Maytag MD6400 Use & care guide

Use & Care Guide
Table of Contents
Important Safety
Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-2
Special Laundry Tips . . . . . . . . . 7
Dryer Exhaust Tips . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Using the Controls . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Select Temperature
Select Signal
Select Cycle
Pull the Control Dial out to Start
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Operating Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Service Information . . . . . . . . . . 9
Clean the Lint Filter
Load the Dryer Properly
Drying Rack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6
Care & Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Control Panel
Dryer Exhaust System
Form No. Y82109 A
Part No. 2207273
Litho U.S.A.
©2006 Maytag Appliances Sales Co.
Important Safety Instructions
Installer: Please leave this guide with this
Consumer: Please read and keep this guide for
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Model Number _______________________________
Serial Number ________________________________
Date of Purchase ______________________________
Read this guide for best results. It contains
instructions to acquaint you with proper operating
instructions and maintenance.
Save time and money. If something should go
wrong, we suggest consulting the Before You Call
section. It is designed to help you solve basic
problems before consulting a service technician.
In our continuing effort to improve the quality and
performance of our appliances, it may be necessary
to make changes to the appliance without revising
this guide.
For service information, see page 9.
What You Need to Know About
Safety Instructions
Warning and Important Safety Instructions appearing in
this guide are not meant to cover all possible
conditions and situations that may occur. Common
sense, caution and care must be exercised when
installing, maintaining or operating appliance.
Always contact your dealer, distributor, service agent or
manufacturer about problems or conditions you do
not understand.
Recognize Safety Symbols, Words,
WARNING – Hazards or unsafe practices which
COULD result in severe personal injury or death.
CAUTION – Hazards or unsafe practices which
COULD result in minor personal injury.
For your safety, the information in this guide must be
followed to minimize the risk of fire or explosion or to
prevent property damage, personal injury or death.
• Do not store or use petrol or other flammable
vapours and liquids in the vicinity of this or any
other appliance.
Installation and service must be performed by a
qualified installer or service agency. (see installation
Do not place into your dryer items that have been
spotted or soaked with vegetable oil or cooking oil.
Even after being washed, these items may contain
significant amounts of these oils. The remaining oil
can ignite spontaneously. The potential for
spontaneous ignition increases when the items
containing vegetable oil or cooking oil are exposed
to heat. Heat sources, such as your dryer, can warm
these items, allowing an oxidation reaction in the oil
to occur. Oxidation creates heat. If this heat cannot
escape, the items can become hot enough to catch
fire. Piling, stacking or storing these kinds of items
may prevent heat from escaping and can create a
fire hazard.
All washed and unwashed fabrics that contain
vegetable oil or cooking oil can be dangerous.
Washing these items in hot water with extra
detergent will reduce, but will not eliminate, the
hazard. Always use the “cool down” cycle for these
items to reduce the items’ temperature. Never
remove these items from the dryer hot or interrupt
the drying cycle until the items have run through the
“cool down” cycle. Never pile or stack these items
when they are hot.
Important Safety Instructions
To reduce the risk of fire, explosion, electric shock,
or personal injury when using your dryer, follow
basic safety precautions, including the following:
1. Read all instructions before using the appliance.
As with any equipment using electricity and having
moving parts, there are potential hazards. To use
this appliance safely, the operator should become
familiar with the instructions for operation of the
appliance and always exercise care when using it.
2. To avoid the possibility of fire or explosion:
a. Do not dry items that have been previously
cleaned in, washed in, soaked in, or spotted with
petrol, dry-cleaning solvents, other flammable or
explosive substances as they give off vapours that
could ignite or explode. Any material on which you
have used a cleaning solvent, or which is
saturated with flammable liquids or solids should
not be placed in the appliance until all traces of
these liquids or solids and their fumes have been
removed. These substances include acetone,
denatured alcohol, petrol, paraffin, kerosene,
some liquid household cleaners, some spot
removers, turpentine, waxes and wax removers.
b. Items containing foam rubber (may be labeled
latex foam) or similarly textured rubber-like
materials must not be dried on a heat setting.
Under certain circumstances foam rubber
materials can produce fire by spontaneous
combustion when heated.
Rubber backed
articles, clothes fitted with foam rubber pads,
foam pillows, galoshes and rubber coated trainers
should not be placed in the dryer.
c. Do not dry items that are soiled with vegetable or
cooking oil. These items may contain some oil
after laundering. The remaining oil can ignite
3. Do not install or store this appliance where it will
be exposed to the weather.
