In our last blog post, we discussed the meaning of your washer settings and how best to use them. These washer settings are meant to tell your washer how hard to work, which preserves the life of your washer and extends the life of your clothes as well.

Omega Force Appliance Repair is the best appliance repair company in the Twin Cities, offering superior customer service for your washer and dryer repair, refrigerator repair, and other major appliances. Continue reading to uncover which washer temperature setting you should use and when, and then contact us the next time you have a washer or dryer problem!


In general, the hotter the water is that you wash your clothes in, the cleaner they will be. However, that being said, hot water can also cause some clothes to shrink depending on the fabric they are made from. Furthermore, some colored clothing requires cold water settings so the color does not bleed out of them. However, this might leave residual dirt. Warm can be a compromise, but Omega Force Appliance Repair offers the following guidelines.

  • White clothes in general should be washed in hot water with a cold water rinse. This includes socks, underwear, and white sheets and towels. Linens in general work well washed in warm water as well.
  • Items that need to be sanitized should be washed in warm water to kill any germs or bacteria. This includes baby clothes, baby washable diapers, and sports wear.
  • Colors can be washed in warm water or cold water if they aren’t that dirty. Colors should be rinsed in cold or warm water, but not hot water.
  • Clothing that has been washed in the permanent press cycle (this means clothes that you don’t want wrinkles to form) should be washed in cold water and with a cold water rinse.
  • Delicates should always be washed in cold and rinsed in cold due to the nature of the material they are made out of. Cold water is the most gentle on clothes.

Of course, these are general guidelines. Omega Force Appliance Services recommends that you always read the label of your clothing, especially if you are in doubt, or it’s a particularly favorite clothing item that you don’t want ruined in any way, shape, or form.

When staring at your washer’s dial, you may just see something like “Hot-Cold” or “Warm-Cold.” This refers to the temperature of the wash (listed first) and then the rinse (listed second).

Using the correct washer temperature does more than just keeping your clothes clean and prolonging the life of your clothes and your washer. By choosing the temperature you need, you will be saving energy as well since your hot water heater does not have to heat up the water to wash your clothes in. Most washing machines work by heating water on demand. If you use hot water, the actual heating of the water is what uses 90% of the energy needed to execute that load. If you think about how often you wash laundry (some of us, it’s daily because of kids and pets), this could add up to hundreds of dollars every year.


Omega Force Appliance Repair loves to help you with all of your appliance repair needs. We all love to discover problems and find the solution to your appliance’s dissatisfaction, and nothing makes us happier by getting your life back on track with a repaired refrigerator, washer, cooktop, stove, and more. When you partner with us, you’ll be getting a superior appliance repair company who values our customers and truly wants to see them happy. Contact us today to get started!