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Contents
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14
2
Rinse Agent
Safety Instructions
Care and Cleaning
China, Crystal, Sterling
14
10
User Maintenance Instructions 14
Back Cover
Warmnty
Consumer Services
Cycle Features
15
5
Water Temperature
Winter Storage
Detergent, Detergent Guide
Dispenser Cups
Energy Saver Switch
Energy-Saving Tips
4
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6,7
7
4
2
Front Panel Color Change
Important Phone Numbers
14
15
Loading
Model and Serial Numbers
8,9
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Operating Instructions
Cycle Selection
4,5
4,5
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Drying Options
Problem Solver
Built-in Model GSD500
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Air Gap
Appliance Registration
GEAppliances
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Help us help you...
If you need service
Before using your
dishwasher, read this
book carefully.
Save time and monev.
Before you request “
service...
It is intended to help you operate
and maintain your new dishwasher
properly.
Check the Problem Solver (pages
11–13). It lists causes of minor
operating problems that you can
correct yourself.
Keep it handy for answers to your
questions.
To obtain a Spanish language
version of this book, call
GE Answer Centerq
If you don’t understand something
or need more help. write (include
your phone number):
800.626.2000
Consumer Affairs
GE Appliances
Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
consumer information service.
Para obtener la \ersi6n en
espailol de estc manual.
name a
GE Answer Center. <
servicio de inftwmacitin
para el consumidor.
te16fono S()().626.20()()
Write down the model and
serial numbers.
You”ll find them on a label
fmtencd to the tub wall just inside
the dishwasher door.
These numbers are a]so on the
CLJnsumer product ownership
Registration Card that came with
yoLlr dishwushcr. Before sending in
this card. please write these
numbm here:
Model Number
Serial Number
(Jw these numbers in any
uf~rl-es?>(~tl~icllce
or service calls
concerning your dishwasher.
Energy-saving tips
“ Operate (dishwasher only when
it’s full. Let the dishes LlccunlLlliue
in dishwushcr. When you put in
only a partial ]o:d. usc the RINSE
& HOLD cycle to rinse t~ff iw:]~y
soils. Be sure to IJtch the dot~r
when waiting for u tull I[wi. This
helps keep soils moist. emier to
remo\’e.
Always select the cycle that
uses iemt amount of ~vater that
~~illremove the soil from the
load. Sce pays 4 :md 5.
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If vou received a damaged
di~hwasher...
[mmediateiy contact the dealer
(or builder) that sold you [he
dishyvasher.
● [f yoLl don’t need }’our dishes
right aw’tiv. use your ENERGY
SAVER io-heat feature that turns
the dr>ing heater off :mtomaticall]’.
Dishes dry ntitur:dly oter a longer
period such M o~ernight.
To obtain service. see the
Consumer Services page in the
back of this book.
We’re proud of our ser~’ice and
want you to be pleased. If for some
reason you are not happy \vith the
service you receive. here are three
steps to follow for further help.
FIRST. contact the people ~vho
serviced your appliance. Explain
why you tire not pleased. In most
cases. this will solve the problem.
NEXT. if you are still not pleased.
write all the details—including
your phone number—to:
Manager, Consumer Relations
GE Appliances
Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
FINTALLY,if your problem is \[ill
not resolved, write:
Major Appliance Consumer
Action Pm21
20 North Wacker Dri\e
Chicago. IL 60606
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read all instructions before using this appliance.
A WARNING-When using
this appliance, always exercise
basic safety precautions,
including the following:
● Use this appliance only for its
intended purpose, as you will
find described in this Use and
Care Book.
●
~is
dishw~her
must
be properly instxdledand
located in accordance with
the Installation Instructions
before it is msed.1[ you did
not receive an Installation
Instructions sheet with your
dishwasher, you can obtain one
by calling, toll free, the GE
Answer Center? 800.626.2000.
—This appliance must be
connected to a grounded metal,
permanent wiring system; or an
equipment-grounding conductor
must be run with the circuit
conductors and connected to the
equipment-grounding terminal or
lead of the appliance.
—Connect to a properly rated.
protected and sized power-supply
circuit to avoid electrical
overload.
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t
. Do not store or use
combustible materials, gasoline
or other flammable vapors and
liquids in the vicinity of this or
any otherappliance.
Use only powder or liquid
detergents or wetting agents
recommended for use in a
dishwasher.
