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Can you date this old Maytag?
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Post# 100622   12/29/2005 at 20:13 (6,552 days old) by sudsmaster (SF Bay Area, California)        

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I have a line on this old Maytag. The owner says it's an A606 circa about 1977, but he's not sure.

Any other info about this washer that you could contribute would be appreciated.


Post# 100629 , Reply# 1   12/29/2005 at 20:35 (6,552 days old) by maytagmom ()        
I have an A606 & use it almost daily...

It does not have the 4 water temps on the left.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
I only have 3, cold/warm/hot.
The rest is identical.
Great washer, it made a believer of vintage
appliances out of me.
Glad I by-passed that pesky lid switch, too!

Post# 100641 , Reply# 2   12/29/2005 at 21:04 (6,552 days old) by frontaloadotmy (the cool gay realm)        

Check the serial #. 6#'s followed by 2 letters 1st letter ='s
year, 2nd letter ='s month of manufacture 1977 would be Z

Post# 100674 , Reply# 3   12/29/2005 at 23:53 (6,552 days old) by wcd63 ()        

I had this same washer and it was modle 608 and I bought it mine in 1978.Hope this helps?

Post# 100675 , Reply# 4   12/29/2005 at 23:55 (6,552 days old) by sudsmaster (SF Bay Area, California)        

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Thanks, I'll have to look for the serial number when I see the washer in person.

I can't tell for sure, but it looks like this is a two-speed, with a warm rinse option (so it's a "pre-Jimmy Carter" model). I don't know if the back lights up, but it would be cool if it did (or if it could be retrofitted to light up).

Post# 100686 , Reply# 5   12/30/2005 at 00:27 (6,552 days old) by scott55405 ()        

It would have been made after the mid 70s, as it has the gold bottom trim and metallic dial, which is the last of the center dial designs, that ended in 1980.

A 606 does not light up in the back, but an 806 or 906 does, a very cool feature.

I noticed/learned offhand at my friend Roger's house that this final incarnation of center dial Maytags does not have the little orange pilot light above the dial that the earlier models do. The late 806 models do not have the chrome strip on the front of the machine or the chrome lint filter top. Lastly, this final incarnation does not have the trademark Maytag "snapping timer".

Post# 100693 , Reply# 6   12/30/2005 at 02:46 (6,551 days old) by maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        
The washer pictured--

looks more like a 206 to me than a 606.

I could be wrong, very wrong, but I'd bet .75 US.


Post# 100708 , Reply# 7   12/30/2005 at 06:15 (6,551 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I'm thinking late 606,or a 608. Very dependable washers,should continue to give years of great service.


Post# 100714 , Reply# 8   12/30/2005 at 06:42 (6,551 days old) by mayken4now (Panama City, Florida)        

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Yes, it is an A608. Good machine, I have three of them!!!


Post# 100760 , Reply# 9   12/30/2005 at 09:05 (6,551 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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When my wife and I had this model, it was an A806 in 1971. Still have the manual to it, and she still has the machine. Of course, it is avocado.

Post# 100819 , Reply# 10   12/30/2005 at 16:49 (6,551 days old) by drmitch ()        

Looks like a 208 to me.

Post# 100832 , Reply# 11   12/30/2005 at 18:51 (6,551 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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I stand corrected. Our 806 had seperate speed buttons for wash and spin and an backlighted panel and interior.

Post# 101443 , Reply# 12   1/3/2006 at 09:44 (6,547 days old) by bobbyderegis (Boston)        

Hello from a new member. This is a model A608, in my opinion the best Maytag ever. I have two, and they are wonderful. They were made from 1977-1979. The A606 had blue metallic paint around the buttons. Yours can be confused with an A208, but yours is the large capacity model. This one's a keeper!

Post# 1049829 , Reply# 13   11/3/2019 at 19:41 (1,495 days old) by LenoraThompson (Minnesota)        
Water surging

I also have this machine and love it. But tonight, I noticed that the water was surging into the tub...sometimes sounded like a trickly...sometimes sounded like a healthy stream. What could be causing this???

Also, is it normal for the water to only flow into the tub from one large hole on the left/rear side of the tub???

Thanks in advance!

~ Lenora

Post# 1049857 , Reply# 14   11/3/2019 at 23:54 (1,495 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        
Hi Lenora,

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It could be that one or both of the inlet screens on the water valve are clogged.  This is where the water supply hoses attach to the washer.  Or it could be one of the valve's solenoids is failing.  It's not a big deal to remove and replace the valve assembly, and they are of a more or less universal design so availability shouldn't be an issue.


The tub does only fill from that one area you described.

Post# 1049914 , Reply# 15   11/4/2019 at 13:15 (1,494 days old) by maranoman (Des Moines, Iowa)        
1978 Brochure Pictures

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See below for console pics from 1978 brochure of both the A608 and A208. It is definitely an A608 as several have already mentioned.

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Post# 1189475 , Reply# 16   9/6/2023 at 17:57 by Eleni (new york)        
This is an old washer, can someone point year made, etc?

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Post# 1189512 , Reply# 17   9/7/2023 at 00:59 by Stan (Napa CA)        

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Your looks to be made in April of 1958

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