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Post# 1017572   12/10/2018 at 11:31 (188 days old) by backspace (Ct)        

Just purchased a new to me SQ w/d. My Whirlpool pos finally bit the dust on Friday and I found these posted on FB Marketplace on Friday evening for $700. I think it was a fair price as they are lightly used and I was ready to pay anything for something that works! The owners traveled 6 months out of the year and apparently barely used them.

I can't tell you how exciting it is to have a washer that works! I hope both are going to be trouble free for a long while.

I'd love it if the experts here can give me opinions on this set, good and bad, and what I can expect in the way of repairs or issues. I believe this is the last year with mechanical panel instead of electronic.

Washer model #AWN432SP111TW01 Serial 1411033442
Dryer model #ADE4BRGS171TW01 Serial 1410046411

Thanks for any input!

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Post# 1017577 , Reply# 1   12/10/2018 at 11:54 (188 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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congrats.....very, very nice set.....

you should have many trouble free years out of them.....

we can show you how to by-pass the lid switch if you want to see the washer operate with the lid open...

Post# 1017579 , Reply# 2   12/10/2018 at 11:55 (188 days old) by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

You bought a great set. Needs a belt every 7 ish years, at some point probably a timer. Otherwise very reliable and good performance

Post# 1017580 , Reply# 3   12/10/2018 at 11:56 (188 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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you may want to increase the water level to get the maximum use out of the tubs capacity....

Post# 1017583 , Reply# 4   12/10/2018 at 12:09 (188 days old) by backspace (Ct)        

Yogitunes, Thank you. I was so excited when I found them and then nauseous until the washer was hooked up and working. I'm glad they were a good purchase. As far as the water level or lid switch, DH is not allowed to touch anything! Give the man some 2x4's and he'll frame you a house, let him touch anything mechanical, electrical, or plumbing, and he will break, get shocked, and have a flood. Lol. We already have tiny slow leak on the cold spigot when he set up the washer. His brother will be over tomorrow to look at it. ;o)

Lorrainefurniture, Thank you for that info. I will purchase those replacement parts now so I have them when and if needed. I also need the rubber feet.

It's pathetic that a washer would make me so happy!

Post# 1017584 , Reply# 5   12/10/2018 at 12:24 (188 days old) by RP2813 (Too many people know the way)        
It's pathetic that a washer would make me so happy!

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Noooooo, no it isn't at all!  Washers make everybody here happy!*





*Except the ones that don't perform and/or dumb things down.

Post# 1017598 , Reply# 6   12/10/2018 at 13:51 (188 days old) by backspace (Ct)        

Would I be able to wash pillows, quilted bedspreads, blankets, etc., in this machine without issue?

Right now I'm washing everything in the house! My whites are actually whiter!
All of my wash smells better and I use fragrance free soap product along with minimal fabric softener mixed with equal parts vinegar.

Still excited. ;o)

Post# 1017600 , Reply# 7   12/10/2018 at 14:14 (188 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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pillows can be finicky....some do well, some others, not so well.....there is a thread here somewhere about different methods to try.....but many times, best left to a FLerÖ...most times I wash them in the sink, and let the machine spin them...

quilted blankets do well in these machines versus those puffy comforters....all of my bed covers are quilted...

blankets, depending on size and bulkiness, the concern is even distribution of the load for spin.....sometimes two work well, other times, just one mixed in with a few towels...

for both of the above, a lot of times soaking does better than a full wash....let it fill and wash for about 2 minutes, shut the machine off, let soak for 15 to 30 minutes, then advance the timer for about the last 2 minutes of agitation, and complete the cycle from there...

until you get used to it, stick close to the machine when washing something of concern...

Post# 1017611 , Reply# 8   12/10/2018 at 16:10 (188 days old) by backspace (Ct)        

Thanks, that's good info to have.

Post# 1017617 , Reply# 9   12/10/2018 at 17:48 (188 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        
Best washer and dryer

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Money can buy, especially the washer. The newer Speed Queens are all electronic and do not clean as well, actually very poorly according to consumer reports. You got the best of the best of the best in the nick of time!