●
QDo not wash plastic items unless
marked “dishwasher safe” or the
equivalent.For plastic items not so
marked. check the manufacturer’s
recommendations.
Load light plastic items so they
will not become dislodged and
drop to the bottom of the “
dishwasher—they might come
into contact with the Glrod@
heating element and be damaged.
●
To minimize the possibility of
injury.
When loading items to be
washed:
A. Locate sharp items so that
they are not like~yto damage
the door seal, and
B. Load sharp knives with the
handles up to reduce the risk
of cut-type injuries.
●
Do not touch the Calrod*
heating element during or
immediately after use.
●
c Do not operate your dishwasher
unless all enclosure panels are
properly in place.
●
Do not tamper with controls.
Do not abuse, sit on, or stand on
the door or dish rack of the
dishwasher.
●
Close supervision is necessary
if this appliance is used by or
near children. Do not allow
children to play inside, on or with
this appliance or any discarded
appliance. Dispose of discarded
appliances and shipping or
packing material properly. Before
discarding a dishwasher, remo~e
the door of the washing
compartment.
●
s Keep all washing detergents
and wetting agents out of the
reach of children, preferably in
a locked cabinet. Observe all
warnings on container labels to
avoid personal injury.
. To minimize the possibility of
electric shock, disconnect this
appliance from the power supply
before attempting any
maintenance.
Note: Turning the control dial to
the OFF position does not
disconnect the appliance from the
power supply. We recommend
having a qualified technician
service your appliance.
A
WARNING-HYDROGEN
GAS is produced by the
chemical action within your
water heater. It can accumulate
in the water heater and/or water
pipes if hot water has not been
used for a period of two weeks
or longer. HYDROGEN GAS
IS EXPLOSIVE. To prevent the
possibility of damage or injury,
if you have not used hot water
for two weeks or more. or
moved into a residence in which
the hot water system may not
have been used for some time,
turn on all hot water faucets and
allow them to run for several
minutes before using any
electrical appliance which is
connected to the hot water
system. This will ailow any
hydrogen gas to escape. AIso.
since the gas is flammable, do
not smoke or use an open flume
or appliance during this process.
SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS
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How to operate your dishwasher
STEP 1. Load your dishwasher
with dishes, silverware, pots, pans,
bowls, etc. according to
instructions on pages 8 and 9.
STEP 2. Add detergent to the
detergent dispenser. Make sure the
Cycle Indicator Dial is at OFF
position before adding detergent.
(See pages 6 and 7.)
Use rinse aid agent to help prevent
spotting. (See page 6.) - STEP 3. Select
Option.
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STEP 4. Select the Cycle and start
dishwasher.
If your dishwasher drains into a ,
food waste disposer, operate the
disposer until it is empty before
starting the dishwasher. (See Cycle
selection hints on next page.)
To obtain the benefits of a
complete cycle, be careful that you
do not turn the dial any further
than necessary to start the
dishwasher.
c For NORMAL WASH cycle:
a. Latch the door.
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For LIGHT WASH cycle:
a. Be sure door is unlatched.
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b. Slowly turn Cycle Indicator Dial
to LIGHT WASH position.
c. Latch door to start the cycle.
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For RINSE & HOLD cycle:
a. Be sure door is unlatched.
b. Select ENERGY SAVER drying
option.
HEATED
DRYING
NO HEAT
DRYING
s RINSE
& HOLO
uJ=”$’op~loM~
HEATED DRYING. Turns the
drying heater on for fast drying.
ENERGY SAVER (no heat
drying). Turns the drying heater off
to save energy. Dishes will dry
naturally over a longer period such
as overnight.
If you need your dishes sooner,
open the dishwasher door after the
cycle is complete to reduce the
natural drying time.
Use of this option reduces the
electrical energy used by this
model approximately 79?0 for the
NORMAL WASH cycle.
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b. Slowly turn Cycle Indicator Dial
to ON position to start the cycle.
You will hear the motor start. There
is a time delay between start-up
and water fill so you will not hear
any wash action right away.
c. Slowly turn Cycle Indicator Dial
to RINSE & HOLD position.
d. Latch door to start the cycle.
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Cycle selection hints
.
It is important to follow the loading
instructions on pages 8 and 9.
NORMAL WASH is for loads of
everyday dishes, glasses and
cookware.
LIGHT WASH is for dishes that
are lightly soiled with soils that
have not dried on. Also for
everyday dishes that have extra
preparation before loading.
