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CONTENTS
Before Using Your New Dishwasher
Important Safety Instructions
Child Safety Tips
Dishwasher Features
Loading the Upper Basket
Knife/Utility Basket
Loading the Lower Basket
Loading the Silverware Basket
Detergent Dispenser
Amount of Detergent to Use
Rinse Aid Dispenser
Care and Cleaning
Overfill Protection
Energy Saving Tips
Solutions to Common Dishwashing Problems
Troubleshooting
Washing Special Items
Index
ASKO Product Warranty
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SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE
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BEFORE USING YOUR NEW DISHWASHER
DISHW ASHER
♦ Read through this guide before attempting to use
♦ Make sure the door is properly balanced. To do this,
your new dishwasher.
♦ Read the “Washing Special Items” section before
washing any porcelain or china that has “on-glaze”
decoration, crystal glassware, or items of wood or
plastic.
open it a little and release it. It should stay where you
released it. If it doesn’t, consult the Installation
Instructions or contact your installer.
♦ Call your local water company to learn the water
hardness in your area. You’ll need to know this to
determine how much detergent and rinse aid to use.
IMPORT
IMPOR TANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
INSTRUCTIONS
This manual does not cover all possible conditions and
situations that may occur. Some situations may arise
where use of common sense and caution should always
be used when installing, operating, and maintaining
any appliance.
♦ Read all instructions before using the dishwasher.
♦ Dishwashers must be electrically grounded. Read
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the Installation Instructions for details.
Use the dishwasher only for its intended purpose.
Do not run the dishwasher while you are out of the
home.
Use only automatic dishwasher detergents and
rinse agents.
To reduce the risk of injury, keep detergents and
rinse aids out of the reach of children.
Do not load sharp items near the door; you could
damage the door seal.
Place sharp knives in the silverware basket with the
sharp ends down to avoid the risk of cut-type injuries.
Do not wash plastic items unless they are marked
“dishwasher safe” or the equivalent. For items not
marked, check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Items not dishwasher safe could become deformed
or melt and create a potential fire hazard.
Do not touch the heating element during or
immediately after use.
♦ Do not operate the dishwasher unless all enclosure
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panels are properly in place (i.e., guard plate, access
panel, toe kick, etc.)
Do not tamper with controls by removing or changing.
Do not abuse, sit on, or stand on the dishwasher
door or baskets .
To reduce the risk of injury, do not allow children to
play in or on a dishwasher.
Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be
produced in a hot water system that has not been
used for two weeks or more. HYDROGEN GAS IS
EXPLOSIVE. If the hot water system has not been
used for two weeks, before using the dishwasher
turn on all hot water faucets and let the water flow
from each for several minutes. This will release any
accumulated hydrogen gas. As the gas is
flammable, do not smoke or use an open flame
during this time.
When removing an old dishwasher from service or
discarding it, remove the door to the washing
compartment.
Do not store or use combustible materials, gasoline,
or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity
of this or any other appliance.
Disconnect electrical power to dishwasher before
servicing.
Repairs should be done by a qualified technician.
CHILD SAFETY TIPS
♦ Dishwasher detergents and rinse aids are corrosive,
so always keep them out of reach of children.
♦ Should a child swallow dishwasher detergent or
rinse aid, give plenty to drink immediately, i.e., one
or two glasses of milk or water. Do not try to induce
vomiting. Seek medical advice immediately: 1-800POISON1
♦ Always close the door and start the dishwasher as
soon as you put in the detergent.
♦ Always keep small children away from the machine
when it is open. There may be some detergent
residue left inside the machine.
♦ If dishwasher detergent gets in someone’s eyes,
rinse them with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.
♦ Do not allow children to use or play in or on the
dishwasher.
♦ Load all long and sharp items in the knife/utensil
basket. If this is not possible, load sharp objects
with the pointed end facing the back of the
dishwasher. Sharp items loaded in the silverware
basket should be loaded with pointed ends down.
♦ Engage the child safety lock. (See below.)
ENGAGING
ENGAGING THE CHILD SAFETY LOCK
(NOT
(NOT ON MODELS D1976FI AND D1996)
The child safety lock is located to the left of the door
handle. To activate the lock, use a screwdriver to turn
the screw slot to a horizontal position. Reset it by turning
the slot to its vertical position.
