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Post# 558194   11/20/2011 at 23:04 (4,394 days old) by LLmaytag (Southern California)        

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I'm very happy with my new SQ AWN432 washer, and still happy with my original 1994 Maytag DC dryer. However, I was looking at the SQ website at the three traditional dryer models, (well, six if you consider gas versus electric), that match their topload washers. The dryers list "Automatic Dry" as a feature. I know that "automatic" used to refer to a method of measuring the temp of air going into the drum versus temp of air leaving the they get close, the assumption is that the clothes are dry. "Electronic" dry, like my Maytag, is actually measuring moisture in the drum. What does Speed Queen use for their "automatic" dry?

Very curious...

Post# 558199 , Reply# 1   11/20/2011 at 23:31 (4,394 days old) by PeterH770 (Marietta, GA)        

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It's not so much measuring the temps as it is turning on and off the heating element.  While the element is on, the timer motor is off.  When the heating element is off, the timer motor is on and the timer advances.  The theory is that the element is on more when the load is wet (the water absorbs the heat and evaporates off) than when the load is dry (the dry load holds the heat more so the element isn't on).  Manufactures have calibrated how much time it takes and marks the timer dial appropriately.

Post# 558229 , Reply# 2   11/21/2011 at 05:26 (4,394 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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Speed Queen dryers use a thermostat to control the automatic cycle. My experience with SQ dryers is that they run on the hot side on Regular temp and granted they do dry quickly, clothes suffer. I ended up using the time dry cycle more often than not. If your Maytag dryer is still running well, keep it. I have an SQ washer but when my dryer died this past summer I went with a GE Profile dryer. Absolutely love this dryer. Its as fast as an SQ dryer and it does a fantastic job, one of the best dryers I have ever used.

Post# 558303 , Reply# 3   11/21/2011 at 11:49 (4,394 days old) by llmaytag (Southern California)        

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Well, I like the moisture sensor better than the temperature measure. My Maytag dryer is wonderful, and I'm getting quite fond of my new SQ. However, I might move to a second home and will likely leave my current machines where they are and get new machines for the second home.

Post# 558320 , Reply# 4   11/21/2011 at 13:20 (4,394 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        

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My prefernce is for the thermostat control. The LG dryer I had before use to stop after 5 min because it failed to detect any moisture in the load. I would have to babysit the dryer for the first few minutes of the cycle to be sure it was gonna work properly.


Post# 558325 , Reply# 5   11/21/2011 at 13:34 (4,394 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
GE Profile Dryers

Does anyone have one of those "V-shaped"-door GE Profile dryers? They have reverse-tumble, and I want to know how good they are. I am quite hesitant to buy any GE product. Does anyone realize that GE's Harmony Dryer is made by LG? So are many of Kenmore's newer ones!

Post# 558326 , Reply# 6   11/21/2011 at 13:34 (4,394 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Thermostat autodry works nicely if the machine is installed/used in a "living space" location ... that is, a space that's heated/cooled and doesn't go to extremes of heat and cold.  I have experience using a thermostatic autodry dryer that was installed in a garage.  It overdried quite a bit in winter at the so-called normal dryness setting, and tended to underdry a little during the heat of summer.  True moisture sensors that don't depend on temperature as a factor work better, more consistent performance, in those cases.

Post# 558442 , Reply# 7   11/22/2011 at 03:13 (4,393 days old) by qualin (Canada)        
To JSneaker

There was a separate thread about Reverse Tumble dryers somewhere else on here. I think some of the other members had some rather strong opinions against it.

I personally have never had issues with single-direction tumble drying myself, but I can see how it would add needless complexity and cost to a dryer.

Post# 559096 , Reply# 8   11/25/2011 at 10:48 (4,390 days old) by ingliscanada ()        
Even in Laundromats...

Now even the large laundromat dryers now come with this reverse-tumbling feature. Wascomat and Huebsch offers that.


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