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GE Washer/Dryer Combo Model TWD860C1W - Door Style
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Post# 963976   10/23/2017 at 07:22 (360 days old) by groppsm123 (STEVENSVILLE)        


Wondering if anyone knows whether the GE Model TWD860C1W combo washer/dryer made from 1970ish has a door that latches when shut? Similar to old fashion refrigerators.

If anyone has a Users manual describing it or an actual machine, would love to hear from you.


Post# 963990 , Reply# 1   10/23/2017 at 08:45 (360 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

How do you mean "latches"? No combo that I know used anything but a positive mechanical latch as opposed to a magnetic door closure to hold the door closed since it was a machine that filled, at least partially,  with water,  unlike a dryer, where magnetic closures became one of the  accepted methods of holding the door closed while allowing it to kicked open from the inside if a child became trapped inside.  The Kenmore combo lasted long enough that its last model had a locking pin in the latch that was activated by the start button. It rendered the door locked shut during the cycle. 

Post# 963999 , Reply# 2   10/23/2017 at 09:31 (360 days old) by groppsm123 (STEVENSVILLE)        

Thanks Tomturbomatic!

My recollection of these machines were that there was a mechanical release in the door that "latched" the door when closed and was required to depress to open a closed door. Once latched, the door could not be opened.

Post# 964008 , Reply# 3   10/23/2017 at 11:02 (360 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
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Model # should be IWD860C1W, this machine is a 1966 model.

And yes it does have a positive door latch, do not get inside and let anyone close the door.

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