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Deb Gottschlich

Kenmore Elite 29002 Water Temp Issue

We had a Kenmore Elite 29002 delivered yesterday. I like to user "warmer" and "hotter" water when I wash certain items. I tried hot/cold for whites but the water was only better than luke warm for the wash. Today I am trying a load of dark tee shirts but on the warm/cold setting the tub filled with basically cold water. I paused and opened the lid to feel the water until the tub was full but never felt hot or even warm water. We adjusted the faucets to try to reduce the amount of cold water but it doesn't help. I didn't have any problem with my old washer as far as temp control. Hot was hot and warm was very warm and then I would always use a cold rinse. I read that the newer machines are regulated. Is there anything we can do to control the temps? Cold water is not acceptable for my wash loads. Thanks for your time.

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Lyle W
According to your details, it sounds like you have a problem with the electronic control board or temperature sensor in the washer since the Delicate cycle will fill properly with cold water but the normal cycle will not fill with cold water. I recommend that you have a service technician examine the washer since it is brand new. I apologize for the problems that you had with getting the first washer serviced. If you have trouble getting this problem resolved, I recommend that you submit a new question through our Manage My Life system. Submitting a new question will allow us to contact you back personally and help you get this unusual situation resolved.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
May 3rd, 2011
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I just purchased the kenmore elite top loading washer model # 796.2900. I am trying to wash on the normal cycle and adjusted to cold/cold. I opened the washer 4 minutes in and steam was coming from the water. Hoses were check and hot is hot and cold is cold. When i turned off hot water, no water came out at all!?!?!?! I switched to delicate which automatically picks cold/cold and cold came out. My washer was replaced for the same reason since one tech said it was ok (and it wasnt) and when i rescheduled the 2nd tech failed to come out. I am having the exact same issue....Any suggestions?
by Manage My Life
May 2nd, 2011
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Lyle W
The water temperatures in current models of washers are strictly regulated by the U.S. Department of Energy. The water temperatures in current washer models are much colder than previous models produced several years ago. Here are the target temperatures for the various settings in this washer:

Hot -- 100 degrees +/- 5 degrees F.

Warm -- 90 to 95 degrees +/- 5 degrees F.

Cold -- 75 to 85 degress +/- 5 degrees F.

Tap Cold -- Actual temperature of cold tap water

These are target temperatures. The actual temperature of the water inside the tub after the fill process may be lower than these target temperatures depending on your tap water temperature and water heater configuration.

I do not know of a way to defeat this water temperature system. You can approach the warm and hot target temperatures by making sure that the water heater is set to deliver 110 to 120 degree water.

The current laundry detergents have been designed to clean the garments in this colder water.

Virtually all of the new current models of washers will all have this type of water temperature controls. I am not aware of any current models that will use the higher temperatures that you are accustomed to.

I hope that this information helps even if we cannot provide a practical solution to this water temperature concern. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
April 27th, 2011
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Deb Gottschlich
Hi - It's a Kenmore Elite 29002 (number on manual says 796.2900#
by Deb Gottschlich
April 26th, 2011
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Managemylife.com is a great place to find the answers to just about anything, especially on appliances. I would suggest that you provide a little more information such as the complete model number to your Washer so your expert will be able to provide you the best possible answer. Just click on reply below and the provide the required data. Hope this helps!
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April 26th, 2011
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