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Sita Chokkalingam
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Washing machine & tankless water heater... advice please!
by Sita Chokkalingam on November 16th, 2014

Hi Neighbors, we need some advice about washing machines with tankless water heaters (we are looking to buy a washer). Have any of you had an issue with running a warm/hot cycle in a front-loading HE washer with a tankless water heater in the house? We have come across some forums suggesting that an HE machine has a hard time successfully running a warm or hot wash cycle with a tankless heater, b/c the bursts of water it sends into the drum are too short to activate the water heater. Any insight into whether this is still a problem for most machines (info we found is ~2 years old), or whether certain brands are better at working with a tankless heater? I will have a need for doing regular hot wash loads.

thank you,
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mary Bowen
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Washing machine & tankless water heater... advice please!
by mary Bowen on November 17th, 2014

I have not considered the lack of hot water as one of the problems with my front loader until you mentioned it here. It makes sense though. I have not had a good time with this machine from the beginning. It may use less water in the actual cycle, but I have never been happy with the level of "clean" it offers. Additionally, it has to be cleaned out (or wiped out inside all the little nooks and crannies) after EACH wash AND then sent through a "clean machine" cycle with an additional cleaner every week or so (they claim you should do this once a month). Some times I will have to wash things twice! I think that the old timey top loaders are less labor intensive, cleaned my clothes with out leaving black soap residue marks AND were easier on the back. If these machines were airplanes, they would be grounded. Maybe it is the water not being hot enough??? Maybe loading from the side and not the top doesn't use the one element that is free and sustainable, GRAVITY. Sorry if this is TMI.
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Washing machine & tankless water heater... advice please!
by henningspruth on November 17th, 2014

Slightly off topic (my water heater has a tank), but the last time I had my front loader (Kenmore, 6 years old) looked at, the service guy said I was using too much detergent. About 1/4 measuring cup (liquid HE detergent) seems to suffice. Maybe that causes your soap marks, Mary?

Also, I never wiped the inside of the machine. I make sure there is no standing water in the rubber fitting, and usually leave the door ajar to prevent mold - that's it.

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Washing machine & tankless water heater... advice please!
by sharon cynthia on February 5th, 2019

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