Whirlpool 8500 SERIES Operating instructions

Use& CareGuide
2-Position
rack adjuster
(on models so equipped)
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Upper
spray
arm
Water inlet opening
Bottom
rack
Heating
element
POWER CLEAN’”
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panel
Rinseiagent
dispenser
door color
panel
8500SERIESDISHWASHERS
Lower
spray arm
Overfill
protector
Model and
serial number
label
(on right side)
Contents
Important
Safety Instructions
Operating
Instructions..
Before starting your dishwasher
Starting your dishwasher
To add a dish after starting
Changing a cycle setting
Changing an option
What happens in each cycle
What happens in each option
Proper Loading
Adding Detergent.
Using Rinse Agent Dispenser
Connecting
A Portable Dishwasher
For Best Results
Special tips
Common Dishwashing
Problems
If You Need Service Or Assistance
Whirlpool
Dishwasher
Warranty
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01991 Whirlpool Corporation
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.
l Copy model and serial numbers from label
(see diagram on front cover) and purchase date
from sales slip.
l Keep this book and sales slip together in a
handy place.
Model
Serial
Number
Number
Purchase
Service
Date
Company
Phone
Number
If you need service, first see the “Service and
Assistance” section of this book. After checking
“Service and Assistance,” additional help can be
found by calling our Consumer Assistance Center
telephone number, I-800-253-1301,
from anywhere in the U.S.
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It is your responsibility
to be sure your
dishwasher:
l Is installed by a qualified
installer.
0 Has been installed where it is protected from
the elements.
l Has been installed on a floor strong enough to
support its weight.
l Has been properly connected
to electricity, water
and drain.’
l Has been properly electrically
grounded.*
l Has had all hang tags and temporary
labels
removed.
l Is not used by children or anyone unable to
operate it properly.
l Is properly
maintained.
*See Installation Instructions for complete
information.
ImportantSafetyInstructions
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury when using your
dishwasher, follow basic precautions
including the following:
Read all instructions
before using
the dishwasher.
l Properly connect to electricity
and water.
l DISHWASHER
MUST BE ELECTRICALLY
GROUNDED. Read the Installation Instructions
for details.
l Be sure your dishwasher
is installed on a
level floor that will hold the weight, and in an
area suitable for its size and use.
l When discarding
an old dishwasher, always
remove the door to prevent accidental
entrapment or suffocation.
l REMEMBER,
use your dishwasher only for
the job it was designed to do.
l Store dishwasher
detergent in a cool, dry
place WHERE CHILDREN CAN’T REACH IT
l Use ONLY detergents
and rinse agents
recommended for use in a dishwasher.
l Locate sharp items and knives so that they are
not likely to damage door seal or cut the user.
* DO NOT let children play in or on the
dishwasher.
l DO NOT reach into the area below the
bottom rack until the heating element has
cooled for at least 20 minutes.
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DO NOT wash plastic items unless marked
“Dishwasher Safe” or the equivalent. If not
marked, check manufacturer’s
recommendations.
DO NOT use your dishwasher unless all
enclosure panels are properly in place.
DO NOT sit on, stand on or abuse the
dishwasher door or dish racks.
DO NOT tamper with controls.
If hot water has not been used recently
(usually two 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 dishwasher,
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.
Disconnect
electrical
power to the dishwasher before attempting
to service.
DO NOT store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this
or any other appliance. The fumes can create
a fire hazard or explosion.
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OperatingInstructions
The drawings in this book may vary slightly from your dishwasher model. They
are designed to show the different features of all the models covered by this book.
NOTE: Your model may not include all the features shown.
Beforestartingyourdishwasher
1. Properly load the top racks, bottom racks and
silverware basket. See pages 9,10 and 11.
2. Spin the Upper and Lower Spray Arms to
make sure nothing will stop them from turning
freely.
3. Add detergent. See page 12.
4. Check rinse agent dispenser. See page 13.
5. Push door firmly when closing and it will
automatically latch.
6. Run hot water at sink nearest dishwasher until
it is hot. Turn it off.
7. If your model is a portable, connect hose to
faucet. Turn on hot water. See page 14. Plug
in power supply cord to wall outlet. See
page 15.
Operating
Continued
Cycle
Option
Cycle
Instructions
selector
selector
control
buttons
buttons
knob
Toadda dishafterstarting
1. To be sure the added item is washed and
rinsed, make sure the Cycle Control Knob has
not passed LIGHT WASH.
