lUseandtire Guidel
Washer
Safe~lnstructions
....................3,4
Problem sOIVer.......................22-26
More questions ?...call
GE Answer Center@ 800.626.2000
Operating Instructions, Tips
Bleach Dispenser . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Controls Setting Guide .............................8, 9
Cycle Settings .............................................6, 7
Energy-Saving Tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Filter-Flo@ Pan......................5, 10, 11, 14,26
Mini-Basket TM Tub.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Operating the Washer .............................5-l 2
Preparation
Detergents, Other Additives ..............15-l 9
Hard Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...18
Loading the Washer................................5, 14
Pretreating .........................................9, 13, 19
Sorting Clothes ........................................5, 13
Stains ..............................................................2O
Stain Removal Guide ...................................2 1
Care and Cleaning
Agitator................................................26
Limestone Buildup ...............................16, 26
Storage and Vacation Tips ........................26
User Maintenance instructions ................26
Consumer Services ...................27
Appliance Registration..................................2
Model and Serial Numbers ..........................2
Repa;r Service ...............................................2
Warranty ........................................Back Cover
Models:
GE Appliances
WA8800R WWA8816R
~LP US ~LP YOU...
Read this book carefully.
Save time and money.
It is intended to help you
operate and maintain your
new washer properly.
Keep it handy for answers to
your questions.
If you don’t understand something
or need more help, write (include
your phone number)
Consumer Affairs
GE Appliances, Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
Before you request service . . .
check the Problem Solver
section. It lists causes of minor
operating problems that you can
correct yourself.
To obtain a Spanish language
version of this book, call
GE Answer Center@
800.626.2000
consumer information service.
If you received a
damaged washer...
Immediately contact the dealer (or
builder) that sold you the washer.
Para obtener la versi6n en
espafiol de este manual, llarne a
GE Answer Center”, servicio de
inforrnaci6n para el consumidor,
te16fono 800.626.2000.
Write down the model
and serial numbers.
You’ll find them on a label on
the lower left side near the front.
These numbers are also on the
Consumer Product Ownership
Registration Card that came with
your washer. Before sending in
this card, please write these
numbers here:
Model Number
Serial Number
Use these numbers in any
correspondence or service
calls concerning your washer.
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WAHG: For yom safety tie Mormatfon in W man~ m@ be fogowed to dthe tik of ffre or e~ldon or topmvent property damage, pem~ ~ury or lW of W%
—h not
store or W gasobe or other
nammabie vapors and Mqtids h the
*Mty of W or any other apptiance.
–-T TOM ~ YOU S~LL GAS
M not try to Mght my apptiance.
W not tw~ any dmtrid stitih;
do not useanyphoneinyour b~tig.
Clear the room, btil~ or area of M
Wupants.
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~tely M your gas supptier fmm a
neighbor’s phon~ FOHOW tie gas supp~r’s
btructia=
o E YOU-t* your gas suppfier$
&the fire department.
—M~tion and seti~ must be performed
by a q~ed ins~er, servim agency or
the gas supp~er.
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All washing instruction terms in this book conform to the Care
Labeling Rule established by the Federal Trade Commission, January 1984.
If You Need Service
To obtain service, see the
Consumer Services page
in the back of this book.
We’re proud of our service and
want you to be pleased. If for some
reason you are not happy with the
service you receive, here are three
steps to follow for further help.
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First, contact the people who
serviced your appliance. Explain
why you are not pleased. In most
cases, this will solve the problem.
NEXT, if you are still not pleased,
write all the details-including
your phone number—to:
Manager, Consumer Relations
GE Appliances, Appliance Park
Louisville, KY 40225
FINALLY, if your problem
is still not resolved, write:
Major Appliance Consumer
Action Panel
20 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
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WARN~&To reduce the risk
of fire, electric shock, or injury to
persons when using your appliance,
follow basic precautions, including the following:
Use this appliance only for its intended purpose
as described in this Use and Care Book.
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This washer must be properly
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<c b , installed and located in accordance
‘..
with the hstallation Instructions
before it is used. If you did not receive an
~stilation Instructions sheet with your washer,
you can obtain one by contacting the service
location nearest you.
—Properly ground to conform with dl
governing codes and ordinances. Follow
detils in Installation Instructions.
—hsta~ or store where it will not be exposed
●
to temperatures below freezing or exposed
to the weather.
<onnect to a properly rated, protected and sized
power supply circuit to avoid electrical overload.
<onnect to adequate plumbing and drain
facilities as described in the Installation
Instructions.
fim off water faucets when the washer is not in
use to relieve pressure on hoses and valves, and
to minimize leakage if a hose or valve should
break or rupture.
men disconnecting this appliance
pull by the plug rather than the cord to
* avoid damage to the cord or iunction of
cord and pl~g, Make sure th~t the cord
is located so that it will not be stepped on, tripped
over or otherwise subjected to damage or stress.
c Do not repair or replace any part
of the appliance or attempt any
servicing unless specifically
@
recommended in this Use and Care Book or
in published user-repair instructions that you
understand and have the skills to carry out.
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To ~tiize We possibility of injury:
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Do not mix chlorine bleach with
ammonia or acids such as vinegar andor
rust remover. Mixing can produce a
toxic gas which may cause death.
Do not wash or dry articles that
have been cleaned in, washed in,
~ / soaked in, or spotted with
combustible or explosive substances
(such as wax, paint, gasoline, degreasers, drycleaning solvents, kerosene, etc.) which may
ignite or explode. Do not add these substances
to the wash water. Do not use these substances
around your washer antior dryer duting
operation.
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A
WARNIN&HYDROGEN GAS
is produced by the chemical action
within your water heater and the gas
can accumulate in the water heater antior water
pipes if hot water has not been used for a period
of two weeks or longer. HYDROGEN GAS CAN
BE EXPLOSIVE UNDER THESE
CIRCUMSTANCES. So to prevent the
possibility of damage or injury, if you have not
used hot water for two weeks or more, or move
into a midence in which the hot water system
may not have been used for some time, turn on
all hot water fauceti and allow them to run for
several minutes before using any electrical
appliance which is connected to the hot water
system. This will allow any hydrogen gas to
escape. Since the gas is flammable, do not
smoke or use an open flame or apptiance
during this process.
Never reach into washer while it is
moving. Before loading, unloading
or adding clothes, push in the Cycle
Selector knob to OFF position, then
wait until the machine has completely stopped
before opening the lid.
●
Close supervision is necessary if
this appliance is used by or near
children. Do not a~ow children
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P%
to play inside, on, or with this
~k
appliance or any discarded
appliance. Dispose of discarded appliances and
shipping or packing materials properly. Before
discarding a washer, or removing from service,
remove the washer lid.
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!
WORTANT SAFE~ ~STRUCTIONS
(continued)
Keep all laundry aids (such as
detergents, bleaches, fabric softeners,
etc.) out of the reach of children,
preferably in a locked cabinet.
Observe dl warnings on container
labels to avoid personal injury.
Keep the area around and underneath
your appliances free from the
*
I ~ ~ccumulation of combustible mateti~s,
,
.
,
w
such as lint, paper, rags, chemicals, etc.
Keep the floor around your appliances clean
and dry to reduce the possibility of slipping.
To minimize the possibility of electric
shock, unplug this appliance from the
power supply before attempting any
maintenance or cleaning (except the
removal and cleaning of the lint filter).
NOTE: Turning the Cycle Selector
,
knob to an OFF position does NOT
$disconnect the appliance from the
/“
power supply.
Do not tamper with controls.
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Do not operate this appliance if it is damaged,
malfunctioning, partially disassembled, or has
missing or broken parts, including a damaged
cord or plug.
Never climb on or stand on the washer top.
Do not wash fiberglass articles in your washer,
Skin irritation could result from the remaining
particles that may be picked up by clothing
during subsequent washer use.
