Thread Number: 74020  /  Tag: Vintage Dryers
First year of the Maytag Stream Of Heat dryer.
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Post# 977950   1/12/2018 at 01:00 (283 days old) by Maytag85 (SoCal )        

I know that 1975 was the last year for the Maytag Halo Of Heat, but did Maytag start making the Stream Of Heat before 1975?

Post# 977955 , Reply# 1   1/12/2018 at 05:38 (283 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Maytag Stream Of Heat Dryers

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MT started selling SOH dryers around 1972 as commercial models which helped them work out bugs before they went into full production around 1976.


The HOH dryer was not well suited for commercial use because of its slow drying, limited capacity, poor lint filter location and foreign objects wrecked havoc with the heating elements in the electric models.


The SOH MT Dryers were decent performers overall and easy to repair, however they never  performed as well as WP or even modern GE dryers do.


Weak points of the SOH dryers are, Too much plastic, blower housing, inner door, lint filter housing, poor durability front drum bearing strips that are destroyed by sand and grit and of course the infamous blower wheel that strips loose from the motors shaft and leaves you with a 5400 watt element energized or a 22,000 BTU gas flame with no air movement through the dryer.


MTs 27" dryers that came out with the introduction of the Neptune washers were improved in several ways, they had better air-flow through the machine and were easier to load and unload.


John L.

Post# 978024 , Reply# 2   1/12/2018 at 18:05 (283 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
I can confirm that.

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I visited a friend at college in Massachusetts early in 1973 and when I accompanied him down to the dorm laundry room I noticed the first Maytag big door dryers.


They appeared in Macy's two years later. My folks bought one in 1977. It worked OK, but even I thought it wasn't as good as all the GE dryers we were used to. It did last more than 21 years without a repair.

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