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adjusting water level in NEW F/L's
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Post# 47810   10/25/2004 at 22:43 (7,115 days old) by gregm ()        

I guess or I hear that the only new front loader washer that you can "fudge" or "toy" with the water level to increase it is the Frigidaire. You cannot with the Maytags or Duets or LG's. Has anyone else had any experience with trying to increase water intake on a front loader ??

Post# 47819 , Reply# 1   10/25/2004 at 23:41 (7,115 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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I'd be very leary of adjusting the water level beyond the factory setting on any front loader. Every thing was designed to give performance with certian water levels. Change the water levels and many other things may change also. Also by opening the washer and tampering with settings without permission can invalidate any warranty. It is one thing if a factory certifed tech comes to your home and determines the washer is not taking on the required amount of water and adjusts the settings. It is another matter all together if you take it upon yourself to do this.

The Frigidaire change involved adjusting the fill pressure switch, IIRC and was not something one would find in the user's manual. Rather someone came upon it and posted his findings on THS.


Post# 47870 , Reply# 2   10/26/2004 at 18:05 (7,114 days old) by lavamat_jon (UK)        
Deep Level Rinses

Miele and some AEG machines have options where you can increase the amount of water used for the wash and rinses, for washing heavier loads. And yes, friends of the Earth shoot me, high level water in rinses is better than the low water rinses used in frontloaders today which simply dont rinse *as* well. With the Sensitive option on my AEG, it combines high speed interim spins and deep (half full) rinses and it gives the ultimate rinsing result - the water is clear by rinse 3 of 5, whereas when I have used low level rinses on most frontloaders, there have still been remnants of suds in the final rinse.

I'm not sure if you've noticed this, but all commercial laundries, which strive to perfection as far as washing AND rinsing is concerned, use deep level rinses, and dilutes the suds much much better. Not to mention it aids in quicker rinsing, as speed is crucial in a commercial laundry. Watch any commercial launderette frontloader, and you'll see that by the 3rd deep rinse, even with slow interim spins, the water is almost always clear.

Take care guys,


Post# 49902 , Reply# 3   11/26/2004 at 00:06 (7,084 days old) by SactoTeddyBear ()        
Re: Adjusting Water Level:

I've got the "LG" Compact Combo that I bought earlier this year and I just found out from "Bendix5" as well about not being able to adjust the Water Levels on them either.

I thought that I was going to be smart and changed my Fabric Selection for Perm-Press to fill for the Wash, then I turned off the Machine to reset to the Cotton's, thinking I would increase the Water Level for a Load of Whites. When I reset to the Cotton Cycle, it started out Pumping out some of the Water. I remembering Todd Cox mentioning some time ago about not liking the lower Water Level on the Cotton Cycle of their Full-size "LG" Washer, but mine certainly seems to do a real good job at cleaning everything. I haven't as of yet tried to Wash a load of Full-Size Sheets and Pillow Cases, even though I'm not really worried about Wrinkling, I'm wondering about the size of the Load, about possibly taking a longer time to complete the full Wash/Dry Cycling and the Cool-Down. As it is, it takes up to about 5 1/2 hours to complete a full-cycle, so when I go to Bed, I start the Machine and it is just finishing the Cool-Down in the Morning, when I get up, realizing that I've set my Radio to wake me in about the length of time as mentioned so the Laundry won't stay too long stationary, considering what the Load consists of. I've also had a professional Dolly with Locking Wheels made for it and I've bought the Dishwasher Coupler to operate it at my Kitchen Sink, like a Portable Dishwasher and I put a Nylon Stocking on the end of the Drain Hose, to collect the Lint, so it doesn't go down the Sink Drain. "BTW" for any of you who might not know yet, the "LG" Compact Combo has a Condensor Drying, instead of Vented Drying. Thats why it takes so long to Dry especially heavy items.

Peace to all, Steve

Post# 49987 , Reply# 4   11/27/2004 at 16:50 (7,082 days old) by petebldg9 ()        
Adjusting Water Levels in FL's

I agree with Launderess. You never know what else in the machine you might be harming by cheating them into a higher water level. My Bosch has options for adding rinses, but they are not any deeper than the ones built into the cycles. Still, they do a great job.

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