2. Lift up on the door latch to unlatch door and
stop the cycle. Don’t open the door until the
spray arms stop spinning.
3. Open the door and add the dish.
4. Close the door. Do not latch it. Wait 30
seconds for air in the drshwasher to warm up.
This helps reduce the amount of moisture that
can come from the vent when restarting the
cycle.
5. Press door in to latch it. The dishwasher will
start where It stopped.
Changinga cyclesetting
You can change a setting anytime during any
cycle.
1. Lift up on the door latch to unlatch the door and
stop the cycle. Do not open the door until the
spray arms stop spinning.
2. Turn the Cycle Control Knob clockwise to the
cycle you want.
3. Be sure the detergent dispensers are filled
properly for the new cycle. When changing the
dial from LIGHT WASH to POTS & PANS, or
NORMAL WASH setting, detergent is released.
Reload covered section of dispenser before
starting Pots & Pans or Normal Wash Cycles.
4. Close and latch the door. The dishwasher will
automatically start the new cycle.
Changingan option
If you want to change a selected option, push the
RESET OPTIONS Button. Re-select an option,
if desired.
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Operating
Continued
Instructions
Whathappensin eachcycle
Pots 8 Pans Cycle
A double wash with maximum cleaning for
cooked-on or baked-on foods. Timer delays while
the dishwasher heats the water to 140°F (60°C) in
both washes and the last rinse (marked 7). Cycle
time* is about 1% to 2 hours, depending on time
needed to heat water.
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Normal Wash Cycle
A single wash for normal, everyday soiled loads.
(The Energy Guide Label is based on this cycle.)
Cycle time* is about 78 minutes plus the time
needed to heat the water to 140°F (60°C) in the
wash (markedtt) if the Lo-Energy Option is not
selected. (See page 8.)
Rinse
Rinse
Washtt
Wash+
Rinse
Rinse
‘Cycle time includes heated dry times.
Rinse 8 Hold Cycle
For rinsing a few items to be washed one or more
days later. Cycle time is about 14 minutes. Do not
use detergent. Use Air Dry Option only. Heat Dry
Option may cause food to bake on dishes.
Light Wash Cycle
A single wash for pre-rinsed or lightly soiled loads.
Cycle time* is about 62 minutes plus the time
needed to heat the water to 140°F (60°C) in the
wash (marked??) if the Lo-Energy Option is not
selected. (See page 8.)
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Rinse
Rinse
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*Cycle time includes heated dry time.
Operating
Continued
Instructions
Whathappensin eachoption
Water heating
The dishwasher will heat water during portions of
the Pots & Pans, Normal and Light Wash Cycles to
improve washability (see pages 6 and 7). The
Cycle Control Knob does not move while the water
is heating. The heating time is based on the temperature of the water supply as it enters the dishwasher. The cooler the water, the longer the
heating time. When the water temperature
reaches 140°F (6o”C), the Cycle Control Knob will
begin moving again. If the water supply is already
hot enough, the dishwasher will not pause.
ho-Energy
Option
The dishwasher will not heat the wash water as
described above when the Lo-Energy Option is
selected. This will reduce the amount of electricity
needed to run the dishwasher, but loads may
not wash as well if the water supply temperature
is too low.
Air Dry Option
Air in the dishwasher is automatically heated
during the “dry” part of all cycles except Rinse
& Hold.
If the Air Dry Option is selected, air in the dishwasher is not heated. Using this option helps save
energy, but dishes take longer to dry (overnight)
and some spotting may result. Some items (such
as plastics) may need towel drying.
For best drying results, use a liquid rinse agent
such as Jet-Dry.E
ProperLoading
Preparation
for loading
It is not necessary
to rinse dishes before
putting them into the dishwasher.
Just
remove large pieces, bones and other hard items.
The POWER CLEAN TMModule will remove food
particles from the water. It contains a chopping
device which will reduce the size of food items.
If hard items such as fruit seeds, nuts and egg
shells enter the POWER CLEAN Module, you
might hear chopping, gnnding, crunching or buzzing sounds. Those sounds are normal when hard
items enter the module. Do not let metallic items
(i.e. pot handle screws) get into the POWER
CLEAN Module. This could result in damage to the
POWER CLEAN Module.
Always load dishes so soiled surfaces are
reached by spray from rotating spray arms. Water
must be able to drain off completely for best drying
results. Be careful to separate items so spray can
reach all surfaces.
