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Safe~ instructions .........................3
Problem Solver .......................l 2-l4
More questions ?...call
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Operating Instructions, Tips
Appliance Registration ..................................2
China, Crystal, Sterling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
CycleFeatures.................................................4
Detergent Guide .............................................7
Dispenser Cups ...............................................7
Drying Options ................................................4
Energy-Saving Tips. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..5
Features .......................................................4, 5
Loading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .........................a, 9
Operating instructions ..............................4, 5
Rinse Agent......................................................6
Water Temperature ........................................6
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Winter Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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Front Panel Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
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Consumer Services ...................15
Model and Serial Numbers ..........................2
Repair Service .................................................2
Warranty ........................................Back Cover
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~LP US ~LP YOU...
Before using your
dishwasher, read this
guide carefully.
It is intended to help you
operate and maintain your new
dishwasher properly.
Keep it handy for answers to
your questions.
If you don’t understand something
or need more help, write (include
your phone number):
Consumer Affairs
GE Appliances
Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
If you received
a damaged dishwasher...
Write down the model
and serial numbers.
Immediately contact the dealer
(or builder) that sold you the
dishwasher.
You’ll find them on a label
fastened to the tub wall just
inside the dishwasher door.
These numbers are also on the
Consumer Product Ownership
Registration Card that came
with your dishwasher. Before
sending in this card, please write
these numbers here:
Save time and money.
Before you request
service . . .
Check the Problem Solver in the
back of this guide. It lists causes
of minor operating problems that
you can correct yourself.
Model Number
Serial Number
Use these numbers in any
correspondence or service calls
concerning your dishwasher.
To obtain a Spanish language
version of this book, call
GE Answer Center@
800.626.2000
consumer information service.
Para obtener la version en
Espafiol de este manual,
name a
GE Answer Center,@
servicio de information
para el consumidor,
telefono 800.626.2000.
~ YOU NEED SERVICE...
To obtain service, see the Consumer Services page in
the back of this guide.
We’ re proud of our service and want you to be
pleased. If for some reason you are not happy with the
service you receive, here are three steps to follow for
further help.
FIRST, contact the people who serviced your
appliance. Explain why you are not pleased. In most
cases, this will solve the problem.
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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
FINALLY, if your problem is still not resolved, write:
Major Appliance Consumer Action Panel
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
WORTANT SAmTY ~STRUCTIONS
Read d instmctions before using tMs apptiance.
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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
Guide.
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Do not store or use combustible
materials, gasoline or other
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flammable vapors and liquids
in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
Use only powder or liquid detergents or wetting
agents recommended for use in a dishwasher.
Do not wash plastic items unless marked
“dishwasher safe” or the equivalent. For plastic
items not so marked, check the manufacturer’s
recommendations.
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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 Calrod@ heating element and be damaged.
To minimize the possibility of inju~.
When loading items to be washed:
A. Locate sharp items so that they are not likely
to damage the door seal, and
B. Load sharp knives with the handles up to
reduce the risk of cut-type injuries.
s Do not tamper with controls,
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Q Do not touch the Calrod@ heating element during
or immediately after use.
Do not operate your dishwasher unless all enclosure
panels are properly in place.
Do not abuse, sit on, or stand on the door or dish
rack of the dishwasher.
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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, remove
the door of the washing compartment.
c 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
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appliance from the power supply
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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.
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This dishwasher must be properly
installed and located in accordance
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with the Installation Instructions
before it is used, If 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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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 allow any
hydrogen gas to escape, Also, since the gas is
flammable, do not smoke or use an open flame
or appliance during this process.
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SAVE THESE
INSTRUCTIONS
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HOW TO OPERATE YOUR DISmASmR
STEP 1. Load your dishwasher with dishes, silverware,
pots, pans, bowls, etc., according to the Leading section.
STEP 2. Add detergent to the detergent dispenser.
Make sure the Cycle Indicator Dial is at OFF position
before adding detergent. (See Detergent Guide.)
Use rinse aid agent to help prevent spotting.
Occasionally check to insure that rinse agent
container is at least half full. (See How to Use
a Rinse Agent section. )
STEP 3. Select drying option.
