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Maytag Made Speed Queen
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Post# 1160277   9/24/2022 at 06:15 (518 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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Can anyone tell me more about this washer? I know Maytag owned Goodman for a period of time, but the re-engineering looks like it was entirely done by Amana and not Maytag.

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Post# 1160281 , Reply# 1   9/24/2022 at 07:51 (518 days old) by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
I don't Think Maytag Ever Owned Goodman

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Goodman owned Amana for a number of years and built SQ style washers and dryers for residential use.


These Amana, MTs and even a few GE labeled washers and dryers were very similar to current SQs but had a variety of reliability and performance issues that Alliance built SQs have not had.


John L.

Post# 1160283 , Reply# 2   9/24/2022 at 07:54 (518 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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How did Maytag's name get on these though? And who did the engineering and marketing like the finger faucet? I like the concept, minus the reliability issues and plastic outer tub.

Post# 1160297 , Reply# 3   9/24/2022 at 10:22 (518 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Amana-tags = Goodman bought Amana in 1997.  Goodman sold Amana appliances division (not air conditioning*) to Maytag in 2002 ... which resulted in Amana-design laundry branded as Maytag.  Maytag, of course, was sold to Whirlpool in 2006.

Norge-tags = Norge/BorgWarner --> Fedders --> Magic Chef (1979) --> Maytag (1986)

*Maytag-branded HVAC is currently produced by Nortek/Nordyne.

Amana history

Norge history

Post# 1160300 , Reply# 4   9/24/2022 at 11:37 (518 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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I will re-read those! Complex history to get my mind around no doubt.

Did Amana continue to operate independently under Maytag just contracting appliances to Maytag or did Maytag reorganize Amana just copying their design?

I love Speed Queen replications like Amanas, Maytags, GEs and the like. I wish Kenmore could have done the same. Basically Speed Queen's modern design improvements but with Kenmore features like a DA, Ultra-Clean, grip knobs, ect. If GE had switched to the Speed Queen design instead I wouldn't be anywhere near upset. The Speed Queen design is not at all bad, this I know, how much better it is than what became dominant.

Post# 1160301 , Reply# 5   9/24/2022 at 11:38 (518 days old) by GELaundry4ever (Nacogdoches, TX, USA)        
strokes per minute

How many strokes per minute did they agitate?

Post# 1160302 , Reply# 6   9/24/2022 at 11:58 (518 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Amana-tags and Norge-tags were produced in the respective existing factory/facilities ... I believe in and referred to as Searcy (Arkansas) and Herrin (Illinois).

Post# 1160349 , Reply# 7   9/25/2022 at 05:40 (517 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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I believe you are correct, the service manual I found online in Appliance Junk's Google drive is labelled as "Searcy"

The tech sheet's wiring and cycle sequence is nearly 100% identical to the AWN311, AWN412, AWN542, ect. Very little has changed between what was produced in 1990 vs 2016.

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