Top rack loading
The top rack is designed for cups, glasses and
smaller items.
Cup and glass load
Place so open ends face down for cleanrng
and draining.
l Load
glasses in top rack only. Bottom rack is
not designed for glasses. Damage may occur.
l Place items in the rows between
prongs. Placrng them over the prongs can lead to breakage.
l Be sure lightweight
items are held firmly in place.
l China, crystal and other delicate items must not
touch each other dunng dishwasher operatron.
Damage may occur.
l
Cup and glass load
Mixed load
Load plastic items only in the top rack.
Only plastic items marked “dishwasher safe”
are recommended.
l Load plastic items so the force of the spray does
not move them during the cycle.
l Plastic items can be melted in the bottom rack.
l
Utensil load
l Small bowls, pans and other utensils can be
placed In the top rack.
Mixed load
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Adjustable
P-position
top rack
(on models so equipped)
Raise or lower the rack to fit tall items in either the
top or bottom rack.
l Turn adjuster
in either direction to raise or lower
the rack.
l The rack is in position
when the adjuster clicks
in place.
Bottom rack loading
Items with cooked-on or dried-on food should
be loaded in the bottom rack, with soiled surfaces
facing inward to the spray.
Mixed load
Make sure pot handles and other items do not
stop rotation of either the upper or lower spray
arm. Spray arms must move freely.
l Load items so they do not block or cover the
spray tower.
l Securely
place heavily soiled cookware face
down in rack.
l
Dish load
Place plates, soup bowls, etc., between prongs
and facing Inward to the spray.
l Do not place Items drrectly over spray tower.
l
Utensil load
l Load cookie
sheets, cake pans and other large
items at sides and back. Loading such items in
front may keep water spray from reaching
detergent dispenser and silverware basket.
NOTE:
Do not load glasses, cups or plastic items in the
bottom rack.
l When lower rack IS removed,
replace with
bumpers In front.
l
Utensil load
Silverware
basket loading
Load forks and spoons so they don’t nest
together. Spray can’t reach nested Items.
Mix items in each section of the basket. Small
items - baby bottle caps, jar lids, etc. -can be
put in any section.
The silverware basket can be loaded while it’s in
place on the door, or it can be taken out for loading
on the counter or table.
It can also be removed for easy unloading.
Always unload or remove the basket before unloading the racks to avoid spelling water droplets
on the silverware.
To remove the basket, slide it toward the top
of the door - by the handle. Lift it off the holding
buttons.
To replace the basket, set it on the holding
buttons. Slide the basket toward the bottom of the
door until it locks in place.
To open the basket, unhook the latch as
shown. Be sure the cover is completely latched
before pulling out the bottom rack and before
closing the dishwasher door.
Personal Injury Hazard
To avoid cuts from sharp items (knives,
forks, skewers, etc.), make sure these items
are put in point down.
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:
AddingDetergent
What
Powdered
See phosphorus
Cover
dishwasher
content
Cover
Use covered secti
Normal Wash Cyc
labels.
Latch
section
Use both sections
for...
Pots 8%Pans Cycle
Medium
soft
12
to use
for...
The detergent
dispenser
The detergent dispenser has one section with a
cover and one without.
l For cycles with one wash, put detergent
in one
section only.
- Use the open section if the cycle begins with
a wash.
- Use the covered section if the cycle begins
with a rinse.
l For cycles with two washes, put detergent
in
both sections.
l Push the cover down until it is latched.
Detergent in the open section falls into the dishwasher when the door is closed. The covered
section opens automatically when the main
wash starts.
NOTE: It is normal for the cover to open partially
when dispensing detergent. The cover will open
fully when the door is opened.
How
Hard
of detergent
Use automatic
dishwasher
detergent
only.
Other detergents are too mild and much too sudsy
to work in the dishwasher.
Different brands of dishwasher detergent have
different amounts of phosphorus for softening
water. If water is hard and phosphorus content is
low (6.0% or less), you may need to use more
detergent or use a brand with a higher phosphorus
content (8.7% or higher).
Do not add detergent until you are ready to
wash. Fresh automatic
dishwasher
detergent
is necessary
for best washing results.
Store detergent tightly closed in a cool, dry place.
detergent
on product
kind
much
detergent
to use
The amount of detergent to use depends on the
hardness of your water. If too little is used, dishes
won’t be clean. However, if too much is used in
soft water, glassware will begin to etch.
