forching a cold wash in clothes washer (possible?)

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forching a cold wash in clothes washer (possible?)

Post: # 221515Post anninireland
Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:51 am

Hi there,
I need some help from any clever diy-ers out there. :wave:
I live in a flat and the clothes washer has only 40, 60, 90 degree wash cycle choices. I want to be able to wash in cold water, but the machine doesn't offer the choice.
Is there a way to get the machine to do this? It's my understanding that the water is heated within the machine, so can I disable the heater somehow?
Any ideas?
Thanks! :sunny:
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Re: forching a cold wash in clothes washer (possible?)

Post: # 221517Post Odsox
Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:20 am

Sorry, can't really help.
But I don't think just disconnecting the heater element would work as I would expect there is a thermostat in there somewhere to "tell" the machine when it's at the selected temperature.
If that's the case, it will just sit there waiting (forever) to reach it's working temperature.

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Re: forching a cold wash in clothes washer (possible?)

Post: # 221526Post oldjerry
Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:25 pm

Possible with an old style twin tub though if I recall .(any one under 70 refer to thickypaedia).

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Re: forching a cold wash in clothes washer (possible?)

Post: # 221555Post greenorelse
Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:03 pm

That is so annoying anninireland. Grrrr. Does it have a delicates wash? That's often the coolest.
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Re: forching a cold wash in clothes washer (possible?)

Post: # 221560Post Jacqui S
Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:47 pm

How about experimenting with using only the rinse and/or prewash cycles, if the machine will let you?

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Re: forching a cold wash in clothes washer (possible?)

Post: # 221698Post happy place
Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:38 pm

depending on the machine some machines have a hot and acold water feed so rather than heating the water to the required temp it takes your loverly hot water you have payed a foutune to heat and adds cold water to it to reduce the temp :? :dontknow: . i believe with this sort of machine turning the hot feed of makes it work with cold water only but you may need to click it through the cycles manualy (this type of machine tends to be of the older type but not quite twin tub age :lol: )
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