HEATED DRYING. Turns the
drying heater on for fast drying.
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ENERGY SAVER (no-heat boost).
Turns the drying heater off to save
energy. Dishes will dry naturally
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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.
Note: The ENERGY SAVER option will also cancel the
WASH HEAT BOOST. To obtain WASH HEAT BOOST
without HEATED DRY, select only the WASH HEAT
BOOST option. (See Energy-Saving Tips section).
STEP 4. WASH HEAT BOOST Option
WASH HEAT BOOST. This cycle
will be extended for 21 minutes while
the dishwasher automatically heats the
water for good washing and drying. The
entering water must be at least 120°F.
When this option is selected entering water must
beat least 140°F. To test water, see How to Test Water
Temperature section.
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STEP 5. Select the wash cycle and start the dishwasher.
(See Cycle Selection Hints.)
● For POTSCRUBBER, NORMAL
WASH and LIGHT WASH cycles: v
a. Push selected cycle button.
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b. Latch the door.
c. Slowly turn Cycle Indicator
Dial t; ON p;sition 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.
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.If your dishwasher
drains into a food waste disposer, operate the disposer
until it is empty before starting
the dishwasher.
● For RINSE & HOLD cycle:
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a. Be sure door is unlatched.
b. Select ENERGY SAVER
drying option.
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c. Slowly turn Cycle Indicator Dial
to the ON position.
d. Latch the door to start the cycle.
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Cycle Selection Hink
It is important to follow the Loading instructions.
● POTSCRUBBER—For
items such as pots, pans and
casseroles with dried-on or baked-on soils. Everyday
dishes may be included.
● NORMAL WASH—For loads of everyday dishes,
glasses and cookware with medium soils. Designed
to yield high performance on normal soils.
● LIGHT WASH—For dishes that have been prerjnsed before loading. Also, for washing very ljghtly
soiled dishes with soils that have not dried on.
● RINSE & HOLD—For rinsing partial loads which
will be washed later. Do not use detergent. Delay
Start js not recommendedfor thjs cycle.
What Happens in Each Cycle
“ You’11 hear occasional clicking sounds:
—Soft food disposer shredding action.
—Drain valve opening to pump water out.
—Timer control as cycle progresses.
—Detergent cup opening.
Water Use
Gallons
(approx.)
Wash Cycle
Time
Minutes
(approx.)
12.1
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NORMAL WASH
12.1
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LIGHT WASH
10.3
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Wash Cycles
POTSCRUBBER
RINSE & HOLD
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.
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Cycle Sequence
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*Unextended times. These cycle times will be increased approximately 2 I minutes if WASH HEAT BOOST Option is selected.
Drying Options:
HEATED DRYING. Available on all wash cycles except RINSE & HOLD. Add 25 minutes to wash cycle time.
ENERGY SAVER (No Heat Boost). Drying heater is turned off. Dishes dry naturally. WASH HEAT BOOST is cancelled.
Energy-Saving Tips
Operate dishwasher only when it’s full. Let the
dishes accumulate in dishwasher. When you put in
only a partial load, use the RINSE & HOLD cycle
to rinse off heavy soils. Be sure to latch the door
when waiting for a full load. This helps keep soils
moist, easier to remove.
● If you don’t need your dishes right away, use your
ENERGY-SAVER no heat boost feature that turns
the drying heater off automatically. Dishes dry
naturally over a longer period such as overnight.
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Always select the cycle that uses the least amount
of water that will remove the soil from the load.
(See the Operating section.)
● Turn your water heater down to deliver 120°F.
water to your dishwasher and use the WASH HEAT
BOOST Option. Make sure the entering water
temperature is no less than 120°F. (See How to Test
Water Temperature section).
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Good Dishwashing Stark with HOT Water
To get dishes clean and dry, you need hot water. To help you get water of the
proper temperature, your dishwasher has a WATER HEAT BOOST feature.
When selected (see Operating section), this water heating feature allows you
to turn down your household water heater and save energy if you’re willing to
let the dishwasher run a little longer while it heats water. For good washing
and drying, the entering water must be between 120°F. and 140°F. To prevent
dish damage, inlet water shodd not exceed 150°F.