RINSE & HOLD is for rinsing
partial loads which will be washed
later. Do not use detergent.
What happens in each cycle
● During the drying period:
—The motor stops.
—Water vapor comes through the
vent by the door latch during
drying and when water is being
pumped out.
● You’11hear occasional clicking
sounds:
—Soft food disposer shredding
action.
—Drain valve opening to pump
water out,
m
—Timer control as cycle
~J2J”
progresses.
—Detergent cup opening.
Wash Cycles
Wash
Water Use Cycle Time
Minutes
Gallons
(approx.)
(approx.)
NORMAL WASH
12.1
LIGHT WASH
10.3
RINSE & HOLD
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Cycle Sequence
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Rinse
Rinse Rinse
Drying Options:
HEATED DRYING. Available on all wash cycles except RINSE& HOLD. Add 29 minutesto
wash cycle time.
ENERGY SAVER. Drying heater is turned off. Dishes dry naturally.
.
5
Good dishwashing starts
with HOT water.
To get dishes clean and dry, you
need hot water. To help you get
water of the proper temperature,
your dishwasher automatically
heats the water in the wash cycle.
For good washing and drying, the
entering water must be at least
120”F. To prevent dish damage,
inlet water should not exceed 150”F.
How to test water temperature:
Higher water temperature is “
needed to dissolve grease and
activate powder detergents. Check
Yourwater temperature with a
candy or meat thermometer. Turn
on the hot water faucet nearest the
dishwasher. Put the thermometer in
a glass and let the water run
continuously into the glass until
the temperature stops rising. If the
water temperature is below 120”F
adjust your water heater.
Helpful hints: If outside
temperatures are unusually low, or if
your water travels a long distance
from water heater to dishwasher,
you may need to set your water
heater’s thermostat up. If you have
not used hot water for some time,
the water in the pipes will be cold.
Turn on the hot water faucet at the
sink and allow it to run until the
water is hot. Then start the
dishwasher. If you’ve recently done
laundry or run hot water for
showers, give your water heater
time to recover before operating the
dishwasher.
To improve washability if the
water is less than 120”F and you
cannot adjust your water heater:
Select a longer cycle and fill both
detergent cups at least half-full
with detergent.
How to use a Rinse Agent
A rinse agent makes water flow
off dishes quicker than usual. This
lessens water spotting and makes
drying faster, too.
For best dishwashing performance,
use of a rinse agent such as JETDRY brand is recommended.
Rinse agents come in either liauid
or solid-form. Your dishwashe;’s
dispenser uses the liquid form.
HOWto fill the
rinse agent
m
dispenser.
Unscrew the cap.
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Note the FULL
line on the tip
1—
of the cap. Add the liquid rinse
agent until it just reaches the top
of the FULL line. Replace the
cap. The dispenser automatically
releases the rinse agent into the
final rinse water.
Your dishwasher’s rinse agent
container holds 472ounces. This
should last about 3 months. Fill as
needed. Do not overtlll.
If you accidentally spill: Wipe up
the rinse agent with a damp cloth.
Don’t leave the spill in the
dishwasher. It can keep your
detergent from working.
If you can’t find any rinse agent,
write:
BENCKISER CONSUMER
PRODUCTS, INC.
(“JET DRY”)
55 Federal Rd.
P.O. Box 1991
Danbury, CT. 06313-1991
How to choose and use the
right detergent.
First, use only powder or liquid
detergent specifically made for
use in dishwashers. Other types
will cause oversudsing.
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Second, check the phosphate
content. Phosphate helps prevent
hard-water materials from forming
spots or film on your dishes. If
your water is hard (7 grains or
more), your detergent has to work
harder. Detergents with a higher
phosphate level will probably work
better. If the phosphate content is
low (8.7% or less), you’ll have to
use extra detergent with hard water.
Your water department can tell
you how hard your water is. So
can your county extension agent.
Or your area’s water softener
company. Just call and ask them
how many “grains” of hardness is
in your water.
How much detergent should you
use? That depends. Is your water
“hard” or “soft”? With hard water,
you need extra detergent to get
dishes clean. With soft water, you
need less detergent.
Too much detergent with soft water
not only wastes money, it can be
harmful. It can cause a permanent
cloudiness of glassware, called
“etching.” An outside layer of
glass is etched away! But why take
a chance when it’s easy to find out
the hardness of your water.
