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Australian SQ front loader with built in heater
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Post# 1018445   12/18/2018 at 17:33 (180 days old) by mielerod69 (Australia)        

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Hi everyone,

Just discovered the updated SQ front loader for the AU market has a 2000 watt heater. They have listened.

Model is AFBE9BSP305AW01


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Post# 1018446 , Reply# 1   12/18/2018 at 17:44 (180 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Rod, SQ has had an international version of their front loader with onboard heater before. Also when the original domestic version was under the Amana brand name. but it's good to know they're doing it again for the markets overseas.

Gansky or Jetcone has one of the very few that survived the initial attempt at these for the U.S. market too.


Post# 1018537 , Reply# 2   12/19/2018 at 19:20 by FreshNclean (WA)        
For the United States ?

Is it possible to get a sq front loader with heater for the U S market ? Does it have to be customed?

Post# 1018557 , Reply# 3   12/19/2018 at 20:58 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
No, you cannot.

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IIRC outside early models (long since discontinued) SQ does not offer heaters on their domestic front loaders.

media.datatail.com/docs/manual/83...

www.specsserver.com/CACHE/FRWSIAU...

Note Alliance marketed this feature as hot water "boost". Meaning it was meant much like a dishwasher to take relatively hot water and bring it up to 140F. Even then SQ warned it could take between 30mins to 60mins for this to happen. Meanwhile cycle would not advance until thermostat was satisfied.

Suppose one could do a profile wash starting from cold, but given the puny heater on those SQ washers your laundry likely would be clean long before temps reached 140F.


Post# 1018560 , Reply# 4   12/19/2018 at 21:12 by Joe_in_philly (Philadelphia, PA, USA)        

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If I remember correctly, during the heating phase the SQ FL with the boosted hot water option would heat for 55 seconds, then the heater would turn off and the drum would tumble for 5 seconds. This would continue until the proper temperature was reached. Then the heater would turn off and the washer would proceed with the cycle.

Post# 1018566 , Reply# 5   12/19/2018 at 22:02 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Those early SQ washers had so many shortcomings (short and set cycles, etc....) that many didn't bother even with the added heater. Of course had we known SQ would withdraw and never offer again may have picked one up at the time.

SQ must not have sold many and or those that do have them aren't parting; rarely see the units offered for sale used or otherwise. This after trolling CL, fleaPay and the usual haunts for years now.


Post# 1018567 , Reply# 6   12/19/2018 at 22:06 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Interesting

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Looking at chart above; "Cool" would be "cold" water for most European washing machines (heating to 86F). "Cold" water (if you can find a washer with such a setting), is simply tap cold water without any heating.

Looking at various offerings in France, Germany and other European countries as of late it seems "tap cold" (20C) water has been taken off the table. All washers start at 30C/86F, in short are cold fill only.



Post# 1018570 , Reply# 7   12/19/2018 at 23:29 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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Hot is 140F?  It wouldn't benefit me at all since my water heater is set higher than that and stands a few inches from the washer.


Post# 1018969 , Reply# 8   12/24/2018 at 07:12 by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I can get 140F washes for white bath sheets in mine by running hot water to the sink beside the machine then, with an empty tub, I fill it and let it tumble for about 5 minutes to pull a lot of heat from the water. Then I drain that and shut off the machine. When the door unlocks, I load the bath sheets, pushing the door against the opening between each one to keep the heat inside. I purge the lines again to get 145F water to the machine then restart it. The infrared thermometer reads in the 140F range during wash.

The heat loss in the initial fill is such that in the winter, I only use the hot/cold setting for most all loads except dark colors, especially if there is not hot water at the machine.





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