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Are Old School Hotpoint Dryers Good to Have? Intermittent Squealing
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Post# 960237   10/2/2017 at 13:54 (357 days old) by pumpkina (California)        

I was asked my opinion about picking up this Hotpoint electric dryer for a friend.

What model is this and what is its approximate age?

The donor (free on craigslist) says it makes intermittent squealing when drying. What's the most likely cause? Is that an easy fix on this?


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Post# 960239 , Reply# 1   10/2/2017 at 14:10 (357 days old) by pumpkina (California)        

It's erroneously listed under dishwahsers, but I swear I selected vintage dryers.

Post# 960240 , Reply# 2   10/2/2017 at 14:34 (357 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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and they are asking you.....because?

Post# 960258 , Reply# 3   10/2/2017 at 16:53 (357 days old) by pumpkina (California)        

They want to know if it's a reliable used brand and if it's worth getting it fixed.

Post# 960261 , Reply# 4   10/2/2017 at 17:18 (357 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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tell them to ask an experienced repair man who knows vintage machines...

anyone with experience would know this is a Hotpoint Dryer/GE clone from the 80's, standard capacity, 2cycle/3temp...

for noise, most likely the bearing needs cleaned and greased....and/or the drum glides need replaced....

Post# 960264 , Reply# 5   10/2/2017 at 17:33 (357 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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For free, it's a decent dryer. As mentioned above, grease the bearing, check the glides, and check the belt tensioner pulley.

Post# 960316 , Reply# 6   10/2/2017 at 22:38 (357 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Squeaking HP-GE Dryer

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Is most often a worn out rear drum bearing, at the least you need a new Teflon bearing insert and a shaft if to is worn or scored.


The front slides are also a possibility, if they are completely worn down to the metal you may need a new drum.


The rear bearing should not be lubricated at all, the felt on the front slides can be lubricated with silicone oil.


John L.

Post# 960511 , Reply# 7   10/3/2017 at 23:31 (356 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I use a similar

Dryer and washer to match, great machines.

Post# 960613 , Reply# 8   10/4/2017 at 16:02 (355 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Basically the same as all standard GE dryers made after 1957. The house I rented has a slightly newer version in the basement.

Post# 960638 , Reply# 9   10/4/2017 at 19:13 (355 days old) by Paulwash (Niagara Falls New York)        

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Ehhh... my best friends mother gave me one of those. It was a 1986 model. She had the matching washer. The dyer squeaked, struggled, and stalled. It also overheated. I didn't like it and sent it back to her. The tub would get scorching hot !!! Then I had a GE dryer overheat from the early 80's I think they are dangerous dryers. I like Kenmore,Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, Estate, and Roper dryers the best.

Post# 960641 , Reply# 10   10/4/2017 at 19:35 (355 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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as Stevie Wonder would say, "So simple, any one can work on one!"....

Post# 960642 , Reply# 11   10/4/2017 at 19:39 (355 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
GE Dryers 1957-mid 90s

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Paul you are right on the money, these were ok dryers at some points during this time period, but after WP got their new design going in 1966 after this time these GE-HP dryers were too small, too hot and just crude, I will still rate them above the MT HOH dryers.


But today they are basically museum pieces are a testament to how cheaply GE could build a 1/2 way decent clothes dryer.


But this is a group of appliance collectors and as such we should know better when selecting vintage appliances that we want for are own use.


John L.

Post# 960649 , Reply# 12   10/4/2017 at 20:23 (355 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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that noise is probably caused by little Gremlins......

this video should be of help on what to check for....

Post# 960696 , Reply# 13   10/5/2017 at 05:04 (354 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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or these....

Post# 960700 , Reply# 14   10/5/2017 at 05:47 (354 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Yogitunes is on a roll!

"Get this folks: it says 'a constant menace to pilots is are the gremlins who wreck planes with their "di-a-bo-lick-al sab-oh-tay-gee" (diabolical sabotage). Ha ha, what a joke.

"Little men... oh brudda, what a fairy tale!"

Post# 960728 , Reply# 15   10/5/2017 at 09:04 (354 days old) by Paulwash (Niagara Falls New York)        
Maytag dryers sucked too!!

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I'd have to say I'd pick the vintage GE dryer over the Maytag. Those dryers took a solid hour and a half to dry a load of towels VS any whirlpool or Kenmore at 45 min flat those dryers kick ass !!

Post# 960750 , Reply# 16   10/5/2017 at 12:07 (354 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I guess it depends on the circumstances.  Our HOH DG806 got a full load of towels perfectly dry in 45 minutes or less, even though they had been spun out at not-so-impressive A206 washer RPM.


I agree that the WP design is probably the best ever, and we had a Kenmore pair for a few years, but I've never understood the HOH bashing.  That 806 was the best dryer I've ever owned.  Quiet, fast, efficient, and no dryer could be any easier to use.

Post# 960763 , Reply# 17   10/5/2017 at 12:54 (354 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I have to say I've used GE dryers twice, and didn't like either one. One was older--say ca. 1970--and the other was a Hotpoint similar to the one pictured above. It seemed like both took forever to dry, and didn't seem to get as hot as a Kenmore. There may, of course, have been some issue. I never made much attempt to figure that out--both dryers were "there" because they were provided as part of a rental. (I did make some effort to clean lint out of the Hotpoint.) Oh, yes...the Hotpoint also had a squeaky noise. I can't remember for sure, but that noise might have been intermittent. I can't remember for sure--it's been a while, and frankly that Hotpoint is not something I really have an interest in remembering.



Post# 960767 , Reply# 18   10/5/2017 at 13:08 (354 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Maytags spun at 618 RPM, yes?  Belt-drive WPs/KMs are 500 to 525 (direct-drive is 640).

Post# 960882 , Reply# 19   10/6/2017 at 03:17 (354 days old) by superocd (PNW)        

My family had a GE dryer with a Filter-Flo washer before getting a Kenmore, which a moving neighbor had and didn't want to take with them for some reason. From what I remember about that dryer, it dried too well and I don't remember any problems with it (but then again I was around 10 when we got the Kenmore).

The heating element is directly behind the drum so I think that's why things were hot to the touch in 30 minutes. God forbid if you had to pull out anything with a metal zipper or button. I don't recall setting the timer beyond 40 minutes, even for large loads of towels, jeans and other super-absorbent things. A minute over and that thing was going to cremate the laundry. The WP/Kenmore dryer that came after it was not as "fast", though I have basically a 2016 version of the old 1966 design, (also the same design as the 1994 Kenmore my family had) and it does well.

The GE I grew up with was a late 1980's model just like the Hotpoint, so it was placed at the time period where GE was known for building decent stuff, if not one of the best depending on the category (and opinion). Now that I am all grown up and I'm a homeowner, I skipped GE when I went appliance shopping. Couldn't picture crossing GE off of my list when I was a kid as the Filter Flo and the Potscrubber impressed me. Everyone's quality slipped but GE and Frigidaire seemed to be affected the most.

Post# 961434 , Reply# 20   10/9/2017 at 03:06 (351 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Grandmother had a 60's GE dryer and to my knowledge it NEVER required any service the entire time she owned it which was over 40 years!  My 98 GE has only had the front bulkhead sliders replaced and dries really fast.  I've never cared for WP dryers because of the way the heat stream travels inside the drum although they certainly do last a long time. My first dryer was an old $50 WP dryer that worked just fine except when I dried comforters  in it and had to take the load out, turn it around and stick it back in to let it dry the other side.  My GE will dry it completely with no intervention from me.

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