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Keep your detergent fresh and
dry. Under the sink isn’t a good
place to store detergent. Too much
moisture. Don’t put powder
detergent into the dispenser until
you’re ready to wash dishes, either.
(It won’t be fresh OR dry.)
If your powder detergent gets old
or lumpy, throw it away. Old
detergent often won’t dissolve. If
you use a liquid dishwasher
detergent, these precautions are not
necessary because liquid detergents
don’t “lump” as they age or come
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in contact with water.
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You’ll find two detergent
dispensers on the inside door of
your dishwasher. Two, because
some cycles use two washes.
MAIN
CUP
See “Detergent Usage Guide”
below. (Be sure the Cycle Indicator
Dial is at OFF position before
adding detergent. Otherwise, the
detergent cup will not close and
latch properly.)
GRASP HANDLE,
ROTATE AND
CLOSE TIGHTLY
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How to prepare the dishes
for washing
If this is your first dishwasher, or
if you’re replacing a much older
model, you may wonder how much
preparation your dishes need.
Actually very little. Pre-rinsing of
normal food soils is not necessary.
With common sense and a little
practice you’ll soon know what
foods to remove. Here are some
guidelines:
1. Scrape off bones, seeds, skins,
toothpicks and other hard solids. It
is also best to remove hard shelled
vegetables, meat trimmings, lea@
vegetables and crusts. Remove
excessive quantities of oil or grease.
2. Remove large quantities of any
food. Your dishwasher has a built-in
soft food disposer that pulverizes
soft food bits and flushes them
away. It can handle small amounts
of soft foods, but large amounts will
be difficult to handle.
3. Try to remove food scraps and
place dishes in dishwasher before
soil has a chance to dry and become
hard. Dishes with dried-on soil are
more difficult to wash and may not
come clean in the NORMAL
WASH cycle. Remember to use
your RINSE & HOLD cycle for
small “holding” loads.
Note: The foods mentioned above
are for examples only. Other foods
not mentioned may also need to be
removed from your dishes. You may
also want to consider removing
foods such as mustard, mayomaise,
vinegar, lemon juice and other foods
that can cause discoloration of
stainless steel if allowed to remain
on dishes for a long period of time.
Close the main cup.
NOTE: To open the detergent cup
afier it has been closed, unlatch the
door and rotate the Cycle Indicator
Dial a full turn to the OFF position.
When the closed cup contains soap
it is best that the door be in a
partially open position before
rotating the Cycle Indicator Dial.
This will help reduce the amount
of detergent and rinse aid agent
spillage into the tub.
Detergent Usage Guide (powder or liquid)
SOFT WATER
(O-3grains hardness)
MEDIUM WATER
(3-7 grains)
CYCLES
MainCup
Main Cup
NORMAL WASH
Half Full
LIGHT WASH
Half Full
RINSE & HOLD
.
Open Cup
Completely
Full
+ Half Full
Half Full
None
Use no detergent
~
Open Cup
+ Half Fu1l
None
Use no detergent
*12 grains and up is extremely hard water. A water softener is recommended. Without it,
lime can build up in the water valve. The water valve may stick while open and cause flooding.
HARD WA~R
(7- 12 grains*)
Main Cup~
Completely
Full
Completely
Full
Open Cup*
+ ;:lypletely
None
Use no detergent
$Filled Main Cup holds 3 tablespoons;
Filled Open Cup holds 2 tablespoons.
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How to load your dishwasher
This is a random mixed load, the most common type
you will have.
WATCH OUT FOR THIS.
The wash tower rises through the center of the bottom
rack during the wash and rinse portions of the cycle.
Don’t block it or load tall things next to it. Also, be
careful not to let a portion of an item such as a pot or
dish handle extend through the bottom rack. This could
block the wash arm and cause poor washing results.
How to load the TOP RACK
The top rack is best for glasses, cups and saucers. Cups
and glasses fit best along the sides. This is the place for
dishwasher-safe plastics, too. Make sure small plastic
items are lodged in tightly so they can’t fall onto the
Calrod@heating element. Arrange stemware so that it
cannot move easily. Don’t let the-glasses touch each other.
This rack is ideal for dishwasher-safe plastics. When
loading, place plastic items along the back and be sure
that each plastic tumbler is secured over two fingers.
This will prevent dislodging; tumbler will not fall
through rack onto heating unit.