The laundry process can reduce
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\ the flame retardancy of fabrics.
/ Toavoidsucharesult, thegarrnent
manufacturer’s care instructions
should be followed very carefully.
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For washer operation
●
Do not leave washer lid up during cycle,
This will stop the wash and spin action
and prevent completion of the cycle,
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SAW T~SE
~STRUCTIONS
WARNING-To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury to persons when using your
appliance, read the IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS before operating this appliance.
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Sorting and Loading
Sort clothes carefully by fabric
type, weight, color and amount
of soil, according to instructions
in How to Sort Clothes section.
● Remove the
Filter-Flo pan
and MiniBasket tub.
The underside
of the lid is a
good place to put the pan while
loading or unloading clothes.
●
Do not use the Mini-Basket tub
when washing regular loads.
You’ll find complete details on
how and when to use it in How to
Use the Mini-Basket Tub section.
● Add measured amount of detergent.
See Detergents, Other Additives
section for information on detergents
and other laundry additives.
● Load clothes into wash basket,
being careful not to overload.
Clothes should be below retaining
ring. See How to Load Your Washer
section for more information.
Position the Filter-Flo pan on
the agitator. Lint will collect in
the pan for easy removal when
the wash is finished.
Do not use the Filter-Flo pan as a
wash basket. Do not put any items
to be washed in the Filter-Flo pan.
● See How to Use Bleach
Dispenser section for information
on the Bleach Dispenser.
. For information on bleaches
and fabric softeners, see Other
Laundry Products section.
● Close the lid. Washer will fill but
not agitate or spin with the lid open.
●
Setting the Controls
Use the Controls Setting Guide to help you make the
proper selections.
~ Select WasMSpin Speed.
~ Select Water Level.
SMALL: Washer is less than 1/2 full of clothes.
MEDIUM: Between 1/2 and 2/3 full.
LARGE: Over 2/3 full.
MINI-BASKET: Not used for regular loads.
See How to Use the Mini-Basket Tub section.
O Select WasMRinse Temperature.
@ Push Cycle Selector knob in and turn clockwise to
your selected wash setting.
o Pull Cycle Selector knob
out to start the washer.
~
START
,
If you wish to change
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setting after washer
has started, push Cycle
STOP ~
Selector knob in to stop
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the washer and reset to the
new position. Setting can be changed at any time.
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TWS TO ~LP YOU SELECT SETTmGS
Regular Cycles—
For most cottons, linens, and work and play
clothes. Longer wash times plus an extra deep rinse,
spray rinse and spin provide thorough washing and
detergent removal.
PreWash Cycl~
For use when clothes are excessively soiled.
Provides an agitated soak and a soak without
agitation, followed by agitation and spin. Washer
must be reset for desired wash cycle.
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Extra Cleaning Cycle
For fabrics with heavy or oily soil. Agitation
with extra detergent loosens stubborn soils,
and an automatic extra rinse and spin help
remove any detergent left after the first rinse
and spin.
&rmanen[&S
and Kni6C~les
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Cvcle I
Knits Cycle—
A combination of agitation and soak provides effective
polyester knits laundering. An early and long spray
rinse cools down fabrics before the washer reaches
maximum spin speed to help prevent wrinkle setting.
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PemanentP=ss
and Kn;fi Cples
Permanent Press Cycle
For loads, of synthetic andor delicate fabrics. A cold
water cool-down helps prevent set-in wrinkles in
permanent press shirts, blouses, dresses and similar
apparel with normal soil.
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Soak Cycle
Clothes activate in a soaking agent for a short time,
then the water spins out. Washer turns off at end of
Soak Cycle—must be reset for desired wash cycle.
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What Happens in Each Setting (Approximate Minutes)
Cycle
Selector
Settings
Wash
Soak
Wash
Spin
Rinse
Spin
2nd Rinse
Spin
Total
Tim.
Normal
Heavy
Soil
NOTES:
Permanent Press and
Knits Cycles
Extra
Cleaning
Regular
Cycles
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5
12
3ti
3Z
7
14X
35
3%
7
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35
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32
15
35
3
3
3
7
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7
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3ti
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3%
4%
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Knits
P. Press
Soak
PreWash
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Total time includes
pauses ktween each
phase of the cycle.
Total time does not
include water fill times.
Fill times vary depending
on household water pressure
and your selected water level.
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CONTROLS SETTING GUDE
Controls Setting Guide for different fabrics and loads
Wash Water
Temperature
Cycle
Normal
Normal
Hot or Warm
Warm or Cold
Regular Cycles
Regulm Cycles
Normal Setting
Normal Setting
Work Clothes
Heavy soil
Average soil
Normal
Normal
Hot
Hot or Warm
Extra Cleaning Cycle
Regular Cycles
Set at Start
Normal Setting
Permanent Press, Treated Cottons,
Blends with Cottons
Heavy or oily soil
Average or light soil
Normal
Normal
Hot
Warm
Extra Cleaning Cycle
P. Press & Knits Cycles
Set at Start
Permanent Press Setting
Synthetics—Polyester, Nylon,
Acrylic Knits and Woven Fabrics
Sturdy
Delicate
Normal
Gentle
Warm
Warm
P. Press& Knits Cycles
P. Press& Knits Cycles
Permanent Press Setting
Knits Setting
Silks, WoolS; Blends of silk
and Wool
Rayon and Acetate
Gentle
Warm
P. Press & Knits Cycles
Knits Setting
Gentle
Warm
P. Press& Knits Cycles
Knits Setting
Down-filled garments, if machine
washing is recommended
Gentle
Warm
P. Press & Knits Cycles
Permanent Press Setting
Baby Clothes—Sturdy, such as
Diapers, Nightgowns, Shirts, Pads,
Sheets, Receiving Blankets, Coveralls
Baby Clothes—Delicate
Normal
Hot
Regular Cycles
Normal Setting
Gentle
Warm
P. Press& Knits Cycles
Knits Setting
5 min. soak
then Normal
5 min. soak
tben Normal
Warm
Regular Cycles
Normal Setting
Warm
Regular Cycles
Normal Setting
Curtains-DO NOT MACHINE
WASH FIBERGLASS
Gentle
Hot or Warm
P. Press & Knits Cycles
Permanent Press Setting
Chenille Bedspreads, Robes*
Gentle
Normal
Hot or Warm
P. Press & Knits Cycles
Permanent Press or Knits St
Hot or Warm
Normal
Cold or Warm
Regular Cycles
Regular Cycles
Normal Setting
Normal Setting
Gentle
Warm
P. Press & Knits Cycles
Knits Setting
Gentle
Warm
P. Press & Knits Cycles
Permanent Press or Knits S
depending on amount of so
Load
WasMSpin
Speed
Cottons and Linens
White/Colorfast
BrightiNoncolorfast
Blankets—Wool, Part-Wool,
Cotton
Blankets—Synthetic, Electric
Slipcovers, Draperies, Bathmats & Rugs*
Denims (especially Indigo Blue
Jeans) and other fabrics that bleed
Rubber-coated Items, Laminated
Cycle Setting
Fabrics, Vinyl, Plastics and
Articles with Plastic Trim
Pillows
*Check size. Some slipcovers, draperies and bedspreads may be too large for automatic home-size washer.
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Refer to Garment Manufacturers’ Care Labels
\ Bleach
Liquid chlorine type.
Only non-chlorine bleach when needed.
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Spwial Instmctions
If colorfast is unusually soiled, use hot water. Use maximum detergent recommended in
Detergent Guide. Use Extra Cleaning Cycle. See How to Operate Your Clothes
Washer section.
White or colorfast, liquid chlorine type.
Noncolorfast only non-chlorine bleach
Use maximum detergent recommended in Detergent Guide.
White or colorfast, liquid chlorine type.
Noncolorfast, only non-chlorine bleach
when needed.
Small loads reduce wrinkling. Use maximum detergent recommended in Detergent Guide.