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How to Test Water Temperature
Higher water temperature is needed to dissolve grease
and activate powder detergents. If the water temperature
is less than 140°F., use the WATER HEAT BOOST
option. See WATER HEAT BOOST section.
Check your water 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
The 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 JET-DRY brand is recommended.
Rinse agents come in either liquid or solid form.
Your dishwasher uses the liquid form.
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How to fill the rinse agent dispenser.
Unscrew the cap. Add liquid rinse agent 7
until it just reaches the bottom of the lip
inside the dispenser opening. Replace the
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cap. The dispenser automatically releases
the rinse agent into the final rinse water.
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”)
Corporate Centre 1
55 Federal Road
P.O. Box 1991
Danbury, CT 06813-1991
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.
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.
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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 there are 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! Of course, this takes
some time. But why take a chance
when it’s easy to find out the
hardness of your water.
Keep your detergent fresh and dr;
Under the sink isn’t a good place to
store detergent because there is 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
in contact with moisture.
You’ll find two detergent dispensers on the inside
door of your dishwasher. Two, because some cycles
use two washes.
Close the main cup.
NOTE: To open detergent cup after it has
been closed, unlatch the
the Cycle Indicator Dial
to the OFF position.
When the closed cup
contains soap it is
best that the door
be in a partially
NDLE,
open position before
ROTATE AND
rotating the Cycle Indicator
Dial. This will help reduce the amount cLosE “GHTLY
of detergent and rinse aid agent spillage into the tub.
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MAIN CUP
Detergent Usage Guide (powder or liquid)
SO~ WATER
(O-3 grains hardness)
MEDIUM WATER
(3-7 grains)
HARD WATER
(7-12 grains*)
CYCLES
Main Cup
Main Cup
Main Cup~
POTSCRUBBER
NORMAL WASH
Half Full
LIGHT WASH
Half Full
RINSE & HOLD
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Open Cup
Completely ~ Half Full
Full
~ Half Full
Half Full
None
Use no detergent
Open Cup
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Completely ~ Completely
Full
Full
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.
Open Cup*
Completely
Full
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None
Use no detergent
$Filled Main Cup holds 3 tablespoons;
Filled Open Cup holds 2 tablespoons.
How to Prepare the Dishes for Washing
[f 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, leafy 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 are 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, mayonnaise,
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.
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HOW TO LOAD YOUR DISHWASHER
This is a random mixed load, the most c{)mmon type
you will have.
Make sure dishes are properly loaded to insure that
water can reach the soiled surfaces. The wash arm in
the bottom sprays water up. The tower that rises in
the center sends water out over the dishes to wash the
items in the upper rack. A spray arm in the top washes
down also. Make sure to place tall items to the outside
so the upper wash arm is not blocked.
WATCH OUT FOR THIS.
The washer 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
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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.
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Sauce pans, mixing bowls and other small items may
be placed—face down—in the top rack. The top rack
is handy for all kinds of odd shapes.
HOW TO LOAD T~ BOTTOM WCK
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Fit plates and saucers between the pins. Load platters,
pots and bowls along the sides, in corners or in the back.
As shown here this plate is being placed with the soiled
side facing the center of the rack so water and detergent
from wash arm can reach soiled surfaces.
any item
hrough
Heavily soiled pots, pans and casseroles MUST be
loaded in the bottom rack, facing down. Prop broiler
pans and racks along the edge.
Put flatware in the removable basket with handles up to
protect your hands. Mix knives, forks and s~oons so they
don’t n;st together. Distribute evenly. Smali plastic item;,
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.
Precaution!
Take out anything that may fall or extend through the
bottom of the basket.
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WHAT YOU CAN USUALLY WASH SAFELY
~ YOUR DIS~ASHER.
Material
Usually
Safe
Aluminum
YES
Chinti
Stoneware
YES
Crystal
YES
Non-dishwasher
items—such
as electronic
air cleaner
filters, furnace
filters, paint
brushes, etc.