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To open the door when the
safety lock is engaged, you
must slide the lever to the left
of the door latch toward the
left and hold it as you lift the
latch. (See illustration.)
DISHWASHER
DISHW ASHER FEATURES
FEATURES
Your new dishwasher features ASKO’s Super Cleaning
System™. This means that after the prewash, the water
is drained out and the main wash starts with clean water.
If you plan to start your dishwasher right away, it’s not
necessary to rinse the dishes. You do, however, need
to scrape off the large particles of food before loading.
NOTE: Deviations in features may occur, depending
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Knife/Utensil Basket
(not on all models)
Upper Basket
Spray Arms
Lower Basket
Silverware Basket
Coarse filter
Fine filter
Rinse Aid Dispenser
Detergent Dispenser
LOADING THE UPPER BASKET
BASKET
After you have scraped off the large food particles, place
glasses, cups, saucers, bowls and small plates in the
upper basket, as illustrated.
Load stemware with the stem fitted inside one of the
grooved tines on the stemware rack. On Models D1976
and D1996, the row of tines by the stemware rack is
adjustable to prevent glassware from bumping together
(clattering). Load the glassware then use the lever to
adjust the tines until the items are secure.
Upper Basket
Stemware rack
(not on Model
D1706)
The fold-down cup shelf on the right side of the basket
gives you an additional place to stack cups and small
bowls. Models D1976 and D1996 have a divided cup
shelf, which gives you more loading flexibility.
Some models have a knife stop on the front of the upper
basket, just below the cup shelf. This gives you a place
to load long utensils and knives that won’t fit in the
silverware or knife/utensil basket. The knife stop prevents
knives or utensils from damaging the door when you
open and close it. When loading sharp items, always
be careful not to cut the rack coating.
Adjustable tines
(Model D1976
and D1996)
Knife stop
(Models D1716,
D1776, D1796,
& D1876)
Cup shelf
KNIFE/UTENSIL BASKET
Whenever possible, knives and long utensils should
be loaded in the knife/utensil basket attached above the
upper basket. To avoid injury, items with the sharp ends
should always be loaded with the sharp ends pointed
toward the back of the dishwasher. Again, always be
careful not to cut the rack coating when loading sharp
items.
Knife/Utensil Basket
(Models D1996, D1976
and D1976CUS)
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LOADING THE LO
LO WER BASKET
BASKET
Load larger items in the lower basket, such as, dinner
plates, pots and pans, serving dishes, and casseroles.
The removable plate rack easily lifts out to provide space
for large items, such as pots and pans. Be sure to load
dishware facing downward or toward the center of the
dishwasher.
Lower Basket
Removable Plate Rack
(not on all models)
LOADING THE SILVER
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W ARE BASKET
B ASKET
The silverware basket is designed with 17 compartments
to help keep the silverware separated. Load silverware
with the handles downwards and spread it out as much
as possible to avoid nesting. For safety, load knives with
the handles up.
Silverware Basket
Small items
containment
lid
Avoid placing silverware made of different materials (e.g.,
silver and stainless) in the same compartment because
of the risk of discoloration. (See page 10.)
Small Items Containment Lid
The silverware basket has a lid in the middle that snaps
down over the compartments to its left or right to contain
small, lightweight items that might slip through the rack
tines or get washed out of the basket and fall through
onto the heating element. The small items lid is slotted,
so you also could use it to keep silverware separated,
such as teaspoons.
When loading silverware, try to avoid
nesting the spoons and forks.
DETERGENT DISPENSER
ASKO dishwashers are designed to be energy efficient.
Because the machine uses less water than conventional
dishwashers, you also use less detergent and rinse
aid. Generally, only one tablespoon of detergent is
needed for a normal wash load. The amount of detergent
needed for your dishes, however, could be more,
depending on the hardness of the water in your area.
Also, more heavily soiled items need more detergent.
(See page 5.)
Measure and place detergent for the main wash into the
large detergent compartment. The detergent for prewash
goes into the small compartment to the right of the main
wash compartment. You should use one-half the
amount of detergent for the prewash that you use for the
main wash. The amount of detergent used for the main
wash and prewash combined should never be over three
tablespoons.
Type of Detergent to Use
We recommend that you use only unscented, granular
automatic dishwashing detergent. Using the wrong
detergent could cause flooding and/or damage your
dishwasher. Do not use detergent that has been wet
and is clumped. Also, check the expiration date on the
container.
