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1989 KItchen Aid All Pushbutton Washer and Dryer
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Post# 776296   8/8/2014 at 15:14 (2,233 days old) by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        

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For sale:

1989, Kitchen-Aid Washer and Dryer. All Push-button, Electro-Mechanical operated set.

I have had this set about two years now. The washer and dryer were supposedly professionally rebuilt by an area appliance store prior to my purchasing them. They have worked without fail for us doing 8-10 loads a week until recently. The washer has a few issues that should be addressed, and needs some TLC form a collector that will appreciate it.

The GAS dryer is in my opinion the best dryer I've ever had. It works beautifully, and if it wasn't for the fact that I hate mis-matched sets, I would have kept it. It has way more cycles than I ever used, but the main auto-dry pushbutton selection works perfect and on-point. The dryer door sometimes needs a good pull to open it, and it may need a simple adjustment. But other than that, it works swell. The light on the control panel works fine as you can see. Im unsure of the model/serial number, but can get that at request.

The washer in my opinion was a good one. Not great but good. It washed large loads well, and handled everything we ever threw in it. It was NEVER abused I would like to make clear. BUt it WAS used to it's fullest tho. Over time, it began to leak as it filled up. Up to a gallon or more just before it was unhooked and replaced. It ONLY leaked when it was filling. Other than that I never had a complaint about it. We had two service- people come and look at it. The first one said to junk it, and tried to sell us new Speed Queens, which I would have loved to do, had we been made of money. He said that they did NOT make parts for it anymore, and so as he said that on the phone I told him to button it back up and beat it. I may not know how to work on it,NOR do i have the time, but I knew that was a BOLD faced lie. So we called a SECOND repair tech person. This guy told me that it was a main tub seal, and the drive coupler was bad. The second part maybe, but I never heard any strange sounds from it,and it agitated and spun JUST fine. The tub seal was a little hard to swallow tho, as it ONLY leaked AS IT FILLED. If the tub seal was shot as he said, I assume it would have leaked ALL THE WAY thru the cycle. His estimate of $250.00 kinda made me take a breath, but just as I called, to say FIX IT, I had scored a set of rebuilt late 80's helical-drive Maytags, and I just decided that this set needs to be either fixed and used by someone who loves them in a less used capacity, or sold to a collector for posterity. These are BOTH very nice machines...

I am asking $200 dollars for the set, and for now I'm kinda firm on that. I have NOT listed these yet on Craigslist, but will in the month If I get no hits. I know that a a gas dryer is worth at LEAST a hundred, and the washer if fixed correctly is worth at least that too. Im willing if there is any interest to discuss $$ options, but probably wont move much below $175.00~ so...

The set is located in Whitmore Lake Michigan, and is about 40 minutes from Detroit, an hour from Toledo, and about 2 hrs give or take from Indiana! They are in the basement, but we have a doorwall/ slider they can be taken out of from the basement and up to the driveway. You will want to bring help and a handcart.

If you are interested leave me a message here. YOu may also email me at, or can call my cell at 734-548-2509, and ask for Chad. I reallly hope that one of you wants the set, but if no interest, then It will go to craigslist to live out its final days clenaing baby mama diapers....So..

There are pics here of the set...

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Post# 776300 , Reply# 1   8/8/2014 at 15:22 (2,233 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Would love to have these ... but can't deal with the MI location.  :-(

Post# 776323 , Reply# 2   8/8/2014 at 18:49 (2,233 days old) by Pulsator (Saint Joseph, MI)        

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Hmmmm.... My bf lives in Ypsilanti...

Post# 777349 , Reply# 3   8/14/2014 at 15:45 (2,227 days old) by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        

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No one? Anyone? I'd hate to sell these to a scrapper/ person who will just kill them....but with no interest provided here, I guess that is what will become of them...

Post# 777351 , Reply# 4   8/14/2014 at 15:47 (2,227 days old) by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        
Im always UP for offers...

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I know I said I was firm, but Im willing to hear any offers that arent just absurd. This is a nice set folks....

Post# 777355 , Reply# 5   8/14/2014 at 15:55 (2,227 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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If you're considering parting out, I might be interested in the control panel/timer from the washer, if he timer is working right. I have one of these but the start button is balky and the timer is NLA. I don't need (or have room for) the whole thing.

Post# 777428 , Reply# 6   8/15/2014 at 08:06 (2,227 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, IA)        

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Damn, I wish I could swing a trip to MI to pick these beauties up.  Gas dryer to boot!  Hopefully someone bites before they are parted out.

Post# 777435 , Reply# 7   8/15/2014 at 09:24 (2,227 days old) by A440 ()        

What a beautiful set!
Seem like yesterday I was drooling over these on sales floors!
I can't get over this pair is 25 years old already!
Where did the time go???

Post# 777932 , Reply# 8   8/18/2014 at 09:57 (2,224 days old) by programcomputer (Ann Arbor Michigan, USA)        
Kitchen Aid blues....

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So I just read the few posts here, and find that the option of keeping them together, hopefully for a collector isn't what i'd hoped. Im going to give it a few more weeks, and possibly post the set locally. If nothing comes of that then....

Supersuds John. Im going to give the units until the end of October. If I cant sell the pair as-is, I can just part out the washer (and sell you the upper contol assembly as it works JUST fine), and sell the dryer locally. I want them to go to a good home honestly, where when repaired will wash away for another 20 years or so. Keep you eye to this post.

Swestoys Ben. They arent going anywhere right now. They are in my heated basement, and just safe and sound for the time being. I imagine that from Iowa it'd be nearly a 10+ hr. trip. IDK. But they need VERY little to make well again. The dryer is literally a plug it in, hook up the gas and go. The washer does need help, but with some patience, and a good parts supply, it'd be washing away again quickly. It's a HUGE tub. Much larger than the Maytag that I replaced them with...

A440 Brent. I agree. Where DID the time go. I can remember these sitting in the window of Town and Country Appliances in Lansing where I grew up. THey were a HUGE Whirlpool-SpeedQueen-Maytag dealer, and eventually carried the KitchenAid's too. I can never recall their initial prices as I never got close. They were only seen from the car as we drove by.

I suppose when Im back from Chicago, after Labor Day, i will try to offer them locally if no one here presents interest. If that fails, then the washer will be parted, and Ill just have a scrap guy come for the dryer. I want them gone before any snow flies...


Post# 777958 , Reply# 9   8/18/2014 at 12:13 (2,224 days old) by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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I'm a real dummy when it comes to working on washers, but it seems to me that if the washer only leaks during the fill period, why wouldn't the fill valve and or associated hose(s) be the most-likely culprit?



Post# 777992 , Reply# 10   8/18/2014 at 15:25 (2,223 days old) by ovrphil (N.Atlanta / Georgia )        

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set that I can only admire for now....hope someone can find room for them.

Post# 778015 , Reply# 11   8/18/2014 at 16:16 (2,223 days old) by Supersuds (Knoxville, Tenn.)        

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Thank you, Chad, I will check the thread ( but don't hesitate to message or email me).

Best of luck finding an appreciative home for them. They're a neat throwback and we'll never see anything like them again.

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