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Sauce pans, mixing bowls and other small items may be
?laced—face down—in the top rack. The top rack is
mndy for all kinds of odd shapes.
Load platters, pots, pans and bowls along the sides, in
come~s or in the ba~k. All large items, s~ch as pitchers,
salad bowls and mixing bowls, should be washed in the
lower rack.
How to load the BOTTOM RACK
Fit plates and saucers between the pins. Place items so
that water and detergent from wash arm can reach soiled
surfaces.
Heavily soiled pots, pans and casseroles MUST be
loaded in the bottom rack, facing down. Prop broiler
pans and racks along the edge.
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Put flatware in the removable basket with handles up to
protect your hands. Mix knives, forks and spoons so they
don’t nest together. Distribute evenly, Small plastic items,
such as measuring spoons and lids from small containers
are not recommended for automatic dishwashing. If
placed in the dishwasher, they should go in the bottom of
silverware basket with silverware on top.
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Precaution!
Take out anything that may fall or extend through
— the
bottom of the basket.
9
.
What you cm usually wash safely in your dishwasher.
And what you can’t.
Material
Usually
Safe
Exceptions (not safe)
Special Instructions
Aluminum
YES
Some colored anodized aluminum can
fade.
Some darkening or spotting possible. Remove b~
scouring with soap-filled steel wool pads.
China/Stoneware
YES
Antique, metal-trimmed, hand-painted
or over-the-glaze patterns fade. Gold
leaf will discolor.
If in doubt. check with the manufacturer. or test u ash
one piece daily for at least a month. Compare with the
rest of the set.
Crystal
YES
Antique, metal-trimmed or handpainted patterns fade. Gold leaf will
discolor.
Load securely to prevent movement. Check
manufacturer’s instructions for your crystal.
Non-dishware
items—such as
electronic air cleaner
filters, furnace filters,
paint brushes, etc.
NO
Glass
YES
Milk glass may yellow.
Iron
NO
Iron will rust.
Pewter
NO
Pewter tarnishes.
Plastics
YES
If it doesn’t say DISHIVASHER SAFE. test one plcuc In
the top rack before dishwashing an entire set. \J’ash In
top rack only.
Stainless steel
YES
Rinse if not washing immediately. Salty or xld t’otdi
can stain if left on.
Sterling Silver
and Silver plate
YES
Non-stick
coatings
YES
Do not wash in dishwasher. Damage to dishyvasher ond
discoloration or staining of dishwasher may result.
Don’t put in same silverware baslwt
with stainless steel. Contact between
metals can damage sil~ m. Don-t wush
copper utensils in the same load. Silver
may get a brown film. Adhesive used
to attach some hollow-handle knives
can loosen,
Rinse if not washing immediately. Salty or ac]d foods
can stain if left on. Dry detergent can cause difticult-to
remove black spots. Plocc in buch secLion ot’ sili er~~art
basket to avoid exposure to detergent from the deter:cnt
cup.
After Wilshing. wipe the non-stick coating arta \vi[h
vecetable
oil to keep it !rom losing its non-~[ick qualitj.
G
Tin
NO
Tin can rust.
wood
NO
Wood can warp, crack or lose its
finish with any type of washing.
Forget a dish? Here’s when you can add it.
Add dishes any time during the RINSE & HOLD cycle.
With other wash cycles, you can add dishes at any time
BEFORE the main detergent wash portion of the cycle.
Here’s how to add a forgotten dish:
However, opening the door during any cycle lessens
cleaning power because the temperature inside the
dishwasher is lowered. So try to load everything at the
beginning.
2. Wait a few seconds until the water calms. Then
open the door. WARiNING: Hot vapor may rise from
opened door.
1. Push the door latch to the left. W~shing will stop.
3. Add dishes you” ve forgotten.
4. Close the door and push the latch to the far right.
When the door is locked. washing will continue.
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~~~, Questions?
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—- Use This Problem Solver
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PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE AND REMEDY
DISHWASHER
WON’T RUN
A fuse in your home may be blown, or the circuit breaker tripped. Replace fuse or
reset circuit breaker. Remove any other appliances from the circuit.
UNUSUAL
Utensils may not be secure on rack pins, or something small may have dropped from
the rack. Water is causing utensils to rattle. Make sure everything is securely placed in
dishwasher.
NOISE
DISHES DON’T DRY
Make sure inlet water temperature is correct. (See Page 6.)
