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Question about Maytag Suds Saver use
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Post# 1076127   6/7/2020 at 00:55 (1,024 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

The instructions in the manual for the sudsaver machine are very brief. My question is as the clothes are added is it necessary to push them under the water? Is a "washing stick" necessary to get them under water or will just the Gyrator action be sufficient to pull them under if they are dropped into the machine and then the lid closed to begin washing action?

Has anyone ever tried putting the clothes in before returning the wash water? Anything to report?

Thank you.

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Post# 1076131 , Reply# 1   6/7/2020 at 01:07 (1,024 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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We had a MOL 62’ Whirlpool with a suds saver and Mom always loaded the next load before returning the saved sudsy water to the washer from the laundry tub it was being held in and the washer added any additional water necessary to the level set on the controls.


But that being said, when you use a wringer washer you add the clothes the the already water filled tub with the agitator running and it pulls the clothes under the water without having to push them in, so I imagine that a Maytag automatic with a sud saver and a Gyrator would work the same way.



Post# 1076158 , Reply# 2   6/7/2020 at 06:52 (1,024 days old) by RE563 (Fort Worth, Texas)        
Yes it does work the same way

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My Mom has a Maytag A512 With suds Savor. What she does do is she puts a paint stir stick in to hold the lid switch in so the washer well run with the lid open. After the water reaches the small load level (appox.) she will start adding clothes slowly. By the time it has completed pumping all the water back in from the tub, the load is in and she then will set it to the desired wash time and will add any water if needed.

Hope this helps.

Post# 1076172 , Reply# 3   6/7/2020 at 09:23 (1,024 days old) by e2l-arry (LAKEWOOD COLORADO)        

We had a Kenmore and later a Maytag Highlander with suds return. On both machines my Mom loaded the washer with the next load then started the machine. The Kenmore was from the early 50's before the safety lid switch so you could have loaded the clothes after the wash cycle started. The Maytag lid switch made it impossible (not likely) to do. But having discovered the clothespin trick to bypass the lid switch I watched many full loads start out fully loaded with dry clothes and watched as the wash water returned to the tub as it was designed to do. There was never an issue with the clothes getting pulled down into the washer and once full the wash turnover action was immediate.

Post# 1076193 , Reply# 4   6/7/2020 at 12:41 (1,024 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thank you all.

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