Use Extra Cleaning Cycle. See Tips to Help You Select Settings section.
White or colorfast, liquid chlorine type.
Noncolorfast, only non-chlorine bleach
when needed.
If unusually soiled, use hot water. Use maximum detergent recommended in Detergent Guide.
For heavy or oily soil on sturdy garments, use Extra Cleaning Cycle. See How to Operate
Your Clothes Washer section. Small loads reduce wrinkling.
No bleach.
Wash only if recommended by the garment manufacturer. Follow instructions carefully.
Seldom needed. If needed, use only
non-chlorine
bleach.
Wash in your washer only if recommended by the garment manufacturer.
Wash frequently to fluff up the down and retain the garment’s warmth. Wash separately. Wet
down gives off an odor which maybe absorbed by other garments. Odor disappears when
garment is dry. Treat heavily soiled areas with liquid detergent or paste made of water and
granular detergent. Close zippers. Wash 2 or 3 at a time or add towels to balance.
GARMENT MUST BE TUMBLE DRIED.
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White or colorfast, liquid chlorine type.
You may prefer to use a mild type detergent. Do baby clothes separately. Pretreat spots.
Rinse diapers, nightgowns, pads and sheets after use. Keep diapers in a covered pail of cold
water and conditioning agent like Borateem brand.
Only non-chlorine bleach when needed.
You may prefer to use a mild type detergent. Do hand-knit garments by hand or in Mini-
No bleach.
Basket tub. See How to Use Mini-Basket Tub section.
Fill washer, add detergent and allow to dissolve before adding blanket. Do one blanket at a time.
Pretreat heavily soiled spots with liquid detergent.
No bleach.
=ctric=ket, sewa strong piece of cloth over plug to protect blanket and washer from
damage. Do one blanket at a time. Pretreat heavily soiled spots with liquid detergent.
White or colorfast, liquid chlorine type.
Vacuum out loose dirt before washing.
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I White or colorfast, liquid chlorine type.
I White or colorfast, liquid chlorine type.
If unusually soiled, use Normal WasMSpin Speed.
Wash only 2 or 3 rugs or mats at one time. Shake before washing to remove excess dirt.
No bleach.
For new indigo blue jeans, wash at least 3 times in very small loads with full water fill.
Jeans need ample room to move to avoid white lines at creases. May discolor plastic washer
parts. Subsequent washings will reduce discolorations, but will probably never eliminate it.
The stained Darts will not discolor subsequent washing loads.
No bleach.
=mble on FLUFF (No Heat)
No bleach,
Pillows are made of different materialsdacron, fiber, foam, polyester, natural feathers and
down. Many pillows can be machine washed, but manufacturers care labels must be followed
carefully. If washing is recommended, check pillows for weak seams or holes and mend to
prevent escape of feathers or filling. Fill washer, add detergent and agitate for several minutes
to dissolve detergent. Add two pillows at a time to balance load. Use large water level.
For more information on care labeling, send for “What’s New About CARE LABELS.”
For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
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OPEMTmG ~STRUCTIONS
(continued)
How to Use the Filter-Flo Pan
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The Filter-Flo pan is the lint
filter. Position the Filter-Flo ,,,::::::-::”’’C7::’<7;>.:.
pan on the agitator after
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loading clothes into the
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washer. Lint is easily seen
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. . . : : : ... .. . . . .,.
and removed after the wash
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is finished.
NOTE: Do not use the Filter-Flo pan as a wash
basket. Do not put items to be washed in the
Filter-Flo pan. Do not place detergent packets
in the Filter-Flo pan.
The Filter-Flo pan also serves as a lid for the
Mini-Basket tub. See How to Use the Mini-Basket
Tub section.
How to Use the Bleach Dispenser
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Use this dispenser
with liquid bleach
only. If you prefer to
use powdered bleach,
pour it into the wash
basket along with
your detergent. Do
not pour powdered
b,eachintothe
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Pour measured amount of liquid bleach directly
into bleach dispenser.
Do not overfill or allow dispenser to overflow.
Avoid splashing. Undiluted bleach can cause
fabric damage.
Never pour undiluted liquid bleach directly onto
clothes or into the wash basket or Mini-Basket tub.
bleach dispenser.
Measure bleach carefully. Here are some
recommended amounts:
LARGE WATER LEVEL—1 H cup (310 ml) liquid
SMALL WATER LEVEL—2/3 cup (170 ml) liquid
MINI-BASKET tub—1/4 cup (60 ml) liquid
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How to Use the Soak Cycle
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SOAK CYCLE
temperature will
automatically be cold.
If a hot or warm
soak is desired, set
the WAS~INSE
TEMPERATURE
m
switch to HOT/COLD
or WARWCOLD and turn the Cycle Selector
knob to NORMAL in the Regular Cycles. Start the
washer. After washer fills and begins to agitate, push
in the Cycle Selector knob and turn to SOAK
CYCLE. Pull out the Cycle Selector knob to
complete the cycle.
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Regular
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For an extended soak allow the washer to fill
and agitate for a few minutes to dissolve the soaking
agent. Then push in the Cycle Selector knob to stop
the washer (keep lid closed) and allow to soak for as
long as desired. After desired soak period, pull out
the Cycle Selector knob to complete the cycle.
Do not use the Mini-Basket tub
with the Soak Cycle.
The Mini-Basket tub, designed for small loads of regular fabrics or delicate
hand-washables, can be used with any cycle except the SOAK and PREWASH cycles.
~pical Mini-Basket ~b Wash Loads
●
Small loads of regular fabrics
(up to 2fi pounds) (1.125 kg).
●
Delicate loads such as lingerie,
panty hose, girdles, blouses,
sweaters, socks, shirts, baby
clothes and other small, delicate
hand-washables.
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Stuffed toys.
Tennis shoes.
How to Wash a Small Load of Regular Fabrics or Delicate Hand-washables
1. Remove the Filter-Flo pan.
2!:ii::::t *
toward the front
A
{
of the machine for
~n
easier installation and
removal of Mini-Basket tub.
3. Put detergent in the bottom of the Mini-Basket
tub before loading clothes (about the same
amount you would use for a small load in the
regulw wash basket). See How Much Detergent
Should You Use section.
4. Load clothes in Mini-Basket tub.
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5. Replace the Filter-Flo pan.
It serves as a lid to keep the
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clothes in the Mini-Basket tub.
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6. Add bleach, if desired.
Measure carefully and
pour recommended
/
amount of liquid bleach
d
—1/4 cup (60 ml)—
directly into the bleach
dispenser. See How to
Use the Bleach Dispenser. %%
7. Close washer lid and set
WakrLe=l
controls as follows:
. URGE
—Set Water Level to MINI- MEDIUM .
BAS~T position.
—Select desired WastiSpin
S~eed and Was~inse
Temperature. See How to
Operate Your Clothes Washer section.
—Select desired cycle (REGULAR, EXTRA
CLEANING, PERMANENT PRESS or KNITS).
See How to Operate Your Clothes Washer section.
8. Pull Cycle Selector knob out to start washer.
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Special Instructions for Use of the Mini-Basket fib
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—
The Mini-Basket tub can be used with any cycle
except SOAK and PREWASH.
Do not wash clothes in the regular wash basket
when using the Mini-Basket tub. There will not
be enough water in the regular basket and damage
to clothes could result.
●
When washing stockings, panty hose and other
easily tangled items, always handle separately.
To minimize tangling, the use of a net laundry
bag is recommended.
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EmRGY-SAmG T~
If your clothes and household items don’t look
clean and fresh after washing, you will probably
rewash them.. and that means you’ll waste energy.
Remember to sort your clothes carefully, and load
them properly, select correct cycles, use enough
detergent and choose a water temperature warm
enough to release and get rid of soil.
Use Hot Wash—up to 150°F. (65°C. )— on a
regular basis only when washing heavily
soiled articles-such as work and play clothes.