Find out your water’s hardness by asking your
local water department, water softener company
or county extension agent.
l HARD - Fill 1 or both sections to top line if water
hardness is 8 or more grains per gallon, or 136 or
more parts per million.
l MEDIUM
- Fill 1 or both sections to middle line if
water hardness is 5 to 7 grains per gallon, or 85
to 119 parts per million.
l SOFT - Fill 1 or both sections to bottom line if
water hardness is 0 to 4 grains per gallon, or 0 to
68 parts per million.
UsingRinseAgentDispenser
Rinse agent dispenser
Keep the rinse agent dispenser filled with a liquid
rinse agent such as Jet-Dry.% A rinse agent
greatly improves the drying of dishes by
helping water flow off of them during the
last rinse. A rinse agent also keeps water from
forming droplets and drying as spots. A small
amount of rinse agent is automatically released
into the rinse water during the final rinse of
each cycle.
For best drying results, check the
dispenser
periodically
to see if it needs
refilling. The center of the Fill Indicator Cap
will be clear when dispenser needs refilling. An
“E” will also be visible inside the dispenser when
the cap is removed and the dispenser is empty.
The dispenser will hold 6 ounces of rinse agent.
Under normal conditions, this will last about 3
months. You do not have to wait until the dispenser
is empty to refill it, but do not overfill it.
Make sure the dishwasher door IS fully open
when filling the dispenser. Do not fill past the
smallest opening in the lower pat-t of the dispenser.
If you overfill, excess rinse agent can come out.
This will not harm the dishwasher, but could cause
over-sudsing. Clean up any spilled rinse agent
with a damp cloth. Replace the Fill Indicator Cap
and keep it lightly closed.
NOTE: Because your dishwasher is designed to
use a liquid rinse agent, you do not need to use a
solid or bar-type rinse agent.
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Connecting
A PortableDishwasher
A special adapter must be installed on the faucet
before the dishwasher can be connected.
Complete instructions and the adapter are packed
with your dishwasher.
When moving your dishwasher, make sure the
door is latched. Hold the dishwasher at the top
front corners.
Before starting
1. Run water at faucet until it is hot. Turn it off.
2. Pull hoses out of their storage compartment
the back.
HoA connector
on
3. Pull down on the locking collar while lifting the
hose connector onto the faucet adapter.
4. When the connector snaps into place, release
the locking collar.
5. Turn the hot water on slowly until it is all the
way on.
6. Plug in power supply cord.
7. See pages 3 and 4 to start the dishwasher.
While dishwasher
is running
You can draw water from the faucet while the dishwasher is connected. Do not draw water while the
dishwasher is filling or while water is being
pumped out. (This helps prevent a low fill when
dishwasher is filling, or mixing drain water with
fresh water.)
1. Press red button on hose connector to get the
water you want. (The faucet is set on hot. Adjust
faucet for the water you want.)
2. Be sure you return cold water to off, and
that hot water is full on.
When cycle is finished
1. Turn hot water off. (This can be done after the
last rinse.)
2. Press the red button on the connector to release
the water pressure.
3. Lift slightly on the hose connector while pulling
down the locking collar. Pull down on the
connector.
4. Empty any remaining water from the connector.
5. Unplug power supply cord and return to storage
compartment.
6. Return hoses to storage compartment.
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3-Prong
grounding
Plug
Power supply cord
I 3-Prong
grounding type
wall receptacle
Electrical
Connection
A power supply of 120 volts, 60 Hz AC, 15 or 20
amps, is required. For your personal safety, this
appliance must be grounded. This appliance is
equipped with a power supply cord having a
3-prong grounding plug. To minimize possible
shock hazard it must be plugged into a mating
3-prong grounding type wall receptacle, grounded
in accordance with the National Electrical Code
and local codes and ordinances. If a mating wall
receptacle is not available, it is the responsibility
and obligation of the customer to have a properly
grounded 3-prong wall receptacle installed by a
qualified electrician.
Personal Injury Hazard
An extension cord should not be used with
this appliance. Such use may result in a fire,
electrical shock or other personal injury.
Do not, under any circumstances,
remove
the power supply cord ground prong.
Converting
to built-in
Your Whirlpool Portable Dishwasher can be converted to a built-in (undercounter) model by using
conversion kit No. 4317856. The kit is available at
your Whirlpool dealer or authorized WhirlpoolsM
service company. Instructions are included with
the kit.
Caring for simulated
wood top
The simulated wood top can be used as a utility
work surface for most kitchen jobs. It is stronger
and more easily cleaned than genuine wood.