Prewash Detergent
Compartment
Dispenser Lid
Lever
Main Wash
Detergent
Compartment
Rinse Aid
Compartment
Always add the detergent just before starting the
dishwasher, otherwise it could get damp and won’t
dissolve properly.
Detergent
Compartment Lid
WARNING!
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Rinse Aid
Level Indicator
Dishwasher detergent is corrosive!
Take care to keep it out of reach of
children.
AMOUNT OF DETERGENT TO USE
The amount of detergent needed can vary due to
differences in water hardness. To determine the water
hardness in your area, contact your local water utility or
area water softening company. The harder the water,
the more detergent you may need. Refer to the chart
below for the recommended detergent amounts based
on water hardness. Remember, you should adjust the
amount of detergent you use by small amounts until
you find the correct amount.
RECOMMENDED DETERGENT AMOUNTS
BASED ON WATER HARDNESS
WATER HARDNESS
DETERGENT AMOUNTS
Soft
(0-3 grains per gallon)
Prewash
Main wash
1 teaspoon
1 to 1-1/2 tablespoons
Medium
(4-8 grains per gallon)
Prewash
Main wash
1 teaspoon
1 to 2 tablespoons
Hard
(9+ grains*)
Prewash
Main wash
1 teaspoons
2 to 3 tablespoons
NOTE: We recommend that you do not add prewash detergent for the Quick or Light wash programs.
* 12 grains and higher is extremely hard water and
detergent alone may not be enough. You may need to
use a water softener to maximize the performance of
your dishwasher. Also, in areas with extremely hard
water (9+) you may need to wash at lower temperatures
to prevent hard water deposits from forming in tank and
wash system.
In hard water areas, both the dishes and the machine
can develop a white or gray film after a while. This can
be removed by replacing the prewash detergent with
two tablespoons of citric acid. If the water is very hard,
use a rinse aid that contains citric acid.
Different brands of dishwasher detergent have different
amounts of phosphorous for softening water. If you have
hard water and use a detergent with less than 8.7%
phosphorous content, you may need to use more
detergent or use a detergent with more than 8.7%
phosphorous content.
REMOVING
REMOVING HARD WATER
WATER SPOTS
SPOTS FROM
FROM DISHES
To remove hard water spots, try the following:
1. Run dishes through a normal wash program.
2. Remove all metal dishware, such as cutlery, pans,
etc., from the dishwasher.
3. Do not add detergent.
4. Pour two cups of vinegar into a bowl and set the
bowl face up on the bottom rack of the dishwasher.
5. Run the dishes through a Normal wash program.
If this doesn’t work, try the same process with 1/4 cup of
citric acid crystals (available at most drug stores) instead
of vinegar.
RINSE AID DISPENSER
The rinse aid is released during the final rinse to prevent
water from forming droplets on your dishes that can
leave spots and streaks. It also improves drying by
allowing water to “sheet” off the dishes.
ASKO dishwashers are designed to use liquid rinse
aids. The rinse aid dispenser is located inside the door
next to the detergent dispenser. (See illustration on page
4.) To fill the dispenser, open the cap and pour the rinse
aid into the dispenser until the level indicator turns
completely black. The dispenser holds about four
ounces of liquid rinse aid.
Be careful not to overfill the dispenser, because this
could cause oversudsing. Wipe away any spills with a
damp cloth. Don’t forget to replace the cap before you
close the dishwasher door.
If you have soft water, rinse aid may cause a white film to
develop on your dishes. You may not need rinse aid.
Open
Closed
Dispenser
Cap
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To open the dispenser, turn the cap to the “open”
(left) arrow and lift it out.
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Pour the rinse aid into the dispenser, being careful
not to overfill.
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Replace the cap by inserting it aligned with “open”
arrow and turning it to the closed (right) arrow.
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ADJUSTING THE AMOUNT OF RINSE AID DISPENSED
A measured amount of rinse aid is released during the
final rinse. As with detergent, the amount of rinse aid
needed for your dishes depends on the hardness of the
water in your area. (See page 5.) Too much rinse aid
can result in lather or foaming and cause cloudiness or
streaks on your dishes. If the water in your area is very
soft, you may not need rinse aid. If you do, you can dilute
the rinse aid with an equal amount of water.
