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Post# 565375   12/27/2011 at 08:13 (4,583 days old) by dave886 (united kingdom)        

is there a away to modify your washing machine to use more water for a standard washes

Post# 565388 , Reply# 1   12/27/2011 at 10:44 (4,583 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
More Water

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I have a Hotpoint Aqualtis, on this machine there is a program for "Shirts" this is a very high level wash (like old 70s/80s) machine levels once it has finished filling i turn it off and then select say "coloureds " wash if i want high water levels on the wash.
Or I can restart the program after it has decided that it has gotten the water level it wants, when you restart a programme it automatically fills with a pre-set amount of water regardeless of any water in the tub.

Failing all that i go to my garage and use one of my old 60s/70s or 80s machines that all have excellent water levels, and are fully adjustable if wanted

this is a fot of the high level used for the end of washing and rinsing on my old Hoover A3110 1100, and as you can see it gets dirt out ;-)

Post# 565420 , Reply# 2   12/27/2011 at 14:17 (4,583 days old) by ronhic (Canberra, Australia)        
Depending on the machine....

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...what Gary suggests will work.


You may struggle if it's a Zanussi for example - turning off and then reselecting a programme after it has filled may add less than a cup and starting on a high level cycle , such as woollens and changing so say, cottons, may cause the pump to activate as it senses too much water in there....interestingly though, you can normally just add a bucket or 2 of water to a Zanussi and it'll be fine.


Sometimes you can win, but not as often as you may think.


The other option, if you are in the market for a new machine or can find a quality second hand one, would be to buy a Miele. At least with a Miele the user can programme low, medium or high level wash and rinse levels as well as the number of rinses for most/all cycles....

Post# 566281 , Reply# 3   1/1/2012 at 12:13 (4,578 days old) by dave886 (united kingdom)        

on my aqualtis the mchine will drain the water when i select the shirt cycle and move it on the cottons :(

Post# 566290 , Reply# 4   1/1/2012 at 13:03 (4,578 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
Big Brother Is Watching

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Hmm dont know then, i know on some programs the machine will pump out for a few seconds or take in a bit of water and then pump out before starting to fill again for the wash.
Are you switching off the machine before selecting the next program, If i am doing the "Shirts" trick I let it fill to just above the door rubber (rather than all the way half way up the door glass), then switch it off, switch back on and re-select "cottons" 40o, it then fills to its pre set amount of water regardless.....

Maybe your one being a later model Big Brother has gotten wise to this trick and stopped it...........crappy world in some ways :-(

Post# 566301 , Reply# 5   1/1/2012 at 14:46 (4,578 days old) by dave886 (united kingdom)        

i actually wanna get rid of my machine and get a lg or a miele :(

Post# 566478 , Reply# 6   1/2/2012 at 12:44 (4,577 days old) by electron1100 (England)        
lg or a miele

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No competition really if you can afford it buy a Miele dont be taken in by superfluous gagdets and tacky styling.

Good Luck

Post# 566507 , Reply# 7   1/2/2012 at 15:54 (4,577 days old) by paulc (Edinburgh, Scotland)        
I agree

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with Electron1100. I had an LG in our last flat and loved it but owning a Miele now I would never buy anything else. I used to think Miele were way over priced and used to wonder if the extra money was worth it. I can tell you it really is. I love my machine, the 6kg drum holds a lot more than you would think, it's quiet and wash times are reasonable. I get great results using the short option and only ever turn that off if I have a load that is very dirty. For example, I smashed a whole bottle of red wine on the kitchen floor and used white towels to mop it that instance I didn't use the short option on the 95deg cottons wash but even so it was complete in just under 2 hrs 10 mins. The cottons wash can be as little as 1 hr, depending on the load size. A full load 60deg cotton wash is done in 85mins and a 40deg minimum iron wash is done in 59 mins ( short option ). Min Iron gives good deep rinses, especially if you select water plus. You can set water plus to add extra water to both wash and rinses.

I actually got a good deal on my machine 3 yrs ago, I got it for 649 with 5yrs part and labour at John Lewis. The W1613 costs 719 at John Lewis ATM but am sure you can find good deals if you search the internet. Sorry to bang on about Miele, I know some people are not fans but to me they provide simple to use, reliable, very sturdy machines that wash superbly....and when you consider they are designed for 20yrs on "normal" use provide good value for money. I have spent a small fortune on cheaper machines only to get a few years out of them. Hope I have been of some help and apologise if I have told you things about my machine that you already know.


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