Kenmore Washer Use and Care Guide for Customers

Best Practices and User Guide for Full-size Kenmore Washers- Automatic Leasing Service- 1-800-558-2342
WHAT’S NEW UNDER THE LID?
Your new washer will operate differently than your past agitator-style washer.
Cleaning with Less Water
Automatic Load Size Sensing
Once you start the cycle, the washer will fill to the water level.
When the washer is done filling, it will start to agitate after it
determines the correct water level for the load.
This low-water wash method uses less water and energy
compared to a traditional agitator-style washer.
Washplate
Choosing the Right Detergent
Traditional agitator-style
washer
Washer with low-water
wash system
The washer automatically adjusts the water level to the load
size—no water level selector is needed.
Use only High Efficiency detergents. The package will be
marked “HE” or “High Efficiency.” Low-water washing creates
excessive sudsing with a regular non-HE detergent. Using regular
detergent will likely result in longer cycle times and reduced
rinsing performance. It may also result in component failures and
noticeable mold or mildew. HE detergents are made to produce
the right amount of suds for the best performance. Follow the
manufacturer’s instructions to determine the amount of detergent
to use and do not go over the Max line on the dispenser. See
“Using Laundry Product Dispensers” for more information.
Use only High Efficiency (HE) detergent.
Improved Cleaning
For best performance, it is recommended to load items in loose
heaps evenly around the washplate.
Low-water cleaning means concentrated cleaning. Rather
than diluting detergent as done in an agitator-style washer,
this washer delivers the detergent directly to the soils. This low
water wash also allows the clothing to move in a more effective
way to remove soils.
Normal Sounds You Can Expect
At different stages of the wash cycle, you may hear sounds and
noises that are different from those of your previous washer. For
example, you may hear a clicking and hum at the beginning of
the cycle, as the lid lock goes through a self-test. There will be
different kinds of humming sounds as the washplate moves the
load and as basket is slowing down to stop. And sometimes, you
may hear nothing at all, as the washer determines the correct
water level for your load or allows time for clothes to soak.
As the washer dampens and moves the load, the level of the
items will settle in the basket. This is normal, and does not
indicate that more items should be added.
IMPORTANT:
■■ You will not see a washer basket full of water as with your
past agitator-style washer. It is normal for some of the load to
be above the water line.
■■ The lid must be closed before the washer basket fills with
water and for wash cycle to start. If lid is open and filling
stops, close lid and press START button to complete cycle.
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CONTROL PANEL AND FEATURES
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Not all features and options are available on all models.
Appearance may vary.
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SOIL LEVEL
Select the most suitable setting for your load. For heavily
soiled and sturdy fabrics, select Heavy Soil Level for more
wash time, if needed. For lightly soiled and delicate fabrics,
select Light Soil Level for less wash time, if needed. Lighter soil
level setting will help reduce tangling and wrinkling.
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WASH TEMP
Wash Temp senses and maintains uniform water temperatures
by regulating incoming hot and cold water.
Select a wash temperature based on the type of fabric and
soils being washed. For best results and following the garment
label instructions, use the warmest wash water safe for your
fabric.
• On some models and cycles, warm and hot water may be
cooler than your previous washer.
• Even in a cold and cool water wash, some warm
water may be added to the washer to maintain
a minimum temperature. All rinses are cold.
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WASH CYCLE KNOB
Use the Wash Cycle knob to select cycles on your washer.
See “Cycle Guide” for detailed descriptions of cycles.
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START/PAUSE/Unlock Lid button
Press to start the selected cycle; press again to pause the
cycle and unlock the lid.
NOTE: If the washer is spinning, it may take several minutes to
unlock the lid. Press and hold for 3 seconds to cancel a cycle.
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CYCLE STATUS LIGHTS INDICATOR
The Cycle Status Lights show the progress of a cycle. At each
stage of the process, you may notice sounds or pauses that
are different from traditional washers.
SENSING
When the Start/Pause button is pressed, the washer will fill
and begin sensing to determine the load size.
Once sensing is complete, the washer will fill to the
detected load size and then begin the wash phase of the
cycle.
NOTE: Sensing fill and agitation phases will be paused by
opening the unlocked lid. Close the lid to resume the cycle.
If the lid is left open for more than 10 minutes the washer
will cancel the cycle and pump out the water. The lid will
lock after the wash phase to begin the initial spin out and
remain locked for the remainder of the cycle.
WASH
You will hear the motor and agitator moving the load.
During the first stage of the sensing/wash cycle, water will
partially fill the washer and then begin to move the load. It
is normal to have the sensing light on during this stage. You
will hear the agitator rotate, followed by a several second
pause. This process will repeat for several minutes, allowing
the entire load to become saturated. The lower water
level combined with HE detergent at this stage allows for
concentrated cleaning. Concentrated cleaning delivers the
detergent directly to the soils. It is normal for the load to
be above the water line during this stage. At the beginning
of the second stage, the washer will add water to the
correct level based on the load size. You will hear the
agitator move quicker during this stage of the wash cycle.