Rinse aid
adjustment dial
The rinse aid dispenser has six settings. Always start
with the dispenser set on “1.” If spots and poor drying
are problems, increase the amount of rinse aid
dispensed by removing the dispenser lid and rotating
the dial to ”2.” If the dishes still aren’t drying properly or
are spotted, adjust the dial to the next higher number
until your dishes are spot-free.
To increase the amount of rinse aid released
in the final rinse, turn the adjustment dial to
the next higher number.
NOTE:
Only adjust the dial one number at a time.
WHEN TO REFILL THE RINSE AID DISPENSER
The black dot on the rinse aid dispenser indicates the
amount of rinse aid in the dispenser. As the rinse aid
diminishes, the size of the black dot decreases. You
should never let the rinse aid get below 1/4 full.
Rinse Aid Level Indicator
As the rinse aid diminishes, the size of the
black dot on the rinse aid level indicator
changes, as illustrated below.
Full
3/4 full
1/2 full
1/4 full - Should refill to eliminate spotting
Empty
RINSE AID INDICAT
INDICATOR LIGHT
Models D1996, D1976, and D1976CUS have a rinse
aid indicator light on the control panel that comes on
when the dispenser is empty. After you refill the
dispenser, there may be some delay before this light
goes out.
Some models have a rinse aid indicator
light on the control panel that lights up
when the dispenser is almost empty.
CARE AND CLEANING
The interior of your ASKO dishwasher is made of
surgical quality stainless steel that has been electropolished to make it the smoothest surface available.
The smooth surface prohibits the accumulation of dirt
and bacteria inside the unit. If the water in your area is
especially hard, however, lime deposits could form
FILTERING
FILTERING SYSTEM
SYSTEM
For your convenience, we have placed the drain pump
and filtering system within easy reach inside the tub.
There are three components of the filtering system: the
main filter, the coarse filter, and the fine filter.
inside the machine. If this happens, you can remove
them by putting two tablespoons of citric acid in the
detergent compartment and running a Normal
program. In extremely hard water areas you may need
to repeat this process a few times to remove hard water
deposits.
Coarse filter
Larger items, such as pieces of bone or
glass, that could clog the drain are
trapped in the coarse filter. To remove
an item caught in this filter, gently
squeeze the tabs on top of this filter
and lift it out.
Main filter
Food and soil particles trapped
by this filter are pulverized by a
special jet on the lower spray
arm and washed down the
drain.
Fine filter
This filter holds soil and food
residue in the sump area and
prevents it from being
redeposited on the dishes
during a cycle.
WARNING! Never run the dishwasher without the filters in place.
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CLEANING THE FILTERS
FILTERS
In hard water areas, it may be necessary to clean
chemical buildup from the filters every 12 to 18 months.
To do this, remove the coarse filter by squeezing the
CLEANING THE DOOR
To clean the edge around the door, use only a soft warm,
damp rag. To prevent penetration of water into the door
lock and electrical components, do not use a spray
cleaner of any kind.
Also, never use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads on
the outer surfaces because they will scratch the finish.
Some papers towels can also scratch or leave marks
on the surface.
tabs and lifting it out. Next, unscrew the fine filter and lift
it and the main filter out. Wash all three filters gently in
hot, soapy water and rinse them thoroughly.
WARNING!
Never use a spray cleaner of any kind on
the door panel. You could damage the
door lock and electrical
components. And never use
abrasive cleaners or scouring pads
on the outer surfaces because
they will scratch the finish. Also,
some paper towels can scratch
or leave marks on the stainless
steel surface.
CLEANING THE SPRAY
SPRAY ARMS
Spray-arm jets and bearings may sometimes become
clogged with hard water chemicals. To remove the spray
arms, screw off the nut and take off the washer on top of
the spray arm and lift off the arm. Wash the spray arms
in warm, soapy water. Use a soft brush to clean the jets.
Rinse thoroughly and replace.
CLEANING THE DRAIN PUMP
On occasion something may get through the filters and
into the drain pump. The drain pumps on ASKO
dishwashers are designed to automatically reverse if
anything should get caught in the propellers, thus
ejecting the item back into the sump area or down the
drain. Should you need to remove an obstacle from the
drain, first turn the power off then remove the filters (as
explained on page 6). Next, lift out the small black insert
from the sump area. (You might want to remove any
standing water first.) You can then look into the sump
area for the item causing the obstruction. Should you
find something, simply scoop it out. Be sure to replace
the black insert before you put the filters back in.