Under normal soil conditions, wash in water
above 80°F. (27°C.). This generally means using
the Warm Wash temperature setting on your
washer—temperatures approximately W°F.–l 10°F.
(32°C.–380C.) or hand comfortable. If you notice
that soil has accumulated after several consecutive
washings, use Hot Wash occasionally, if safe
for fabrics.
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Try to wash less often. Save articles of the
same type of fabric until you have a full load.
If you must wash smaller loads, adjust the
amount of water. Small loads should have lower
water levels.
Wash in off-peak utility hours. Your local utility
can tell you which are the off-peak hours.
Use Normal Spin Speed to remove more water and
help lessen drying time. The dryer will remove any
wrinkles caused by the Normal Spin.
Use your Mini-Basket tub for very small loads. It
uses less water than the small water level in the big
tub on this washer. You will also save on detergent
and energy.
Sort by Surface Texture
LINT PRODUCERS—such as terry toweling and
chenille—give up lint.
LINT COLLECTORS—such as man-made fibers and
napped fabrics like velveteen and corduroy—attract
lint. These must be washed separately.
Separate
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reduce lint collection,
it is recommended
that fabrics of similar
construction be
washed together
whenever possible.
Sort by Soil
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Sort by Color
For instructions
on different fabrics
and loads, see the
Controls Setting
Guide.
It pays to check and prepare
clothes for washing.
Empty pockets, brush out cuffs,
zip zippers, snap snaps, hooks
and buttons.
Do any necessary mending—rips,
hems, tears.
Check all items for areas of heavy
soil or stain.
Remove stains. See Stain
Removal Guide.
Turn poly knits inside-out to
minimize fabric surface damage.
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EXTRA CLEANING
Special Fabric Cycle for
removable heavy and oily
soils. (See Tips to Help You Select
Setting section for instructions.)
See Stain Removal Guide.
See Controls Setting Guide.
See The Problem Solver section.
Soaking and Pretreating—a good
way to loosen deep soils and stains.
A thorough soaking with detergent
or special soaking agent is another
way to remove heavy soils,
embedded dirt and even some stains.
Soaking can be either a completely
separate washing step or a
preliminary step to a complete wash
cycle. For detailed information on
how to soak in your washer, see
How to Use the Soak Cycle.
FOR INFORMATION ON
SOAKING AGENTS, see Other
Laundry Products Guide.
Pretreat heavy soil by rubbing
in a small amount of liquid
detergent or a paste made of water
and powdered detergent or soap.
For best results, wait 1/2 hour
before washing.
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HOW TO LOAD YOUR WASmR
This illustration, with clothes just
reaching the Clothes Retaining
Ring, shows a proper load. Clothes
have ample room to move because
they are not packed down, nor
wrapped around the agitator.
Clothes are loaded dry since wet
items are likely to pack down which
encourages overloading. This size
load requires a full water fill.
What is the best size load of
clothes—large, medium, or
small? Save time, energy and
detergent by avoiding extra use of
the washer. Try to wash a full load
of clothes. If you can it is better to
save clothes until you have a full
load. If you must wash smaller
loads, save water, energy and
detergent by adjusting the water
level for the size of the load. See
Operating section.
Load clothes dry.
Take a properly sorted group of
clothes and drop them loosely in
the wash basket in this order:
~ Luge Items–like sheets. Do
not wrap around the agitator.
~ Small Items–like washcloths.
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To Add Items After the Washer Has Started
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Turn off the washer.
Carefully remove the
Filter-Flo pan.
Add any additional articles
by submerging them next
to the agitator.
Replace the Filter-Flo pan and
restart the washer.
NOTE: When washing stockings,
panty hose and other easily tangled
items, always handle separately. To
minimize tangling, we recommend
the use of a net laundry bag.
Special Recommendations for Washing Permanent Press If You Do Not Have a Dryer
If you are machine-washing Permanent Press clothes
that you plan to line dry or drip-dry, use extra care to
minimize wrinkling in the wash process:
Be careful not to overload washer. Permanent Press
clothes must have ample room to move freely. A
Medium size Permanent Press load is the largest that
should be washed.
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Use more water than you would for a regular load,
Use a Medium Water Level for a Small Load; a
Large Water Level for a Medium Load.
Remove clothes promptly as soon as washer stops
and hang immediately.
To minimize wrinkling, use the Gentle Wash/Spin
Speed.
SELECTmG DETERGENTS AND SOAP
Products
Advantages
Disadvantages
Phosphate–
Powdered Detergents
Perform well in hard or soft water.
Are not available in some areas.
Non-Phosphate–
Powdered Detergents
Wash all types of fabrics well.
Can be used in hot, warm, or
cold water.
Perform satisfactorily in soft
or moderately hard water.
Generally do not clean well in
hard water.
In some areas only non-phosphate
products are available.
May be difficult to dissolve,
especially in cold water.
Should not be used in cold water.
Those containing sodium
carbonate as an ingredient may
cause harmful limestone deposits
on clothes and washer when
combined with hard water.
(See Detergents section.)
Liquid
Detergents
Perform well in soft water.
Offer better performance in
hard water than powdered
non-phosphate types.
May not perform as well as
powdered phosphate products
when diluted in wash water.
Clean synthetics and fabric
blends well.
Are excellent as concentrates
for removing spots.
Completely dissolve even in
cold water.
Soaps
Perform well in soft water.
Generally do not clean well in
medium-hard or hard water.
May combine with water
hardness minerals to form
sticky soap curd.
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T~ RESULTS OF CONT~UED
USE OF CAMONATE DETERGENTS
Is your water hard? If it is, and if you use a carbonate type non-phosphate detergent, you will most probably notice
limestone* deposits on your clothes and washer surfaces. The hardness of your water and your washing frequency
will determine how rapidly the limestone will build up. If your water is VERY HARD (11 or more grains) and if
you wash just a few loads a week, you may see limestone buildups in just a few months.
Effects on Clothes
Although limestone buildup occurs more rapidly on
cotton, it will eventually affect various fabrics in the
following ways:
Gives a stiff, harsh, rough feel to fabrics such as
toweling.
Causes colors to fade and become dull and dingy.
Causes graying of fabrics.
Leaves a white, powdery residue on dark-colored
items.
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Unsightly buildup on all washer surfaces exposed to
the wash solution.
Mat-like, crusty formations caused by lint adhering to
the sticky limestone deposits.
Increased service calls because of limestone deposits
in the pump, recirculation water hoses, filters and
other washer parts.
Reduced useful life of washer.
“ Causes spot-fading of bright colors as a result of
direct contact with detergent.
Reduces wrinkle-resistance of permanent press
fabrics.
Destroys effectiveness of flame-retardant finishes on
cottons such as children’s sleepwear.
Increases fabric wear because of the scrubbing action
between limestone deposits on the fabrics during
washer agitation.
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Recommended Methods to Reduce
Limestone Buildup
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Use a powdered phosphate detergent or a liquid
detergent if these are available in your area.
Install a home water softener. This will significantly
reduce limestone buildup.
Use a packaged non-precipitating water softener,
such as Calgon brand with phosphate.
Good Washing Practices May Delay Limestone Damage to Clothes
The following recommendations will temporarily delay
the effects of limestone on your clothes. These are
generally good washing practices and will give better
soil removal whether or not you have hard water or use
carbonate detergent.
Use hotter wash water, for example up to 150°F.
(65°C.) for cottons. This also improves oily-soil
removal.
If you wash in cooler water to save energy, use
more detergent to promote better washing. Also
be sure to use bleach on bleachable fabrics. Use
hot water whenever possible.
“ Add detergent and allow washer to fill and agitate
for three or four minutes to dissolve detergent before
adding clothes.
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reaction of the calcium in the hard water with the sodium carbonate in the detergent
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Increase amount of detergent. See guide on opposite
page for recommended detergent amounts in relation
to water hardness.