The motor sounds may change at different stages in the
wash cycle.
RINSE
LID LOCKED
You will hear sounds similar to the wash cycle as the
washer rinses and moves the load. You may hear the
motor turning on briefly (short hum) to move the basket
while filling.
To allow for proper load sensing and
spinning, the lid will lock and the Lid
Locked light will turn on. This light
indicates that the lid is locked and
cannot be opened.
If you need to open the lid, press START/
Pause/Unlock Lid. The lid will unlock once
the washer movement has stopped. This may
take several minutes if the load was spinning at
high speed. Press START/Pause/Unlock Lid again
to resume the cycle. Avoid opening the lid during
sensing. The sensing process will start over when
the washer is restarted.
SPIN
The washer spins the load at increasing speeds for
proper water removal, based on the selected cycle
and spin speed.
COMPLETE
Once the cycle is complete, this light will come on.
Remove the load promptly for best results.
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CYCLE GUIDE
For best fabric care, choose the cycle that best fits the load being washed.
Recommended settings for best performance are shown in Bold.
Not all cycles and options are available on all models.
Items to wash:
Cycle:
Soil Level
Wash
Temp*:
Cycle Details:
Soak
Heavy
Use this cycle to soak small spots of set in stains on fabrics.
The washer will use intermittent agitation and soaking.
After time has expired, water will drain, but the washer
will not spin. Cycle is complete.
Casual and mixed
loads, jeans, towels,
sturdy fabrics
Deep Wash
Medium
Sturdy fabrics,
colorfast items,
towels, sheets, jeans
Heavy Duty
Heavy
Cottons, linens, and
mixed garment
loads
Normal
Medium
No-iron fabrics,
cottons, perm press,
linens, synthetics
Casual
Medium
Machine-wash silks,
lingerie, washable
wools
Delicates
Light
Swimsuits and items
requiring rinsing
without detergent
Hand-wash items or
dripping wet items
Rinse/
Spin
N/A
Hot
Warm
Cool Lights
Cool Darks
Cold
Hot
Warm
Cool Lights
Cool Darks
Cold
Hot
Warm
Cool Lights
Cool Darks
Cold
Hot
Warm
Cool Lights
Cool Darks
Cold
Hot
Warm
Cool Lights
Cool Darks
Cold
Hot
Warm
Cool Lights
Cool Darks
Cold
Cold
Drain/
Spin
N/A
N/A
No clothes in washer
Clean Washer
N/A
Hot
Heavily soiled
fabrics
*All rinses are cold.
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Provides additional water and alternating wash action for
heavily soiled mixed loads. Water-level sensing process
may take longer for some items than for others because
they will absorb more water than other fabric types.
Use this cycle for normally soiled or sturdy fabrics.
Use this cycle for normally soiled cottons and mixed
fabric loads.
Use this cycle to wash loads of no-iron fabrics such as
sport shirts, blouses, casual business clothes, permanent
press, and blends.
Use this cycle to wash lightly soiled garments indicating
“Machine Washable Silks” or “Gentle” cycle on the care
label. Place small items in mesh garment bags before
washing.
Combines a rinse and spin for loads requiring an additional
rinse cycle or to complete a load after power interruption.
Also use for loads that require rinsing only.
This cycle uses a spin to shorten drying times for heavy
fabrics or special-care items washed by hand. Use
this cycle to drain washer after canceling a cycle or
completing a cycle after a power failure.
Use this cycle every 30 washes to keep the inside of
your washer fresh and clean. This cycle uses a higher
water level. Use with liquid chlorine bleach to thoroughly
clean the inside of your washer. This cycle should not be
interrupted. See “Washer Care.”
IMPORTANT: Do not place garments or other items in the
washer during the Clean Washer cycle. Use this cycle with
an empty wash tub.
USING YOUR WASHER
WARNING
Electrical Shock Hazard
Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet.
Do not remove ground prong.
Do not use an adapter.
Do not use an extension cord.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in death,
fire, or electrical shock.
1. Sort and prepare your laundry
• Empty pockets. Loose change, buttons, or any small object
can pass under the agitator and become trapped, causing
unexpected sounds.
• Sort items by recommended cycle, water temperature,
and colorfastness.
• Separate heavily soiled items from lightly soiled.
• Separate delicate items from sturdy fabrics.
• Do not dry garments if stains remain after washing, because
heat can set stains into fabric.
• Treat stains promptly.
• Close zippers, fasten hooks, tie strings and sashes, and remove
non-washable trim and ornaments.
• Mend rips and tears to avoid further damage to items
during washing.
