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Washing machines and dryers are used to first wash and then dry clothing, towels, sheets and other fabric household items. Questions about washing machines and dryers can be directed here.

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Where is the orifice locating on gas dryers?

why take about 1min & 30sec to get burn between igniter & gas work, burn about 30sec then going off another 1min & 30sec cooling down

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How much is your washing machine and dryer worth?

How much is a four year old dryer worth? It is a GE extra large capacity with 5 cycles.

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How do you install a dry well for washing machine?

A drywell is a hole in the ground filled with crushed stone that helps store and distribute the discharge of a washing machine underground.

In many jurisdictions it is unlawful and a washing machine must be tied into a sewer system if one is available. A drywell is a much better method if the structure uses a septic tank because the disharge from the washer will overload the septic tank.

There is no set method for installing a drywell unless a standard is adopted by ordinance. A typical size for a single family residence would be about 2 feet by 2 feet, and about 3 feet deep. This provides about 24 square feet of soil that can soak up the water.

The drywell designed above will hold about 50 gallons of water. A more accurate method of calculating the size needed could be performed if the amount of water used per cycle and the frequency of use is known. The permeability of the soil would also be a factor.

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Does felt fall apart in the washing machine?

Felt made of acrylic fibers WILL fall apart when washed by machine.

Felt made of wool is actually CREATED by machine washing and drying woven wool fabric.

I haven't any experience washing felt made of polyester. Why don't your throw a small piece in with a load of like-colored laundry and test it yourself?

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How do you machine wash a vinyl tablecloth?

It is safe to machine wash a vinyl tablecloth, just make sure you follow the instructions on the tag. Do not wash with any other item and choose the gentle cycle. Usually a small amount of soap and cool water will do the trick. I use this method for vinyl shower curtains as well.

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How far apart should you place washer pits?

. The official distance, from cup centers, is 25 feet (7.62 meters). Shorter or greater distances are occasionally used but are not certified for official competition

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How do you open up a washing machine to make repairs?

You can either flip it upside down or take the back off, depending on the model. OR

Unplug the machine (preferably after you drain it)

On most 80's - 00's washing machines there are two clips under the control panel. You need to take off the end caps of the control panel (top of the machine where the dials are) if there are any, and then you will see two screws in the lower corners. Remove these screws and flip the control panel up and hold it there. Be careful as the hinges are delicate (i.e. cheap). Using a flat tip screwdriver, insert the tip into the hole you will see both on the right and left and it should catch on the little vee of the roller coaster looking clip. Rock the driver rearward (tip moving forward) and the clips should come right out. Pay attention to how they are situated before you remove them. When you are putting the machine back together, they just push back into the hole. Then make sure any hoses that need be disconnected are. Usually on the left side is sliding pieces of plastic and under there are the soap dispenser type hoses. Unclip them - remembering which goes where and tilt the entire machine cover away from the washer.

While it's all and good to try and help someone with your knowledge of appliances, it is also wise not to give advice to a layperson who it seems to have no or little experience with major appliances and could be getting himself in way over his head. As a person who has had many years experience I would tell the person asking for advice if he is prepared to buy a new appliance, since a factory trained technician would never get involved in this; because a lot of machines have a variety of spacers between transmissions and clutches . I'd fit the machine if it is lying halfway across the basement floor my stock question was "did the burglar vandalize anything else in your home after he did this to you washer". If a technician involves him or herself in the repair of such a common enough setting he could spend a long period of time going on

call-backs.

Washers up until the last few years are fairly easy to service. The Top will flip up . Use a Wonder Bar and pry up the front corners until it unsnaps. Use a cloth or rag under the Wonder Bar so it doesn't damage the porcelain surface. Once you have done that, you can see the water mixing valve and the drum safety switch. If you need to get at the motor and transmission, take the back off. You may have to tip the washer forward to check the transmission, belt and motor. Make sure that the washer is UNPLUGGED at all times and the water supply is turned off.

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What is the average load capacity for washing machines?

18 pounds dry weight.

The average load capacity for washing machines is typically 18 pounds dry weight.

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Why is your dryer blowing only cool air?