The top can be used as a cutting board. Knife
marks will be visible but will not seriously damage
top. Hot items from the oven can be placed on
the top.
Clean with warm, soapy water. For dried-on
foods, use a scouring pad.
ForBestResults
Hot water is a must
Hot water dissolves and activates the dishwashing
detergent. Hot water dissolves grease on dishes
and helps dry glasses spot-free. Make certain
loads are washed in hot water. Two ways to have a
reliable hot water supply...
1. Maintain a 140°F (60°C) water supply at central
water heater. To check water temperature, turn
on hot water faucet nearest the dishwasher.
Let water run until it is as hot as possible, then
check with a candy or meat thermometer.
If the temperature at the faucet is below 135°F
(57”(C), have a qualified person raise the
water heater thermostat setting.
2. Do not use Lo-Energy Option. When this option
is off, a thermostat will delay the cycle while the
dishwasher heats the water until the temperature reaches 140°F (60°C).
NOTE: When Lo-Energy Option is off and the
water is hot enough at the start, the cycle will proceed with no delay. This lets you turn down your
water heater, if you choose, without cutting back
on hot water needed for good dishwashing.
China: Check manufacturer’s recommendations.
l-land-painted, metal-trimmed, and antique china
fade due to high water temperatures and alkaline
detergent solution In the drshwasher.
Quiet operating
tips
avoid thumping and clattering noises dunng
operation:
l Make sure lightweight
load Items are secured In
the rack.
. Make sure pot lids and handles, pizza pans,
cookie sheets, etc. do not touch interior walls or
Interfere with either of the spray arms rotatron.
9 Load dishes so they don’t touch one another.
Flatware: Salty and acidic food may tarnish
silver and stainless flatware If allowed to remain
on the utensils. A film may form on sterling silver
and silver plate items washed In a dishwasher.
This film IS caused by reaction of srlver with
chlorine in the detergent. Gold flatware is not
dishwasher
safe. The adhesive used in some
flatware wrth hollow handles is not heat resistant,
causing the handles to come off In the dishwasher.
Wash by hand.
TIPS: Rinse flatware as soon as possible,
especrally If It is not to be washed right away.
Dishwasher detergent may remove antique
flnrshes. Wash by hand. Tarnish and film
burld-up can be removed with silver polish.
TO
NOTE: Keep sink drain plugs inserted during
dishwasher operation to prevent noise transfer
through drains.
Specialtips
Remember, use your dishwasher only for the
job it was designed to do. Some items are not
dishwasher safe or may require special care.
Read these special tips for the following items:
Aluminum:
Alumtnum loses its bright, shiny
appearance and darkens in color due to minerals
in the water and the alkalinity of the dishwasher
detergent. Colored aluminum may fade.
TIPS: If washed in the dishwasher avoid
placing directly In front of detergent dispenser
where it could be sprinkled with undissolved
detergent, causing spotting, pitting, and
discoloration. Follow utensil manufacturer’s
cleaning instructions.
NOTE: Delicate, antique items should not be
washed In the drshwasher
TIPS: Load china carefully. Do not allow
pieces to touch each other. Test one piece by
washing It dally in the dishwasher for several
weeks. Then compare It with the rest of the
set to see 11 colors have changed
Crystal and decorative
glasses: Crystal can
break from sudden exposure to high water temperature. Metal trim and colorful decoration on glass
WIIIfade m time when washed In the dishwasher.
NOTE: Delicate. antique Items should not be
washed in the dishwasher.
TIPS: Load crystal carefully in top rack
only. Be sure to load a few larger Items In the
bottom rack to reduce amount of force of
water spray reaching glassware from lower
spray arm Use the shortest cycle.
Cast iron utensils: The seasoned finish will be
removed In the dishwasher. Rusting will result.
TIPS: Wash by hand. To re-season, coat with
unsalted fat and heat In a slow oven for an
hour or two.
Plastics: Many plastics will have “Dishwasher
Safe” written on them. Some plastics are heat
sensitive and may melt or warp.
TIPS: If in doubt, try one piece. Place in
upper rack on!y. Air Dry Option provides
additional protection.
Non-stick
finish utensils: Most can be washed
in the dishwasher.
TIPS: Follow manufacturer’s suggestions,
Wood: Many wooden Items WIII crack and warp or
lose therr frnlsh.