Unload the bottom rack first. Water from dishes in the top rack may be spilling into the
bottom rack.
Check for improper loading. Dishes shouldn’t nest together. Avoid overloading.
Check the rinse agent dispenser to see that it’s not empty.
UNCLEAN DISHES
AND FLATWARE
Check inlet water temperature.
It should be at least 120°F. (To test, see page 6.)
Water pressure may be temporarily 10W. Turn on a faucet. IS water coming out slower
than usual? If so, wait until pressure is normal before using your dishwasher.
Plugged air gap. (See page 14.)
Improper rack loading. (See pages 8 and 9.)
-; BLACK OR GRAY
MARKS ON DISHES
DETERGENT LEFT IN
DISPENSER CUPS
Aluminum utensils often leave marks when they rub against dishes. Remove marks
with a mild abrasive cleanser.
Water may not be
detergent cup.
reaching
the detergent cups. Move dishes that may be blocking
The dispenser cover may not be opening or may be blocked by improperly loaded
items. If you used a powder detergent, open the cup and remove any caked-on
detergent. If the cup still doesn’t open automatically, call for service.
Detergent may be old. If the powder detergent is hard or caked in the box, throw it
away. The detergent may not be working well. Try another brand.
DETERGENT CUP
LID WON”T LATCH
AFTER ADDING
DETERGENT
Cycle Indicator Dial must be in OFF position for cup lid to close and latch properly. If
you unlatch the door and open it to dry your dishes, the Cycle Indicator Dial does not
advance to OFF by itself.
YELLOW OR
BROWN FILIM
Tea or coffee can stain cups. Remove the stains by hand, using a solution of 1/2 cup
bleach and 3 cups warm water.
An overall yellow or brown film on dishes or glassware can be caused by iron
deposits in water. A special filter in the water supply line is the only way to correct
this problem. Your water softener company can tell you about the filter.
Yellow film on sterling silver results when you wash copper utensils in the same
load. Silver polish will usually remove this stain.
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PROBLE~I
POSSIBLE C.$USE AND REMEDY
SPOTS AND
FILiMING ON
GLASSES AND
FLATWARE
Spotting can be caused by all these things:
c
Extremely hard water. [See page 6.)
.
Low inlet water temperature. (To test, see page 6.)
* Overloading the dishwasher.
s
Improper loading. (See pages 8 and 9.)
c Old or damp powder detergent.
“
Phosphate level in detergent too low. (See page 6.)
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Rinse agent dispenser empty. (See page 6.)
“ Too little detergent. (See page 7.)
Due to varying local water conditions and personal preferences. try several brands of
detergents to find one that gives the best results for you. A liquid dishwasher detergen[
may help reduce filming.
To remove stubborn spots and film from glassware:
1. Remove till metal utensils from the dishwasher.
2. Do not add detergent.
3. Select Normtil Wash cycle.
4. Sttirt the dishwasher :md allow to run for 15 to 20 minutes. The dishwasher \vill
now be in the main wash.
5. Then open the door and pour 2 cups (500m1) of white vinegm into the bottom of
the dishwasher.
6. Close the door and allow to complete the cycle.
If vinegar rinse doesn’t work: Repeat as above, except use 1/4 cup {60ml) ot’ citric
acid crystals instead of ~incgar. (Most drugstores carry citric acid cryst~ls. If yours
doesn’t. call GE Factory Scr\icc.)
Using a vinegar or citric ticid crystal rinse more than twice a month? consider
home water softener.
CLOUDINESS
GLASSWARE
ON
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If vinegar or citric acid crystal rinse doesn’t work. the cloudiness is “etching.’The film cannot be removed.
Itcan be prevented: Use less detergent if you hove soft water. Wash glassware in
the shortest cycle that \vill get them clean.
W~ter temperature entering Liishwasher exceeds 150°F.
The Problem Solver (continued)
PROBLEM
2HIPPING
POSSIBLE CAUSE
OF CHINA
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AND REMEDY
RoU@ handling can cause chipping. Load with care. Make sure glassware and china
are secure and can’t jar loose. (see page 8 for correct way to load glassware. )
Make sure tall glasses and stemware will clear the top of the tub when you push the
rack into the dishwasher.
Always use the top rack for delicate items.
SMALL
WATER
[N THE
OF THE
AMOUNT OF
STANDING
BOTTOM
TUB
WATER WON’T PUMP
OUT OF THE TUB
Water around the outlet on the tub bottom at the back of the tub is normal. It is ciean
water. It’s there to keep the water seal lubricated.
