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Post# 957986   9/18/2017 at 09:26 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Is the 5500 one of the Neptune washer models that has an internal heater or not? I'm looking at buying one local to me but I have no hot water supply for it, it would have to heat cold water.

Post# 957987 , Reply# 1   9/18/2017 at 09:45 by swestoyz (Waterloo, Iowa)        

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State-side, the 5500 does not have a heater, but the 6500/7500 does.


Post# 957988 , Reply# 2   9/18/2017 at 09:47 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

Right... I don't know if the UK models differed?

Post# 957989 , Reply# 3   9/18/2017 at 10:00 by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        

As far as I know, US-specification washers run on 110V and use cold and hot water fill. The heater is designed to boost ambient hot water line temp up to a higher temp---it isn't designed to heat cold line water to say 60 C---and if it could perform this feat, it would take forever. On my modern Electrolux (2014), the heat engages if a sanitary cycle is chosen, or if there is inadequate 140 F hot water fill (say, two teenagers are in the shower and you need to run a load). In the latter case, it's still only heating from tepid or lukewarm---not from cold water line cold.

Post# 957991 , Reply# 4   9/18/2017 at 10:07 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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heater or not.....a Neptune will not operate with only cold water hook-up!...

Post# 957993 , Reply# 5   9/18/2017 at 10:15 by foraloysius (Groningen, the Netherlands)        

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I have no recollection of the 5500 being sold in Europe. Is it perhaps an Australian Neptune? The only Neptune that was sold AFAIK was the 7500. I think I remember it had a bigger heating element than the American version, but I'm not really sure.

Post# 958009 , Reply# 6   9/18/2017 at 13:29 by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

I'd need to see the machine (or at least a photo thereof) to check. The owner is American but it's a UK-wired 240v 50Hz machine, so I am told.

Post# 958021 , Reply# 7   9/18/2017 at 14:31 by Brisnat81 (Brisbane Australia)        

When I had a 7500 the heater was 1100 Watts. It had a transformer in the base to convert the 240v to 110v. It still had to hit and cold fill. Even with a 2 hour cycle it struggled to raise the water temperature.

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