TIPS: Do not wash cutting boards, wooden
salad bowls or knaves with wooden handles In
the drshwasher.
Pewter or pewter-like
materials:
Items may
streak, discolor, and prt.
TIPS: To keep pewter at I& very best, hand
wash with mild detergent.
Energy saving tips
You can help save energy if you:
1. Wash full loads. Running a half-filled dishwasher uses the same amount of electricity and
hot water as a fully loaded machine.
2. Use the Light Wash Cycle whenever
possible.
It uses less hot water and energy
than other cycles.
3. Air dry dishes when you don’t need a rapid
drying cycle. Allow longer drying times (overnight). Use a rinse agent to improve drying.
4. Load correctly
for best washing results.
Incorrect loading may cause poor washing and
the need to rewash all or part of the load.
5. Do not pre-rinse
normally soiled dishes.
Select the correct cycle for the load and use the
recommended amount of detergent for good
washing results without hand rinsing.
6. Use your dishwasher
during off-peak hours.
Local utilities recommend this to avoid heavy
usage of energy at certain times of day.
7. Select the Lo-Energy
Option. The automatic water heating in the main wash will be
turned off.
NOTE: Loads may not wash well if the water
temperature is too low.
Dishwasher
care 8 cleaning
Exterior - Regular use of a soft, damp cloth or
sponge and a mild detergent is all that is necessary, in most cases, to keep the outside of your
dishwasher nice looking and clean.
Interior - Hard water minerals may cause a white
film to build-up on the inside surfaces, especially
just beneath the door area. To clean dishwasher
interior:
1. Apply powdered dishwasher detergent to a
damp sponge to make a paste.
OR
2. Use liquid automatic dishwasher detergent and
clean with damp sponge.
Wear rubber gloves. Do not use any type of
cleanser other than automatic dishwasher detergent because it may cause foaming or sudsing.
CommonDishwashing
Problems
Spotting
and filming
Hard water
Fill detergent dispensers to capacity. Use
dishwasher detergent with highest available
phosphorus content. May be necessary to
install water softener.
To remove spots and film, try a vinegar rinse..
1. Wash and rinse load as usual. Use Air Dry
Option.
2. Remove all metal items.
3. Put 2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar in a
container on the bottom rack.
4. Run dishwasher through a complete washing
cycle.
Water is not hot enough
Water temperature should be at least 140°F
(SO’C). Set water heater thermostat to a higher
setting. Run water at sink until hot before starting
and do not use Lo-Energy Option.
Not enough detergent,
or improper
detergent
Use more dishwasher detergent. Use detergent
with highest available phosphorus content.. .especially with hard water.
“Old” detergent
Use only fresh dishwasher detergent. Store
tightly closed container, in cool, dry place.
Discard old detergent. Do not fill dispensers
until ready to start dishwasher.
Improper
loading
Make sure dishes and glassware are loaded
so spray reaches all surfaces and items drain
properly. Do not overload. Do not nest items.
Make sure large items do not block spray from
reaching detergent dispensers.
No rinse agent
Does the rinse agent dispenser need filling?
See instructions on page 13.
AIR DRY Setting used
Drying wlthout heat may result in some spotting
of glasses and silver.
Small particles
deposited
on items
Spray arm not rotating freely
Check spray arms to make sure they turn freely
after loading. Be sure a utensil has not prevented
their turning.
“Old” detergent
Use only fresh dishwasher detergent. Store
tightly closed container, in cool. dry place.
Discard old detergenl. Do not fill dispensers
until ready to start dishwasher.
Not enough detergent,
or improper
detergent
Use more dishwasher detergent. Use detergent
with highest available phosphorus content...
especially with hard water.
Water is not hot enough
Water temperature should be at least 140°F
(60°C). Set water heater thermostat to a higher
setting. Run water at sink until hot before starting
and do not use Lo-Energy Option.
Water pressure may be low, dishwasher
iS
not filling properly
If water pressure is low, do not use water for olher
purposes while dishwasher is running (to assure
correct fills).
Dishes not dry
No rinse agent
Does the rinse agent dispenser need filling?
See instructions on page 13.
Water is not hot enough
Water temperature should be at least 140°F
(60°C). Set water heater thermostat to a higher
setting. Run water at sink until hot before starting.
Improper
loading
Make sure dishes and glassware are loaded
so spray reaches all surfaces and items drain
properly. Do not overload. Do not nest items.
AIR DRY Setting used
Allow more time when using Air Dry Option, or
use Heat Dry Option. Plastic items may need
towel drying.