[f the entire bottom of the tub has water, you may have a drain problem. Clean the air
amap, if you have one. (See page 14.)
Check the kitchen sink. IS it draining well? YOU may need a plumber.
If dishwasher drains into a disposer, run the disposer to clear. Be sure the disposer is
not clogged.
SUDS IN THE TUB
Sudsing detergents are not meant for dishwashers. USE ONLY AUTOMATIC
DISHWASHER DETERGENTS TO AVOID SUDSING.
To remove suds from the tub: Open the dishwasher. Let suds evaporate. Add 1 gallon
of cold water to the tub. Close and latch the dishwasher. Pump out water by slow’]y
turning the control dial untii a drain period is reached.
Repca( if necessary.
DISHWASHER
LEAKS
Suds can cause unit to overtlow. That’s why it’s so important to usc a dc[ergeni that’s
designed for uutomatie dishwashers.
Spilling the rinse agent can cause foam during washing. This can lead to overflowing.
Wipe LIp :lccidental spill of rinse agent with u damp cloth.
MOTOR HUMS
Dishwasher has not been used on a regular basis.
If you do not L[SCyour dishwasher often set it to fi]] and pump out once e~rer}’w’eek.
This will help keep the seal moist. and the garbage disposer clear.
STAINING OF
TUB INTER1OR
Some detergents contain colorant (pigment or dyes) that will discolor the tub
interior with extended use. Check the detergent cLlp for signs of any discolor~tion.
If ULIp is discolored, change to detergent without any colorant.
If you need more help. ..call. toll free:
GE Answer Center’
800.626.2000
consumer int’ormatioil service
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Care and Cleaning
USER MAINTENANCE
INSTRUCTIONS
the dishwasher. And you may not
even have one. Not all plumbing
codes require air gaps.
Clean the control panel with a
lightly dampened cloth. Dry
thoroughly. Do not use abrasives
or sharp objects on the panel. They
can damage it.
Clean the outside with a good
appliance polish wax. The outside
cabinet finish is durable, but it can
scratch. So use no scouring pads,
or harsh or gritty cleaners.
Appliance Polish Wax & Cleaner
(Cat. No. WR97X0216) is
available from GE Appliance
Parts Mart.
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The inside usually takes care of
itself. If it should ever need
cleaning, use a mild cleansing
powder. Scouring pads and harsh
cleaners can mar the finish.
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Built-in dishwashers
often use an air gap.
Keep it clean.
Anair gap is a plumbing device.
It protects your dishwasher against
water backing up into it if a drain
clogs. The air gap is not a part of
If you have an air gap, check it at
least once a month. IT IS NOT
PART OF YOUR DISHWASHER..
IT IS NOT COVERED IN YOUR
WARRANTY.
The air gap is easy to clean.
With most types, first turn off the
dishwasher, then lift off the
chrome cover. Then unscrew the
plastic cap and check for any
buildup of grit. A toothpick makes
cleaning easy.
Not using your dishwasher
in winter? Protect
against freezing.
c ‘.
If your dishwasher is left in an
unheated place during the winter,
ask a service technician to:
● Cut off electric power to the
dishwasher. Remove fuses or trip
circuit breaker.
● Turnoff the water supply.
s Discomect the water inlet line
from the water valve.
, . Drain water from the inlet line
and water valve. (Use a pan to
catch the water.)
● Reconnect the water inlet line to
the water valve.
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the tub bottom and use a sponge to
soak up water in the rubber boot.
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PUMP COVER SCREWS
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Check the air gap any time your
dishwasher isn’t draining well.
How to change color panels
If you are redecorating, you can
change your dishwasher’s door
panel to match or blend with your
new colors.
The panel is held in place by the
door trim. Each side of the panel is
a different color. Or you can paint
the panel with the color of your
own choice.
How to change the door panel:
1. Take out trim screws on either
side of the dishwasher door.
Remove the side trim.
2. Slide the panel out.
(Careful+dges maybe sharp.)
3. Turn the panel around and put
the color you want in front.
4. Replace the panel, side trim and
screws.
A wood panel trim kit contains
trim and instructions for adding
a decorative wood door panel and
lower access panel no thicker than
1/4” to match kitchen cabinets.
The kit is available at no extra
cost. (Specify GPF40.)
