Whirlpool LE6150XS Operating instructions

Use& CareGuide
Cycle control knob
and temDerature
Start button
Lint screen
Dryer drum
ading door
Drum light
(not shown)
important Safety instructions .................... .3
Additional safety instructions and your
responsibilities ............................................. 3
Operating Instructions
Stating your dryer ....................................... 4
The automatic cycles .................................. 6
Timed drying ............................................... 7
Using TUMBLE PRESS@............................. 7
Using damp dry ........................................... 7
Additional Dryer Features
Gentle heat system .....................................
End-of-cycle signal ...................................... :
Lint signal .................................................... 8
Caring For Your Dryer
Cleaning the lint screen ............................... 9
Lint screen maintenance ............................. 9
Cleaning the dryer .....................................
Lint removal .............................................. i:
Changing the drum light ............................ 13
For Visually And Physically impaired
Consumers ................................................. 13
if You Need Service Or Assistance ......... .14
Whirlpool Automatic Dryer Warranty ....... 16
01992 Whirlpool Corporation
If your dryer has a Consumer Buy Guide
label, remove it. It will be easier to remove
before the dryer is used. To remove any
remaining glue:
l Rub briskly with thumb to make a ball, then
l Soak area with liquid hand dishwashing
detergent before removing glue as described
Do not use sharp instruments, rubbing alcohol, flammable fluids or abrasive cleaners.
These can damage the finish. See ‘Important
Safety Instructions” on page 3.
NOTE: Do not remove any permanent instruction labels inside the dryer.
You should wipe out the dryer drum with a
damp cloth before using to remove dust from
storing or shipping.
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
aCopy model and serial numbers from label
(on the frame behind the door) and purchase
date from sales slip.
l Keep this book, the Dryer Guide and the
sales slip together in a handy place.
Model Number
Serial Number
Purchase Date
Service Company Phone Number
if you smell gas:
1. Open windows.
2. Don’t touch electrical switches.
3. Extinguish any open flame.
4. immediately call your gas supplier.
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
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury to persons when
using your dryer, follow basic precautions, including the following:
DO NOT tamper with the controls.
You are responsible for making sure
that your dryer is installed, repaired and
has parts replaced by a qualified person.
Use only fabric softeners specifically
labeled as not being harmful to the dryer.
FIRE HAZARD and DAMAGE to materials can result from:
- drying rubber, rubber-like and heat
sensitive materials with heat.
allowing lint build-up inside the dryer or
- exhaust system. Cleaning should be
done periodically by a qualified person.
Clean lint screen before or after each
DO NOT let dust, lint, paper, rags, chemicals, etc. pile up around or under the
Dryer must be electrically grounded. See
the Installation Instructions.
Read ail instructions before using the
NEVER dry items cleaned, washed,
soaked in or spotted with wax, paint,
gasoline or flammable fluids in the dryer.
The fumes can create a FIRE HAZARD
or EXPLOSION. ALWAYS hand launder
and air dry fabrics containing these
NEVER allow children to operate, play
with or crawl inside the dryer. Close
supervision of children is necessary when
the dryer is used near children.
DO NOT reach into a dryer if the drum is
When discarding an old dryer, ALWAYS
remove the door to prevent accidental
DO NOT install or store dryer where it will
be exposed to the weather.
Additionalsafetyinstructionsandyour responsibilities
NEVER operate the dryer if:
- it is not working right (i.e. noisy,
too hot).
- it is damaged.
- parts are missing (i.e. door latch).
- all panels are not in place.
- the lint screen is loose, damaged or
ALWAYS shut off the gas valve before
leaving on vacation if you have a gas
ALWAYS unplug the power supply cord
or turn off electrical power before attempting to service the dryer. Shut off GAS
VALVE if you have a gas dryer.
You are responsible for making sure
that your dryer:
- is properly maintained.
- is properly installed and leveled on a
floor that can support the weight in a
well ventilated room.*
- is located in an area where the temperature is above 45°F (7°C).
- is connected to the proper outlet and
electrical supply.’
- is properly connected to fuel and exhaust systems.*
- is not installed against drapes or curtains.’
- is used only for jobs normally expected
of home clothes dryers.
- is not used by anyone unable to operate it properly.
*See the Installation Instructions for
complete information.
Startingyour dryer
Be sure to refer to the chart below and the Dryer Guide for proper sorting, loading and control
setting information before starting your dryer.