Increase use of bleaches, presoaks, packaged water
conditioners, prewash soil and stain removers to
help in removing stubborn soils and stains.
Use greater care in sorting loads. Wash very dirty
loads separately and increase detergent to help
keep dirt from redepositing on less soiled items.
Wash delicate items separately to prevent damage
from heavy, sturdy clothes.
c Wash smaller loads to increase cleaning action of
washer.
Use fabric softener to counteract stiffness or
harshness in clothes.
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Once clothes have developed limestone deposits, they
may be partially restored by soaking in a solution of
two cups (480 ml) of vinegar in one gallon (3.8 liters)
of hot tap water for 15 minutes. USE A PLASTIC
CONTAINER. Then wash clothes in the washer
using detergent.
CAUTIONS:
Do not use vinegar soak solution in washer.
The acidic action of the vinegar may damage
the porcelain.
Vinegar soak solution may reduce the
wrinkle-resistance of permanent press fabrics.
Vinegar soak may damage the dyes in some fabrics.
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HOW MUCH DETERGENT SHOULD YOU USE?
The use of a sufficient amount of detergent is one of the most
important things you can do to make sure your wash comes out clean.
Amount required varies
according to:
1. Water hardness
2. Amount of soil
3. Size of load
4. Type of detergent
5. Wash temperature
Use more detergent if you have...
1. Hard water
2. Large loads
3. Greasy or oily soils
4. Lower wash temperature
5. Low phosphate detergent
How to use detergent—
granular or powdered:
For best results, add detergent to the
wash basket before loading clothes.
If you load your clothes first, add
detergent next to the agitator.
If your detergent doesn’t dissolve
well, predissolve the detergent in
hot water, then pour directly into
the wash basket.
To use granular or powdered
detergent in the Mini-Basket tub,
put detergent in the bottom of MiniBasket tub before loading clothes.
To use liquid detergent, in regular
clothes basket or Mini-Basket tub,
follow package directions.
If the recommended amount of
detergent produces too many suds,
switch to a low
sudsing detergent
brand, and follow
instructions on
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package.
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is a common cause
of laundry problems.
Always measure detergent
in a standard measuring cup.
Recommended Amount of Detergent for Average Soil Load
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Water Level Setting
High-Sudsing
Powder ~pe
Mini
Basket
Water
Hardness
Large
Medium
VERY HARD
10-20 Grains
2 CUDS
(480 ml)
1% cups
1 x cups
(420 ml)
(300 ml)
1/3 cup
(85 ml)
HARD
4-10 Grains
I x cups
(420 ml)
I x cups
(360 ml)
3/4 cup
(180 ml)
1/4 cup
(60 ml)
Som
1 cup
(240 ml)
I cup
(240 ml)
1/2 cup
(120 ml)
1/8 CUp
(30 ml)
I cup
(180 ml)
3/4 cup
(180 ml)
1/2 cup
(120 ml)
1/4 cup
(60 ml)
O-4 Grains
Low-Sudsing
Concentrated
Powder ~pe
7 Grains
LIQUID
7 Grains
Small
FOLLOW PACKAGE DIRECTIONS
1. Use recommended amount
of detergent for your load
and water hardness as shown
in guide at left.
2. When using other detergent
types—low and normal suds,
powders, liquids, nonphosphate powders— follow
directions on package.
3. For Extra Cleaning cycle
double the amount of
detergent recommended
in guide at left.
4. For hard water treatment, see
Hard Water Guide.
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WRD WATER—DO YOU ~~ IT?
Before you can decide what to do about hard
water, you need to know if you have it and, if
so, how hard it is.
If you live in a municipal area, contact your
water company.
If you live in a rural area, or in some suburban areas,
contact your county agent.
The answer will be “you have ‘so many grains’ per
gallon” (3.8 liter) and means this:
O to 3 grains per gallon (3.8 liter)—SO~
4 to 10 grains—HARD
11 to 19 grains—VERY HARD
20 grains and over—EXTREMELY HARD
If you water is SO~, you have no problem. You can
use soap or detergent as you prefer and forget all
about hard water. If you have HARD water—less than
10 grains—and you use phosphate detergent, you also
have no problem.
But, if you have more than 10 grains, you will need to
soften your water with either...
1. An installed water softener in your home, or
2. The use of a packaged water softener.
For information on water softeners, see the
guide below.
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Add This Much Water Softener with a Full Water Level
Grains of
hardness
When using
with detergent
When using
with soap
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(80 ml)
1O-I5
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1/4 cup
(60 ml)
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( 160 ml)
15-20
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1/2 cup
(120 ml)
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3/4 cup
(180 ml)
20-25
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1 cup
(240 ml)
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I cup
(240 ml)
213 CUp
(160 ml)
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25–30
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1 x cups
(360 ml)
over 30
1 cup plus I tablespoon for every 5 grains above
30 (240 ml plus 15 ml for each extra 5 grains)
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1 X cups plus 1 tablespoon for every 5 grains
above 30 (300 ml plus 15 ml for each extra 5 grains)
Laundry
Product and Wpe
BLEACH
Chlorine liquid
such as Clorox brand
Non-chlorine such as
Clorox 2 brand
FABRIC SOFTENERS
Rinse addilive such as
Downy Brtind
Wash additive such as
Rain Barrel brand
SANITIZER
Chlorine bleach
such as Clorox brand
How to Use It
Special Instructions
Use your bleach dispenser
See How to Use Your Bleach
Dispenser section.
1) Do not pour undiluted liquid chlorine bleach directly into
washer or on dry clothes.
2) Some of today’s washable fabrics sbould not be chlorine
bleached such as: 1007. cotton flame-retardant children’s
sleepwear, silk, wool, mohair, spandex, leather, or non-fast
colors. Dilute bleach before using on any fabric.
3) Check Manufacturers’ Care Labels for special
instructions.
Follow package directions.
Put bleach into washer with detergent
1) May be used on all kinds of fabrics.
2) 1s most effective in hot water.
Mix recommended amount with one
cup (240 ml) water and add at sturt of
rinse cycle.
1) Helps make clothes fluffy and soft.
2) Reduces static electricity.
3) Use carefully. Too much may cause staining on
some clothes.
4) Do not pour directly on clotbes.
5) For those recommended for adding to tbe wash cycle,
such as Rain Barrel brand, follow manufacturer’s
instructions exactly.
Follow package directions.
Add during wash cycle.
Use in case of infection and
contagious disease.
See under Bleach above.
Guards against infection by killing most bacteria and
viruses.
WATER SOFTENER
Non-precipitating
such as Calgon brand
Follow package directions.
Add at start of wash cycle.
Suspends hardness minerals in solution, keeping
water clear.
Precipitating such as
Borax brand
Follow package directions.
Use with detergent or soap in wash cycle.
Combines with water hardness minerals to form precipitate
which gives cloudy or milky appearance to water.
SOAK AGENT
Such as Biz brand
Follow package directions.
PRETREATING, STAIN
AND SPOT REMOVERS
Such as Spray’n Wash
and K2R brands
TINTS AND DYES
Powdered such as Rit
and Tintex brands
Follow package directions. Treat only
heavily soiled areas. Check garments’
care labels for instructions.
CAUTION: Washer control panels and finishes may be
damaged by some laundry pretreatment soil and stain
remover products if such products are sprayed on or bave
direct contact with the washer. Apply these pretreatment
products away from washer. The fabric may then be washed
normally. Damage to your washer caused by pretreatment
oroducts is not covered by your warranty.
Follow package directions.
NOTE: Tinted garments may not be
colorfast. Wash separately.
Clean washer to avoid discoloration of next load. Go
through complete cycle (5-minute wash) using hot water,
1/2 cup (120 ml) detergent, I cup (240 ml) bleach. Wipe
exterior parts. Caution: Tinting may discolor plastic in
washer. Subsequent washings will reduce discoloration
but may never eliminate it.
