Whirlpool LA5558XS Operating instructions

AUTOMATIC
WASHER
Super Capacity
Model
LA5558XS
hers. Clolhes 0rw-s.
Freezen.
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Contents
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IF YOU NEED SERVICE OR
ASSISTANCE
WASHER WARRANTY
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PARTS AND FEATURES
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IMPORTANT SAFETY
INSTRUCTIONS..
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS.
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Starting Your Washer
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What Happens in Each Cycle
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OTHER OPERATING
INSTRUCTIONS.
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For a Rinse and Spin
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For a Drain and Spin .
MAGIC CLEAN@Lint Filter
CARING
FOR YOUR WASHER
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If your washer has a Consumer
Buy Guide label, remove it. It will
be easier to remove before the
MODEL AND
washer is used. To remove any
SERIAL NUMBER
remaining glue:
~uz%)
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a ball, then remove.
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or
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hand
dishwashing detergent before
removing glue as described
above.
Do not use sharp instruments,
rubbing alcohol, flammable
fluids or abrasive cleaners. These
can damage the finish. See
“Important Safety Instructions”
on page 3.
Thank you for buying a Whirlpool
appliance.
Please complete
and mail
the Owner Registration
Card provided
with this product. Then complete
the form below Have this information ready if you need service or call with a
question.
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Copy Model and Serial Numbers
from plate (under lid near hinge]
and the purchase date from the
sales slip.
Keep this book, your Laundry
Guide and your sales slip in a
handy place.
Model
Number
Serial
Number
Purchase
Service
Date
ComDanv
Phone Number
IMPORTANT
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read all instructions
before
using the washer.
NEVER wash items cleaned,
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washed, soaked in or spotted with
wax, paint, gasoline, or flammable
fluids in the washer. The fumes can
create a FIRE HAZARD or
EXPLOSION. ALWAYS hand launder and air dry fabrics containing
these materials.
NEVER allow children to operate,
play with, or crawl inside the
washer. Close supervision of children is necessary when the
washer is used near children.
When discarding an old washer,
ALWAYS remove the lid to prevent
accidental entrapment.
NEVER put your hands into the
washer until all motion stops. If the
lid is opened while the basket is
spinning, the basket will automatically stop in a few seconds.
DO NOT tamper with controls.
NEVER use or store flammable
fluids (dry-cleaning solvents, kerosene) in or near your washer. DO
NOT add flammable fluids to the
wash water. These substances
ive off vapors that can create a
BIRE HAZARD or EXPLOSION.
If hot water has not been used
recently (usually 2 weeks or
longer), hydrogen gases may
build up in the water heater and
the hot water pipes. HYDROGEN
GAS IS EXPLOSIVE. To prevent injury or damage, before using your
washer, turn on all hot water
faucets and allow water to run for
several minutes. This will allow
gases to escape. DO NOT smoke
or use any open flame near the
faucet while it is open.
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You are responsible
for making
sure that your washer:
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- is installed, repaired, and has
parts replaced by a qualified
person.
-is properly installed and leveled
on a floor that can support the
weight.*
- is connected to the correct
3-prong outlet, electric supply,
water supply and drain.*
-is properly grounded.*
- is properly maintained.*
- is protected from the weather
and kept where the temperature
will not fall below freezing.
*See the Installation Instructions.
- SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS
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safety
instructions
ALWAYS
store detergent, laundry
aids and other materials in a cool,
dry place where children can’t
reach them - in a locked cabinet
if possible.
ALWAYS
read and follow instructions on packages of detergent
and laundry aids-especially
warnings and precautions.
HAZARDOUS FUMES can be
formed if chlorine bleach is used in
the same wash as ammonia or
acids such as vinegar or rust
remover.
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and your responsibilities
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ALWAYS
unplug the power supply
cord before attempting to service
the washer.
DO NOT machine wash glass fiber
materials. Small particles can sticl
to fabrics washed in following
loads and cause skin irritation.
You are responsible
for making
sure that your washer:
- is used only for jobs normally
expected of home automatic
washers.
- is not run by children or anyone
unable to operate it properly.
Operating instructions
Starting Your Washer
Be sure to measure and add detergent,
then place
a sorted load in the washer before starting it.
1 . Select
a LOAD SIZE
Turn the knob to point at a setting
that describes the size of load you
want to wash.
Set the knob anywhere on or between EX SMALL [a few small items]
and EX LARGE(a full load).
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NOTE: Use the EX LARGE water
level for best permanent
press
results.
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Select
. WATER TEMPERATURES
Match the wash and rinse water
temperature to the type of fabrics
and soils being washed.
All rinses are cold. Cold rinses save
energy and help prevent wrinkles
from setting into fabrics.
Recommended wash temperatures
can be found in your Laundry Guide.
NOTE: Use warm water with the
PERMITPRESSor KNITSGENTLEcycles.
For heavily soiled permanent press
or knit clothes, pre-wash or pre-soak
before washing in warm water.
NOTE: For best washing results, items should move freely in the washer. Do not
overload the washer or choose a water level that is too low for your wash load.