Glass
Iron
Pewter
Plastics
NO
YES
NO
NO
YES
Stainless steel
YES
Sterling Silver
and Silver plate
YES
Non-stick
coatings
Tin
Wood
YES
NO
NO
Exceptions (not safe)
Special Instructions
Some colored anodized
aluminum can fade.
scouring with soap-filled steel wool pads.
Antique, metal-trimmed,
hand-painted or over-the-glaze
patterns fade. Gold leaf
will discolor.
Antique, metal-trimmed or
hand-painted patterns fade.
Gold leaf will discolor.
Some darkening or spotting possible. Remove by
If in doubt, check with the manufacturer. Or test wash
one piece daily for at least a month. Compare with the
rest of the set.
Load securely to prevent movement. Check your
manufacturer’s instructions for your crystal.
Do not wash in dishwasher. Damage to dishwasher
and discoloration or staining of dishwasher may result.
Milk glass may yellow.
Iron will rust.
Pewter tarnishes.
Don’t put in same silverware
basket with stainless steel.
Contact between metals can
damage silver.
Don’t wash copper utensils in
the same load. Silver may get a
brown film.
Adhesive used to attach some
hollow-handle knives can loosen.
If it doesn’t say DISHWASHER SME, test one piece in
the top rack before dishwashing an entire set.
Rinse if not washing immediately. Salty or acid foods
can stain if left on.
Rinse if not washing immediately. Salty or acid foods can
stain if left on. Dry detergent can cause difficult-to-remove
black spots. Place in back section of silverware basket to avoid
exposure to detergent from the detergent cup.
After washing, wipe the non-stick coating area with
vegetable oil to keep it from losing its non-stick quality.
Tin can rust.
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.
However, opening the door during any cycle
lessens cleaning power. So try to load everything
at the beginning.
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Here’s how to add a forgotten dish:
1. Push the door latch to the left. Washing will stop.
2. Wait a few seconds until the water calms. Then
open the door. WARNING: Hot vapor may rise
from opened door.
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.
USER MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
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.
WR97X02 16) is available from GE Appliance
Parts Marts.
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.
Not Using Your Dishwasher in Winter? Protect Against Freezing.
If your dishwasher is left in an
unheated place during the winter,
ask a service technician to:
● Cut off electrical power to the
dishwasher. Remove fuses or trip
circuit breaker.
● Turn off the water supply.
● Disconnect the water inlet line
from the water valve.
Drain water from the inlet 1 ine
and water valve. (Use a pan to
catch the water.) ● Reconnect the water inlet line to
the water valve.
● Remove the plastic pump cover
in the tub bottom and use a
sponge to soak up water in
the rubber boot.
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PUMP COVER SCREWS
Built-in Dishwashers Often Use an Air Gap. Keep It Clean.
An air 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
the dishwasher. And you may not
even have one. Not all plumbing
codes require air gaps.
TWO TYPES OF Alfi’G~PS:ll Ill
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.
Check the air gap any time your
dishwasher isn’t draining well.
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HOW TO CHANGE COLOR PANELS
If you are redecorating,
you can change your
dishwasher’s front
panels to match or
blend with your new colors.
The panel is held in place by
the door trim and the trim on
the panel below the door. Each
side of each panel is a different color. Or you
can paint a panel with the color of your own choice.
NOTE: Do not operate the dishwasher while changing
panels or when lower access panel is removed.
How to change door panel insert:
1. Take out trim screws on either side of
the dishwasher door. Remove the side trim.
2. Slide out the insert panel.
3. Put the color you want in front.
(Careful+dges maybe sharp).
4. Replace the insert panel, side trim and screws.
How to change the lower panel:
1. Remove panel attachment screws.
2. Remove the entire panel.
3. Take out screws and remove the top trim.
4. Slide the door panel out.
5. Turn the panel around and put the color you want in
front.
6. Replace the lower panel, top trim and screws.
7. Replace the entire panel and attachment 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
QUESTIONS?
USE THIS PROBLEM SOLVER
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
DISHWASHER
WON’T RUN
A fuse in your home maybe blown, or the circuit breaker tripped. Replace fuse or
reset circuit breaker. Remove any other appliances from the circuit.
UNUSUAL NOISE
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.
DISHES DON’T DRY
Make sure inlet water temperature is correct. (See How to Test Water Temperature
section).
