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Favorite washer sounds and smells
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Post# 1153172   7/3/2022 at 09:29 (661 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        

Hi everybody, what is your favorite washer sound and smell? I really enjoy the GE filter-flo at normal speed at the small setting with the ramped activator. I also enjoy the smell of the soap and softener too. I may sound crazy, but I like the smell of the gear oil it comes with. I also like the whirlpool direct drive and the high speed agitation at 180 strokes per minute at a 100 degrees arc. The whirlpool direct drive gear oil smells just like the GE filter-flo gear oil. I've smelled it while the machine was running (the whirlpool).

Post# 1153198 , Reply# 1   7/3/2022 at 12:37 (661 days old) by ryner1988 (Indianapolis)        
Whirlpool belt drives--the old style, of course

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The Whirlpool-made belt drive machines that were manufactured until the mid-80's have the most distinctive sounds to me. I remember for the first few years of my life, I heard them all over the place. By the time I was about 10 or so, most of the ones I knew about had been replaced with direct drives.

The thing I always found intriguing as a child was that it seemed like every one of those washers sounded just a tab bit different from each other. I thought maybe I was imagining it, but a Youtube search I did a few years ago confirmed that it was true. Below are two belt drive machines washing and going into neutral drain. They are both Whirlpool machines, but they definitely don't sound the same. Wonder what caused the variations.



Post# 1153199 , Reply# 2   7/3/2022 at 12:37 (661 days old) by ryner1988 (Indianapolis)        

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And here is the other one.


Post# 1153219 , Reply# 3   7/3/2022 at 14:48 (661 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
whirlpool direct drive

Here's a whirlpool direct drive.


Post# 1153262 , Reply# 4   7/3/2022 at 23:58 (660 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
whirlpool direct drive pump and transmission sounds

I really enjoy the sounds of the pump sucking in air, along with the transmission clicking during agitation. By the way, has anybody smelled the gear oil when it's running? It immediately reminded me of my GE filter-flo washer when it would operate during agitation and spin. Same with the whirlpool.

Post# 1153269 , Reply# 5   7/4/2022 at 01:24 (660 days old) by bradfordwhite (central U.S.)        

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The sound of a 70s or 80s Kenmore belt-drive sudsaver being turned on to suck the used water back into the machine:

First there's the "CLUNK" as the valve is activated, then the motor kicks in on low speed wash phase but the washer has no water in it so the washer quietly operates with the agitator going back and forth.
Slowly the wash tube starts to quietly fill with water from the bottom. Eventually the water level rises high enough that the fins of the agitator can start to move it gently around.
Then as more and more water fills it makes more splashing sound.
Then finally the suds return hose reaches the bottom of the tub and starts sucking in air and it makes a loud "slurping" noise.
Then you push the stop position on the timer and the valve makes a loud "CLUNK" noise again as it changes position.

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Post# 1153305 , Reply# 6   7/4/2022 at 12:06 (660 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
washer sounds

I will never forget the woowoo sounds along with the turbulent splashing. They didn't call it whirlpool for nothing.

Post# 1153530 , Reply# 7   7/6/2022 at 15:52 (657 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
agitation sounds

I noticed that each make and model had their own unique sounds during high agitation speed.

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