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1970's Whilpool Dishwasher


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#1 shortlid

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 11:56 AM

Ok we have a 1976 Whirlpool dishwasher that is a TANK!!  The ONLY thing that has EVER gone wrong with it in the 29 years we have had it is the inlet valve gets gummed up and will not open.  It does this every two to three years   The appliance parts place says the inlet valve is no longer avaliable but he gives me the cosest thing and I turn the braket around on it and meake it work!  

WELL, I live over 2 1/2 hours away now and when inlet valve goes down my Mom has to do dishes by hand till I can head down on the weekend and fix it. 

Shoudl I keep patching up this well built TANK, with custom rigged parts or should we bite the bullet and buy a LESS QUALITY 2005 unit??  Will any of the newer unit hold up to our hard water as well as this one?

Another guy trying to keep Mom happy! ;)

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:08 PM

Why fix (or replace) what's not broken? You won't get 30 years out of the new stuff. Guaranteed.

Here's another tip: if you install a whole-house sediment filter, you'll spare your water inlet valve all the sediment hit and make it last longer.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:11 PM

Thanks O' grand masTa for the quick response!  I am in NH as well Nashua! 

We have a Whole house filter in place, it is not sediment but LIME and IRON scale that clogs it!  A dip in CLR some times sures it but by then the valave surfaces are to mared by the scale, abd it weeps!:X

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:16 PM

Konichiwa, fellow granite stater!

If lime and scale are really that bad, then you need a water softener.

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Posted 20 September 2005 - 12:44 PM

We use to have one in the 80's but the lime and scale killed it FAST!  Should we get a larger unit? :?
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Posted 21 September 2005 - 04:01 AM

but the lime and scale killed it FAST


Don't see how that's possible-- most softeners today use a brine tank-- you just add more salt as needed!

We used to live in Minnesota, had a well, very hard water, much harder than anything here because of the limestone geology over there. Culligan came over and sized a whole-house water softener system. It had a large (55-gallon sized), brine tank and associated equipment. Never had a problem.

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Posted 22 September 2005 - 09:06 AM

It did have a brine tank but a small one.  The deposits gummed up the automatic valaves on the system.:(
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