4. This appliance must be properly earthed. Never
connect the appliance cord to a power supply that
is not earthed adequately and in accordance with
local and national codes. See installation
instructions for earthing this appliance.
5. If the supply cord is damaged, it must be replaced
with a specifically terminated cord from an
authorized service agent or a similarly qualified
person in order to avoid a hazard.
6. Young children should be supervised to ensure that
they do not play on or in the appliance. Close
supervision is necessary when the appliance is
used near children. This appliance is not for use
by young children or infirm persons
without supervision.
7. Do not reach into the appliance if the drum is
8. Do not tamper with controls.
9. Do not repair or replace any part of the appliance
or attempt any servicing unless specifically
recommended in published user-repair instructions
that you understand and have the skills to carry
out. Disconnect the appliance from the power
supply when not in use, before cleaning or when
carrying out any user maintenance task.
10. Plastic articles such as caps or babies’ waterproof
napkin covers should not be dried with heat in
the dryer.
11. Only use fabric softeners or other products to
eliminate static that are specifically recommended
by the manufacturer of the product for use in
12. Clean the lint screen before or after each load.
13. Keep the area around the exhaust opening and
surrounding areas free from lint accumulation, dust
and dirt.
14. The interior of the dryer and exhaust duct
should be cleaned periodically by qualified
service personnel.
15. Do not sit or stand on top of the appliance.
16. Do not continue to use this appliance if it
appears faulty.
17 . Before the appliance is removed from service or
discarded, remove the dryer door.
Note: Because of continuing product
improvements, Maytag reserves the right to change
specifications without notice. For complete details,
see the Installation Instructions packed with your
product before selecting cabinetry, making cutouts
or beginning installation.
Using the Controls
Select Temperature
To select the correct temperature, turn the temperature
control to one of four choices; Regular, Medium,
Delicate or Air Fluff.
For sturdy cottons or labels
marked “Tumble Dry”.
For permanent press, synthetics,
lightweight cottons or items
labeled “Tumble Dry Medium”.
For heat sensitive items labeled
“Tumble Dry Low” or “Tumble
Dry Warm”.
Air Fluff
Tumbles without heat. Used
for sensitive loads or items
needing freshening.
Select Signal
End of Cycle Signal
Shortly before the cycle is complete, an audible
signal will sound. During the cool down portion of
the Permanent Press cycle, the audible signal will
sound intermittently.
Select Cycle
To select a cycle, push in and rotate the control dial to
the desired setting. When using an Auto Dry cycle, the
control dial should be set on Normal Dry for most
Loads of larger or bulkier size may require the More
Dry setting to completely dry the load. The Less Dry
setting is best suited for lightweight fabrics or for
leaving some moisture in the clothing at the end of
the cycle.
Permanent Press Auto Dry
The Permanent Press Auto Dry cycle is designed to dry
wrinkle free cottons, synthetic fabrics, double knits and
permanent press fabrics automatically. It minimizes
wrinkling by providing an unheated cool-down period at
the end of the cycle.
Whites/Colours Auto Dry
The Whites/Colours Auto Dry cycle is designed to dry
loads such as towels, underwear, t-shirts, jeans, etc.
Time Dry/Air Fluff
This cycle can be used to regulate the drying time. Use
with Air Fluff, Delicate, Medium or Regular temperature
settings. For timed drying, turn the control dial until the
pointer points to the proper time setting in the
Time Dry/Air Fluff cycle.
Note: Using the Air Fluff temperature setting will
require a longer drying time.
Cycles and options may vary by model.
Pull the Control Dial out to
Pull the control dial out and hold briefly to start the
dryer. The dryer door must be closed for the dryer
to start.
Note: When pushed in, the dial can be turned in
either direction to select a cycle. Once started, the
dial will not advance at a specific rate during the
Auto Dry cycles. At first the dial may not advance at
all. Toward the end of the cycle (when the load
begins to dry) the dial will advance at a more
regular rate and much more quickly. This is normal
Special Options
Wrinkle Release will release wrinkles from items that
are clean and dry but only slightly wrinkled, such as
from a crowded closet or suitcase, or from sitting in
the dryer too long after the cycle has ended. Wrinkle
Release provides 10 minutes of tumbling followed by
five minutes of cool-down tumbling and can be used
with any temperature selection.
