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RCA Victor Custom 60 EDE-600
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Post# 1190272   9/19/2023 at 12:04 by dongchim (Canada)        

Hi everyone,

I inherited a RCA Victor Custom 60 EDE-600 dryer that has been with my family since my parents bought it second hand in the early 70s. I came across this forum while trying to learn more about it - very cool that there are people out there collecting vintage appliances! They don't make them like they used to.

Does anyone have more information about my specific dryer? The serial number is 540890. I found an advert from a newspaper from October 1969 where this model was being sold for $170 ($1350 in today's money), but I'm curious who the actual manufacturer was (Inglis? Whirlpool?).

I recently found the dryer to be running a bit hot, so I tested the thermostats with a heat gun and took temperatures with an IR thermometer. The low operating thermostat was opening at 200F instead of 135F, and the high was opening at 260F instead of 165F. They’re Thermodisc branded and I assume the original parts. The safety thermostat looks different from the Thermodisc ones (similar to thermostats being sold today) and it opened at its specified 245F, so it has possibly been replaced. I plan on replacing the low and high thermostats with Supco LS2-140 and LS2-175 ($7 each). They're not exactly the same but hopefully that's not an issue, as they're the only ones readily available around here.

A while back, one of the connectors at the heating element had burnt up and failed, causing the dryer to stop operating. I found that a prior repairman did not replace the connector properly (bare wire doubled over itself and tightened against the terminal), and I assume the increased resistance from a poor connection damaged the wiring. I've since replaced the connector and all has been well.

The drum belt currently has cracks all around - not sure if it's original but the belt is labeled FSP 337019 (94-1/8" long, 3 ribs, 1/4" wide). A replacement belt was difficult to source but I found a retailer that can special order a Supco LB274 belt ($14). I might pick up a spare to have on hand in case it becomes no longer available.

And a disgusting “repair” from a few years ago – the exhaust vent was stuck open and flies got in and laid eggs in the dryer exhaust. They also got past the lint trap and into the drum… Fun times.

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Post# 1190276 , Reply# 1   9/19/2023 at 13:06 by dongchim (Canada)        

I forgot to upload a photo of the wiring diagram

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Post# 1190280 , Reply# 2   9/19/2023 at 15:05 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

Dryer was manufactured by Inglis, the Whirlpool licensee in Canada.

Post# 1191311 , Reply# 3   10/5/2023 at 17:38 by dongchim (Canada)        

Dryer seems to be working fine with the Supco thermostats so far. I can hear them switching on and off as they regulate the dryer temperature.

Should there be some kind of filter on the air intake? I cleaned out a bit of dust build up at the bottom of the heating element and thought that it could benefit from a filter, although that would be another item to check and service.

I also replaced the legs with polypropylene casters for convenience. I was worried about movement during operation but it doesn't seem to be an issue so far.

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Post# 1192208 , Reply# 4   10/19/2023 at 14:16 by dongchim (Canada)        

Turns out the Supco LB274 replacement drum belt is no longer available, so I think my only choice is to try to source new old stock on eBay. Not crazy about buying a 20-30 year old rubber belt but maybe if the bag is still sealed, then the rubber degradation will be reduced. Either way, better than replacing an otherwise functioning dryer...

Post# 1192242 , Reply# 5   10/20/2023 at 01:18 by 114jwh (Vancouver)        

It looks like an old part number for the 337019 belt is 237555 according to some parts sites. It appears that Midbec in Canada may have this part available listed under 237555.

Post# 1192338 , Reply# 6   10/21/2023 at 14:52 by combo52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        
Older whirlpool dryer

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We have lots of those belts if you need one new in the packages I wouldn’t worry about it being 30 years old. If it’s sealed in the package, they normally hold up fine.

I would not try to put any type of intake filter on the heating element, anything that restricts the air might cause problems. There shouldn’t be that much dust to be pulled into the element in the first place if the dryer is properly vented outside the house.

John L

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