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Maytag Washer & Dryer
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Post# 993686   5/9/2018 at 20:53 (753 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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I am taking a look at this Maytag Washer and Dryer found on Craigslist for $99.00 tomorrow. Can anyone tell me how old this set is? The seller lists Model numbers LA308970331cc and LDE409387703cl, but no serial numbers.

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Post# 993707 , Reply# 1   5/10/2018 at 05:09 (753 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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I'd say 1976-1980.  Good basic machine. 

Post# 993710 , Reply# 2   5/10/2018 at 06:29 (753 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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970331CC and 387703CL probably are the serial numbers and translate to 1979 February and 1979 June.

Post# 993711 , Reply# 3   5/10/2018 at 06:33 (753 days old) by peteski50 (New York)        
maytag fabricmatic!

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This looks like the fabricmatic model

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Post# 993731 , Reply# 4   5/10/2018 at 10:15 (752 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Thanks for all the replies. I am excited about possibly acquiring my first vintage washer and dryer set. The seller states that the dryer does not get as hot as it used to.  Is this an easy repair or something I should be worried about and pass on? 

Post# 993735 , Reply# 5   5/10/2018 at 10:47 (752 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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May be something simple, like a thermostat.

Post# 993740 , Reply# 6   5/10/2018 at 10:54 (752 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Thanks! I think I can handle a thermostat repair. I am looking forward to having an appliance actually worth repairing! 

Post# 993748 , Reply# 7   5/10/2018 at 11:24 (752 days old) by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

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That's a beautiful set. Solid. I hope you get many years of service out of them. Post interior shots when you get a chance, would love to see them. Congratulations!!


Post# 993757 , Reply# 8   5/10/2018 at 11:58 (752 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Thanks Barry! I will definitely post photos. :) 

Post# 993760 , Reply# 9   5/10/2018 at 12:11 (752 days old) by potatochips (Nova Scotia)        

Beautiful set, Kelly! I just got a centre dial set myself recently. Im in the middle of rebuilding it. 

Post# 993769 , Reply# 10   5/10/2018 at 13:26 (752 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Nice! I hope it all turns out well. :) I am hoping I can get this set up and running well. I guess we will see once I get it home. 



Post# 993772 , Reply# 11   5/10/2018 at 13:47 (752 days old) by good-shepherd (New Jersey)        
once I get it home.

Better move quick, deals like that go fast.

I've responded to Craigslist ads less than 24 hours old and the items were already gone.
Or, you make an appointment and someone grabs them before you can get there,

P.S. call before leaving to confirm they're still available and that you're coming over. Craigslist sellers are flakey and rarely bother to let you know if the item sold.

Post# 993777 , Reply# 12   5/10/2018 at 13:58 (752 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Whenever I see something for sale that's really nice and truly a great bargain ( but I could possibly live without) I rationalize and think "What could I spend this same amount on that would be a waste of money?" $99 is one of my health-destroying trips to the grocery store with 2 or 3 bags filled with chips, ice cream and bakery stuff...all things that would make my doctor cringe. Go get them Maytags!

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Post# 993787 , Reply# 13   5/10/2018 at 15:04 (752 days old) by good-shepherd (New Jersey)        
Go get them Maytags!

One of the great things about DC Maytag's is they were built so well with porcelain tops/lids, tubs and heavy multiple zinc coated cabinets.

Thus, if not too badly abused they really polish up nice with the right products and some elbow grease, despite being decades old.

Post# 993789 , Reply# 14   5/10/2018 at 15:12 (752 days old) by good-shepherd (New Jersey)        
seller lists Model numbers LA30897033

LA308= Almond, one speed, large capacity. Blue tub?

Post# 993794 , Reply# 15   5/10/2018 at 15:56 (752 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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I went and saw it and bought it! I have to wait until Tuesday to get it home. It is the large capacity with the blue tub. It is really in nice condition. I am so excited I found it. I can't wait to get it home and start working on the dryer. :) 

Post# 993797 , Reply# 16   5/10/2018 at 16:21 (752 days old) by RevvinKevin (Tinseltown - Shakey Town - La-La Land)        

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CONGRATS Kelly!!!  You will enjoy them, they are great machines and should last a long time.