Helpful Tips:
• When washing water-proof or water-resistant items, load
evenly.
• Use mesh garment bags to help avoid tangling when washing
delicate or small items.
• Turn knits inside out to avoid pilling. Separate lint-takers from
lint-givers. Synthetics, knits, and corduroy fabrics will pick up
lint from towels, rugs, and chenille fabrics.
NOTE: Always read and follow fabric care labels instructions to
avoid damage to your garments.
2. Add laundry products
Add a measured of amount of detergent or single-dose laundry
packet into the basket.
If using Oxi-type boosters, color-safe bleach, or fabric softener
crystals, add to the bottom of the washer basket before adding
clothes.
IMPORTANT: Use only High Efficiency detergents. The package
will be marked “HE” or “High Efficiency.” Low-water washing
creates excessive sudsing with a regular non-HE detergent. Using
regular detergent will likely result in longer cycle times and
reduced rinsing performance. It may also result in component
failures and noticeable mold or mildew. HE detergents are made
to produce the right amount of suds for the best performance.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to determine the amount
of detergent to use.
NOTE: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to determine the
amount of laundry products to use.
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3. Load laundry into washer
Load garments in loose heaps evenly
around basket wall. For best results, do
not pack the load tightly. Do not wrap
large items such as sheets around the
agitator; load them in loose piles around
the sides of the basket. Try mixing
different sized items to reduce tangling.
IMPORTANT: Do not tightly pack or force
items into washer. Items need to move freely for best cleaning
and to reduce wrinkling and tangling.
4.Add liquid chlorine bleach
to dispenser
5. Add fabric softener to dispenser
(on some models)
Pour a measured amount of liquid fabric
softener into dispenser; always follow
manufacturer’s directions for correct amount
MAX FILL
of fabric softener based on your load size.
Dilute liquid fabric softener by filling the
dispenser with warm water until liquid reaches the underside of
the rim. See max fill line arrows.
Adding Liquid Fabric Softener Manually to Wash Load
During the final rinse, wait until the washer has completed
filling, press the START/PAUSE/Unlock Lid button to pause
the washer. Lift the lid and add the measured recommended
amount of liquid fabric softener. Do not allow liquid fabric
softener to spill, splash, drip, or run into the basket or on load.
Do not use more than the recommended amount. Close the lid
and press the START/PAUSE/Unlock Lid button again to start
the washer.
6. Select cycle
Liquid
Chlorine Bleach
Do not overfill, dilute, or use more than 1 cup (250 mL).
Do not use color-safe bleach or Oxi products in the same
cycle with liquid chlorine bleach.
Turn cycle knob to choose your wash cycle. For more
information, see “Cycle Guide”.
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7. Select SOIL LEVEL
9. Press START/PAUSE/Unlock Lid
Once you select a cycle, select the soil level by turning the
Soil Level knob to the desired setting.
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Select WASH TEMPERATURE
Select the Wash Temperature by turning knob to desired
temperature. All rinses are tap cold.
NOTE: Always read and follow fabric care label instructions
to avoid damage to your garments.
Wash Temp
Hot
Suggested Fabrics
Some cold water is added
to save energy. This may be
cooler than your hot water
heater setting.
Whites and pastels
Durable garments
Heavy soils
to begin wash cycle
Press the START/PAUSE/Unlock Lid button to start the wash
cycle. When the cycle has finished, the Cycle Complete
status light will light. Promptly remove garments after cycle
has completed to avoid odor, reduce wrinkling, and rusting of
metal hooks, zippers, and snaps.
Unlocking the lid to add garments
If you need to open the lid to add 1 or 2 missed garments:
Press START/PAUSE/Unlock Lid; the lid will unlock once the
washer movement has stopped. This may take several minutes
if the load was spinning at high speed. Then close lid and press
START/PAUSE/Unlock Lid again to restart the cycle.
NOTES:
■■ Washer will not fill with the lid open.
■■ If your washer does not have a soak option, then pause
your washer to soak by pressing the Start/Pause button.
Soaking should be done with the lid closed. When you are
done soaking, press the Start/Pause button to bring washer
out of Pause and resume the cycle.
IMPORTANT: If lid is left open for more than 10 minutes, the
water will pump out automatically.
Warm
Bright colors
Some cold water may be
added, so this will be cooler
Moderate to light soils
than what your previous washer
provided.
Cool Lights
Warm water is added to assist
in soil removal and to help
dissolve detergents. Cool is
slightly warmer than cold.
Colors that bleed or fade
Light soils
Cool Darks
Warm water is added to assist
in soil removal and to help
dissolve detergents. Cool is
slightly warmer than cold.
Dark colors that bleed or fade
Light soils
Cold
Warm water may be added
to assist in soil removal and to
help dissolve detergents.
Dark colors that bleed or fade
Light soils
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