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HOW TO mMOm STA~S
1. Try to remove stains as soon as possible. The
fresher the stain, the easier it is to remove.
2. Before attempting to remove any stain, take
these steps:
Find the fabric and the finish in the chart on the
next page, and use only recommended methods.
s Check the care label instructions that came with
the garment.
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Test stain removal product on a hidden inside
seam or on a sample of the material.
Avoid use of hot water on unknown stain. It
can set some stains.
3. Follow stain removal with a thorough rinsing.
4. Wash with recommended amount of soap or
detergent.
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Mix 1/4 cup (60 ml) chlorine bleach with one gallon (3.8 liter) of cool
water—approximately 80°F. (27°C. )—in a sink or pan. Soak stained area
for 5 minutes and launder in washer.
The Case of the “Invisible” Shin
Food or cooking oils on your synthetic garments
may cause stains which are virtually invisible and
which you may not notice as you put your clothes
into the washer.
If these stains are not completely removed in the wash,
the oily spots may pick up dirt from the wash water.
Then they will become very visible and you may think
they were caused by the wash cycle itself.
Once These Spots Become Visible, How Can You Remove Them?
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Rub in undiluted liquid detergent and let stand 30 minutes.
Rewash using hottest water the fabric can stand.
How Can You Prevent These “After-You-Wash” Shins?
“ Increase the amount of detergent normally used.
Increase water temperature where fabric will permit.
s Wash synthetic garments more often.
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Stain
White and Bleachable Fabrics
Other Washable Fabrics
See Controls Setting Guide.
Adhesives
(Chewing Gum, etc.)
Rub with ice or immerse in very cold water. Use dull tool to
carefully scrape off as reach adhesive or gum as possible. Sponge
with a safe dry cleaning fluid, * then launder.
Same as white and bleachable fabrics.
Antiperspirants,
Deodorants
Apply undiluted liquid detergent. Rinse. If stain remains, bleach
according to the Stain Removal Hint on opposite page. If color has
Same as white and bleachable fabrics
except use non-chlorine bleach.
changed, you may be able to restore it by sponging with
ammonia.** Rinse thoroughly.
Blood
Soak in cold water, then launder in warm water. If stain remains,
bleach according to the Stain Removal Hint on opposite page, launder.
Sponge or soak in cool water, then
launder.
Chocolate, Cream,
Ice Cream and Milk
Soak in cold water. Treat stain with a safe dry cleaning fluid*;
Apply undiluted liquid detergent, launder, dry. Bleach according
to the Stain Removal Hint on opposite page, launder and dry.
Soak in cold water. Sponge with a safe
cleaning fluid. * Apply undiluted liquid
Without cream: Bleach according to the Stain Removal Hint on
opposite page. Launder. With cream: Follow guide directions for
Sponge with warm water. If stain remains,
apply warm glycerine, let stand 30
minutes and rinse well, or sponge with a
safe dry cleaning fluid. * Launder.
Coffee and Tea
cream.
Cosmetics: Eye Shadow,
Lipstick, Mascara, Liquid
or Pancake Makeup, Rouge,
Treat stain with safe dry cleaning fluid. * Apply undiluted liquid
detergent; launder and dry, Bleach according to the Stain Removal
Hint on opposite page.
detergent. Launder in warm water.
Sponge with a safe dry cleaning fluid.’
Then launder in warm detergent water.
Powder; Crayon; Grease,
Oil, Tar, Cod Liver Oil
Fresh Fruit, Fruit Juices,
Wine, Vegetables or FM
Coloring
Soak stain in cool water. If stain remains, bleach according to
the Stain Removal Hint on opposite page, launder.
Sponge with warm water. Bleach remaining
Grass, Foliage, Flowers,
Mildew, Scorch
Apply undiluted liquid detergent. Launder. (Treat mildew spots
while they are fresh, before mold has a chance to weaken fabric.)
If either type stain remains, bleach according to the Stain Removal
Hinton opposite page, launder. (Severe scorch cannot be removed.)
Sponge with warm water. Apply undiluted
liquid detergent. Bleach remaining stain
with non-chlorine bleach, then launder.
old mildew stains can seldom be
removed. Scorch can seldom
be removed.
Ink, Ballpoint
Fresh stains: Place stain face down on an absorbent towel and
Same as white and bleachable fabrics
except launder using non-chlorine bleach.
sponge with dry cleaning fluid,* or use spray cleaner, Apply
undiluted liquid detergent. Old stains: Bleach according to the
Stain Removal Hint on opposite page.
stain with non-chlorine bleach.
Paint and Varnish
Soften with oil, lard or petroleum jelly, then sponge with
tuwentine or banana oil. Launder in warm water.
Same as white and bleachable fabrics.
Perspiration
Apply undiluted liquid detergent and launder in warm water.
If color has changed you may be able to restore it by treating with
ammonia or vinegar.** If any stain remains, treat with safe dry
Launder in warm water. Rinse well. Bleach
with non-chlorine bleach.
cleaning fluid* or bleach according to the Stain Removal Hint on
opposite page, launder and dry.
Rust
Apply rust remover,** using manufacturer’s directions. Rinse and
launder.
.
*Caution: Because cleaning fluids tend to be toxic, be sure you
are in a well ventilated room when using them. No cleani~g
fluid should be used unless user is familiar with the limitations
and required cautions (usually printed on label). Use extreme caution
with flammable compounds.
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Same as white and bleachable fabrics
**Do not mlx chlorine bleacb with ammonia or acids such as vinegar
and/or rust remover. Mixing can produce a toxic gas which may cause
death.
Save and refer to garment manufacturer’s care labels.
Under no circumstances should fabrics containing flammable materials
(waxes, cleaning fluids, etc.) be washed in washer.
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QUESTIONS?
USE THIS PROBLEM SOLVER
PROBLEM
LINT OR RESIDUE
ON CLOTHES
POSSIBLE CAUSE
Incorrect sorting of clothes. Separate lint producers (such as terry towels and
chenille) from lint receivers (such as man made fabrics, velveteen, corduroy).
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GREASY OR OILY
STAINS ON
LAUNDERED
GARMENTS
GRAYED CLOTHES
These are sometimes called Invisible Stains because you may not notice them before
washing clothes. However, if oily soils are not completely removed in wash cycle,
the oily spots may pick up dirt from the wash water. The spots will then be very visible.
They are not caused by the washer. Wash synthetic garments as soon as possible after
wearing. Use more detergent than normal and hottest water fabric can stand. If spots
appear, rub in undiluted liquid detergent, let stand 30 minutes and rewash with extra
detergent using hottest water fabric can stand.
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Washing too long, especially for smaller loads. For normal soil, wash one minute
per pound of dry clothes.
Use of non-phosphate detergents which combine with hardness minerals to form a
precipitate which can be mistaken for lint. Use a phosphate or liquid detergent; use
warmer wash water or soften water with an installed mechanical softener or use a
packaged water softener.
Powdery residue from granular detergent may appear to be lint. Predissolve granular
detergent in hot water before adding to washer; make sure detergent is completely
dissolved before adding clothes; switch to liquid or cold water detergent or use
warmer wash water. See Detergent Guide.
Overloading will cause abrasion which creates excessive lint. Wash fewer items
with correct water level.
Too much bleach. Use correct amount of bleach according to package directions.
Not enough detergent to hold lint in suspension during wash cycle. Increase amount
of detergent. See Detergent Guide.
Incorrect use of fabric softener. If used in wash cycle, softeners may react with
detergent to create a white deposit. Use softeners in rinse cycle only unless package
specifies adding to wash cycle. See Other Laundry Products section.
Pilling usually on polye~ter-cotton blends is caused by normal wear and may look
like lint. Turning clothes inside-out may provide some help.
Static electricity caused by overdying will cause attraction. Use fabric softener in
rinse cycle.
