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Do u have to have hot and cold water hoses connected for machine to work.or will it work with just cold water

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Most of the front loading washers and combos have two inlets for hot and cold water which are automatically controlled according to the setting used and hence both the water inlets needs to be connected for the machine to work properly or else the machine may take more time to fill water and there is also a possibility of the machine malfunctioning. However if you don't want to use hot water you may supply cold water to the hot water inlet which will at least make sure that the machine works fine.
In case you have only one faucet for supplying water to the machine you may use a Y-connector which will allow you to connect one hose to one side of the connector and two hoses to the other side of the connector which can then be connected to the two inlets to the machine.

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