Unload the bottom rack first. Water from dishes in the top rack maybe 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 How to Test
Water Temperature section).
Water pressure may be temporarily low. 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 Care and Cleaning section).
Improper rack loading. (See Loading section).
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PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
DETERGENT CUP
LID WON’T LATCH
A~ER ADD~G
DETERGENT
Cycle Indicator Did must be 0~ for cup lid to close and latch properly. If you
~LLOW OR
BROWN FILM
Tea or coffee can stain cups. Remove the stain by hand, using a solution of 1/2 cup
bleach and 3 cups warm water.
unlatch the door and open it to dry your dishes, the Cycle Indicator Dial does
not advance by itself.
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.
SPOTS AND FILMING
ON GLASSES AND
FLATWARE
Spotting can be caused by dl these things:
● Extremely hard water. (See How to Choose and Use Detergent section).
●
Low inlet water temperature. (See How to Test Water Temperature section).
Q Overloading the dishwasher.
● Improper loading. (See Loading section).
● Old or damp powder detergent.
● Phosphate level in detergent too low. (See How to Choose and Use Detergent section).
● Rinse agent dispenser empty. (See How to Use a Rinse Agent section).
. Too little detergent. (See How to Choose and Use Detergent section).
Local water conditions and personal preferences vary. Try several brands of
detergents to find one that gives the best results for you. A liquid dishwasher
detergent may help reduce filming.
To remove stubborn spoh and film from glassware:
1. Remove all metal utensils from the dishwasher.
2. Do not add detergent.
3. Select POTSCRUBBER cycle.
4. Start the dishwasher and allow to run for 18 to 22 minutes. The dishwasher will
now be in the main wash.
5. Then open the door and pour 2 cups (500 ml) of white vinegar into the bottom of
the dishwasher.
6. Close the door and &low to complete the cycle.
If vinegar rinse doesn’t work: Repeat as above, except use 1/4 cup (60 ml) of citric
acid crystals instead of vinegar. (Most drugstores carry citric acid crystals. If yours
doesn’t, call GE Factory Service).
Using a vinegar or citric acid crystal rinse more than twice a month? Consider a home
water softener.
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T~ PROBLEM SOL~R
(continued)
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
DETERGENT LEFT
IN DISPENSER CUPS
Water may not be reaching the detergent cups. Move dishes that maybe blocking
detergent cup.
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.
CLOUDINESS ON
GLASSWARE
If vinegar or citric acid crystal rinse doesn’t work, the cloudiness is “etching.”
The film cannot be removed.
It can be prevented: Use less detergent if you have soft water. Wash glassware in
the shortest cycle that will get them clean.
Water temperature entering dishwasher exceeds 150°F.
CHIPPING OF CHINA
Rough handling can cause chipping. Load with care. Make sure glassware and china
are secure and can’t jar loose. (See Loading section). Make sure tdl 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.
BLACK OR GRAY
MARKS ON DISHES
Aluminum utensils often leave marks when they rub against dishes. Remove marks
with a mild abrasive cleanser.
SMALL AMOUNT OF
WATER STANDING
IN THE BOTTOM
OF THE TUB
Water around the outlet on the tub bottom at the back of the tub is normal. It is clean
water. It’s there to keep the water seal lubricated.
WATER WON’T PUMP
OUT OF THE TUB
If the entire bottom of the tub has water, you may have a drain problem. Clean the air
gap, if you have one. (See Care and Cleaning section).
Check the kitchen sink. Is it draining well? You may need a plumber.
If dishwasher drains into disposer, run disposer to clear. Be sure 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 slowly
turning the control dial until a drain period is reached.
Repeat if necessary.
DISHWASHER
LEAKS
Suds can cause unit to ovetiow. That’s why it’s so important to use a detergent that’s
designed for automatic dishwashers.
Spilling the rinse agent can cause foam during washing. This can lead to overflowing.
Wipe up accidental spill of rinse agent with a damp cloth.
MOTOR HUMS
Dishwasher has not been used on a regular basis.
If you do not use your dishwasher often, set it to fill and pump out once every week.