To reach an item caught in the drain pump, remove
the filters then the small black insert in the sump
area.
WARNING!
Never run the dishwasher without the filters in place.
OVERFILL PRO
PR OTECTION
Your ASKO dishwasher has an overfill protection device
that automatically shuts off the inlet valve and starts the
drain pump if the water level in the unit should rise above
the normal level. If this happens, turn the water off at the
main supply and call for service.
If there is water in the base pan due to an overfill or
small leak, the water must be removed before the
dishwasher will start.
OVERFILL PRO
PROTECTION ON OUR ELECTRONIC
ELECTRONIC MODELS
When an overfill is detected on Models D1776, D1796FI,
D1876, D1996, D1976, and D1976CUS, all of the
indicator lights on the control panel will flash at once.
On Models D1776, D1876, D1976 and D1976CUS, the
LED window will also display a fault code (F2).
ENERGY
ENERGY SAVING
SAVING TIPS
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If you plan to wash the dishes right away, there’s no
need to pre-rinse. Simply scrape off large particles
and load the dishes.
Wash only full loads.
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Don’t use the Temp boost for lightly soiled dishes.
Avoid using Heat dry. (You can speed up the drying
process by opening the door slightly to release the
moist air.)
Use the Pan program only for heavily soiled dishes.
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SOLUTIONS
SOLUTIONS TO COMMON DISHWASHING
DISHW ASHING PROBLEMS
PR OBLEMS
As with any new appliance, it sometimes takes using it a
few times to learn to operate it properly. If you are having
minor performance problems with your dishwasher, read
this section before calling for service. It may save you
time and unnecessary expense.
Poor washing performance
Chipped or Broken Dishes
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The dishes may not be loaded properly. Make sure
that soiled surfaces are facing downward or toward
the center of the dishwasher. Also, make sure that
the bowls, pots, etc., are not stacked so closely that
water can’t reach the soiled surfaces.
Make sure you are using the appropriate program
settings for the dirtiness of your dishes.
An item may be obstructing the spray arm rotation.
With the baskets loaded and in place, manually turn
the spray arms to make sure they move freely.
Your dishwasher detergent should be fresh and
stored tightly closed in a cool, dry place. Old or caked
detergent will not dissolve properly. Wait until you
are ready to start the dishwasher to add the
detergent. If you are using the Delay program, make
sure the dispenser is dry before adding the detergent.
Your dishwasher detergent may be inferior. Try a
different brand.
Make sure the rinse aid dispenser is filled. (See
pages 5 and 6.)
If you have hard water in your area, try adding more
detergent and increasing the amount of rinse aid
dispensed. (See page 5.)
Check that the spray arm jets are not clogged. (See
page 7.)
Poor drying performance
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Select the Heat Dry option.
If you don’t want to use Heat Dry, you can decrease
the drying time by opening the door slightly to let out
the warm, humid air.
Make sure the rinse aid dispenser is filled. (See
page 6.)
Make sure you use the proper amount of rinse aid.
(See page 6.)
Do not overload the dishes and be careful to avoid
nesting.
Load items with concave bottoms tilted so as much
water as possible will run off.
Unload the bottom basket first to avoid spilling water
onto the dishes when unloading the top basket.
Dishes washed in higher water temperatures will
dry faster.
Certain plastics may need to be towel dried.
Plastic items
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Always check the manufacturer’s suggested care
instructions before washing plastic in your
dishwasher. Even dishwasher-safe items should be
loaded in the top basket, away from the heating
element.
Some high-acid foods can discolor plastic. You
should rinse these items if you do not plan to run the
dishwasher right away.
Plastic items dry poorly and may need to be towel
dried.
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When you load the dishes, be sure they’re securely
in place and will not fall over or strike against each
other during the wash.
Load glasses between the tines, not straddling them.
Move the baskets in and out slowly to avoid
slamming the dishes together.
Make sure not to load dishes so high that the spray
arms could strike them.
Make sure tall glasses and stemware will clear the
top of the tub when you push the basket in.
Always load delicate items in the top basket.
Do not overload the dishwasher.
Do not jam the glasses together when loading.
Stains and discolorations
Stains or discoloration on dishes could be caused by a
number of things. Listed below are some of the most
common causes. See also “Washing Special Items”
on page 10.
