I just purchased a brand new Amana washing machine. It is a basic top
loader, with a manual temperature control (doesn't sense the
temperature of the water) It has 4 settings: cold, cool, warm, hot.
Here's the data:
incoming hot: 117 F
incoming cold: 53 F
cold setting: 53 F
cool setting 53 F
My complaint is that warm is cool and cool is cold. Seems like "cool"
is not adding any hot water to the mix at all. Is this a defective
valve, or are they just going to tell me to turn up the HW temp?
My guess is that's the way it works and the cool setting is really the
same as cold. The only way to know for sure is to call or email
A quick search and all I could find were these guidelines:
You can raise the warm temp a bit by adjusting the hot valve all the
way open and reducint the cold supply a bit. However, that also
obviously increases the fill time and will reduce the amount of water
that will spray out during the rinse/spin, where it sprays in cold
water while the tub is spinning , so I wouldn't cut it back too much.
I'd probably raise the hot water up to about 125-130, which is the min
recommended for dishwashers. I went for a model that has the
automatic temp adjustment. In cold climates, in winter the incoming
cold can down to 40s, so during the wash fill, mine will be adding hot
to bring it up.
Also, just came back from France/Italy. Over there on the machines I
used the temp setting is adjustable over about 5 steps or so and
marked in deg C.
Clothes washers are not meant to sterilize clothing. Does Feachem
actually recommend this temp for washing clothes? If you must have germ free
clothing wouldn't it be better to gas sterilize after the clothes were
washed and dried? This sounds like massive overkill to me.
That's ridiculous. Before 1970, no tech support was open more than
M-F. Before 1960, you had to pay for the phone call, and they were
much more expensive.
Like this is an emergency, because you're Goldilocks and you MUST wash
your clothes in cool water, and cold is TOOOO cold, and warm is TOOOOO
If it's an emergency, go to a laundromat or buy more clothes.
The exact temp is not critical. Most soaps work in cold water so they
will work fine in warm water of any temperature. As far as killing
pathogens in excreta, I don't think many people without diapers have
I have never had a washer installation that did not require reducing the cold
water flow to get the right warm water temp. The problem is going to be worse
with cooler hot water supply such as yours. Just start the washer with it set to
warm. After running it long enough to get full temp hot water up to the machine,
check the temp of the water coming in with your hand, and turn down the cold
supply until it's where you want it. You might want to turn up your water heater
to get a better hot temp. !17 is not very hot.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.