For best results with permanent press clothes, use the EX LARGEwater level.
Reduce wash time when using EX SMALL or SMALL water level settings. Loads
with only a few small items need less wash time for best results.
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3.
Start the washer
A. Push in the Control Knob and
turn it clockwise.
C. Start the washer by pulling out the
Control Knob. The washer will fill
to the selected water level with
the selected wash water temperature. After filling, the washer will
agitate for the selected number
of minutes.
6. Stop when the indicator on the
knob’s outer ring points to the
number in the wash cycle you
want. The numbers are minutes
of wash time.
D. To stop the washer at any time,
push in the Control Knob. To
restart the washer, pull out the
Control Knob.
What Happens in Each Cycle
Each cycle has different agitation and spin speeds designed for different
kinds of fabrics. Numbers on the dial in each cycle are the minutes of WASH
agitation time.
When the Cycle Control Knob is set to a number and pulled out, the washer fills
before agitation and timing starts. After agitation starts, the knob turns clockwise
until it points to OFF and the cycle ends.
REGULAR HEAVY Cycle
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DRAIN
No
Agitation
A cycle for sturdily
constructed fabrics that
are heavily soiled.
REGULAR NORMAL
Cycle
A cycle for regular loads
of fabrics that are moderately soiled.
PERMANENT PRESS Cycle
A cycle designed for moderately to lightly soiled
permanent press and some
synthetic fabrics. The
cool-down rinse helps keep
wrinkles from settling into
these fabrics.
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COOL
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NOTE: You may hear the sound of water spraying during the spin parts of some
cycles. In some cycles, water is sprayed on the spinning load to help with
the rinsing.
Gentle
Wash System
For better fabric care in the REGULARand PERMANENTPRESScycles, the
agitation speed is reduced during the last few minutes of wash time.
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WASH
Low
Speed
NOTE: THEWASHERWILL PAUSEBRIEFLYTHROUGHOUTEACH CYCLE.These pauses
are normal. They allow for the reversing of the motor, normal washer operation,
and the cool-down portion of the PERMANENTPRESSCycle.
KNITS GENTLE Cycle
-ASOAK
2
Minutes
No
Agitation
AIndicates
pausing
the machine
is
for a brief soak
A cycle that gently
washes and spins moderately to lightly soiled
items and washable knits.
SUPER WASH Cycle
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REFILL
to
I Selected
Level
Use for washing heavily
soiled loads that require
maximum soil removal.
Double the amount of
detergent
recommended
when using the SUPER
WASH Cycle.
The washer will proceed to the
REGULAR/HEAVYCycle. If you
want a different cycle to follow
SUPERWASH,push in the cycle
control knob, turn to the cycle and
time you want, pull knob out to
start.
NOTE: THEWASHERWILLPAUSEBRIEFLY
THROUGHOUTEACH CYCLE.These
pauses are normal. They allow for the reversing of the motor, normal washer
operation, and the cool-down portion of the PERMANENTPRESSCycle.
Other operating instructions
For a rinse and spin
For a drain and spin
When using extra detergent for
heavily soiled clothes, or washing
special-care items, you may want
an extra rinse and spin.
1. Push Control Knob in.
2. Turn clockwise to one of the dots
on the dial, as illustrated.
3. Pull Control Knob out. The washer
will fill to selected level, agitate
2 minutes, drain and spin.
A drain and spin may help shorten
drying times for some heavy fabrics
or special-care items by removing
excess water.
1. Push Control Knob in.
2. Turn clockwise to any bar just
before an OFF area on the dial,
as illustrated.
3. Pull Control Knob out. The washer
will drain and spin.
For agitation
and spin speeds
in each
cycle,
see pages
6-9.
MAGIC CLEAN” lint filter
MAGIC CLEAN
lint filter
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Basket
interior
The lint filter at the bottom of the
washer basket cleans itself. During
agitation, wash and rinse water pass
over the filter, separating lint from
water. The collected particles of lint
are then continuously spun away
from the filter and washed out of the
system at the end of the wash cycle.
If your washer drains into a tub,
remove any lint collected in the tub
or strainer.
Caring for your washer
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WHEN NOT WASHING, keep both
water faucets turned off, this takes the
pressure off the water inlet valve and
hoses.
WIPE UP SPILLS with a soft damp cloth
as soon as they occur. This will help
keep your washer looking like new.
REMOVE SHARP OBJECTS such as
pins, buckles, etc., from clothes before
washing. Close metal zippers.
SHARP OR HEAVY OBJECTS should
never be put on or in the washer.
Check pocket for bolts, nuts, tools, etc
Winterizing
Because some water stays in the washer,
freezing can cause a lot of damage. If your washer
is stored or moved during the cold weather...
1. Shut off both water
faucets. Disconnect
and drain water
inlet hoses,
2. Put a quart of R.Ktype antifreeze in
the basket.
To use the washer again...
1. Flush water pipes and hoses.
2. Connect hoses to the washer.
3. Turn on the water faucets.
3. Set the washer for a
DRAIN and SPIN
(see page IO]. Let it
run for about 30
seconds to mix the
antifreeze and
water.