Insufficient detergent. You may need to increase amount of detergent used if
load is larger than normal, if soils are oily or heavier than average, or if water is
Hard to Extremely Hard.
Water not hot enough for type of load. Be sure water heater is set to deliver hot
water at the washer at 140°F.–1500F. (60°C.<50C.). Do not wash when other hot
water needs—such as dishwashing or family baths-are heavy.
Poor or inferior detergent. Change to phosphate detergent, if possible. Follow tiese steps:
1. Use water conditioner (such as Calgon brand).
2. Pretreat stains.
3. Use the hottest water possible.
4. Use bleach where possible.
5. Use presoak aids.
6. Insttil water softener.
Washer overloaded. Clothes cannot move freely to loosen and remove soil, causing
gray appearance. Follow correct loading procedures for size of load.
PROBLEM
GRAYED CLOT~S
(continued)
POSSIBLE CAUSE
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Improper soaking with insufficient detergent. Usually a 30-minute soak is sufficient.
However, when using extended soaks for heavily soiled garments, you may need to
use twice the recommended amount of detergent.
Use of soap in hard water. Switch to a phosphate detergent, or follow six steps at
the bottom of opposite page.
Washing too long may result in increased soil deposition. Use shorter wash times
for smaller loads.
Detergent dissolves too slowly. Detergent must be present in the wash solution at
the start of agitation. See Detergent, Other Additives section.
To restore grayed clothes:
1. Put clothes in washer. Fill with HOT water. Check Maufacturer’s Care Labels
to determine if hot water is suitable for garment.
Add a non-precipitating type of water softener such as Cdgon brand with
phosphate—use 2% times as much as you need for normal water softening.
Do not use detergent or soap.
Allow clothes to go through complete cycle.
Repeat, if necessary.
2. If you prefer to use the Soak Setting, see How to Use the Soak Cycle section.
Use the water softener in place of soak agent or prewash detergent and allow
clothes to soak for about 20 minutes.
3. Use Extra Cleaning cycle, see Tips to Help You Select Settings section.
4. Use the Mini-Basket tub. See How to Use the Mini-Basket Tub section.
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Incomplete removal of body soil due to constant use of insufficient detergent.
Check hem of T-shirt or pillow case. If they are white and center is yellow, it contains
body oil. Restore whiteness following procedures in Grayed Clothes, above.
Chlorine bleach may yellow some fabrics with resin finishes. Use oxygen bleach
(such as Clorox 2 brand). Refer to Garment Manufacturer’s Care Instructions. Restore
color using color remover (such as Rit or Tintex brands), following package directions.
s Iron or manganese in water may cause overall yellowing or yellow spots.
1. Use extra detergent plus a non-precipitating water softener dissolved in water
before adding clothes. Use non-chlorine bleach.
2. Have a special filter or chemical feeder instrdled in your home to remove iron
and manganese from water.
3. Run hot water for a few minutes to clean iron residue buildup in lines; drain
water heater occasionally.
4. To remove spots: Spread stained portion over pan of boiling water and
squeeze lemon juice through stain. To remove overall yellow, use a
commercially available rust scale remover, following package instructions. If
porcelain damage can occur, do not use in the washer; use a plastic container.
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BLUE OR GRAY
COLOR STA~S
Improper use of fabric softener. Never pour fabric softener directly on clothes;
always dilute before adding to rinse water. See Other Laundry Products section.
To remove shins: Dampen stained area and rub with undiluted liquid detergent.
Rewash, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric.
SHRIN~GE,
GENERAL
Some fabrics will shrink whether washed in a washer or by hand; others maybe
safely washed but will shrink in a dryer. Follow Garment Manufacturer’s Care
Instructions exactly. If in doubt, do not machine wash or dry.
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T~ PROBLEM SOLVER
(continued)
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SHRINWGE,
Relaxation shrinkage can occur in knit fabrics that have been improperly
stretched and elongated by the manufacturer. When this occurs, garment may
be pressed back into shape after each wash and dry cycle.
Progressive or delayed shrinkage is caused when starch or sizing (in some fabrics)
is gradually removed by laundering. This may also be noticed in older garments that
have been washed many times without previous shrinkage, Treat as for relaxation
shrinkage above.
Shrinkage caused bv overheating occurs in certain knit fabrics that have
temperatfires used to-shape set, shfinkage may occur. This cannot be comected,
but it can be prevented by washing in cool or warm water and drying on Low or
Delicate heat.
~ITS
WRIN~ING IN
PERMANENT PRESS
AND NO-IRON
ITEMS
Leaving clothes in dryer after tumbling stops. Remove and hang clothes immediately.
Too many clothes in dryer. Dry only one washer load at a time. Do not
combine loads.
Improper loads. Avoid laundering heavy Permanent Press items, such as work
clothes, with lighter Permanent Press items such as shirts or blouses. Do not
wash Permanent Press items with regular laundry.
Too many clothes in washer. Permanent Press loads should always be smaller than
regular loads.. .no more than medium loads to give clothes room to move freely.
Incorrect wash and dry cycles. Use Permanent Press Wash cycle which provides
a cooldown rinse to minimize wrin~ing. Also use Permanent Press Dry cycle.
Incorrect water level. Use Large Water Level for Medium Load, Medium
Level for Small Load.
Repeated washing in too hot water. Wash in cold or warm water with plenty of
detergent.
c Accumulation of lime scale due to use of carbonate detergents. If you must use
a non-phosphate detergent, avoid the use of high-carbonate-built detergent,
Failure to use fabric softener. Proper use will minimize wrin~ing.
To remove wrinkles:
Retumble on Permanent Press setting.
Rerinse and dry on Permanent Press setting.
If unsuccessful, retumble on high heat for 10 to 12 minutes and hang immediately.
Send to dry cleaners for pressing.
Some wrinkles may remain which cannot be removed.
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SNAGS, HOLES,
TEARS, RIPS OR
EXCESSIVE WEAR
c Pins on garments or shq objects left in pockets. Check to make sure all such
objects are removed. Also check wash tub.
Snaps, hooks, sharp buttons, belt buc~es, zippers. Fasten hooks, zippers and
buttons. Remove sharp buttons and belt buckles. This is especially important
in washing knits which snag easily. Turn knits inside out.
Holes with random square shapes with yellow discoloration may be caused by
improper use of chlorine bleach. Use only correct amount of bleach. See Other
Laundry Products section. Never add undiluted bleach to wash tub or allow
clothes to come into contact with undiluted bleach. Do not wipe up bleach
spills with clothes.
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Small, unnoticed tears may enlarge during washing process. Check garments
before washing and mend all rips and tears.
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SNAGS, HOLES
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EXCESSIVE WEAR
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~AVILY SOILED
AREAS such as
collars
and
Chernicds such as hair bleach, dye, permanent wave solutions, battery acids
and toilet bowl cleaners may cause fabric holes. Rinse all towels and other
articles that came in contact with these chemicals before putting them in wash.
Do not contaminate clothing articles with these chemicals.
As Permanent Press garments age, they may show fraying at collars and cuffs.
This is normal due to weakening of fibers by the Permanent Press process. It is
not caused by washer. You can slow this process by washing small Permanent
Press loads with a Large Water Level. Do not wash heavy items such as towels
with Permanent Press. Remove collar stays, when possible.
Roughness or burrs on agitator may cause rips or tears. Check agitator and file
rough spots if necessary.
May be caused by the use of Regular Cycles for delicate articles. Use
Permanent Press or Knits cycle. Refer to Garment Manufacturer’s Care Labels.
Garments weakened by age, sun or atmosphere. This is inevitable and is not
caused by washer.
Too large loads, or too little water. Load washer only with number of items that
will move freely. Select correct water level. Load washer only with number of
items that will move freelv.
.
Pretreat with liquid detergent. Use Extra Cleaning cycle, see Tips to Help You
Select Settings section.
