My first question is about wash temperatures. I was told by SQ that the cold wash option uses only cold water, and that the warm wash uses a combination of both warm and hot water, depending on the fill step. What about the hot option? Does the hot setting use *only* hot water for each fill step, or does it use a combination of hot and warm?
My second question includes the washers mentioned above, as well as the ST0300DRG dryer (30-pound stack-type)--Speed Queen told me that they consider the useful life of the washers I mentioned above and this dryer to be seven years. If you have experience with these machines, would you say that is a reasonable estimate, or is it much longer or much shorter with typical use? Are there any known issues or problems with these machines?
I find that hard mount washers generally become obsolete before they become irrepairable.
For example: I have 10 Dexter T300 that are probably 13 years old now. Over the years, I've replaced motor bearings on about 6 of them, 1 needed main bearings, I've replaced all of the soap dispensers and front decals, tightened door hinges and replaced a few drain and inlet valves. These washers are in perfect running condition and they look almost like new. However, their display feature (coin countdown only) is inadequate by today's standards so I should replace these washers within two years.
Each time a washer fills with water, we call that a "bath". Each cycle has several baths - one for the wash and 2 or 3 for the rinses. On your washers, if Hot is selected, the wash bath would be hot water only and the rinse baths would be cold water only. If Warm is selected, the wash bath would be a mixture of hot and cold water together and the rinse baths would be cold water only. If Cold is selected, the wash bath and all rinse baths would be cold water only. These fills take place through a large fill hose at the rear of the tub.
Now, it is likely that the water flowing through the soap dispenser is hot even if a Cold cycle is selected. This is because hot water disolves powder detergent better. This small amount of hot water will not substantially change the overall temperature of the bath in process.
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