4. Run the washer
through a complete cycle with
one cup of detergent to clean out
the antifreeze.
If you need service or assistance,
we suggest you follow these steps:
1. Before calling for
assistance...
Performance problems often result
from little things you can find and fix
yourself without tools of any kind.
If your washer
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does not fill:
Is the power supply cord plugged
into a live circuit with the proper
voltage?
Are both water faucets open?
Have you checked your home’s
main fuses or circuit breaker box?
Are the water supply hoses kinked?
Is the Cycle Control Knob set and
pulled out?
does not spin:
Is the lid closed?
Is the power supply cord plugged
into a live circuit with the proper
voltage?
Have you checked your home’s
main fuses or circuit breaker box?
If your washer
stops during
a cycle:
. Remember, the washer pauses
briefly at different times in each
cycle. These pauses are normal.
If your washer fills and drains
without running:
Make sure that the Cycle Control
Knob is pointing to a number in the
cycle.
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Make sure the drain hose is higher
than the water level in the washer. If
it Isn?:
The washer may seem to be draining during wash and rinse cycles.
. Water can siphon out. (See Installation Instructions.)
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2.
If you need
assistance?..
4.
Call Whirlpool
COOL-LINE@ service assistance
telephone
number.
Dial free from anywhere
in the U.S.:
1-800-253-1301
and talk with one of our trained consultants. The consultant can instruct
you in how to obtain satisfactory operation from your appliance or, if service is necessary,
recommend
a
qualified service company in your
area.
If you prefer, write to:
Mr. Donald Skinner
Director of Consumer Relations
Whirlpool Corporation
2000 M-63
Benton Harbor, Ml 49022
Please include a daytime phone
number in your correspondence.
FSP is a registered trademark of
Whirlpool Corporation
for quality
parts. Look for this symbol of quality
whenever you need a replacement
part for your Whirlpool appliance. FSP
replacement
parts will fit right and
work right, because they are made to
the same exacting
specifications
used to build every new Whirlpool
appliance.
To locate FSPreplacement parts in
your area, refer to Step 3 or call the
Whirlpool COOL-LINE service assistance number in Step 2.
5. If you are not satisfied
with how the problem
was solved?..
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If you need service%.
Whirlpool
nationwide
has a
net-
service companies. Whirlpool
service technicians
are trained to
fulfill the product warranty and provide after-warranty
service, anywhere in the United States. To locate
the authorized
Whirlpool
service
company
in your area, call our
COOL-LINE@service assistance telephone number (see Step 2) or look in
your telephone
directory
Yellow
Pages under:
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If YOUneed FSP”
replacement parts%.
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Contact the Major Appliance Consumer Action
Panel (MACAP).
MACAP is a group of independent
consumer experts that voices consumer views at the highest levels of
the major appliance industry.
Contact MACAP only when the
dealer, authorized
servicer
or
Whirlpool have failed to resolve
your problem.
Major Appliance Consumer
Action Panel
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
MACAP will in turn inform us of your
action.
*When requesting assistance, please
provide:
model number, serial
number, date of purchase, and a
complete description of the problem. This information is needed in
order to better respond to your
request.
Notes
WHIRLPOOL
AUTOMATIC
WMHER
WARRANTY
AWOQ3
LENGTH OF WARRANTY
WHIRLPOOL
FULL ONE-YEAR
WARRANTY
From Date of Purchase
FSPE replacement
parts and repair laborto
correct defects in materials
(including
top and
lid rust] or workmanship.
Service must be
provided
by an authorized
WhirlpoolsM service
company.
LIMITED FIVE-YEAR
WARRANTY
From Date of Purchase
FSP replacement
parts for any part of gearcase assembly
if defective
in materials or
workmanship.
The gearcase
assembly
is
shown below.
FSP replacement
parts for any top and lid rust.
LIMITED TEN-YEAR
WARRANTY
From Date of Purchase
FSP replacement
of outer tub should it crack,
or fail to contain water, due to defective
materials
or workmanship.
WHIRLPOOL
WILL PAY FOR
WILL NOT PAY FOR
A. Service calls to:
1. Correct the installation
of the washer.
2. Instruct you how to use the washer.
3. Replace house fuses or correct house wiring or plumbing.
6. Repairs when washer is used in other than normal, single-family
household
use.
C. Pick up and delivery. This product is designed
to be repaired
in
the home.
D. Damage to washer caused by accident,
misuse, fire, flood, acts
of God or use of products not approved
by Whirlpool.
E. Any labor costs during the limited warranties.
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Some states do not allow the exclusion
or limitation of
incidental
or consequential
damages
so this 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.
Outside the United States, a different warranty
may apply. For details, please
contact your franchised
Whirlpool
distributor
or military exchange.
If you need service, first see the “Service and Assistance”
section of this book.
Afler checking
“Service and Assistance:’
additional
help can be found by
calling our COOL-LINE@ service assistance
telephone
number, l-800-253-1301,
from anywhere
in the U.S.
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Service Mark of Whirlpool Corporation
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