The first thing I'd do with the dryer is clean/vacuum it out and make sure there isn't excess lint built up in where the lint filter goes or inside the exhaust outlet.


To open the dryer, there are two screws under the ledge at the lower part of the front panel.  Remove those, then swing the lower part of the panel out at a 30-45 degree angle.  The move the top of the panel in and down to unhook the clips that hold it in place.  Be careful as there are wires that need to be disconnected from the door switch.  


Good luck with it and we're looking forward to more photos!






Post# 993799 , Reply# 17   5/10/2018 at 16:32 (752 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Congratulations Kelly!!!

Post# 993804 , Reply# 18   5/10/2018 at 17:03 (752 days old) by hippiedoll (tucson, arizona u.s.a.)        

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On getting your first vintage maytag center-dial set! I can imagine you're excitement on getting your new toys! Keep us posted, and share pics & videos!

Doing the "HAPPY DANCE" for you on this side...

Post# 993809 , Reply# 19   5/10/2018 at 17:25 (752 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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Kevin: Thanks so much for the tips! I am a novice, but willing to try simple repairs. Hope it goes well.  


Thanks appnut!


Hippdoll: Thanks! I have been doing a happy dance all day long! I am very happy with my purchase! 


I am especially grateful for all of you who posted helpful advice! I will all keep you posted with pictures and my progress. :) 

Post# 993817 , Reply# 20   5/10/2018 at 18:23 (752 days old) by good-shepherd (New Jersey)        
saw it and bought it!

Nice score!

Center dial matched sets in very good condition are few and far between these days, and at bargain price to boot.

How are you getting it home? Maytag DC washers are heavy..

Post# 993820 , Reply# 21   5/10/2018 at 18:43 (752 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I have an LA511 washer and DE410 dryer from slightly newer vintage, but same old Maytag build. Both in lovely almond. 1 repair, $28 motor pulley and new belts on the washer and zero on the dryer and after nearly 35 years they still run like new. Hopefully the ones you found live up to the same standards.

Post# 993836 , Reply# 22   5/10/2018 at 22:32 (752 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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goodshepherd I plan on using the app Dolly to get it transported home. 


wayupnorth I sure hope my set is the same quality. The set sure is pretty though! 

Post# 994193 , Reply# 23   5/14/2018 at 20:36 (748 days old) by electronicontrl (Grand Rapids, MI)        
Nice Set

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There's nothing like a vintage Maytag pair! Congrats!!

Post# 994481 , Reply# 24   5/17/2018 at 19:17 (745 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        
Washer is perfect! Testing Dryer

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So, I finally got the Maytag set home and set up the washer right away and it is perfect. I needed to get a new dryer cord and finally got out to get one today. I hooked up the dryer and put a wet towel in to see how long it would take to dry it. It took an hour to dry, so maybe a little longer than it should take. 


I included some photos, but it is hard to get good photos in my basement laundry room.  

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Post# 994493 , Reply# 25   5/17/2018 at 21:26 (745 days old) by nmassman44 (Boston North Shore Massachusetts)        

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Nice set! The thing is with Maytag Stream of Heat dryers is that if you dry just one item , the item will take forever to dry since there is nothing else in the drum to cause what your drying to fall into the airstream properly. The thing is the item will ride around the drum and not tumble. These dryers do dry clothes fast and the shorter the vent, the better. Plus make sure that the dryer is cleaned out of excess lint. These dryers are built like tanks.

Post# 994510 , Reply# 26   5/18/2018 at 06:36 (745 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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nmassman44, Thank you for explaining about the one towel not drying all that fast because I only put in one towel. I was concerned because the prior owners had said that the dryer was taking a little longer to dry things than it had in the past. However, my son was doing his laundry last night and he did not have any problems with dry time with full loads of laundry. 


Before I turned it on, I did open up the front panel and the vent on the back and blew out all the  lint and then vacuumed. My little dog, Grace Kelly, who was "helping" me clean, was covered in gray lint when I was done. She is all white and looks like a little gray dust mop now, so it was pretty dirty in there. :) 


I think the set is beautiful and am very happy with it.


Post# 1024052 , Reply# 27   2/8/2019 at 23:40 (478 days old) by kelly0721 (Lakewood, Colorado)        

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