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The 1995 Gas Whirlpool Easy-Clean 100
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Post# 1085134   8/15/2020 at 08:50 (951 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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Since I am redoing my home laundry room this is one of the four gas dryers that will be included. This and the 1975 LKM dryer will be the two most used dryers, the Gas Maytag drying center and the 1965 LKM gas Combo will get much less use.

 

I started servicing the Easy-Clean 100 last week, it was in very good condition and had nothing really wrong with it.

 

I am doing a few upgrades as I service it, these EC100s tended to be a little noisy because of the blower speed being around 3000 RPMs, the fast blower enabled the centrifugal lint separation system to work. So I took some 3M fire roofing panel [ 3/8" thick galvanized steel with very dense material with a foil on the other side ] I used a mastic and screws to attach panels of this material on the inside of both sides and the floor of the cabinet, it makes a huge difference the dryers cabinet feels and sounds like it is made from 3/4" thick really solid wood now.

 

The other big change is replacing the standard 22,000 BUT single level gas burner with a modulating 25,000 BTU direct spark ignition burner assembly which lights instantly [ this alone will shave almost one minute off the dryers drying time not having to wait for he burner to light ] An once it lights it never shuts off completely till the heat cuts off for Cool-Down part of the cycle.

 

The dryer as it came from the factory had four heat levels which are approximately 125F, 135F, 145F, 155F, The modulating burner will keep the exhaust air temperature at around 165F, I am adding a switch on the back of the console to override the factory operating thermostat if I want to use this higher 156F temperature or if I want to use the lower factory temperatures witch will just cause the gas burner to cycle completely off.

 

I did this modification to my 1975 LKM dryer 30 years ago and it has worked beautifully, 95% of the time I let it modulate at 165F and if I select delicate heat it cycles at 135F.

 

John L.


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Post# 1085143 , Reply# 1   8/15/2020 at 09:21 (951 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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One of my previous (deceased) employers and his wife have this model in electric.† The lid/latch is broken and was NLA when I checked some years ago, other than replacing the entire housing (which was available at the time at an unreasonable cost).

I noticed the dryer when I was there to fix the dogs on the matching washer.† He told me "We clean it after every load."† I explained the point of it is that cleaning after every load isn't necessary.† I don't know if they changed their habits.† The machines may have been replaced by now.


Post# 1085158 , Reply# 2   8/15/2020 at 12:38 (951 days old) by Repairguy (Danbury, Texas)        

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The master at work.

Post# 1085170 , Reply# 3   8/15/2020 at 14:00 (951 days old) by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        

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Iíve never seen one of these dryers in person or even used one but I image they must work very well and are fairly quick since the air flow isnít being restricted when the lint screen gets full towards the end of the cycle.

Since this is on the topic of Whirlpool 29Ē dryers hereís my addition to the thread


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Post# 1085217 , Reply# 4   8/15/2020 at 18:07 (950 days old) by sprog (Boston)        
Nicely Done!

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Hi John,
I love your work. I looked up the 3M fire proofing panel... this stuff is not cheap. Any alternative(s) that you would recommend? I'm working on a 1966 Lady Kenmore electric dryer. I'm interested in diminishing sound.
Chris


Post# 1085220 , Reply# 5   8/15/2020 at 18:26 (950 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
3M Fire Board

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Hi Chris, I have not run the dryer yet so I don't know how much difference it will make.

 

I found a lot of scrapes of this stuff in the dumpster at work and I am a great recycler, when I saw this stuff I figured I could it for something, but it does look expensive and you probably do not get it at Lowes.

 

About 5-6 years ago Jason and I sound proofed a FD 1-18 washer and it is absolutely amazing how quiet it is, I put so much heavy sound deadner on the front panel it weights over 30 pounds, I even put a foam seal around the lid and when you close it the machine is about silent.

 

John L.


Post# 1085222 , Reply# 6   8/15/2020 at 18:56 (950 days old) by sprog (Boston)        

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Thanks John,
I appreciate your expertise! It's nice to be able to enhance appliances to better than factory performance. I'll see if I can achieve the same with the human body in my lab. My interest lies in life extension and enhancing quality of life. Here's to making things better!


Post# 1085566 , Reply# 7   8/18/2020 at 22:35 (947 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
The 1995 Gas Whirlpool Easy-Clean 100

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I nearly finished assembling the dryer tonight and fired it up, no functional issues at all, I love it when I can just look at something and know it should work, I never even plugged this dryer in to see if it ran.

I added a lot of magnetic strips to the drum and cabinet to add extra sound damping material. I also cut a larger observation opening in the front panel and used the removable cover that WP used on their 24" compact gas dryers.†

These magnetic strips were more dumpster finds along with the 3M fire board and even the calking tubes of adhesive that I used to glue the strips to the drum, it is simply amazing how much good stuff is thrown out in this area.

John L.


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Post# 1085567 , Reply# 8   8/18/2020 at 22:37 (947 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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John, I'd love to see the larger observation opening you did.

Post# 1085648 , Reply# 9   8/19/2020 at 14:15 (947 days old) by eronie (Flushing Michigan)        

How does the easy clean system work? Never seen one.

Post# 1085724 , Reply# 10   8/19/2020 at 22:00 (946 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
The 1995 Gas Whirlpool Easy-Clean 100

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I fired up the dryer this evening and I think all the sound insulation is paying off, the dryer seems no louder than a good regular 29" WP dryer, and what a delight to use a 29" dryer again, I pulled out the gas 1975 LKM a few months ago and the 1978 WP Mark 12 gas dryer as well when I started redoing the screened porch so I have only had a 27" gas TOL Calypso gas dryer and I have never liked the 27" dryers as well, the drum is too deep and not large enough in diameter and it just not as fast.

This Easy Clean 100 is fast with the modulating burner I dryer these 10 large bath towels as the first load that were washed in the SQ FL washer, they came out completely dry and smelling great. It is keeping up with two washing machines quite well.

Hi Tony, these dryers were only built for 2 or 3 years, only this one model and no Sears version was ever built although Sears got this system in the 59, 60, and 61 LKM dryers.

It uses a the regular 29" dryer blower but it runs at almost twice the normal speed and has a centfifiacal separating chamber that spins the lint particles out of the exhaust air-stream and sends the lint particles up to a removable basket that was purported to only need cleaning ever 100 loads or so. It is somewhat like a bagless vacuum except any extremely fine particles will just be exhausted out side.

I tried to get a picture of the burner flame at full 25,000 BTUs and at about 1/3 firing rate once the exhaust temperature is about 165 F.

John L.


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Post# 1099232 , Reply# 11   12/4/2020 at 06:04 (840 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Up Date On The Easy-Clean 100 after the first 54 loads

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This dryer has been a delete to use, it is fast and the electronic dryness sensor has not missed yet, no over or under drying.

And what a delight not to clean the lint filter, it has dried 54 loads and the lint catcher is pretty full so I decided to clean it, I think WPs idea that it could go 100 loads is pretty optimistic, although I have dried at least three loads of old cleaning rags that always put off a ton of lint.

I put the lint out to compost, maybe a bird will use it for insulation for its nest.

John L.


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