Damp Dry is located on the Time Dry/Air Fluff section
of the dial. It is designed to partially dry items and can
be used with any temperature selection. Damp Dry will
provide 20 minutes of tumbling time, followed by
five minutes of cool-down tumbling.
Operating Tips
Clean the Lint Filter
Load the Dryer Properly
• Before or after each load.
• Place only one washload in the dryer at a time.
• To shorten drying time.
• Mixed loads of heavy and lightweight clothes will dry
differently. Lightweight clothes will dry, while heavy
clothes may be damp.
• To operate more energy efficiently.
• Add one or more similar items to the dryer when only
one or two articles need drying. This improves the
tumbling action and drying efficiency.
• Overloading restricts tumbling action, resulting in
uneven drying as well as excessive wrinkling of some
Note: Do not operate the dryer without the lint
filter in place.
• When drying large, bulky items such as a blanket or
comforter, it may be necessary to reposition the load
during the cycle to ensure even drying.
Drying Rack
Using the Drying Rack
The drying rack allows you to dry items that you don’t
want to tumble dry; for example, sneakers, washable
sweaters, stuffed toys or pillows, etc.
The rack remains stationary, but the drum rotates.
(Make sure nothing hangs over the edges of the
To Use Rack:
1) Open dryer door.
2) Position drying rack in tumbler with the two
extension wires toward you. These wires will brace
the rack against the front surface of the tumbler.
Legs will rest on front ledge and at back of drum.
3) Place wet items on the rack, leaving space between
them so air can reach all surfaces.
4) Close dryer door.
5) Use the Time Dry cycle or use Auto Dry Whites/
Colours Fabrics cycle. Select time according to
moisture and weight of item. Pull the control dial
out and hold briefly to start the dryer. It may be
necessary to reset the controls if a longer drying
time is needed.
To Remove Rack:
1) Open dryer door.
2) Lift rack straight up and out.
Drying Rack Tips
Washable sweaters (block to
shape and lay flat on rack)
Stuffed toys or pillows (cotton
or polyester fiber filled)
Stuffed toys*
(foam or rubber filled)
Air Fluff
Foam rubber pillows*
Air Fluff
Air Fluff or Heat
Note: If not included with your dryer, contact your
Maytag dealer for the accessory kit MAL1000AXX
or call 1-877-232-6771 USA and 1-800-688-8404
*WARNING – When drying foam rubber, plastic or
rubber with heat, it is possible they will suffer
damage and could lead to a fire hazard.
Care & Cleaning
Control Panel
Clean with a soft, damp cloth. Do not use
abrasive substances.
Wipe off any marks with soap and water. Use an
appliance wax once a year if desired.
Dryer Exhaust System
Remove any stains such as crayon, ink pen or fabric
dye from new items (such as towels or jeans) with an
all-purpose cleaner. Then tumble clean old towels or
rags to remove any excess stain or cleaning
substance. Once these steps are done, stains may still
be visible, but should not transfer to subsequent loads.
Inspect and clean once a year to maintain optimum
performance. The outside exhaust hood should be
cleaned more frequently to ensure proper operation.
(Refer to the Installation Instructions for
more information.)
Special Laundry Tips
Please follow the care label or manufacturer’s instructions for drying special items. If care label instructions are not
available, use the following information as a guide.
Bedspreads and Comforters
• Follow the care label instructions or dry on the Whites/Colours cycle.
• Be sure the item is thoroughly dry before using or storing.
• May require repositioning to ensure even drying.
• Dry only one blanket at a time for best tumbling action.
• Be sure the item is thoroughly dry before using or storing.
Curtains and Draperies
• Use the Permanent Press cycle to help minimize wrinkling.
• Dry in small loads for best results and remove as soon as possible.
Cloth Nappies
• Use the Whites/Colours cycle for soft, fluffy nappies.
Down-Filled Items
• Use the Whites/Colours cycle and a Delicate temperature setting.
• Place a clean pair of soft sports shoes in the dryer with the item to fluff the
down comforters, etc. Adding a couple of dry towels shortens dry time and
absorbs moisture.
(jackets, sleeping bags,
comforters, etc.)
Foam Rubber
(rug backs, stuffed toys,
certain shoulder pads, etc.)
(shower curtains, outdoor
furniture covers, etc.)
