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POD 3-1-19 GE Programmed Washer for 1959
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Post# 1025944   3/1/2019 at 06:26 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

One thing I thought to be interesting about GE washers with the Suds Storage and Return System was in the use instructions. To return suds, the lever was held in the return position until the panel light went out. Once the light came back on, the switch was released to OFF or SAVE and the machine proceeded through its cycle.

Post# 1025984 , Reply# 1   3/1/2019 at 15:27 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Tom, it may have been different for the 59 model, but the 57 (and I know from some very hard-learned lessons) requires you to hold the suds switch in the 'return' position until the indicator light went on.  This meant the suds pump had moved enough water to trip a pressure switch. This bypassed the fill valves and let pump run until most of the return water was gone.  When that happened, the pressure switch kicked out and the fill valve took over until the tub was full (or you cheated and hit the Water Saver - whichever comes first...LOL)

I wish I had thought to video this, even though there are still leaks in that system.

But so help me, one day....

Post# 1026044 , Reply# 2   3/2/2019 at 08:43 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It's basically two sides of the same coin. Holding the switch provided an override to get and keep the system going. AMIRIGHT?

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