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Frigidaire 2 Way Tumble Dryer and/or matching front load washer for sale
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Post# 561268   12/5/2011 at 08:24 (4,388 days old) by DWLaurie ()        

I have a dryer that I would like to sell.

It is not exactly vintage, but I do believe it is on the rare side. It is a Frigidaire Gallery Gas Dryer (Model FSG747GES1) 2-Way Tumble Dryer (11-97).

I have the matching washer (07-97) for it if someone in interested in keeping the set together (Model FWT445GES1), however the washer suffers from what all the washers of this vintage suffer from, the broken spider/spun bearing(s) problem. The washer is partially dismantled so that it could be repaired, but I decided to go with newer machines with Automatic Temp Control on the washer and better Automatic Drying on the dryer.

I am in Davenport, IA and willing to deliver the unit(s) within 100 miles (further might be possible but reimbursement would need to be discussed. I have both the stacking kit and the top for the washer, not to mention the kickplate that wasn't shown in the photo. The unit will be complete with all parts including inner and outer wash tubs, motor, etc., just partially dismantled for your easy repair! :)

Photos of both the washer and the dryer are available at the link below.

Please let me know if there are any questions. Thanks! BTW I LOVE THIS SITE! :) I really wish I could find Westinghouse Laundromats. Man those are COOL!



Post# 561285 , Reply# 1   12/5/2011 at 11:05 (4,388 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Yes these are a little bit unusual and thankfully Frigidare dropped this idea pretty fast. We still have quite a few customers that have these and the reversing motor, dual idler pulleys and extra control board makes a poor quality dryer that much more troublesome and expensive to repair in the long run. But between GE and Frigidare laundry appliances over the last 15 years we have made a lot of money fixing them or selling them decent replacements from WP or Speed Queen.

Post# 561312 , Reply# 2   12/5/2011 at 14:09 (4,388 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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I have that washer, Dan. It's been trouble free, though lightly used as I don't go through a lot of laundry. I see yours doing the same thing mine did, that the plastics turn yellow.

Post# 561342 , Reply# 3   12/5/2011 at 17:59 (4,388 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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I had that dryer when I was living in Omaha and the dryer was ok. One thing that it did when it reversed was the heater stayed on and the heat build up during the reverse tumble was intense. When it would go back to normal tumble the clothes got a blast furnace effect from the heat. The drum size is another factor too where it's on the small side. The back of the drum was painted so that wore off as time went on. Never had any problem with it.

Post# 561350 , Reply# 4   12/5/2011 at 19:35 (4,388 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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I have a set like that.....but I think for the washer the motor controller is going, its only a short 60 second high speed spin at the end......

the dryer is unique, but the reversing does seem useless, supposed to be good for bulky items from rolling into a ball, but thats about it........
actually when it reverses it does still pump out air, I thought the air stopped for the reversing part, but when I checked the vent, its still blowing, maybe not as full force, but still, some comes out.....

I think these were the best Frigidaire put out, when working properly, and mainly because they use plenty of needed water, and you can adjust it you needed to.....

Post# 561353 , Reply# 5   12/5/2011 at 19:45 (4,388 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Mike if the heat stayed on while it stopped to reverse it was very broken as the heater circuit was wired through the motor centrifugal switch. And on the gas models not only did the flame shut down but they they only reversed every 7 minutes as the gas burner had to go through the re-ignation all over every time it restarted. Worst of all the blowers in these dryers were only designed to blow air efficiently in one direction so these dryers were noticeable slower than the cheaper models without this silly feature.

Post# 561364 , Reply# 6   12/5/2011 at 20:18 (4,388 days old) by qualin (Canada)        

My mother has this dryer, except it's the lower end single direction version.

I would like to get her the matching Frigidaire washer for it, but I think I wouldn't be a very good son if I did so, even after fixing a broken spider / thrown bearing. Although, it would be a fun educational project.

You are 2,485 km away from me... or about a 26 hour drive away. So, even though it would be a fun drive, it wouldn't be worth the trip to come pick it up.

Oh well..

Post# 561390 , Reply# 7   12/5/2011 at 21:34 (4,387 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Yogi, do you still get low spin after intermediate rinses? If yes the controller is fine. High spin IS only one minute but it's supposed to low spin 2min before that.

The timer switches two things at that point. The drive wire from low to high, and it switches the field coil from full to half. What may be happening is, it is not energizing the field coil in the 'full' position.

IINM the timer is cheaper and easier to replace than the controller. If you wanted it fixed, that is. Verify with multimeter, for safety use 'ohms' setting while unplugged, from the hot side of the plug to the respective timer pins. Wiring/color diagram is included with instructions OR inside either the top or kick. The knob will have to be pulled out AND the door forced closed to get continuity from the plug.

Post# 561504 , Reply# 8   12/6/2011 at 12:27 (4,387 days old) by DWLaurie ()        

Personally, I really have no problem with this dryer. The only thing I wish would work is Automatic Drying. Unlike later models that have the strips at the base of the lint filter opening inside the drum that "feel" the clothes, this model uses a pair of thermostats in the plenum to "figure out" of the load is dry or not and I fear that one of them is not working properly. I hate to waste the energy on the timed cycle and since it won't match the new washers with the automatic wash/rinse temps, it's going.

