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Best Clothes Washing Results

Have you ever noticed how much less effective washing your hands in cold water is as compared to hot, or even slightly warm, water? The same phenomenon applies to your laundry... Always wash in the warmest water the colors in the load will tolerate, always use powdered detergent, always allow for the most water for an effective rinse. Releasing body oil, grease, and many stains from clothing is best done by warm water, soaps keep the removed oils from re-depositing on the garments, but agitation and warm water do the majority of the cleaning! If you doubt what I am saying, please notice that no Dishwasher in the world uses cold water...

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water is cold regardless of the setting

I would check the water tempeture knob with a multimeter, u did check the water outlet hoses to see u are getting hot and cold water from them? Also if ur water inlet valve is bad it may only allow cold water or only hot water?

Feb 26, 2015 | Washing Machines

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Wash machine water issues

pull the hot water hose off at the faucet and machine and check for blockage in the hot water hose,clean or replace the hose sediment screens,then hook back up to water faucet and flush hose with hot water,then check water valve on machine for a screen and clean it as well before reconnecting hot water hose

Apr 07, 2013 | GE WSM2480DWW Unitized Spacemaker Washer...

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My washer will not work. It will not fill unless the washer is on warm warm, hot warm anything but cold. Otherwise I get NO water. It will spin. But I can only get hot water. Not even warm water.

One of two things, easy one first, the cold water inlet screen on the back of the machine is clogged preventing cold water from entering,or more likely the mix valve has gone bad (the cold water solenoid) replacing the mix valve is not hard on these for a doit your selfer and the parts are less than $ 50.00

Sep 18, 2010 | Kenmore 24032\24036 Top Load Washer

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My machine is a little more than 4 years old, the clothes just aren't getting clean. I first noticed this about 3 months ago. I have tried to fix it on my end, but I really think this is a problem with the machine. There are no error codes and the pump filter is clean.

Everyone's level of what is dirty is different so I'll give a couple guesses here. Are these loads extra dirty and needing warm washing to help clean or even possibly a pre-soak to help the break down started? If so is the water actually warm? Check after it fills to see if it is mixing hot/cold water together, could be only filling with cold and reducing effective cleaning power. And even though there are sensors in some models to tell temperature of water, that doesn't mean its working :) Also some households 'cold' water is colder than average...what is your cold water temp? My prior Kenmore had an option to check temp and would add some warm with the cold to even it out.

Also, overfilling will reduce the ability to clean, maybe just have slowly over time increased amount going in (darn kids growing!)

Another possibility is grease/oil from the bearing has gotten into the casket and is polluting your water or perhaps residue from some other grimy wash that is persisting, but that doesn't sound likely since you didn't indicate that items are getting soiled, Unless you are noticing spots that weren't there when the clothes went in.

Which if you are noticing new spots...there could mold/grim in the coin trap just before the pump (it's full of water so have a towel handy if you decide to go poking in there) might need to be removed cleaned and reinstalled.

Sep 01, 2010 | GE WCVH6260FWW

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Green whites?

This often is called "lint" but is really a "whiting" left by un-dissolved soap and can be seen at it's worst on dark colored clothes. This is made worse in a colder climate where the cold water entering the washer is much colder than normal. Things that can effect the quality of the finished washed products.
Too much soap: ( we have a test for this further down the page ) If you follow the manufactures instructions on the box, then chances are you ARE using too much soap. They like to sell you their product, I find cutting usage in 1/2 of what the box says will still wash good and also cut your chances of getting "whiting" on your clothes.
Over loading the washer: Even if the agitator is suppose to go back and forth, the clothes are not. If you can hold the lid button on your washer so you can watch the clothes wash, they should 'roll" in the basket and not go back and forth like the agitator. The clothes will go down the side of the agitator, across the bottom of the basket, up the side of the basket and across the top of the water in a rolling motion. Overloading is not just too many clothes but also too little water for the size of the load is another way of having a overloaded wash load.
Water temp is important: Use a thermometer to test the temp of the incoming water in your washer. Hot water should be close to 140 degrees F. Warm water fill should be 100 degrees F. Cold water is approx 60-80 degrees F. What happens in a cold climate location is the cold water temp drops as the outside temps drops, once the water temp gets below 60 degrees F, it can no longer dissolve the soap properly and will most definitely leave "whiting" on the clothes!! Do not use a cold wash, wash your clothes in as warm as poss.  water as they can take. If you have delicates you want to wash in cold, start washer out with warm water as you are putting in the soap and fabric softener and clothes, then switch to cold to let it finish filling up, this will give you a warmer wash but not as cold as straight cold water. I find most washes can be done in a warm wash / cold rinse just fine. If you need ( and probably will ) to adjust your warm water fill, turn on the hot water tap fully, turn off the cold water tap. Let the water start to fill on a warm wash setting. Then slowly turn on the cold tap adding the cold water to the hot water making a warm fill....use a thermometer to set water temp and leave the taps stay when you get about 100 degree F water fill. I adjust my own washer usually twice a year, one on summer time and once in the dead of winter.
Test for too much soap or soap retention: Put in a load of towels or dark clothing that has been bad for the "whiting" problem. These items are bad for holding soap and getting what is called -soap retention-
Wash the load in the warmest poss. water, DO NOT add any soap. Let the washer fill with water and wash for approx. 5 minutes, lift the lid and observe what is on the top of the water. If you see soap and bubbles on top of the water, your clothes have soap retention, this soap came out of your clothes. Let the load finish with out adding any soap and wash all clothes effected with this "whiting" residue. Once all the soap is washed out of the fabric and you start to add some to each load, use about 1/2 of what the box says. Liquid soap has less problems with "whiting" than the powder does, but I find powder soap is better at getting my own personal clothes cleaner.

Mar 13, 2009 | Whirlpool Duet GHW9150P Front Load Washer

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