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Frigidaire MEX731CFS Complete Owner's Guide
27” (69 cm) Wide
LAUNDRY CENTER
Washer - Dryer
Use and Care Guide
LAVEUSE/SÉCHEUSE
SUPERPOSÉES 27" (69 cm)
Guide de L’utilisateur
P/N 137232800 (0905)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Safety Instructions.................................................................................................................................2-4
Washing Procedures..............................................................................................................................................5-6
Stain Removal...........................................................................................................................................................7
Common Washing Problems.....................................................................................................................................8
Drying Procedures ...................................................................................................................................................9
Features .................................................................................................................................................................10
Commom Drying Problems.....................................................................................................................................10
Care and Cleaning............................................................................................................................................11-12
Avoid Service Checklist.....................................................................................................................................12-14
Français..............................................................................................................................................................15-28
Product Record
Read and Save These Instructions
This Use
& Care Guide provides general operating
instructions for your laundry center. It also contains
information about features for several other models.
Your laundry center may not have every feature included.
Use the laundry center only as instructed in this Use &
Care Guide.
Record Your Model and Serial Numbers
Record below the model and serial numbers found on
the laundry center serial plate located on the inside of
the dryer door. Keep these numbers for future reference.
Model Number:______________________________
Note: The instructions appearing in this Use & Care
Guide are not meant to cover every possible condition
and situation that may occur. Common sense and caution
must be practiced when installing, operating and
maintaining any appliance.
Serial Number:_______________________________
Purchase Date:_______________________________
The symbol
on the product or on its packaging indicates that this product may not be treated as household
waste. Instead it shall be handed over to the applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic
equipment. By ensuring this product is disposed of correctly, you will help prevent potential negative consequences
for the environment and human health, which could otherwise be caused by inappropriate waste handling of this
product. For more detailed information about recycling of this product, please contact your local city office, your
household waste disposal service or the shop where you purchased the product.
LAUNDRY CENTER SAFETY
Your safety and the safety of others is very important.
We have provided many important safety messages in the Use & Care Guide, Operating Instructions,
Installation Instructions and on your appliance. Always read and obey all safety messages.
This is the safety alert symbol. This symbol alerts you to hazards
that can kill or hurt you or others. All safety messages will be preceded by the safety alert
symbol and the word "DANGER" or "WARNING". These words mean:
DANGER
You will be killed or seriously injured if you don't follow instructions.
You can be killed or seriously injured if you don't follow instructions.
All safety messages will identify the hazard, tell you how to reduce the chance of injury, and tell you what can
happen if the instructions are not followed.
For your safety, the information in this manual must be followed to minimize the risk of fire or
explosion or to prevent property damage, personal injury or loss of life.
- Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
- WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS:
• Do not try to light any appliance.
• Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building.
• Clear the room, building or area of all occupants.
• Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor's phone. Follow the gas supplier's instructions.
• If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.
Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier.
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or death.
Important Safety Instructions
Read all instructions before using this laundry center.
You can be killed or seriously injured if you don't follow these Important Safety
Instructions:
• To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury to persons when using this laundry center, comply with
the basic warnings listed below.
• Failure to comply with these warnings could result in serious personal injuries.
Prevent Fire
• Do not wash or dry items that have been previously cleaned in, soaked in, or spotted with gasoline, cleaning
solvents, kerosene, waxes, etc. Do not store these items on or near the dryer. These substances give off vapors
that could ignite or explode.
• Do not place items exposed to cooking oils in your dryer. Items contaminated with cooking oils may
contribute to a chemical reaction that could cause a load to catch fire.
• Do not put oily or greasy rags or clothing on top of the laundry center. These substances give off vapors that
could ignite the materials.
• Do not add gasoline, cleaning solvents, or other flammable or explosive substances to the wash water. These
substances give off vapors that could ignite or explode.
• Under certain conditions, hydrogen gas may be produced in a hot water system that has not been used for
2 weeks or more. HYDROGEN GAS IS EXPLOSIVE. If the hot water system has not been used for such a
period, before using the washer, turn on all hot water faucets and let the water flow from each for several
minutes. This will release any accumulated hydrogen gas. Hydrogen gas is flammable; do not smoke or use
an open flame during this time.
• To prevent fire, do not use heat to dry items containing plastic, foam rubber or similarly textured rubber-like
materials, or items containing feathers or down. Use Air Fluff (No Heat) only.
• Clean the dryer lint screen before or after each load. The interior of the dryer, lint screen housing and exhaust
duct should be cleaned approximately every 18 months by qualified service personnel. An excessive amount
of lint build-up in these areas could result in inefficient drying and possible fire. See Care and Cleaning.
• Do not operate the dryer if the lint screen is blocked, damaged or missing. Fire hazard, overheating and
damage to fabrics can occur. If your dryer has a drying rack, always replace the lint screen when finished
using the drying rack.
• Keep area around the exhaust opening and surrounding areas free from the accumulation of lint, dust and
dirt.
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Important Safety Instructions Con't
• Do not obstruct the flow of ventilating air. Do not stack or place laundry or throw rugs against the front or
back of the laundry center.