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Too much iron or manganese in the water can cause
yellow or brown marks on your dishes. As a
temporary solution, in place of the prewash
detergent, use one teaspoon to one tablespoon of
citric acid crystals. You should consider installing a
water filtering system.
Coffee and tea stains usually have to be removed by
handwashing in a solution of 1/2 cup bleach and
one quart of water. (Do not use on sterling silver or
silver plate.) Be sure to rinse these items thoroughly
before putting them in the dishwasher so there is no
bleach residue on the dishware.
Etching
If you have a cloudy film on your dishes that can’t be
removed, it could be etching. To prevent etching, try the
following:
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Use less detergent. You may be using too much for
the water hardness in your area. (See page 5.)
Use a good quality dishwasher detergent.
Do not overload the machine. Water should circulate
freely to ensure adequate rinsing and draining.
Fill the rinse aid dispenser (unless you have soft
water in your area; in which case you may not need
a rinse aid.) (See page 5.)
Use a lower water temperature setting.
Do not use the Heat Dry option.
Do not pre-rinse the dishes; just scrape off large
food particles and bones.
TROUBLESHOOTING
If you should experience a problem with your dishwasher,
you should review the following list of frequently
encountered situations. It could save you the cost and
inconvenience of a service call.
Even though the product is under warranty, if the problem
Detergent left in compartment
♦ Be careful not to load items so close to the dispenser
is not caused by defective product workmanship or
materials, you will be charged for a service call. Refer to
page 12 to determine what is and is not covered under
your warranty. If you’re still not sure, contact the ASKO
Advisory Center before you call a service technician.
Dishwasher does not drain
properly
that the cover will not open to release the detergent.
♦ Make sure that the cycle was complete before you
♦ The dispenser is not supposed to open when you
opened the dishwasher. If not, allow it to complete
and check again.
use the Rinse program.
♦ Your dishwasher detergent should be fresh and
stored tightly closed in a cool, dry place. Old or caked
detergent should be thrown away because it will not
dissolve properly and will leave a gritty residue on
the dishware.
♦ Wait until you are ready to start the dishwasher to
add the detergent.
♦ Some water left in the sump area near the drain is
normal.
♦ If the plumbing code in your area requires an air
gap, make sure that the air gap isn’t blocked or
plugged.
♦ If the unit is connected to a garbage disposer, make
sure the disposer is empty.
♦ If you are using the Delay program, make sure the
dispenser is dry before adding the detergent.
♦ The detergent compartment only opens in the main
wash programs, not the Rinse program.
Dishwasher makes unusual noises
♦ This usually means that something is not loaded
properly. Make sure the dishes are securely in place
and that nothing has fallen between the basket tines.
Also, place small items in the small items
compartment and close the lid. (See page 4.)
Dishwasher leaks
♦ Use only unscented, granular automatic dishwasher
detergent. Using a liquid detergent could cause
oversudsing and leakage.
♦ You should always use fresh detergent.
♦ The amount of detergent needed for your dishes
depends on the hardness of the water in your area.
Contact your local utility company to learn the water
hardness in your area then refer to the chart on page
5 to determine the amount of detergent you should
use.
♦ Be careful not to overfill the rinse aid dispenser.
Spilled rinse aid could cause oversudsing and lead
to overflowing. Wipe away any spills with a damp
cloth.
♦ Make sure the dishwasher is level. (See the
installation instructions.)
♦ If water backs up into the sink, check the garbage
disposer and trap for blockage.
♦ Check the dishwasher filters and drain area for
blockage. (See pages 6 and 7.)
♦ Check for a kink in the drain hose.
♦ You may need to adjust the drain time to
accommodate longer drain lines, air gaps, etc. (Call
the Advisory Center.)
Dishwasher does not fill properly
♦ Make sure the water supply is turned on.
♦ Make sure the dishwasher is turned on and the door
is closed securely.
♦ Check for crimps in the water feed line.
♦ You may need to adjust the water inlet time to
compensate for low water pressure in your area.
(Call the Advisory Center.)
♦ The system is designed to detect an overflow. When
it does, it shuts off the circulation pump and turns on
the drain pump. (See “Overfill Protection” on page
7.)
Dishwasher will not start
♦ Make sure the dishwasher is turned on and the door
is closed securely.
♦ Make sure the Delay option is not turned on.
♦ Check that the water supply is connected properly
and the water is turned on.