NOTE: Do not overdry. Overdrying can cause shrinkage, static cling, and damage some fabrics.
pads, quik
HEAVYWElGHT-Twtek, jems, corduroys,
LIGHTWElGHT-Wstes, ogand%, lingerie
MEDIlJMWElGHTShirts, playdothes, sheets, slacks
T&iris, siack, shirts
MEDIUMWElGHT+mthetics (@yes&r, acrylii, etc.),
dress slacb, skirts, sveaters
LIGHTWE~GHT+IUX%CS @Iyear, aaylii etc.) and
blends, lingerie, blouses, dresses
sheer curtains (2 of 3 pimels), gauze, laaz, etc.
Fire Hazard
Drying rubber, plastic and other heat-sensitive
damage them or be a FIRE HAZARD.
materials with heat can
Line Dry
(See Dryer Guide)
1. Select a cycle by turning the Cycle Control
Knob either way. Stop when the indicator
on the knob’s outer ring points to the cycle
and setting you want. See pages 6-7 for
further cycle information.
2. Push the Start Button to start
the dryer.
To stop and restart the dryer
l Open the door or turn the Cyde Control
Knob to OFF to stop the dryer.
l Close the door, select a cycle (if necessary)
and push the Start Button to restart the
To change the cycle and/or time, turn the
Cycle Control Knob either way to point to a
new setting.
The Cycle Control Knob should point to an
OFF area when the dryer is not in use. If the
dryer is stopped before the cycle is finished,
turn the Cycle Control Knob to an OFF area.
The automatic cycles allow you to select the
degree of dryness you prefer for the dothes
being dried.
The automatic DRY-MISER@ control is a
thermostat that senses the dryer air temperature. The dryer automatically shuts off when
the selected dryness is reached.
The Cycle Control Knob will not move until
the clothes load is almost dry, or the cooldown portion of the cyde has been reached.
After the cool-down portion is complete, the
Cyde Control Knob automatically moves to an
OFF area and tumbling stops.
Use KNITS to dry knitted items and lightweight delicate fabrics. The load tumbles
without heat during the last 5 minutes. This
helps make the load easier to handle.
For the first few loads, set the Cyde Control
Knob to point to the + in either automatic cycle.
When the dryer stops, feel the dried items.
l If items are drier than you like, use a setting
to the right of the t the next time you dry a
similar load.
l If items are not as dry as you like, use a
setting to the left of the * the next time you
dry a similar load.
NOTE: Overdrying can cause shrinkage, static
cling and damage to some fabrics.
Use the TIMED DRYING cycle for any load
you want to dry by time. This cycle is designed
for small loads, large bulky items or items to
be fluffed or dusted.
Turn the Cycle Control Knob to the number
of minutes you want from 10 to 70. The last
5 minutes of this cycle are without heat to help
make the load easier to handle.
The TUMBLE PRESS setting removes
wrinkles from dothing that has been packed in
a suitcase or closet, and from items not removed from the dryer at the end of a cycle.
1. Set the Cycle Control Knob on TUMBLE
2. Push the Start Button.
The load will tumble in heated air for 10 minutes. Then the dryer will tumble the clothesfor
10 more minutes without heat.
For best results, put only a few items at a
time in this cycle. As soon as the dryer stops,
put the items on hangers or fold them.
Use this setting to dry damp items that do not
require an entire drying cyde, or to dry items
to damp level. (Two examples are heavy
cottons, such as jeans, which you do not want
to become stiff, or cotton clothes which are
easier to press when damp.)
l.Set the Cycle Control Knob on DAMP DRY.
2. Push the Start Button.
The dryer tumbles the load with heat for 20
minutes, then without heat for 10 minutes.
For better fabric care, the Gentle Heat system
helps prevent overdrying. Drying temperatures are automatically reduced to a lower
heat setting during the last few minutes of
Gentle Heat is followed by a cool-down
period in all cycles to make your clothes
easier to handle.
3’ \’
The dryer sounds a signal to let you know
when the cycle is finished. The signal cannot
be turned off and is not adjustable.
The signal is helpful when you are drying
permanent press, synthetics and other items
that should be taken out as soon as the dryer
Lint signal
Clean the lint screen before each load. A
signal will sound if you neglect to dean your
lint screen. The signal (a whistle tone) lets you
know the airflow is restricted. Restricted airflow reduces drying efficiency.
Turn off the dryer and dean the lint screen
as shown on page 9.
Product and Fabric Damage Hazard
Do not run the dryer with the lint screen loose, damaged, blocked or
missing. Doing so can cause overheating and damage to both the
dryer and fabrics.
Cleaningthe lint screen
The lint screen is located under a lid on top of
the dryer. Clean it before each load. A
screen blocked by lint can increase drying
1. Open the lid and pull the lint screen straight
2. Roll lint off the screen with your fingers. Do
not rinse or wash the screen to remove lint.