I was having the same problem, and it turned out that the dryer was overheating and shutting itself off. The problem was that the exaust hose in the back was getting blocked. In my case, it blows up and out of the roof. The exaust on the roof had a screen cover that was collecting lint. Check the path for your exaust hose. Hair dryers have a small temperature controlled fuse. If the hair dryer heats up too much, the fuse opens up and prevents a fire. Covering the air inlet, or clogging can cause the heat to increase too much. While you could get the fuse replaced, hair dryers are so inexpensive that it makes them uneconomical to repair. If you are talking about clothes dryer, the problem may also be in the elecrical connections. Since dryers draw a lot of current (somewhere around 20A) they can cause connections to heat up and become resistive. Also, while the heater element in the dryer runs off 220V, the motor usually runs off 110. So, if a phase has opened up, the heater could be getting no power, while the motor is getting power from the other phase and the neutral. Or it may be that a connection on the dryer has gone bad, or that the heater simply burned out. If you can look at the dryer wiring and know what you are looking at, check it out with a multimeter. (For the love of fat kids and chocolate unplug it first!!) Dryers arn't that complex of machines.

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What is the purpose of a hair dryer holder?

Often times when people put down their hair dryers, the area they place them in is wet. A hair dryer holder makes it so that your electrical hair dryer does not get water in it and electrocute the person or short circuit your wall outlet.

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What is my Kenmore dryer model?

You probably mean WHAT is my Kenmore dryer model. If so, you Kenmore Dryer model number can be found behind the dryer door. Open it and look around for a label containing the model number and serial number around the opening. If you decide to service you Kenmore dryer make sure to have this model number handy when you try to search for the service manual. You can check the manufacturer's web site, Kenmore.com or a third party resource, such as http://www.allrepairmanuals.com/Kenmore-dryer.htm

the service manuals are published by the manufacturer and come in PDF format.

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How do you get the washing machines on the Sims 3?

well you have to buy it on the sims 3 store OR you can find them with the sims 3 ambitions because it comes with it.

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How do you fix an older Kitchen Aid washing machine that only spins and won't start or fill with water in any other cycle. It stopped running when it was full of water and ready to spin?

There are a few possible reasons this would occur: - The lid switch is not working properly. - A faulty solenoid relay is not shifting the transmission into the spin cycle. - The timer which controls the solenoid relay is faulty. - The transmission itself is faulty. In rare instances with belt-driven machines, a loose/worn belt will work in the agitation (wash) cycle but be too weak to spin the tub in the spin cycle. A burning rubber smell in your washroom would be a sign that the belt is slipping and needs to be replaced.

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How do you change the belt on a clothes dryer?

I've done this but you must have a resource to parts appropriate for your machine, along with diagrams. There is no way to respond with exact instructions for you in this forum but this task can be accomplished with simple household tools. The best advice is to disassemble the components, making notes about the sequence, and only after getting manufacturer's information. You replace the belt and reassemble. Above all, be reasonable in your expectations of your own ability to avoid frustration. Study the problem and proposed solutions thoroughly and be prepared for venturing into the unknown.

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What washing machines are American made?

So far I have found only one company. Staber!

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How do you add a washing machine to your condo next to the bathroom?

The easiest way to do this, is to tie into the drain below the lavatory piping as it connects to the vertical pipes in the wall.Cut in the tee for the washer below the tee for the lavatory.Run the 1 1/2" or 2" pipe horisontaly to the washer location,and add a p-trap of the same size.If the p-trap is inside the wall, you will need a solid or glued trap,and if outside the wall it is fine to use a union trap.From the trap, bring the stand pipe up to 40" off the floor,for the washer drain hose.The proper slope of the pipe from the tee fitting to the trap is 1/4" per foot up to the trap, and the maximum length of a 1 1/2" pipe is 6 feet.The maximum length of a 2" pipe is 8 feet.

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What is the capacity of a Maytag Model A712 washer?

The Washer Tub cubic ft volume measures about 2.9 cu ft. ...

Derived from the math and the measurements ...

Pi x (diameter/2) x (diameter/2) x height.

(3.1415926 x (10)) x (10) x 16.

5,026 X 0.000578703704 (1 cubic inches = 0.000578703704 cubic feet)

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What year was Maytag washer model A612 made?

I have one purchased in 1987.

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Can you run a new 30A dryer on a 50A receptacle and breaker by using the old 50A dryer's cord?

A home circuit for a clothes dryer is 30 amps. This means that the breaker feeding the circuit must be rated at 30 amps. A # 10 copper conductor with an insulation factor of 90 degrees C is rated at 30 amps.

