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hi 
i have a ew1200i electrolux washing machine. it is at lest 10 years old . it has a hot and cold valve . when i put a hot water wash on 95 degree it hums 
for 10 mins then water starts to enter the machine. if i empty the machine and put it on again the water starts to enter
after 2 mins.  i also removed flow restrictor from the hot solenoid valve

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Hello wdc. If this fault only occurs on the hot wash (which should be a hot fill only) then it might be the hot water valve or hot water supply. Turn off the hot tap and take off the hot fill hose, then turn the water on whilst aiming the hose into the sink or a bucket to check the water flow of the hot water. Sometimes the taps can clog up - especially if by any chance it is one of those self-plumbing tabs which were rubbish.

If the hot water flows well enough so that you'd expect it should be adequate then the water valve could be faulty. I expect you would have noticed if the valve filter was clogged when you tried removing the flow restrictor. 

One way to check if it's water supply of valve related is to temporarily swap over the hot and cold fill hoses so the cold is connected to the hot valve and hot to cold. If the washer fills up fine on hot wash then it's clearly the hot water supply not having enough pressure.

You can use a hot and cold fill washing machine with just a cold supply if you follow these instructions and buy a y-piece connector - Washing machine is a hot and cold fill, but I only have a cold water supply and I would recommend considering this workaround because your next washing machine will be cold fill only anyway as they all are now.

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hi Andy

thanks for the quick reply

i have found the problem .   the flat has bad water pressure so it has a water pump install in it.    so when i turn on the the hot tap in the kitchen sink the water pump kicks in and washing machine starts to fill straight away

swap over the hot and cold fill hoses made no differance because i think it is the pump.

so if i want a hot wash . i put on the hot tap on in the kitchen.     the whole thing seems daft 

any suggestions

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Do you mean that when the washing machine tries to draw in hot water it doesn't fire up the pump so there isn't enough hot water pressure but if you turn on the hot tap at the sink that does fire it up and once running the washer can fill with hot water?

 

If so, apart from having to manually do that as a workaround I would suggest you buy a y-piece as mentioned in the article I linked to and run the washing machine on cold water only. It will work just fine, and may even wash laundry better but would just take longer on a hot wash. On all other washes it shouldn't make much difference.

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