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Post# 975586   12/26/2017 at 12:45 (297 days old) by gewwa8172 (portugal)        

hi,i m from Portugal and i bought an old G.E. washing machine,i don t know the year,specifications and how to use it,there are a lots of buttons and i don t understand what are the functions.If someone could help i ll be gratefull,thanks.I ll post some photos
p.s:my english
is bad sorry .

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Post# 975597 , Reply# 1   12/26/2017 at 14:42 (296 days old) by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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The wash and rinse temperature selections are self-explanatory.  You would always want to select a cold rinse for the PERMA PRESS cycle.


The water level selections you will need to learn, as they generally are not the same among the various manufacturers.  One way to do this would be to fill the tub while it is empty.  Set to SMALL and let it fill.  When it stops filling, turn the knob to RESET and then back to MEDIUM.  Repeat this two more times for LARGE and EXTRA LARGE.  It appears that your machine has infinite water level settings, which means you can set it somewhere in between for just the right amount of water, but again, you will need to learn how high these various settings fill the tub.


For speed selection, NORMAL will provide fast agitation/spin and DELICATE will provide slow agitation/spin.  The PERMA PRESS setting probably provides fast agitation and slow spin.


The cycle selector dial is poorly marked.  I've never heard of a soak at the end of a wash sequence, but that appears to be the case on your machine.  It's likely just the deep rinse cycle that can be used as a manual soak sequence if desired.  The main difference between the REGULAR cycle and PERMA PRESS cycle probably involves a partial first drain and refilling with cold water for the cool-down portion of the PERMA PRESS cycle.  Other than that, it appears that the REGULAR cycle provides a longer wash period for heavily soiled items.  I have rarely used the PERMA PRESS cycle on any washer I've owned.  REGULAR uses less water.


The good thing about your washer is that it allows you to select the speeds rather than programming them in to the cycle.  This gives you more flexibility in how you use the cycle options.



Post# 975601 , Reply# 2   12/26/2017 at 15:30 (296 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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"Soak" on the regular cycle is simply the rinse portion of the cycle.  Almost all GE washers had a "soak" marking at the beginning of the rinse portion of the regular cycle.  The Permanent Press cycle likely has a longer spray rinse between wash and rinse to cool down the fabrics as it were.  GE's largely did not do a partial drain and refill with cold water for cool down.  My 1978 GE was a rarity in that regard.  The on brands that did a partial drain and refill with cold water for the "cool down" was Whirlpool/Kenmore and also Maytag. 

Post# 975623 , Reply# 3   12/26/2017 at 18:37 (296 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        
GE WWA8172 "Soak Cycle"

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The "Soak" position operates as a sort-of manually controlled cycle.

As Appnut says, it starts at the Final Rinse position of the Regular Cycle, but detergent or whatever you want to use for the soak treatment should be added.

The machine fills with water (Cold or Warm per what is the RINSE on the temp knob setting), agitates for several minutes, then drain/spins and stops.

The way to get an actual soak is by temporarily stopping the machine (press the timer knob IN without turning it) after it has agitated a couple minutes and let it sit for however long you want the soak.  Then restart it (PULL the timer knob) to finish the remainder of the agitation and drain/spin.  The load will not be rinsed.

When it stops, restart it (add more detergent) to run whichever full wash-rinse-spin cycle is desired for the load.

Post# 975625 , Reply# 4   12/26/2017 at 19:06 (296 days old) by rapunzel (Sydney)        

Hey Felipe,

Congrats on your purchase. Why don't you use Google translate for the words on the washer controls. Easy peasy. Once you know what they are in Portugese the rest becomes self explanatory.

Post# 975651 , Reply# 5   12/26/2017 at 23:45 (296 days old) by leefree (Los Angeles)        

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And good luck!

Post# 975715 , Reply# 6   12/27/2017 at 09:54 (296 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Your English is fine! This would appear to be a late Filter-Flo model - should be a tough, reliable machine. You've got four main water level settings, plus one for a smaller basket that sits on the agitator when in use, plus five temperature settings - a cold wash and rinse, a warm wash (about 40 centigrade) and cold rinse, a hot wash (about 60 centigrade) and cold rinse, a warm wash and rinse, and a hot wash with warm rinse. I'm not sure what the Permanent Press setting will do. Delicate presumably means slower agitation.

Post# 975756 , Reply# 7   12/27/2017 at 14:06 (295 days old) by gewwa8172 (portugal)        

Thanks a lots people,i will test it with hot water and various cycles to undestand more of the functions.

Post# 975811 , Reply# 8   12/27/2017 at 20:52 (295 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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After you have started a cycle and the machine is either agitating or spinning and you want to change the speed selection, please stop the machine by pushing in the control cycle knob, change speed selection, and pull the control knob out to resume the cycle. 

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