I rather appreciate the reserving action to avoid clothing from balling up. Between the sheets and my long legs (38" inseam) it's nice not having knots at the end of the dry cycle, but it is confusing to listen to the dryer shutdown and start up constantly. It messes with my need to empty the dryer because it's done thing. HA! :)

Post# 561583 , Reply# 9   12/6/2011 at 20:39 (4,387 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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The thermostat(s) for the thermostatic autodry function are the same ones that control the heat settings (high or low). If the machine is heating to the proper target temp(s), then the thermostat(s) are OK.

Post# 561587 , Reply# 10   12/6/2011 at 20:54 (4,387 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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Nope the dryer that I had did that from day 1. It was the first series to have the reverse feature. Eventually Frigidaire abandoned the reversing drum idea. One thing with my dryer was the upper back area where the heater box was house turned the paint a lovely brown color...

Post# 561645 , Reply# 11   12/7/2011 at 01:49 (4,386 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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the upper back area where the heater box was house turned the paint a lovely brown color...

Frigiwhite couldn't even spring for thermal paint. That's about par for modern appliances.

Post# 561662 , Reply# 12   12/7/2011 at 07:00 (4,386 days old) by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Mike, I had the same washer/dryer pair and the same issues with the furnace-blast of heat the clothes took during the reverse-tumbling process. Mine was a gas dryer, so it didn't reverse as frequently as the electric model, but more than once very large loads of bath towels would emerge with a few scorched spots.

Martin--The washer only ramps up to the high speed (850 rpms, if I recall correctly) for the last 60 seconds of the cycle. I always thought that was odd, too!

I left the pair behind when I moved from my warehouse apartment and into a house in 2002.

Post# 561663 , Reply# 13   12/7/2011 at 07:06 (4,386 days old) by yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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It spins to balance/distribute and then hover in a med speed, which seems like eternity, then kicks in the high speed, but does not last long, lucky if its 60 seconds........clothes are spun, but you can feel the weight in the clothing, just seems better if it did a high speed for 5 or so minutes.......

I just got rid of a newer set, where the high speed revved up slowly, and did run longer, you could tell it was a better spin because the clothes would be compacted to the walls of the drum, and definately weighed less......

Post# 563237 , Reply# 14   12/14/2011 at 12:51 (4,379 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
Post# 561504, Reply# 8 12/6/2011 at 12:27 by DWLaurie

Hi Dan,

I am trying to find a reliable reverse-tumble new dryer when and if my current 22-year-old gas Lady Kenmore quits(HOPEFULLY NEVER!) They are very hard to come by. I will not buy a GE or F&P-they do have reverse-tumble dryers. If anyone is having problems with their electronic sensor strips, they are most likely using A LOT of fabric softener. Either the liquids or sheets will evetually coat the sensor strips, and also cause vent-pipe clogging! I NEVER use softeners, and have never had one problem with my dryer! Scorching is also due to improper rinsing and or too much detergent remaining in the laundry.

Post# 563243 , Reply# 15   12/14/2011 at 12:59 (4,379 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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Well my Miele T9800 dryer reverses in fact all Miele dryers do. GE does make a couple of dryers that reverse and yes the Fisher/Paykel and some Whirlpool dryers reverse as well.

Post# 563247 , Reply# 16   12/14/2011 at 13:13 (4,379 days old) by Jsneaker ()        

Mike, Which Whirlpool dryers reverse??? The big Miele only reverses at the very end of the drying cycle, so that's basically worthless, at least for me. It is not highly-rated either, and is way too expensive. I love my 1998 Miele Redstar vacuum

Post# 563307 , Reply# 17   12/14/2011 at 19:27 (4,379 days old) by nmassman44 (Brooksville Florida)        

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First of all the Miele dryer reverses during the drying cycle, not the last few minutes of the cool down. I know that for a fact since I own one. The newest Whirlpool dryers with the staggered vanes reverse. I will get the model numbers since I am on the iPad writing this.

Post# 563560 , Reply# 18   12/16/2011 at 12:56 (4,377 days old) by Jsneaker ()        
Wow Mike!

I do not see ANY reference to any or "constant" reversing-tumble in the big Miele dryers at all in my extensive brochures! I had to call Miele to ask them about the reversing. They told me that the smaller dryers constantly reverse during the dry cycle(for years I know), but the big, new ones just reverse near the end of the dry, heating cycle. Maybe the very newest models have reverse every few minutes. I still cannot afford one of those, and I don't like the look of the machine. I know the Whirlpool new Duet models with the four staggered vanes, but NOWHERE on the Whirlpool website does it say the drums reverse!!! Why are manufacturers hiding the fact? I also like the stainless steel drums on the new machines! Every time I go into a store looking at the dryers and ask salespeople about the reversing, they are clueless! I know far more about stuff than they do. I also tell them that at these ridiculous high prices, unless the machine has reverse-tumble, it's not for me. Why pay a lot for older technology?

Post# 563591 , Reply# 19   12/16/2011 at 16:07 (4,377 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

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Marketing seldom specifies anything but features like how many cycles and 'steam'. No offense, but they're selling to women with (most of) whom technical information confuses rather than resonates. But reversing roughly equates to less tangling, you'd think they'd push that.

OTOH, my (Lady Kenmore compact) dryer doesn't reverse and doesn't tangle either. Tangling happens mostly wet. Yeah it wads 2 sheets into one big ball I separate halfway through the cycle but they're not tangled they're just rolled together and I doubt reversing would prevent that. The fullsize Kenmore did that too.

Few years back, forgot the brand, some FL washer was claiming "direct drive". What does that mean? No belt? That would imply a mag-lev type motor. Entirely possible, but is that what they actually did? I doubt the salesman would know.

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