CUffS
WASHER WON’T
OPERATE
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Make sure cord is plugged into outlet.
Make sure both hot and cold faucets are turned on.
. Make sure controls are set and Cycle Selector knob is pulled out to ON position.
Make sure lid is closed. Washer will fill but will not spin or agitate with lid open.
Check house fuses or circuit breakers. If another appliance is sharing the
electrical outlet, remove it. Washer should have separate outlet.
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TEMPERATURE
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WA~R WON’T
DRAIN
WA~R LEAKS
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Make sure temperature selector controls are correctly set.
Make sure hot and cold faucets are turned on and
regulated correctly.
Make sure hoses are connected to correct faucets...
hot to hot, cold to cold.
Water valve screens may be stopped up. Remove inlet
hoses from water valve. Clean the screens and reinstall hoses.
Check house water heater to make sure it is delivering water at
140°F.–1500F. (60°C.-650 C.).
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Make sure drain hose is not kinked.
Top of drain outlet should be less than 8 ft. (2.4 m) above floor.
Make sure hose connections are tight at faucets.
Make sure end of drain hose is correctly inserted in and secured to drain facility.
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T~ PROBLEM SOLVER
(continued)
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSE
WASHER IS NOISY
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Make sure washer is level and firm to the floor with rubber foot
pads in place and front jam nuts tight. See your Installation Instructions.
A sharp, distinctive sound will be heard at the end of each spin period as the motor
stops and the spin brake inside the transmission locks in. This sound is norrnd.
Heavily unbalanced loads can cause the washer to vibrate excessively during
spin, and may cause it to move from its original position. In extreme cases
(usually occurs when washing a single, heavy item or a small load in a tub full
of water), the spin basket may strike the outer tub, creating a loud but h@ess
noise. To correct, open the lid and redistribute the load evenly about the wash
basket. Close the lid and restart.
Washer norrndly pauses between washing steps.. such as between wash and
spin or between spin and rinse.
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If you need more help... call, toll free: GE Answer Center / 800.626.2000/ consumer information service
CARE Am CLEAN~G
USER MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
The ~b. The pdcelain is self-cleaning. Leave lid
open after washing to allow moisture to evaporate.
Do not use harsh or gritty cleansers.
The Exterior. Wipe off any spills of washing
compounds. Wipe or dust with damp cloth. Try
not to hit surface with sharp objects.
To Store Washer. Ask service technician to remove
water from drain pump and hoses to prevent freezing.
Do not store the washer where it will be exposed
to the weather.
For Long Vacations. Be sure water supply is shut off
at faucets and drain all water from hoses if weather
will be below freezing.
How to remove the agitator
To remove limestone from Filter-Flo pan
To remove the agitator,
snap the cap off and remove ~ — Cap
Screw
~, = Agitator
the screw. Then remove
the agitator extender (on
o
Extender
(on some models)
models so equipped)
and the agitator.
— Agitator
To replace the agitator, A
~ ,
//’j
caref~lly lower it-straight
,
down onto the shaft so
c>
that it fits snugly into
place. Replace the agitator
— Shafi
extender (on models so
i
equipped), the screw
and the cap.
(Appearance may va~)
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Soak filter pan in a preheated 160°F. (71°C.)
solution of half vinegar and half water for 15
minutes. Then brush each side of pan with a stiff
bristle brush while flushing with running water.
CAUTIONS:
“ Do not soak in porcelain container. Vinegar
can damage porcelain.
Do not exceed 180°F. (82°C.) or filter pan
may warp.
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Wdll Be There
With the purchase of your new GE appliance, receive the
assurance that if you ever need information or assistance
from GE, we’ll be there. Ml you have to do is cdl—toll-free!
GEAnswer Centerm
800.626.2000
In-Home Repak
Service
800-GE-CARES
(800d2-273fl
professional
will provide expert repair service,
scheduled at a time that’s convenient
for you. Many GE Consumer Service
company-operated locations offer you
service today or tomorrow, or at your
convenience (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
weekda~ 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. SaturAGE Consumer Service
Service Contracts
Whatever your question about any GE
major appliance, GE Answer Cente@
information service is available to
help. Your cdl—and your question—
will be answered prompdy and
courteously And you can cdl any
time. GE Answer Cente@ service is
open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
800-626-Z24
You can have the secure feeling that
GE Consumer Service will still be
there after your warranty expires. Purchase a GE contract while your warranty is still in effect and you’ll receive
a substantial discount. With a multipleyear contract, you’re assured of future
service at today’s prices.
Telecommunication
Device for the Deaf
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days). Our factory-trained technicians
know your appliance inside and out—
so most repairs can be handed in just
one visit.
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Pam andAccewories
800-626-2002
Individu& qutified to service their
own appfiaces can have needed
parts oraccessories sent directly to
their home. The GE parts system provides access to over 47,()()() parts.. and
all GE Genuine Renewal Parts are
fully warranted. VISA, Mastercard
and Discover cards are accepted.
User maintenance instictions
contained in this bootiet cover procedures intended to be performed by
any user. Other servicing genertiy
shodd be referred to qutified service personnel. Caution must be
exercised, since improper servicing
may cause unsafe operation.
For Customers With
Special Needs...
Upon request, GE will provide Braille
controls for a variety of GE appliances
and a brochure to assist in planning z
barrier-free kitchen for persons with
limited mobility To obtain these item
free of charge, cdl 800.626.2000.
Consumers with impaired hearing
or speech who have access to a TDD
or a conventional teletypewriter may
cdl 800-TDD-GEAC (800-833-4322)
to request information or service.
Staple sales slip or cancelled check
here. Proof of original purchase date
needed to obtain service
under warranty.
YOUR GE AUTOMATIC CLOTHES WASHER
is
WARRANTY
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1
II WHAT IS COVERED
FULL
ONE-YEAR
WARRANTY
For one year from date of original
purchase, we will provide, free of
charge, parts and service labor
in your home to repair or replace
any part of the washer that fails
because of a manufacturing defect.
LIMITED ADDITIONAL
FOUR-YEAR
WARRANTY
For the second through fifth year
from date of original purchase, we
will provide, free of charge,
replacement parts for any part of
the transmission that fails because
of a manufacturing defect. You pay
for the sewice trip to your home
and service labor charges. Or, if
you desire, we will provide a
completely reconditioned
transmission. You pay for the
shop reconditioning labor, the
sewice trip to your home and
service labor charges.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
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Service trips to your home to teach
you how to use the product.
Read your Use and Care material.
If you then have any questions
about operating the product,
please contact your dealer or our
Consumer Affairs office at the
address below, or call, toll free:
GE Answer Centerc’)
800.626.2000
consumer information service
Improper installation.
If you have an installation problem,
contact your dealer or installer.
You are responsible for providing
adequate electrical, plumbing and
other connecting facilities.
This warranty is extended to
the original purchaser and any
succeeding owner for products
purchased for ordinary home use
in the 48 mainland states, Hawaii
and Washington, D.C. In Alaska the
warranty is the same except that it
is LIMITED because you must pay
to ship the product to the service
shop or for the sewice technician’s
travel costs to your home.
All warranty service will be
provided by our Factory SeNice
Centers or by our authorized
Customer Caree servicers during
normal working hours.
Should your appliance need
service, during warranty period
or beyond, call 800-GE-CARES
(800-432-2737).
c Replacement of house fuses or
resetting of circuit breakers.
Failure of the product if it is used
for other than its intended
purpose or used commercially.
Damage to product caused by
accident, fire, floods or acts of
God.
WARRANTOR IS NOT
RESPONSIBLE FOR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES.
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Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above 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.
To know what your legal rights are in your state, consult your local or state consumer affairs office or your state’s Attorney General.
Warrantor: General Electric Company
If further help is needed concerning this warranty, write:
Manager—Consumer Affairs, GE Appliances, Louisville, KY 40225
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