Wet lint is hard to remove.
3. Push the lint screen firmly back into place
and dose the lid.
Lint screenmaintenance
Laundry detergents and fabric softeners can
cause a residue build-up on the lint screen. A
clogged lint screen can extend drying times.
Clean the lint screen every six months or more
frequently if it becomes clogged due to a
residue build-up. Use the following method:
1. Wet both sides of lint screen with hot water.
2. Wet a nylon brush with hot water and liquid
3. Scrub lint screen with the brush until all
residue build-up is removed.
4. Rinse with hot water.
5Thoroughiy dry lint screen with a clean
towel and replace in dryer.
Caring For Your Dryer
Cleaningthe dryer
Electrical Shock and
Personal injury Hazard
l Tum off the electrical power before
cleaning the interior.
@Make sure the dryer is cool.
Failure to do so could result in electrical
shock or injury.
Fire Hazard
4se non-flammable cleaner.
Failure to do so could result in an
Garments which contain unstable dyes, such
as denim blue jeans or brightly colored cotton
items, may discolor the dryer interior.
To remove stains from dryer drum use one
of the following methods:
Powdered laundry detergent
1. Make a paste with detergent and very warm
2. Apply paste to a soft doth and scrub area
until all excess dye is removed.
3. Wipe thoroughly with a damp doth.
4.Tumble a load of rags to dry.
Liquid non-flammable household cleaner
1. Apply to stained area.
2. Rub with a cloth until all excess dye is
3. Wipe thoroughly with a damp doth.
4. Tumble a load of rags to dry.
To clean dryer exterior:
Wipe with a soft, damp cloth.
Lint removal
Lint can gather inside the dryer and be
a fuel for fire. It is recommended the lint be
removed every 2 to 3 years, or more often,
depending on dryer usage. Cleaning should
be done by a qualified person. If you have al‘Y
questions, please call our Consumer Assistance Center at 1-800-253-l 301.
Heat etemont
Electrical Shock and
Personal injury Hazard
*Unplug the power supply cord or turn
off the electrical power before removing
dryer panels.
@Make sure the dryer is cool.
@Dryer parts can have sharp edges. Use
care when handling.
*When replacing front panel after lint
removal, the wire clips holding the door
switch wires must be anchored to top of
front and side panels. Wires MUST NOT
touch rotating drum. (See page 12,
step 7.)
Failure to do so could result in electrical
shock or personal injury.
if your dryer is electric, or is gas and has a
lower front access panel:
1. Unplug the power supply cord or turn off the
electrical power.
2. Remove back panel (electric) or lower front
access panel (gas). See Installation
3. Remove lint from shaded area in illustration
with a soft brush or vacuum cleaner. Avoid
damaging wires, thermostats (electric),
funnel (gas) or igniter (gas).
4. Replace panel; reconnect and relevel dryer,
if necessary.
NOTE: See page 12 if your dryer is gas and
has a full front panel.
Gas dryer with lower front
eccesfi panel removed
Caring For Your Dryer
Remove screws
before opanlng top
Front pand
View D
remove fmnt panei as follows:
1. Unplug the power supply cord or turn off
the electrical power.
2. Open lint screen lid. Remove two screws
in lint screen area.
3. Open top by pulling forward and up at
each front corner (see view A). Rest raised
top against wall behind dryer (top is hinged
at rear).
4. Remove two internal screws from front
panel flanges (near top front corners). Lift
front panel slightly, lifting off lower clips
(see view B). Slowly pull front panel forward, disengaging panel from drum. (Drum
will drop slightly.)
5. Move front panel aside and rest edge
against side of dryer. Avoid disconnecting
wire clips (see view C) or damaging wires.
6. Remove lint from area shown in “gas
dryer” illustration on page 11 with soft
brush or vacuum cleaner. Avoid damaging
wires, funnel or igniter.
7. Reassemble in reverse order. Before
closing the top, check the following:
-Drum seal must be flared out (see view
D) and properly positioned against panel
at back of drum. Rotate drum counterclockwise one full turn to check drum
-Belt should be centered and tight on
dryer drum.
-Wire clips which hold the door switch
wires must be anchored in slot in top of
front panel (see view C) and along top
edge of side panel. Door wires must not
touch drum when dryer is operating.
See Warning, page 11.
8. Replace top panel and lint screen screws.
Top and front panels must be securely in
place before operating dryer.
9. Reconnect power and level dryer again
(if necessary).
NOTE: Call Consumer Assistance at
1-800-253-l 301 for assistance or
more information.
