Motor etc.

Post# 549826 , Reply# 9   10/16/2011 at 15:47 (4,631 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Heater box...

Post# 549827 , Reply# 10   10/16/2011 at 15:52 (4,631 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

The condenser. The novel idea that I found out today was that everytime the machine filled for rinse is that a secondary jet flushed the condenser! So that's why they recommended in the handbook to put the machine through rinse & spin once every so often.

Post# 549828 , Reply# 11   10/16/2011 at 15:53 (4,631 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

That lovely fan again!

Post# 549958 , Reply# 12   10/17/2011 at 09:37 (4,630 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        
Well well well James!

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Well, what can I say! Lovely colour, my grandparents had a Hotpoint WMA34 in the very nice colour yours is! I myself would very much like one of these, one of the last proper Hotpoints! I would like a WD61, WD62 or a WD64!

Congrats once again James!


Post# 549960 , Reply# 13   10/17/2011 at 09:56 (4,630 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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From about the same era as James', look at my profile!

Post# 549985 , Reply# 14   10/17/2011 at 11:56 (4,630 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Hi all.

James, brings back happy memories do those pics, deliverd to the shed, camera and off came the lid. A few things were wrong #1 a few screws were missing #2 the motor brushes were bad and black!

Jacob, nice find!

Here it is from a different angle...

Post# 549988 , Reply# 15   10/17/2011 at 12:03 (4,630 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        
Lid off

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Looks good in there!

Won it for 56 coming on Wednesday!

Post# 550004 , Reply# 16   10/17/2011 at 14:02 (4,630 days old) by chestermikeuk (Rainhill *Home of the RailwayTrials* Merseyside,UK)        
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Great photos James, you can deffo see the size of the drum is larger than the original 9900 series made from enamel.... the condenser unit has changed a lot...

Heres a fun one, I attended a Hotpoint Trade Show last year and on the stand was a new product merchandiser, they had three exhibits for a raffle and where asking everyone to "Guess" what the items where, well I looked at one and said " Original Hotpoint 9900 series heater unit form a washer dryer" to which our account manager who was hidden behind the stand shouted "OMG Thats gorra Be Mike King - No one else could possibly know that" ...LOl

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Post# 550005 , Reply# 17   10/17/2011 at 14:13 (4,630 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

My godmother has that dryer ts12 in white. it will be mine one day(as of all the other family machines!).

Post# 550019 , Reply# 18   10/17/2011 at 15:42 (4,630 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
Christopher, Mike...

That's an FHP motor, the brush holders are mean't to be black.

Mike, did you take any pictures of the inside of your 9900? I know it has an enamel tub and non induction fan motor. Very weird for Hotpoint to bring back the enamel tub just for the washer/dryers as they were well and truely phased out by 1984. Did Hotpoint not trust themselves in using plastic for the tub until later? I have yet to see the interior of a Hoover and Servis washer/dryer. Hoover made ones that had to vented didn't they?


Post# 552212 , Reply# 19   10/27/2011 at 08:51 (4,620 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        
You wanted a WD22?

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Post# 552219 , Reply# 20   10/27/2011 at 09:20 (4,620 days old) by aquarius8000 ()        

Nice try Jacob! but... he lives in Ireland and this is in england.

James, how are you getting along with it?

Post# 552324 , Reply# 21   10/27/2011 at 19:43 (4,619 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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made in China???? May be made in China because the controls and tub look like an equator which is made there too.

Post# 552379 , Reply# 22   10/28/2011 at 03:55 (4,619 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        
Made in Great Britain most definitely!

Hi, these machines like all of Hotpoint products until 10 years ago were made in the UK.

Post# 552804 , Reply# 23   10/30/2011 at 14:41 (4,617 days old) by jetsystem1200 ()        

James, a great buy here! I love these old Hotpoints, but I can't have a collection (because I live in a terraced house). Aren't these mechanically similar to the 80's Hotpoint washer dryers? I am saying this because my nana had a 800 spin 95 series Hotpoint washer dryer that looked the same inside. Is it hot and cold fill?

Post# 552827 , Reply# 24   10/30/2011 at 16:40 (4,617 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

I got it for free and only had to buy a 10 pump for it! Nice deal!

Well, yes and no in a way. pre 90's washer/dryers had a slightly different condensor, heater and fan set up as well has the timer but apart from that then yes it is similar. My Aunt had a WD22 which I adored and this is it in cream designer clothing! This will be my example from the last classic range and will be my youngest automatic. H&C of course!