Dishwasher runs too long
♦ If the temperature of the water entering your
dishwasher is below 120°, the dishwasher runs
longer because it heats the water to the proper
temperature for the program selected. Raising your
water heater setting may help to shorten the cycle
times. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, call the
ASKO Advisory Center.
♦ Make sure the power cord is properly plugged into
the wall socket.
♦ Check your fuse box for a blown fuse or tripped circuit
breaker.
ASKO Advisory Center Phone Number: 972-238-0794
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WASHING SPECIAL ITEMS
Most common dishware items can be safely washed in
an automatic dishwasher. If you have any doubts about
a particular item, check with the manufacturer to see if it
is dishwasher safe. If that isn’t possible, you might wash
one item of a set a few times and compare it to the rest
of the set to determine if washing it in the dishwasher
Material
Dishwasher
Safe
had any affect on it.
NOTE: ASKO has no control over what is put in our
dishwashers once installed in a customer’s home. You
are solely responsible for what you wash in your ASKO
dishwasher.
Information and Recommendations
Aluminum
Yes, with
caution
Anodized aluminum may fade or darken. Patches and discoloration may appear,
but they can be removed with steel wool. Load aluminum utensils (such as a pie
tin or roasting pan) where they do not touch other dishes because this can cause
gray or black marks. You can remove these spots with a nonabrasive cleaner.
Cast Iron
No
The seasoning is lost and the iron rusts. Hand wash and dry immediately.
China
Yes, with
caution
China without decoration or with decoration protected by glaze is dishwasher
safe. However, you should arrange the objects so they do not touch each other or
they could be damaged.
China with a pattern on top of the glaze or with gold leaf decoration may fade. If
possible, check with the manufacturer. If that isn’t possible, wash one item over
an extended period then compare it with the colors and patterns of the rest of the
set. Wash in the Quick program on a low temperature setting.
Copper
Yes, with
caution
Do not wash copper in the same load as silver or silver plate. It could discolor the
silver items. Do not let copper items come in contact with stainless steel.
Crystal
No
Antiques and very delicate china should not be washed in the dishwasher. Certain
types of lead crystal may etch if machine washed. Check with the manufacturer.
Yes
Wash at a low temperature setting. Be sure to load crystal dishware so that it is
secure and will not fall over or knock against other dishware while being washed.
Dirilyte
No
Gold-colored flatware can become discolored.
Disposable
plastic items
No
Cannot withstand machine washing.
Flatware with
bonded handles
No
Certain types of adhesives may loosen when machine washed.
Glass
Yes
Exception: Milk glass may turn yellow.
Knives
No
Sharp kitchen knives may become dull if washed in very hot water and allowed to
contact other items during the wash. Wood handles may also warp, crack, or
loosen. Plastic handles may discolor. Check manufacturer’s washing instructions.
Lead crystal
No
Certain types of lead crystal may etch if machine washed.
Non-dishware
items
No
Never wash items such as electronic air cleaners, air filters of any kind, paint
brushes, etc. You could damage the dishwasher.
Non-stick
coatings
Yes
If marked “Dishwasher Safe.” After washing, wipe the non-stick coating area with
vegetable oil to maintain its non-stick quality.
Pewter
No
Pewter will tarnish when machine washed.
Plastic
Yes
If the item is labeled “Dishwasher Safe.” Otherwise, check with the manufacturer.
Always load plastic in the top basket. Do not use Heat dry. Do not wash disposable
plastic items.
Silver and
Silver plate
Yes, with
caution
Rinse these items if you’re not going to wash them immediately; salty or acidic
foods can stain if left on. Dry dishwasher detergent can produce black marks
which are difficult to remove. Do not put silver and silver plate in the same silverware
basket with stainless steel. Contact between these metals can damage silver.
Do not wash copper utensils in the same load. This could cause a brown film on
the silver. Also, adhesives used to attach some hollow-handled knives can loosen.
Stainless
Steel
Yes, with
caution
Rinse
foods
which
same
Tin
No
Tin will rust.
Wood
No
Unless marked “Dishwasher Safe” by the manufacturer. Wood can warp, crack or
lose shape with any kind of washing.
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these items if you’re not going to wash them immediately; salty or acidic
can stain if left on. Dry dishwasher detergent can produce black marks
are difficult to remove. Do not mix different types of stainless steel in the
load.
