Having done heating and cooling in the past, I have had some issues with asbestos. They used to coat the old furnace pipes with it. As long as it was wet down and not airborne, you can't breath it in. That being said, I agree with old stove. I have been at this 41 years, and don't remember any asbestos in any washer in recent history. I wouldn't worry about it in the least. And I also agree, keep that machine. Good unit. I recently fixed one for a lady, the lid switch needed adjustment.