Black marks on dishes
Aluminum
utensils rubbing against items
during washing
Use care in loading aluminum utensils,
especially any lightweight foil container. Place so
they do not touch dishes. Remove black marks
with plastic scouring pad and a mild abrasive
cleanser.
Chipping
or breaking glassware
Improper
loading
Do not overload. Load glasses in the top rack only.
Load between prongs, not over them. Glasses
loaded over prongs will not be supported and may
chip or break.
Dishes
not washing
clean
Water is not hot enough
Water temperature should be at least 140°F
(60°C). Set water heater thermostat to a higher
setting. Run water at sink until hot before starting
and do not use Lo-Energy Option.
Improper
loading
Make sure dishes and glassware are loaded
so spray reaches all surfaces and items drain
properly. Do not overload. Do not nest items.
Make sure large items do not block spray from
reaching detergent dispensers.
Spray arm or arms not rotating freely
Check spray arms to make sure they turn freely
after loading. Be sure a utensil has not prevented
their turning.
Not enough detergent
or improper
detergent
Use more dishwasher detergent. Use detergent
with highest available phosphorus content..
especially with hard water.
“Old” detergent
Use only fresh dishwasher detergent. Store
tightly closed container, in cool, dry place.
Discard old detergent. Do not fill dispensers
until ready to start dishwasher.
Water pressure may be low, dishwasher
is
not filling properly
lf water pressure is low, do not use water for other
purposes while dishwasher is running (to assure
correct fills).
Cloudy film on glassware,
permanent
corrosion
etching
-
Too much detergent
in soft water
Check for rainbow hue on glasses. A rainbow
hue is the first sign of etching (corrosron of glass).
Reduce the amount of dishwasher detergent.
Use a detergent with a lower phosphorus content
Inadequate
rinsing
If water pressure is low do not use water for other
purposes while dishwasher is running (to assure
correct water fills). Make sure dishes and glassware are loaded properly to assure adequate
nnsing and draining. Do not overload.
Dishes 8 interior
yellow or brown
of dishwasher
Iron or manganese
in water
Temporary
remedy:
1. Set emptydishwasher
for a “one wash” cycle.
2. Start dishwasher and unlatch door to stop it
when it has filled for the wash part of the cycle.
3. Add ‘/4 to % cup (120 to 240 mL) of citric acid
crystals (usually available in drugstores).
4. Close and latch door to complete cycle.
Permanent
solution:
Install an iron or
manganese filter or water softener to home
water supply.
Rust spots on stainless
steel - OR - Dark
spots on flatware: stainless
steel, silver
plate, or sterling
Allowing
salty or acidic foods such as
mayonnaise,
vinegar, fruit juices, salad
dressings,
milk products to remain on
flatware
Rinse flatware that is to stand for several hours
before washing (use the Rinse & Hold Cycle).
Clean stained items with silver polish and re-wash
Do not put stainless steel and silver flatware in
the same silverware basket compartment. Direct
contact between these metals can cause permanent damage to the silver.
Undissolved
detergent
coming in COntaCt
with flatware
Remove spots with silver polish. Avoid spilling
concentrated detergent on wet flatware.
Bronze tarnish on silverplate
Silverplate
is worn off. Exposed base metal
takes on a bronzed hue
Remove tarnish with silver polish. Have silver
replated.
Water left in bottom of dishwasher
above grate
Dishwasher
cycle not completed
Allow dishwasher to complete cycle. Some
remaining water is normal and keeps seals
from drying.
Clogged drain air gap
Some plumbing codes require use of a drain air
gap between an undercounter
dishwasher and
the drain system of the house. The air gap is usually located above the sink or on the top of the
counter near the dishwasher to prevent the possibility of water backing up from the drain into the
dishwasher due lo a plugged drain. The dram air
gap is not a part of the dishwasher and is not
covered by the dishwasher warranty. The drain air
gap should be kept clean to ensure proper draining of the dishwasher.
19
If YouNeedServiceOrAssistance
Wesuggestyoufollow
thesesteps:
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 dishwasher
will not run, or stops
during a cycle:
0 Is the door tightly closed and securely latched?
0 Has the cycle been correctly set?
* Is the water turned on?
+ Have you checked your home’s main fuses or
circuit breaker box?
. Is the dishwasher connected to a live circuit with
the proper voltage?
. If the motor has stopped because of an overload,
it will automatically reset itself within a few minutes. If the motor does not start, call for service.