This will help keep the sed moist, and the garbage disposer clear,
If you need more help... call, toll free: GE Answer Center@ 800.626.2000 consumer information service
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Wdll Be There
With the purchase of your new GE appliance, receive the
assurance that if you ever need information or assistance
from GE, we’ll be there. Ml you have to do is cdl—toll-free!
GEAnswer Centera
800.626.2000
In-Home Repair
Service
888-GE-CARES
AGE Consumer Service professional
will provide expert repair service,
scheduled at a time that’s convenient
for you. Many GE Consumer Service
company-operated locations offer you
service today or tomorrow, or at your
convenience (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays). Our factory-trained technicims
know your appliance inside and out—
Service Contracts
Whatever your question about any GE
major appliance, GE Answer Cente@
information service is available to
help. Your cdl—and your question—
will be answered promptiy and
courteously And you can cdl any
time. GE Answer Cente@ service is
open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
800-626-Z24
You cart have tie 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 subsmtid discount. With a multipleyear contract, you’re assured of future
service at today’s prices.
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:Iecommunication Device for the Deaf
so most repairs can be handed in just
one visit.
Patis andAccewories
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800-626-2002
IndividuA qu~fied to service their
own appliances can have needed
parts or accessories sent directly to
their home. The GE parts system provides access to over 47,000 parts... and
all GE Genuine Renewal Parts are
fully warranted. VISA, MasterCard
and Discover cards are accepted.
User maintenance instructions
contined in this boo~et cover procedures intended to be performed by
any user. Other servicing generdy
shodd be referred to qudfied service personnel. Caution must be
exercised, since improper servicing
may cause unsafe operation.
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For Customers Wfih
Special Needs...
800.626.2000
Upon request, GE will 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, cdl 800.626.2000.
Consumers with impaired hearing
or speech who have access to a TDD
or a conventional teletypewriter may
cdl 800-TDD-GEAC (800-833-4322)
to request information or service.
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YOUR GE DISHWASHER WITH PERMATUF” INTERIOR
WARRANTY
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Save proof of original purchase date such as your sales slip or cancelled check to establish warranty period.
WHAT IS COVERED
LIMITED SECOND-YEAR
WARRANTY
FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
For one year from date of original
purchase, we will provide, free of
charge, pads and sewice labor in
your home to repair or replace any
part of the dishwasher that fails
because of a manufacturing defect.
For the second year from date of
original purchase, we will provide,
free of charge, replacement parts for
FULL TEN-YEAR WARRANTY
For ten years from date of original
purchase, we will provide, free of
charge, pafls and sewice labor in
your home to repair or replace the
PerrnaTuf(m tub or door /iner if it
fails to contain water because of
a manufacturing defect such as
cracking, chipping, peeling
or rusting.
any part of the Water Distribution
System (as illustrated below) that
fails because of a manufacturing
defect. Associated inlet and drain
plumbing parts are not covered by
this warranty. You pay for the
sewice trip to your home and
semice labor charges.
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3 pleCe Power Tower
Wash arm
(spray arm)
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Hose
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Hub
connection
assembly
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This warranty is extended to
the original purchaser and any
succeeding owner for products
purchased for ordinay 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 service technician’s travel
costs to your home.
All warranty service will be
provided by our Factoy Sewice
Centers or by our authorized
Customer Care”) servicers during
normal working hours.
Should your appliance need
sewice, during warranty period or
beyond, call 800-GE-CARES
(800-432-2737).
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WHAT 1S NOT COVERED
●
adequate electrical, plumbing, and
other connecting facilities.
Sewice trips to your home to teach
you how to use the product.
Read your Use and Care material.
If vou then have any questions
about operating the-product, please
contact your dealer or our
Consumer Affairs office at the
address below, or call, toll free:
GE Answer Center”
800.626.2000
consumer information service
● Improper installation.
If you have an installation problem,
contact your dealer or installer. You
are responsible for providing
●
Replacement of house fuses or
●
resetting of circuit breakers.
Cleaning or servicing of air gap
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device in drain line.
●
Failure of the product if it is used for
other than its intended purpose or
used commercially.
● 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 va~ 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
Th;s book is printed on recycled paper.
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