Changingthe drumlight
Electrical Shock and Fire Hazard
Before removlng light bulb, either unplug the dryer or disconnect the dryer
at the maln power supply.
The bulb cover must be in place during
dryer operation to prevent overheating
and possible damage to fabrics. Operating the dryer with the bulb cover
removed can cause the dryer to fail
or create a FIRE HAZAY.3.
1. Unplug the dryer or disconnect the electricity leading to the dryer at the main power
2. Open the dryer door and remove the light
bulb cover from back wall of the dryer. Turn
the cover clockwise to remove.
3. Remove the light bulb by turning it counterclockwise.
4. Replace the bulb with a 40-watt appliance
bulb only.
5. Replace the light bulb cover and lock in
place by turning countercicckwise.
6. Reconnect power supply.
ForVisuallyand PhysicallyImpaired
Whirlpool offers you:
l Easy to read Control panel instructions.
NOTE: The control panel also includes
Braille labels.
aEasy to read Use and Care literature.
aEasy Grip Knob-Kit No. X921 1
For consumers who have c%iculty turning the
Cycle Control Knob, an Easy Grip Knob kit is
‘available. The kit includes easy to grip rubber
control knob covers for boti; your dryer and
matching washer (LA61 50X5). If ordering for
both appliances, order only one kit.
For Visually and Physically Impaired
For visually impaired consumers, audio cassettes and braille Use and Care literature are
also available. Order kit number(s) listed
Braille Use and Care llterature
Kit No. 787481
Audio cassette Use and Care literature
Kit No. 787482
To order any of these materials, please
write to:
Whirlpool Corporation
Attention: Customer Service Department
1900 Whirlpool Drive
LaPorte, IN 48850
If YouNeedServiceOrAssistance
Wesuggestyou follow
1. Before calling for a&stance ...
Performance problems often result from little
things you can find and fix yourself without
tools of any kind.
If your dryer does not run:
l Is the power supply plugged into a live circuit
with the proper voltage?
l Is the door dosed tightly?
@Didyou push the Start Button?
l Have you checked your home’s main fuses
or circuit breaker box?
If your dryer does not heat:
l Is the Cycle Control Knob set to a mark to
the left of 20 minutes in the Timed Drying
cycle? The last 10 minutes are without heat.
@The last minutes of heat settings are without
l If you have a gas dryer, is the gas turned on?
If not, turn the Cycle Control Knob to OFF.
Turn on gas. Wait 5 minutes. Reset controls
and start.
*The circuit supplying an electric dryer circuit
uses 2 breakers or 2 fuses. If one breaker is
tripped or one fuse is blown, the dryer may
run, but not heat.
If drying tlme seems too long:
Is the lint screen dean? See page 9 for
cleaning instructions.
l Is the exhaust duct or outside exhaust hood
clogged? Clean if needed.
l See the Dryer Guide.
2. If you need assistance*...
Call Whirlpool Consumer Assistance
Center telephone number. Dial free from
anywhere in the U.S.:
1-800-253-l 301
and talk with one of our trained consultants.
The wnsultant 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. William Clark
Consumer Assistance Representative
Whirlpool Corporation
2000 M-63
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Please include a daytime phone number in
your correspondence.
3. If you need service*...
Whirlpool has a nationwide
1- network of authorized
=n- WhirlpoolSMservice 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 Consumer Assistance Center telephone
number (see Step 2) or look in your telephone
directory Yellow Pages under:
5.lf 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 wnsumer experts that voices
consumer views at the highest levels of the
major appliance industry.
.Contact MACAP only when the dealer,
authorized servicer and 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.
123 Maple...”..........9999999
4.lf you need FSPreplacement
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 or call the Whirlpool
Consumer Assistance Center number in
Step 2.
FSP@replacement parts and repair labor to correct
defects in materials or workmanship. Service must be
provided by an authorized WhirlpoolSM service company.
A. Service calls to:
1. Correct the installation of the dryer.
2. Instruct you how to use the dryer.
3. Replace house fuses or correct house wiring or plumbing.
4. Replace light bulbs.
B. Repairs when dryer is used in other than normal, single-family household use.
C. Pickup and delivery. This product is designed to be repaired in the home.
D. Damage to dryer caused by accident, misuse, fire, flood, acts of God or use of products
not approved by Whirlpool.
E. Repairs to parts or systems caused by unauthorized modifications made to the appliance.
From Date of Purchase
WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or wnsequential 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
‘Service and Assistance,” additional help can be found by calling our Consumer Assistance
Center telephone number, 1-800-253-1301, from anywhere in the U.S.
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