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A couple of questions on the Maytag Center Dial washers
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Post# 1091720   10/2/2020 at 19:59 (1,294 days old) by reactor (Oak Ridge, Tennessee-- )        

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Just our of curiosity, never having had a Maytag washing machine, did the center dial Maytag washers have a neutral drain or a spin drain?

How long was the spray rinse prior to the deep rinse, and was it continuous or pulsed (as in Whirlpool?)

Also, was the spray rinse always cold, regardless of the rinse temperature setting, or did it give a warm rinse, if the rinse temp. was set to "warm" as did the vintage GE's and Frigidaires?


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Post# 1091735 , Reply# 1   10/2/2020 at 20:58 (1,294 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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All 2 belt Maytags spin drain.

Spray rinses are continuous but vary in length for the early models. All pre 1966 models had a 30 second spray rinse except for the 702 which was 45 seconds long. 30 second spray rinses for those smaller tub models was adequate but having/using a few of those early machines, I feel 45 is ideal. Some early model 06 washers used a 45 second spray rinse like the early 806's but later switched to a full minute which is ideal for larger tubs. The early model 906 washers used the same Mallory timers from the 160/900/902 models which was a 30 second spray rinse. I feel this is below par on the larger tub models for proper rinsing. When Maytag switched to the simpler Kingston rapid advance timer in Aug of 1968, they incorporated a full 1 minute spray rinse.

Personally, I'd look into a Maytag center dial built after Jan 1969. All of those timers are guaranteed to have a full minute spray rinse and the larger tub models have a 4 level water selection (3 level button models were used on taller tub models from 1966- Nov 1968).

Maytag continued using a a full minute spray rinse up until 1993/1994 on the second gen LAT washers with a white control panel (LAT9904 model still had a full minute spray rinse). Spray rinses dwindled as the years passed on, completely disappearing towards the end of production.

Post# 1091739 , Reply# 2   10/2/2020 at 21:09 (1,294 days old) by reactor (Oak Ridge, Tennessee-- )        
good information

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Thanks, Dan. BTW, what is the model/year of the washer in the attached picture?

Post# 1091740 , Reply# 3   10/2/2020 at 21:13 (1,294 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Looks like a 308 from the late 1970's.

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Post# 1091763 , Reply# 4   10/3/2020 at 02:28 (1,294 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Dan, thanks for the useful information.  My '87 A712 doesn't seem to rinse for a full minute, so I'll need to do a time check on it. 


We had a mid-'70s A206 or 207 and as I recall, it provided a warm spray rinse when temp was set to hot.  I used to switch the temp to hot after filling in order to get maximum volume of water for the spray sequence.


The 712 only does a cold spray regardless of the temp selection, which is disappointing.


Post# 1091790 , Reply# 5   10/3/2020 at 08:10 (1,294 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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I had an A407 that was built around 1974 (I think) that always defaulted to a cold rinse on warm and cold washes.  On a hot wash, it defaulted to a warm rinse and that included the spray rinse.

Post# 1091819 , Reply# 6   10/3/2020 at 11:00 (1,294 days old) by qsd-dan (West)        

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Ralph, your 712 should do a full minute spray rinse.

Maytag locked in cold spray rinses for all cycles in 12 series machines. I wonder if preceding 810 models were programed in similar fashion? I haven't played with an 810 in 9 years and it's been over 11 years since I drug out the 712.

You should be able to wire in a toggle switch for a warm spray rinse/warm deep rinse akin to the early 142/700/702 washers Maytag produced in the 50's and 60's that had a rotary knob on the top console.


Post# 1091841 , Reply# 7   10/3/2020 at 15:57 (1,293 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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Thanks for the suggestion Dan.  I'll clock the spray sequence next time I have occasion to use the 712. 


The Neptune FL is my daily driver and the 712 is for dirty jobs where overnight soaking is in order as well as quick jobs for lightly soiled loads, or for things like throw rugs that can start to lose parts of their backing and also give FL machines balancing fits.

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