Order from:
GE Appliances
c/o Dri-View Manufacturing
4706 Allmond Ave.
Louisville, KY 40209
Note: Do not operate the
dishwasher while changing
panels.
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With the purchase ofyour new GE appliance, receive the ass~ce
that ifyou ever need
kfbtiation
or assistance horn GE, w~ll be mere. All you have to do is Call-toll-fkee!
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AGE consumer service professional willprovide expert repair service,
scheduled at a time that’s convenient for you. Many GE Consumer Service
company-operated
locations offer you sendce today or tomorrow, or at your
convenience
(’7:()()a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. “Saturdays).
our factory-trained technicians know your appliance inside and out–so most
repairs can be handled in just 1 visit.
GEAnswerCente~
80~621i2000
Whatever your question about any GE major appliance, GE Answer Centere
information
service is available to help. Your call—and your question-will
be
answered promptly and courteously. And you can call any time. GE Answer
Center@ service is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
hr CustomemWti Special/Meeds...
801162ti2000
Upon request, GEwill provide
Braille controls for a variety of GE
appliances, and a brochure to
assist in planning a barrier-free
kitchen for persons with limited
mobility. To obtain these items,
free of charge,
Consumers with impaired hearing or speech who have
access to a TDD or a conventional teletypewriter may
call 800-TDD-GEAC (800-8334322) to request
information or service.
call 800.626.2000.
ServiceCbntiac&
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You can have the secure feeling that GE Consumer Service will still be there
after your warranty expires. Purchase a GE contract while your warranty is still
in effect and you’ll receive a substantial discount. With a multiple-year contract,
you’re assured of future service at today’s prices.
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Individuals qualifled to service their own appliances
can have needed parts or accessories sent directly to
their home. The GE parts system provides access to over
Renewal Parts are
fully warranted. VISA, MasterCard and Discover cards
are accepted.
47,000 parts... and all GE Genuine
User maintenance instructions contained in this booklet
cover procedures intended to be performed by anyuser.
Other servicing generally should be referred
to qtiled
service personnel. Caution must be exercised, since
improper servicing may cause unsafe operation.
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YOUR GE DISHWASHER
WARRANTY
WHAT IS COVERED
Staple sales slip or cancelled check
here: Proof of original purchase date
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is needed to obtain service
under warranty.
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FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
For one year from date of original
purchase, we will provide, free of
charge, parts and service labor in
your home to repair or replace any
part ot the Whrashefthat
fails
because of a manufacturing defect.
FULL TEN-YEAR WARRANTY
For ten years
purchase, we
charge, parts
your home to
from date of original
will provide, free of
and service labor in
repair or replace the
tub or door her if it fails to contain
water because of a manufacturing
defect such as cracking, chipping,
peeling or rusting.
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WHAT IS NOT COVERED
●
Service trips to your home to teach
you how to use the product.
Read your Use and Care material.
If YOU
then have any questions
about operating the-pr&iuct, please
contact your dealer or our Consumer
Affairs office at the address below,
or call, toll free:
GE Answer Cente@
800.626.2000
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consumer information service
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Improper installation.
If you have an installation problem,
contact your dealer or installer.
You are responsible for providing
adequate electrical, plumbing and
other connecting facilities.
This warranty is extended to .,
‘.the original purchaser and any
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succeeding owner for products
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purchased for ordinary home use
in the 48 mainland states, Hawaii
and Washington, D.C. In Alaska the
warranty is the same except that it
, is LIMITED because you must pay
to ship the product to the service
shop or for the setvice technician’s
travel costs to your home.
All warranty sefvice wiil be
provided by our Factory Service
Centers or by our authorized
Customer Car@ servicers during
normal working hours.
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Should your appliance need
service, during warranty period or
beyond, call 800-GE-CARES
(800-432-2737).
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Replacement of house fuses or
resetting of circuit breakers.
Cleaning or semicing of air gap
‘device in drain line.
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. Failure of the product if it is used
for other than its intended purpose .
or used commercially.
c Damage to product caused by
accident, fire, floods or acts of God.
WARRANTOR IS NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR
CONSEQUENTiAL
DAMAGES.
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Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion
may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
To know what your legal rights are in your state, consult your local or state consumer affairs office or your state’s Attorney General.
Warrantor: General Electric Company
If further help is needed concerning this warranty, write:
Manager-Consumer Affairs, GE Appliances, Louisville, KY 40225
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