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Maytag Neptune MAH5500 washer heater?
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Post# 957986   9/18/2017 at 09:26 (371 days old) 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 (371 days old) by swestoyz (Cedar Falls, 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 (371 days old) by wft2800 (Leatherhead, Surrey)        

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

Post# 957989 , Reply# 3   9/18/2017 at 10:00 (371 days old) 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 (371 days old) 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 (371 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, 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 (371 days old) 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 (371 days old) 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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