Post# 1017619 , Reply# 10   12/10/2018 at 18:00 (188 days old) by backspace (Ct)        

Thank you, still excited that I was able to locate these so quickly and they work so well. No more half washed clothes in this house! You couldn't pay me to own another Whirlpool. Well...depends how much you want to pay me. lol.

Post# 1017703 , Reply# 11   12/11/2018 at 16:19 (187 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

What a refreshing sight to see an AWN series SQ posted on this site for once vs the new models that most people seem to agree aren't very good at all. 


You made a wonderful purchase decision! I'm in the market to find the matching dryer to my AWNE82 and hope I get half as lucky as you do, people have realized how good these machines are so it's hard to find them used nowadays. 

Post# 1017723 , Reply# 12   12/11/2018 at 20:24 (187 days old) by EEMac (Olympia, WA)        
I have that washer too

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I can only speak for the washer, but those models work well and very reliably. Good purchase! Enjoy them!

Post# 1017742 , Reply# 13   12/12/2018 at 05:45 (186 days old) by backspace (Ct)        

Thanks guys! It's great to know I made the right choice. I was extremely lucky to find the pair just when I needed them.

Post# 1017745 , Reply# 14   12/12/2018 at 06:59 (186 days old) by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
2014 SQ Pair

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Hi Backspace, you got a good deal on a good pair of machines, you should register them with SQ to your address as they still have some warranty left on major parts in both the washer and dryer.


John L.

Post# 1017801 , Reply# 15   12/12/2018 at 17:06 (186 days old) by deltablu (Eastern South Dakota)        

the last year for the mechanical controls was last year (2017.) We sold tons at the end of last year when we knew the new machines were coming.

I concur that these are awesome machines and we'd still be selling them as fast as we could get them if they were still available.

Post# 1018599 , Reply# 16   12/20/2018 at 10:40 by dylanmitchell (San Diego, CA)        
pillows and comforter go to laundromat

I have a 2017 TL awne92sp at home the electronic version that fills a little higher without needing the mod. Queen or larger comforters and pillows go to a FL at the laundromat. I don't think any TL will do pillows they float too much. I've tried it and end up basically hand washing it in the machine pushing it around in each cycle from wash to rinse and still not sure it gets clean.

Post# 1018603 , Reply# 17   12/20/2018 at 11:59 by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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Calypsos handle pillows nicely.

Post# 1020068 , Reply# 18   1/4/2019 at 06:14 by LeeLee (Canada)        
Iím still undecided...

Iíve got the AWN series 8. I canít say I love this machine. I find it causes pilling on our clothes. I have to be really particular about my loads now. Anything that I want to look nice after washing must go in lingerie bags. Annoying.

It always causes suds out of the drain pipe even with the special rubber gasket that is supplied. I wrote to speed queen who said that my new machine is washing out soap residue from my old washer and that in the time that it takes to go through a jug of liquid HE soap my problem should be over. The washer will be a year old in February and it still suds. I have to use fabric softener or vinegar with every load to cut the suds. Now my Fabric softener dispenser is gooey. You can clean the dispense as per the manual but you cannot get down the centre of the agitator where the funk really resides.

This machine barely spins clothes dry.

The water levels are odd. Small gives about 6 inches of water, medium fills tub 1 inch below full and full is full. Itís weird.

These are all things I can put up with. But annoying to anyone who wishes to use the machine and doesnít know its quirks. My in-laws bought a top load Maytag the same day as I bought the speed queen. They hate it because it takes over an hour to wash a load.
I guess thatís what my machine does have going for it! Itís fast.

Post# 1020089 , Reply# 19   1/4/2019 at 09:43 by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

Iíve never had suds issues with ours, maybe you have really soft water or a water softener? Thatíll certainly cause you to need to cut down on detergent dosage by a good amount. Premature wear hasnít been an issue and I was worried it would be coming from a front loader, but itís been almost 4 years and Iím washing many of the same things.

