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Natural gas – We call it ‘town’ gas. This is what most gas appliances are set up to use from the factory, as opposed to ‘bottled’, or ‘LP’, manufactured gas.

Neutral drain – Early Whirlpool direct-drive washers went directly into spin with a full load of water and laundry. This proved hard on clutches and other drive components, so the gearcase design was changed to incorporate the ND mechanism inside. The idea is to drain most of the water out before spin occurs. Overall this has been an improvement, but in cooler installations – cellars, etc – one of these will still go straight into spin. To go from ND into spin, a short pause is built into the timer, which trips the mechanism into spin. 10-12 seconds of agitate resets it into ND.

Nuisance trip (circuit breaker) – No, this isn’t one of those midnight drives to the supermarket when your wife’s expecting. We refer to this term when, for no apparent reason, a circuit breaker occasionally trips.

Nutation – Whirlpool coined this term for the unique ‘wobbling’ agitation action used in their ‘Calypso’ top-load washers.

Nutator - A perforated plate in the bottom of the tub, that ‘wobbles’ to provide wash action with very little water, in Whirlpool ‘Calypso’ top load washers.

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