INDEX
A
Advisory Center Number
Aluminum, washing
M
9
10
C
Care and cleaning
Cast iron, washing
Child safety tips
China, washing
Chipped or broken dishes
Cleaning the filters
Coarse filter
Common dishwashing problems
Copper, washing
Crystal, washing
Cup shelf
6
10
2
10
8
7
3, 6
8
10
10
3
5
4
9
10
3
8
10
7
10
7
7
8
F
Fill problems
Filtering system
Fine filter
Flatware with bonded handles
9
6
3, 6
10
G
Glass, washing
10
H
Hard water
5
K
Knife stop
Knife/Utensil basket
Knives, washing
3
3
10
L
Lead crystal, washing
Loading
upper basket
lower basket
Noises, unusual
Non-dishware items, washing
Non-stick coatings, washing
9
10
10
O
Overfill protection
7
P
Pewter, washing
10
Plastic items, washing
8, 10
Poor performance problems
8
Prewash detergent compartment
4
R
E
Energy saving tips
Etching
6
4
N
D
Detergent
amount to use
dispenser
left in compartment
Dirilyte
Dishwasher features
Dishwashing problems
Disposable plastic, washing
Door, cleaning
Drain problems
Drain pump, cleaning
Main filter
Main wash detergent compartment
10
Rinse aid dispenser
filling
adjusting amount dispensed
Rinse aid indicator light
Rinse aid level indicator
Runs too long
5
5
6
6
4, 6
9
S
Safety instructions
Service
Silver, washing
Silver plate, washing
Silverware basket, loading
Small items compartment
Solutions to problems
Spray arms, cleaning
Stainless steel, washing
Stains and discolorations
Stemware rack
2
12
10
10
4
4
8, 9
7
10
8
3
T
Tin items, washing
Troubleshooting
10
9
U
Unusual noises
Upper basket
Utensil/knife basket
9
3
3
W
Warranty information
Washing special items
Water hardness
Wood items, washing
12
10
5
10
3
4
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ASKO PRODUCT WARRANTY
MODELS D1706, D1716, D1776, D1796FI, D1876, D1976, D1976CSTM, D1996SS, D1996FI, D1996HNDL
Be sure to complete the Warranty Registration Card you received with your appliance and mail it to ASKO to
validate your appliance warranty.
FOR RESIDENTIAL INSTALLATIONS ONLY
LENGTH OF WARRANTY
Three-Year Full Warranty
ASKO WILL PAY FOR:
ASKO replacement parts and/or repair labor to correct
defect in materials or workmanship. Service must be
provided by an authorized ASKO service agent.
From date of purchase.
Fourth & Fifth Year Limited Warranty
ASKO replacement parts for any defective solid-state
Three year full plus fourth and fifth year limited controls, timers, motors, or pumps. Replacement part
only, not including labor, for defective dishwasher racks
from date of purchase.
– does not include damage due to misuse or abuse.
Lifetime Warranty
ASKO will replace the stainless steel tank or inner
door panel if it rusts or fails to hold water.
ASKO WILL NOT PAY FOR:
A. Service calls to:
1. Correct the installation of the appliance.
2. Repair damage due to shipment, delivery, installation, misuse or abuse.
3. Instruct how to use the appliance.
4. Replace house fuses or correct house wiring.
5. Correct house plumbing, including drain problems related to improper installation. (High loop, disposer
knockout, disposer not draining, etc.)
6. Clean or service air device in drain line.
B. Repair and/or replacement parts for failure of product if appliance is used for other than home/residential use.
C. Damage resulting from accident, fire, floods, acts of God, alteration, misuse, abuse, improper installation, or
installation not in accordance with local electrical or plumbing codes.
D. Any shipping costs for parts during the limited warranty period.
E. Replacement parts or repair labor costs for units operated outside the Continental United States.
F.
Pickup and delivery. ASKO washers are designed to be repaired in the home.
IN NO EVENT SHALL ASKO USA INC. BE RESPONSIBLE
FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
Some states will not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so this exclusion or
limitation 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.
For warranty service, contact the dealer from whom you purchased the unit or an authorized ASKO service agent.
Service will be provided during normal business hours. Should you have a service problem that can not be resolved
locally, write:
ASKO USA Inc.
P. O. Box 851805
Richardson, Texas 75085-1805
or call our
Customer Service Center at
800-898-1879 or 972-238-0794
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