If your dishwasher
seems to run too long:
0 Are you using Pots & Pans Cycle or have you
turned off the Lo-Energy Option? The dishwasher may be waiting for the water to heat.
If dishwasher
won’t fill:
* Is overfill protector stuck in “up” position?
Overfill protector should move up and down
freely. Press down to release.
If water remains in the dishwasher:
Has the cycle completed?
. A small amount of remaining water is normal.
l Is drain air gap clogged?
l
If detergent
remains in the covered
detergent
cup:
l Is the bottom rack in backwards?
(The rack
bumpers should be at the front.)
l Is the dishwasher
detergent fresh and dry
without lumps?
* Is the cycle completed?
If white residue appears on front of access
panel:
l Is more detergent
being used than needed? See
page 12 for recommended amounts of detergent.
l Some liquid detergents
develop excess foam
and build up on exterior of access panel. Try a
different brand to reduce foaming and eliminate
build-up.
If you hear grinding,
grating, crunching,
buzzing sounds:
l A hard object has probably
entered the POWER
CLEAN’” Module. The sound should stop when
the object is ground up.
If dishes aren’t as dry as you expected:
. Is the rinse agent dispenser filled? Using a rinse
agent greatly improves drying. (See page 13.)
2. If you need assistance*...
Call Whirlpool
Consumer
Assistance
Center
telephone
number. Dial free from anywhere
in the U.S.:
l-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.
3. If you need service*...
Whirlpool has a nationwide
network of authorized
01” WhirlpoolSM service commi,+l
SERVlCEpanies. Whirlpool service
-i-Y
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
Consumer Assistance Center telephone number
(see Step 2) or look in your telephone directory
Yellow Pages under:
APPLIANCES
- HOUSEnOLD
ELECTRICAL
APPLIANCES
MPlJclR
- SERVICE
(LREPAIR
MA.lORREPAIRING
I PARTS
OR
WASHING
MACHINES.
DRYERS
BIRONERS
- SER”ICING
WHIRLPOCIL
APPLlANCtS
AUTHORIZED
WHIRLPOOL
SERVICE
SERV,C’E
m.1!?4.v,ES
XYISER”lCE
co
123
MAPLE
9999999
4. If you need FSP’ replacement
parts*...
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 FSP replacement parts in your area,
refer to Step 3 above or call the Whirlpool Consumer Assistance Center number in Step 2.
5. If you are not satisfied with how the
problem was solved’...
l 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.
l 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
l 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
POWER CLEAN”
washing
covered by your warranty
Tl
system
parts
Upper
spray
arm
I
Spray
tower
POWER CLEAN’”
23
WHIRLPOOL’
Dishwasher
Warranty
LENGTH
OF WARRANTY
WHIRLPOOL
DWO16
WILL PAY FOR
FULL ONE-YEAR WARRANTY
From Date of Purchase
FSPm replacement parts and repair labor to correct defects
in materials or workmanship. Service must be provided by an
authorized WhirlpoolSMservice company.
LIMITED ONE-YEAR
WARRANTY
Second Year From
Date of Purchase
FSP replacement parts for any part of the POWER CLEAN’”
Washing System if defective in materials or workmanship.
These parts are shown on page 23 of this book.
LIMITED NINE-YEAR
WARRANTY
Second Through Tenth Year
From Date of Purchase
FSP replacement of the DURAPERM’” tub and/or inner door
should they fail to contain water due to defective materials or
workmanship.
WHIRLPOOL
WILL NOT PAY FOR
A. Service calls to:
1 Correct the installation of the dishwasher.
2. Instruct you how to use the dishwasher.
3. Replace house fuses or correct house wiring or plumbing.
B. Repairs when dishwasher 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 dishwasher caused by accident, misuse, fire, flood, acts of God or use of
products not approved by Whirlpool.
E. Any labor costs during limited warranties.
F. Repairs to parts or systems caused by unauthorized modifications made to the appliance.
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 authorized
Whirlpool distributor or military exchange.
If you need service, first see the “Service and Assistance” section of this book. After checking “Set-vice and
Assistance,” additional help can be found by calling our Consumer Assistance Center telephone number,
l-800-253-1301,
from anywhere in the U.S.
@Registered Trademark/TM
Part No. 3369104 Rev. C
‘cl991 Whirlpool Corporation
Trademark/SM
Service Mark of Whirlpool Corporation
Printed in U.S.A.