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#1 davemcsjr

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

Venerable Amana LWD37AW has started to leave brown stains on our clothes. I'm thinking it's NOT grease..but rather scrud as we use Dreft/liquid ALL and cold water nearly all the time!

 

I can't seem to suss out how to access the inner tub for removal and cleaning. I've looked at some generic YouTube vids but to cabinet top doesnt seen to allow any way to flip it up to get to the tubs.

 

Any advice would be appreciated!

 

PS given that liquid detergent is a major cause of this buildup..what is preferred?  Powdered detergents??


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:24 PM

try some affresh tablets that will clean it up



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:55 PM

Hot water, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and bleach. 

 

Fill on highest setting with hot water, then add a bucket full of hot water to get the crud ring under water. Put a full cup of cascade and bleach and let it wash for several minutes. Then shut it off and let it soak for several hours. Then start it up and let it finish the cycle. If it drains into a sink, take a look at all the junk that comes out. You can do this as often as needed.

 

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:16 AM

Thank you folks, I shall give each a whirl.  Since I have the cascade and bleach on hand..that will go first. Then Affresh as phase two..and maybe as monthly maintainance. Either is considerably easier than dissasembly!

 

How high can I safely fill the tub to get to the "high and dry" crud levels? 



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:12 PM

Follow up...

 

I'm starting to think it's not a buildup issue. Ran cycles of bleach, vinegar and Affresh and each time the little lines of grease are on the bottom of the inner tub. Since the tub is spinning, it only seems correct to assume they are emanating out from under the agitator rather than oozing in through the inner tub holes.

Is there a bearing or some fitting under the agitator that may have failed, spilliing its grease into and onto my laundry?



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:13 PM

Remove agitator and clean underneath it.


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

Is my agitator bolted on or on a splined fitting?

 The fabric softener reservoir pops right off, revealing a secondary chamber below..this does not appear to be removable and pulling up on the AG did not free it either.



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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

there should be a 7/16th bolt in the center. After you get that out you have to pull hard to get it off the spline. I've found a cursing helps when pulling it off the spline.

 

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you could run the processes suggested above till it gets clean


Edited by tpoindexter, 15 February 2013 - 09:35 AM.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

NO.  This is an old school Amana washer. The agitator is pushed on the drive bell. It is NOT bolted on.  You might need a strap under the agitator or a tool called the AGITAMER to lift it up.

 

http://www.whirlpool...previousPage=12


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 05:25 PM

These old school Amana washers were also notorious for the transmissions leaking oil at the shaft seal.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:14 PM

I think Scott has it right with the oil leak...if so I would cut and run. Unless you're game for a big expensive rebuild.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

I was leaning towards cutting and running. This was not a repair I was comfortable attempting myself and The seal kit at my cost was $100..once the installer marked it up and added labor, I may as well replace it!

 

 After poring over the site we were going to go with an LG 4870cw UNTIL...I started looking into Speed Queen...great reviews..made in the USA (a big plus for this Union family) and about the same cost! So we are off the the local appliance store and price one out

 

Thanks much guys..your assistance is always appreciated



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Posted 19 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

Funny how things seem to come around again...The Circle of Wash I guess!

As I looked into the history of our Amana (by way of Raytheon) it turns out that Raytheon's "commercial" division was..Speed Queen!

Now here I am 15+ years later..replcing our inherited Ray-mana's with their distant cousins! 

 

They do look similar in style and the controls panels are close..but by all accounts the SQ's are built to last..//






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