My washing machine is about 17 years old and seems to work
Noticed that when I have it set on warm, there is almost no
mix of water coming in. My workaround has been to start it
on hot, let it fill a bit and then switch to warm.
Is this a problem for the plumber or appliance repair
person? I have used very reputable professionals of each. My
plumber does not usually charge a call out charge, but would
hate to waste his time.
Make sure the hot water valve is all the way open. Check the hoses,
sometimes they have screen washers in them that can be plugged. Hook
up a garden hose and verify that water is indeed flowing. If all that
works, and you are getting at least some hot water in, it's likely the
solenoid/valve for the hot water. They don't cost too much, if you can
DIY. Otherwise, I'd either put up with it or get a new machine, as at
17 years, I doubt it's worth the cost of a repair call. I'd bet it
would be min of $100 to fix.
Thank you all for the thoughts/suggestions. I am pretty good
at DIY, but sometimes I JUST DON'T WANT TO.
Will probably live with it for the time being, but it has
been annoying and I kept wondering who I should contact.
Don't think the machine is ready for replacement and my
appliance repair guy and I have an agreement - he will tell
me when it is no longer worth spending money on my laundry
appliances. Since I live in a fairly small town and he
depends on good reputation, have found that the majority of
tradesmen are honest and fair.
Happens to mine every two years. The machine's hot water connector
has a filter insert that can be blocked with preciptated lime
granules. Unscrew hot water hose to expose insert and rinse the
My bet is you will find a strainer on the hot water intake hose (either
where it attaches to the washer or the wall) and you will find it is partly
blocked. Normally the hot water one would be blocked first.
Note If those hoses are 17 years old, it is time to replace them. This
is a DIY job. The hardware store can sell you top quality new ones and you
will likely fix the problem and prevent a future serious leak.
simple suggestion, try swapping the hot and cold water connections at
the wall. will give you an idea if there just wasn't any water there to
start with, or that there is a problem in the machine. other than "hot"
is now cold and "cold" is now hot, you might end up with the blend you
were looking for without repairing anything.
Joseph Meehan wrote:
That makes a lot of sense and narrows down the problem
If the water is flowing properly, it could be the switch. The water flows
when valves are opened by a solenoid. Depending on the setting, either the
hot, the cold, or both are opened. It is possible that the switch is not
opening the hot valve when needed. Poor contact, broken wire, etc.
You probably realize that at 17 years you don't want to spend a bunch to fix
it but if it is working well otherwise, keep it going.
Apparently, this was enough of a problem that the manufacturers did
something about it years ago. My Sears Kenmore washer has both an
equal mix "warm water" setting and a "temperature controlled" warm
water setting that gives you more control over what you consider to be
a "warm water" wash or rinse.
Without this, when you set to "warm water wash" both solenoids open up
and you get whatever temperature results from the mix and relative
water pressures hot and cold at that location in your house. This may
not be the "warm water" you desire.
I wash only in cold (or hot for towels and underwear), always rinse in
cold, and never use the warm water setting anyway. I've never seen
the benefits of washing with warm water over cold water. It's just a
lot of wasted energy (to heat the hot water) if you ask me. Of course
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