As for the softener dispenser, you can take that off and get down to the center of the agitator, just need a long scrub brush or something to reach in there. I ended up just getting a blank cap for mine cuz we donít use softener very often and careless people just ended up getting powdered detergent/borax in there and Iíd end up having to clean it out often.

Ironically itís still on the better end for spinning water out of clothes for an old school top loader. Some vintage machines had a very high spin speed but most were around 600 RPM, compared to SQís 710.

The water levels are weird, idk why they couldnít just do a proper medium setting, probably cuz they just simply removed the ďmediumĒ selection from the 8 series that was in the 9 series and just decided to call the ďlargeĒ option ďmediumĒ in the 8 series, so itís really ďlargeĒ and not medium. I try to do full loads most of the time anyway.

Honestly sounds like youíd be better off with a front loader of some sort.

Post# 1020145 , Reply# 20   1/4/2019 at 22:02 by rancherman (nebraska)        
talk about your drain pipe arrangement

I lived in a place that also had a washer that liked to 'puke' suds up. It was odd because it only did it in the winter time. Turns out the vent stack was plugged from frost, There was air back flowing and this air was pushing suds up out the 'pipe' the washer gooseneck was hung.
Are you septic tank or city sewer? Older septic systems weren't the best vented and every gallon of water displaces 1 gallon of air. this air needs to go 'somewhere'..
Another thought on the general plumbing; how far is the actual trap on this drain from the washing machine gooseneck? I've seen some pretty 'creative' designs out 'here'.. some barely defy gravity.. some would suck a bowling ball up.
Do you ever see suds burping up in any of your toilets, bath, shower, sinks when the washer drains?

Post# 1020315 , Reply# 21   1/6/2019 at 09:18 by LeeLee (Canada)        
Drain pipe arrangement

So I have city water, itís not soft and no softener. Had a CABRIO AGI and a GE HYDROWAVE prior to this machine. Never had suds. Never needed fabric softener to cut the suds. No suds or burping from any toilets, sinks etc.

When I remove the softener dispenser there is a thin plastic stick about 6Ē that is inside the agitator. When you say you use a scrub brush do you just scrub gently around that stick?

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Post# 1020334 , Reply# 22   1/6/2019 at 13:17 by LowEfficiency (Iowa)        

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Wow... Do Canadian plumbing codes allow that?

Post# 1020344 , Reply# 23   1/6/2019 at 14:52 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Cabrio and Hydrowave both use an electric pump, idle when not in use.....

Speed Queen has a pump mounted to the motor, in constant motion whenever the motor is running....which at times can stir up suds...

I just know my local codes for a drain pipe.....there must be a vertical minimum elevation of 18" above the trap for proper drainage...

for your setup, not exactly anything wrong if your hose is tightly sealed into the pipe, and a backflow preventer is in place, you already have the airgap before the 'T'...

that little stick down inside the agitator can be snapped out of there if you have fact I drilled a hole down the center so water would flush through during agitation...a barrel style brush works for cleaning the inside if needed....

you might have better luck with softeners if you take your bottle and pre-mix 50/50 with water....diluted and ready to add to the dispenser, I never have a residue issue you stretched your dollar value in usage

softeners today are concentrated and thick, which easily slime up and clog most dispensers....

Post# 1020346 , Reply# 24   1/6/2019 at 15:21 by combo52 (Beltsville,Md)        
Suds Backing Out Stand-Pipes With SQ TL Washers

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We have had at least 20+ complaints of this out of the nearly 1000 of these washers we sold and installed, the fast spin speed and motor operated pump whips up a lot of foam.


It also has something to do with the houses drain system as the great majority of installations do not have this issue.


I would suggest sealing the drain hose into your drain pipe, this will stop any dripping etc.


John L.

Post# 1020377 , Reply# 25   1/6/2019 at 18:43 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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pilling is more of a fabric construction issue, enhanced by machines with an agitator....

possible chances of reduction, if possible, turn items inside out, dont overload, gentler speed agitation, if more detergent contact time is needed for heavily soiled clothing, add a soak, or pause the machine manually....

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