• Do not spray any type of aerosol into, on or near laundry center at any time.
• Do not use fabric softeners or products to eliminate static unless recommended by the manufacturer of the
fabric softener or product.
• Failure to comply with these warnings could result in fire, explosion, serious bodily injury and/or damage
to the rubber or plastic parts of the laundry center.
Protect Children
• Do not allow children to play on or in the laundry center. Close supervision of children is necessary when
the laundry center is used near children. As children grow, teach them the proper, safe use of all appliances.
• Destroy the carton, plastic bag and other packing materials after the laundry center is unpacked. Children
might use them for play. Cartons covered with rugs, bedspreads or plastic sheets can become airtight
chambers.
• Keep laundry products out of children's reach. To prevent personal injury, observe all warnings on product
labels.
• Before the laundry center is removed from service or discarded, remove the washer lid and dryer door to
prevent accidental entrapment.
• Failure to comply with these warnings could result in serious personal injuries.
Prevent Injury
• To prevent shock hazard and assure stability during operation, the laundry center must be installed and
electrically grounded by a qualified service person in accordance with local codes. Installation instructions
are packed in the laundry center for the installer's reference. Refer to INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for
detailed grounding procedures. If the laundry center is moved to a new location, have it checked and
reinstalled by a qualified service person.
• To prevent personal injury or damage to the laundry center, the electrical power cord of a gas laundry center
must be plugged into a properly grounded system. Never ground the laundry center to a gas pipe.
Do not use an extension cord or an adaptor plug.
• Follow package directions when using laundry products. Incorrect usage can produce poisonous gas-resulting in serious injury or death.
- Do not combine laundry products for use in 1 load unless specified on the label.
- Do not mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or acids such as vinegar.
• To prevent serious personal injury and damage to the laundry center:
- All repairs and servicing must be performed by an authorized servicer unless specifically
recommended in this Owner's Guide. Use only authorized factory parts.
- Do not tamper with controls.
- Do not install or store the laundry center where it will be exposed to the weather.
• ALWAYS disconnect the laundry center from the electrical supply before attempting any service or
cleaning. Failure to do so can result in electrical shock or injury.
• Do not use any type spray cleanser when cleaning dryer interior. Hazardous fumes or electrical shock could
occur.
• To prevent injury, do not reach into the washer while parts are moving. Before loading, unloading or adding
items, push in the cycle selector knob and allow the tub to coast to a complete stop before reaching inside.
• To prevent injury, do not reach into the dryer if the drum is moving. Wait until the dryer has stopped
completely before reaching into the drum.
• A thermal limiter switch automatically turns off the dryer motor in the unlikely event of an overheated
situation (electric dryers only). A service technician must replace the thermal limiter switch after correcting
the fault.
• The washer is equipped with an electrical overload protector. The motor will stop if it becomes overheated
The washer will automatically restart after a cool down period of up to 30 minutes, if the washer has not
been manually turned off during this time.
• Failure to comply with these warnings could result in serious personal injuries.
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Washing Procedures
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Follow the guidelines below for preparing the wash load.
Read the Washer Operating Instructions for operating your specific
model.
Always read and follow fabric care and laundry product labels.
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or injury to persons,
read Important Safety Instructions before operating this washer.
Sort laundry into loads that can be
washed together.
Empty pockets.
1. Sort laundry into loads that can be washed together.
Sort items by recommended water temperatures, wash time, and agitate/
spin speeds.
• Separate white, light, and colorfast items from dark and noncolorfast
items.
• Separate items which shed lint from items which attract lint. Permanent
press, synthetic, knit and corduroy items will pick up lint from towels,
rugs and chenille bedspreads.
• Separate heavily soiled items from lightly soiled items.
• Separate lacy, sheer and loosely knit items from sturdy items.
2. Prepare items for washing.
• Empty pockets.
• Brush off lint and dirt. Shake out rugs and beach towels.
• Close zippers, fasten hooks, tie strings and sashes, and remove
nonwashable trims and ornaments.
• Remove pins, decorative buttons, belt buckles, and other objects
which could be damaged. This also helps protect other items in the
wash load.
• Mend rips and tears to prevent further damage during washing.
• Place delicate items such as bras, shoulder pads, hosiery, and belts in
a mesh bag to prevent tangling during the wash cycle.
• Turn knit items inside out to prevent pilling.
3. Pretreat stains and heavy soil.
See Stain Removal for details.
Place delicate items in a mesh bag.
4. Add a measured amount of detergent to the wash tub before
adding the laundry load.
Follow detergent manufacturer's directions. The amount required depends
on type of detergent, load size and soil level, and water hardness.
5. If desired, add liquid bleach to Bleach Dispenser (some models).
• Before adding the wash load, add liquid bleach to bleach dispenser
located in left front corner under the lid:
• 3/4 cup (180 ml) for small loads
• 1 cup (240 ml) for large loads
• 1-1/4 cups (300 ml) for extra-large loads.
• Then add 1 cup (240 ml) water to flush the dispenser.
• Do not use powdered bleach in the bleach dispenser.