So to answer the first part of your question about the breaker the answer is no, the breaker must be changed to a 30 amp breaker.


The receptacle configuration of the 50 amp receptacle will not fit the four pin cord that comes complete with a new dryer. So the 50 amp receptacle can not be used.


If the 50 amp circuit is in a older home then the feeder cable might not have enough conductors in it. New dryer cable requires three current carrying conductors with a ground conductor also in the cable set. If the existing cable has three current carrying conductors and a ground then it can be used. The cable could be a # 6 depending on what was plugged into the old 50 amp receptacle.


Older set ups grounded the neutral conductor of the cable set to the frame of the dryer there by using the neutral return conductor as a ground conductor.


The electrical code has changed and this is not allowed any more and states that the ground wire has to be a separate conductor and it connects the frame of the dryer directly to the ground bus on the electrical distribution panelboard. Hence the new four pin plug that comes with every new dryer and the need of a new four pin wall receptacle.

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Why is a washer called a washer?

The origin of the word is unknown; the first recorded use of the word was in 1346, however the first time its definition was recorded was in 1611

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Why would a washing machine start to overflow for 1 or 2 seconds before it drains?

make sure your drain hose is not covering the whole circumference of your drain pipe or you wont get good ventalation. Option 2 vent pipe in wall could be slightly plugged.

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How much might you get if you sell your washing machine for scrap metal?

It depends where you live and what the market for scrap metal is like there.

If you ask a scrap metal merchant to come and fetch it you may get nothing in cash but you would save yourself the time and the cost of taking it to a scrap yard, or paying someone else to take it for you.

Don't forget the scrapped washing machine won't just be tossed straight into a big white-hot cauldron to be melted! That could be done, but it isn't sensible to that, any more than it is sensible to bury it in the ground. Doing either of those things would just be a waste of some valuable scrap materials.

The valuable parts are mainly metals like the copper in the motor windings and the electric wiring, the stainless steel wash drum and any aluminum that is sometimes used in motors, pulley wheels, internal frames/support brackets, etc . Those metals are much more valuable than the painted steel used for the casing.

The scrap merchant has to pay someone to strip out the valuable stuff before the rest is sent away to be crushed and melted down - just like like the body of a scrapped car - which is why you would be lucky to get any money for your old washing machine.

However, as said at the beginning here, the answer to your question really depends on where you live and what the market for scrap metal is like there - so you would be wise to call a local scrap metal merchant to ask this question!

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As noted it depends on where you live, most salvage yards will probably want to charge you a fee for taking it off your hands. Most appliance dealers will cart your old machine away if you purchase a new one from them, they in turn will stockpile a few of them and take them to a scrap metal yard where they will just drop them off. If you want to go through the process of striping all the useful parts off a washing machine you might do well to know what was wrong with the old one and salvage the good parts. A person such as myself who repaired appliances for many years would just strip the wire off a machine to replace burnt wires on a customer's machine any other parts I would not be interested in because I would have to guarantee it for one year. What you could do is have a trade school use it for educating the repairmen and women of the future.

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What is the cost for a washer and dryer hookup installed?

The place you buy if from may do it for free, if new, or charge a small fee of $50-100.oo or less. If you hire a handy man that could vary. Both appliances come with directions how to hook up. The washer is easier than the dryer. You have a hot and cold line that connects from the washer to the spickets behind the washer, they are marked on the hoses. There is another hose that goes in the back of the washer that goes to the same spot that drains the water out on the spin cycle and a plug. On the dryer there is a plug and the vent hose that goes from the back of the dryer to the vent hole in the floor or wall. Takes less than an hour to do both. This is IF you have hook-ups already in place for a washer and dryer. If not, the costs are going to be a lot more significant. The cost depends on where you are putting the washer and dryer. If plumbing and electrical lines are close by it might run you about $400-500 for everything. (water lines to the washer, drain for the washer, electrical to the dryer and vent for dryer) However, it can be several hundred dollars more if you need to run plumbing and electrical lines significant distances (20 ft or more). To make it the cheapest possible, pick a location where water lines and an electrical box are less than 10 ft away. Also, if you do it yourself, you can save a lot of money and might only spend $100-200 in materials.

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How many washing machines are per person?

3 washing machines

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How old are the washer ghw9200lq and dryer gel9200lqo whirlpool?

We bought ours in November, 2001.

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