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Washer won't work unless it has 4 degree water

I now live in a country area that is very cold and don't have access to hot water so the machine takes an hour to fill 'though the water pressure is good and it stops between every cycle and i have to turn it off and on again to start it working. At least I think it may be because the water is not the correct temp.

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The mixer valve wants hot water. If you ONLY use cold - swap the solenoids electrical - so it triggers the COLD water when it thinks it is calling for HOT.

There is no thermometer - it opens the valve a certain amount to get the approximate temperature.

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