• Do not dry on a heat setting. Use the Time Dry/Air Fluff (no-heat) cycle.
• WARNING – Drying a rubber item with heat may damage it or be a fire hazard.
• Do not dryer-dry kapok or foam pillows.
• Use the Whites/Colours cycle.
• Add a couple of dry towels and a pair of clean soft sports shoes to help the
tumbling action and to fluff the item.
• Use the Time Dry/Air Fluff cycle on a Delicate or Air Fluff temperature
depending on the care label instructions.
Important: Avoid Dryer Drying...
• Fiberglass Items (curtains, draperies, etc.)
• Woolens, unless recommended on the label
• Vegetable or cooking oil soaked items (see page 1)
Dryer Exhaust Tips
Plastic or nonmetal flexible duct presents a potential fire hazard.
Read the installation instructions and the use and
care guide.
Let a poor exhaust system cause slow drying.
Let your dryer exhaust
the air easily.
Restrict your dryer
with a poor
exhaust system.
Use 100mm (4 inch) diameter
rigid metal duct. Tape all joints,
including at the dryer.
Never use lint-trapping screws.
Use plastic, thin foil, or
non-metal flexible duct.
Keep duct runs as
straight as possible.
Use longer than
necessary duct runs
with many elbows.
Clean all old ducts
before installing your new
dryer. Be sure vent flap opens
and closes freely. Inspect and
clean the exhaust system
Allow crushed
or clogged
ducts and vent.
Doesn’t Run
Be sure the door is shut.
Is the electrical cord plugged in?
Has a fuse blown or the circuit breaker tripped?
Restart the dryer if the door was opened during the cycle.
Doesn’t Heat
Has a fuse blown or the circuit breaker tripped?
Select a heat setting, not Air Fluff.
Clean the lint filter and exhaust duct.
Dryer timer may have moved into the cool-down portion of the cycle.
Doesn’t Dry
Check all of the above, plus . . .
Check the exhaust hood outside the house; does it open and close freely?
Check exhaust system for lint build-up. Ducting should be inspected and cleaned annually.
Use rigid 100mm (4”) metal exhaust duct.
Do not overload. 1 wash load = 1 dryer load.
Sort heavy items from lightweight items.
Large, bulky items like blankets or comforters may require repositioning to ensure even drying.
Check the washer to be sure it is draining properly to extract water from the load.
Clothes load is too small to tumble properly. Add a few towels.
• Check the load for objects such as coins, nails, etc. Remove promptly from dryer.
• It is normal to hear the dryer gas valve or heating element cycle on and off during the
drying cycle.
• The dryer should be level and installed on a solid floor.
• Be sure the rubber feet are installed on the leveling legs.
• A clicking noise may be the timer advancing.
• It is normal for the dryer to hum due to the high velocity of air moving through the dryer
drum and exhaust system.
Is Noisy
Control Knob
• This is normal operation for an Auto Dry cycle, especially at the beginning of cycle. Once
the load begins to dry, the control knob will start to advance. The rate of advancement will
be slow at the beginning of the cycle because there is more moisture in the load. As the
load becomes more dry, the control knob will advance more quickly.
Dries Unevenly
• Seams, pockets and other similar heavy areas may not be completely dry when the rest of
the load has reached the selected dryness level. This is normal. Select the More Dry
setting if desired.
• If one heavy item is dried with a lightweight load, such as one towel with sheets, it is possible
that the heavy item will not be completely dry when the rest of the load has reached the
selected dryness level. Sort heavy items from lightweight items for best drying results.
Has an Odor
• Household odors such as from painting, varnishing, strong cleaners, etc. may enter the
dryer with the surrounding room air. This is normal as the dryer draws the air from the
room, heats it, pulls it through the tumbler and exhausts it to the outside. When these
odors are present in the air, ventilate the room completely before using the dryer.
Service Information
For service, please contact the Maytag dealer from whom you purchased this appliance.
For service in Australia, please contact Maytag Appliances on 1 300 858 575.
ABN 88 086 686 884
For service in the United Kingdom, please contact Maytag U.K. on 01737 231000.
Manufacturer: MAYTAG APPLIANCES: 1 Dependability Square, Newton, IA 50208 U.S.A.
Form No. Y82109 A
Part No. 2207273
Litho U.S.A.
©2006 Maytag Appliances Sales Co.