Post# 552830 , Reply# 25   10/30/2011 at 16:54 (4,617 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
blower motor

is the blower motor on the heater a brushed"series"type motor?-looks like it
might be by the pics.

Post# 552831 , Reply# 26   10/30/2011 at 16:57 (4,617 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Induction as fitted to all post 80's washer/dryers. Hence the capacitor. The brush motors on the pre 90's machines were very noisy and unreliable.

Post# 554841 , Reply# 27   11/7/2011 at 16:42 (4,609 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

Videos at last on my channel

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Post# 561721 , Reply# 28   12/7/2011 at 14:26 (4,579 days old) by HotpointFan (United Kingdom)        

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What a fab machine, again!

Laundromat about the Made in China, Hotpoint were made in Great Britain and were bought by Indesit in 2004. For the next few years, the newer machines were still made in Britain, but have more recently been produced in Italy.


Post# 740261 , Reply# 29   3/8/2014 at 08:30 (3,757 days old) by Streetwyze ()        
Hotpoint WD61 condenser

Hi, I'm new to this site and would firstly like to thank 'supermaticjames' for posting these pictures. Without them I had been unable to identify the name of the part I need for my washer/dryer, a condenser. Its the parts where it attaches that have worn through with the vibration of the machine. I have used two large washers eitherside of the worn bit and bolted it through as a temporary measure which seems to work ok for now.

I am pretty good with tackling this sort of job but does anyone know where I can buy one a a reasonable price? I have found two websites and both are around the 60 mark (+ postage... ouch!) but both are sold out anyway.

I love this machine and would rather repare than replace if it's possble.

many thanks

Post# 886787 , Reply# 30   6/24/2016 at 15:51 (2,918 days old) by hotpointwfwt02 (Manchester)        

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Indesit bought 1/2 of Hotpoint on 21 December 2001 and Hotpoints were always made in Wales and during the WMA era the Hotpoints from 2002 onwards were indesit aka merloni owned.

Post# 887372 , Reply# 31   6/28/2016 at 19:09 (2,913 days old) by Supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        


One thing I absolutely loath is when people call out others like you did with Jacob.

Wales is part of Great Britain therefore you were both right about where Hotpoint washing machines were manufactured. All machines - 18 series, 95 series, WM series, WMA series and subsequent were manufactured there until 2009 when production was moved entirely to Italy and as far as I'm aware Poland.

As for the takeover of Hotpoint, yes Indesit (Merloni Elettrodomestici) bought a 50% share in 2001 but the full takeover didn't happen until 2005. The WMA series was not a Merloni design and they were produced by Hotpoint in the UK and under their own control - Merloni basically just ran off with the profits until the full takeover and the first Merloni influenced design was introduced - the WF series.

It pays to do your research,


Post# 887374 , Reply# 32   6/28/2016 at 19:24 (2,913 days old) by Supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        

*full takeover happened in 2004.

Post# 887478 , Reply# 33   6/29/2016 at 14:27 (2,913 days old) by liberatordeluxe (UK)        

I thought Hotpoint were made in Peterborough? I briefly owned a Hotpoint 95 series machine and it had Hotpoint, Peterborough Limited unless that was where Head Office was and not the production plant. Real shame we don't make Hotpoint anymore.

Post# 887479 , Reply# 34   6/29/2016 at 14:29 (2,913 days old) by liberatordeluxe (UK)        

Sorry typing error, it had Hotpoint Limited Peterborough Great Britain on the back of the cabinet.

Post# 887535 , Reply# 35   6/30/2016 at 07:35 (2,912 days old) by AquaCycle (West Yorkshire, UK)        
Real shame we don't make Hotpoint anymore

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It's a shame we don't make anything anymore. It'll be interesting to see if Ebac pull it out of the bag when they launch in September - it's all well and good being made in England, but if the product is rubbish it has no chance.

Post# 887729 , Reply# 36   7/1/2016 at 18:00 (2,910 days old) by supermaticjames (Donegal, Ireland)        


Hotpoint head office was in Peterborough where some appliances were built but the washing machines were built in Wales since the 1970s as far as I know.


I'm also eager to see how Ebac get on in a market that's swimming with Hotpoint/Indesit, Hoover/Candy and Beko but it will "all come out in the wash" I guess.

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