Re: Getting hot water to your washing machine
FYI, these are the standard temperatures used by clothing and detergent manufacturers when writing laundering instructions:
Hot = 120F = 50C (straight out of the water heater)
Warm = 105F = 40C (hot tub)
Cold = 85F = 30C (swimming pool)
I'll bet that's a lot warmer than you expected!
In much of the country, "cold" water is too cold and powdered detergent won't dissolve properly. Even if the detergent does dissolve, the water still isn't warm enough to emulsify the skin oils that linger in the clothes. If your washer has automatic temperature control, you should select that option to make sure you get the proper water temperature. (Of course, this doesn't help if the fill time is shorter than the time it takes to get hot water to the washer.)
Last edited by Fencepost; 12-25-2011 at 12:00 PM.
The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.