Fisher & Paykel EcoSmart - IEC 4th Addition ?'s
I've got to get a washer & dryer. I've ruled out all the front loaders because I don't have room to leave open the door and I know I'll forget to wipe it dry enough to keep the musty smell away. I also want a top loader to save time & water - yes water! We have an ofuro / Japanese style bath and I used the clean hot soaking water to start my top loader last year.
I am looking at buying a Fisher & Paykel EcoSmart 4.2 cu.ft (IEC 4th Edition), model # WA42T26GW1
I've read all the posts I could find on this site and a few others as well as the online manual for this machine but I have a few questions please if anyone w/ real world experience could help...
#1 - the salesman says the AllergyRinse means warm. From my understanding it is just a deeper cold rinse. Clarification?
#2 - On a HOT wash cycle does this machine "dumb down" the hot wash water by mixing it with cold? I get very nice 135F+ water from my tank & it always did a nice job cleaning in my old machine because HOT was HOT not Mixed.
#3 - the salesman demo'd overriding the water level and the wash/rinse temp. At one point we had it lit up to use a full fill, hot wash & warm rinse. But I can't see that in the online PDF of the manual. Is it a secret & they just not publish that you can do that? In fact I don't see any mention of "rinse temperature" in the manual at all.
#4 & this is the odd one - do you think it would confuse the machine much if water was added to it before actually starting the cycle. I use a small pump to get water from the ofuro into my old Kenmore. I assume most washing machines know they are "full" by the same method. Is this true for Fisher & Paykel? They have so many innovative parts I'd rather not be wrong.
I do see in the manual all sorts of overrides and it appears you can basically re-program most of it to be what you like.
Some messages on here advocate the AquaSmart as being more customizable but I'm not so sure I like the stubby agitator (the 3 people I know with those complain the clothes aren't so clean but then again they cannot override their water levels either - the machines are older).
Thanks for any help!