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Necessary Device

Our washing machine has decided that now - while we are frantically packing and stuff - would be a good time to die. It can't advance from one part of the cycle to the next on its own - you have to go down and use the setting/timer ring to manually advance to the next part. We've been using a kitchen timer to remind us to do so.

Of course its old friend the original dryer crapped out on us several months ago and had to be replaced, so this isn't exactly a shocker. But the timing sucks.

I had no luck trying to find information online about how many minutes long each segment of a typical washer cycle is. That's kind of amazing. You'd think someone would have posted it at some point. We've been assuming about 10 minutes each for wash, spin, rinse, spin.

Sometimes it likes to surprise us: we'll go down when the timer beeps and find it's moved on to the next bit of the cycle by itself. But not usually.


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Jun. 24th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
O_o. Replacing the washer is going to be a fun task to anticipate returning home to after your trip.

Good luck coping.
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)

The Mr. is never fond of household appliance melodrama anyway ... we're more or less dealing with it!

Jun. 24th, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
FWIW, my washer allows you to set the length of the wash. The range is 14 minutes to 7 minutes, so 10 seems about right to me.
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)

Yeah, actually ours does that too, although it's 12 to 6 minutes on the normal cycle. It was the other parts of the cycle that remain a mystery. I guessed 10 for each on the basis of my fuzzy memory of how long a full cycle takes.

Jun. 24th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Have you tried searching for manuals/documentation for that particular washer rather than a "typical" number? There's such a huge range of very different types of washers, specialized wash cycles, etc. that I'd expect it would be pretty hard to extrapolate from one washer to another unless they were of very similar types...
Jun. 25th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)


... of course you're right. Model numbers are the key to the appliance universe. If pieces of my attention span weren't scattered hither, thither, and yon, I might have thought of that!

Jun. 25th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
Eh, don't feel bad, how often have you had to go hunting for info on older appliances? The ex and his cousin were both amateur mechanics who did a lot of tinkering with their cars, household appliances, old lawnmowers and TVs picked up on Freecycle, etc., and I've occasionally snagged myself older kitchen/sewing hardware that didn't come with manuals, so I've had a fair bit of practice in how best to tickle Google/manufacturer's websites to find the needed documentation. ;)
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