Bleach Dispenser (some models)
For models without a bleach dispenser, dilute the recommended
amount of liquid chlorine bleach in 1 quart (.95 L) water. Add it to wash
water after a few minutes of agitation. Do not pour bleach directly on
wash load.
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Do not load items above
top of agitator vanes in wash tub.
6. Add laundry load to washer.
• Dry load level should not be higher than the top of agitator vanes.
Do not overload the washer.
• Do not put items on top of agitator or wrap them around it. Load items
evenly.
• Combine large and small items in a load. Load large items first. Large
items should not be more than half the total wash load.
• When washing a single heavy item, add 1 or 2 towels to balance the
load.
7. If desired, add liquid fabric softener to Fabric Softener Dispenser
(available on some models).
For models with a built-in dispenser (see picture to the left):
1. Add liquid softener to the dispenser, following fabric softener label
directions.
2. Add water to bring liquid level to fill line on dispenser cap.
3. Remove the dispenser from the agitator after each use. Rinse both
cap and cup with warm water. Replace dispenser in the agitator.
Built-In Fabric Softener Dispenser
(some models)
NOTE: To separate cap from cup, put thumb into dispenser and push
against side of cup (see picture to the left). After cleaning, push cap and
cup firmly together. Replace dispenser by lining up the ribs and grooves
and snapping it into position. If fabric softener builds up in or around the
dispenser, clean the area with hot water.
DO NOT REMOVE SERVICE CAP FOUND INSIDE THE AGITATOR
POST.
For models without a fabric softener dispenser, follow fabric softener
label directions. Add diluted fabric softener to the final rinse. Do not pour
fabric softener directly on the wash load.
Built-In Fabric Softener Dispenser
(some models)
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8. Select cycle and settings according to type, size, and soil level of
each load
See Operating Instructions for your specific model controls.
9. Start the washer.
Close the washer lid and pull out the cycle selector knob. The washer will
not fill with water, agitate or spin with the lid open.
• To stop the washer, push in the cycle selector knob.
• To change a cycle, push in the cycle selector knob. Turn it clockwise
to the desired setting. Pull out the knob to restart the washer.
10. Remove items when the cycle is completed.
For your safety, the lid locks when the tub is spinning. It will remain locked
for 2-3 minutes after the tub stops spinning.
• To open the lid during a spin, push in the cycle selector knob and wait
about 2-3 minutes for the lid lock to release. Do not force open the
locked lid.
Place washed items in automatic dryer, line dry, or dry flat as directed by
fabric care label. Excess wrinkling, color transfer or odors may develop in
items left in the washer after the cycle has ended.
To avoid serious personal injury, do not operate washer if safety
lid lock is missing or damaged.
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Stain Removal
Do not combine stain removal products.
Follow fabric care label instructions.
STAIN
Safe Stain Removal Procedures
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or serious injury to
persons or property, comply with the basic warnings listed in Important
Safety Instructions and those listed below.
• Read and comply with all instructions on stain removal products.
• Keep products in their original labeled containers and out of children's
reach.
• Thoroughly wash any utensil used.
• Do not combine stain removal products, especially ammonia and
chlorine bleach. Dangerous fumes may result.
• Never wash items which have been previously cleaned in, washed in,
soaked in or spotted with gasoline, dry cleaning solvents or other
flammable or explosive substances because they give off vapors that
could ignite or explode.
• Never use highly flammable solvents, such as gasoline, inside the home.
Vapors can explode on contact with flames or sparks.
For successful stain removal:
• Remove stains promptly.
• Determine the kind of stain, then follow recommended treatment in
the stain removal chart on the next page.
• To pretreat stains, use a prewash product, liquid detergent, or a paste
made from granular detergent and water.
• Use cold water on unknown stains because hot water can set stains.
• Check care label instructions for treatments to avoid on specific fabrics.
• Check for colorfastness by testing stain remover on an inside seam.
• Rinse and wash items after stain removal.
TREATMENT
Adhesive tape, chewing gum, Apply ice. Scrape off excess. Place stain face down on paper towels. Saturate with prewash stain remover or
nonflammable dry cleaning fluid.
rubber cement
Baby formula, dairy products, egg Use product containing enzymes to pretreat or soak stains. Soak for 30 minutes or more. Wash.
Beverages (coffee, tea, soda,juice, Pretreat stain. Wash using cold water and bleach safe for fabric.
alcoholic beverages)
Blood
Rinse with cold water. Rub with bar soap. Or, pretreat or soak with product containing enzymes. Wash using bleach
safe for fabric.
Candle wax, crayon
Scrape off surface wax. Place stain face down between paper towels. Press with warm iron until wax is absorbed.
Replace paper towels frequently. Treat remaining stain with prewash stain remover or nonflammable dry cleaning fluid.
Hand wash to remove solvent. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.
Chocolate
Pretreat or soak in warm water using product containing enzymes. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.
Collar or cuff soil, cosmetics
Pretreat with prewash stain remover or rub with bar soap.
Dye transfer on white fabric
Use packaged color remover. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.
Grass
Pretreat or soak in warm water using product containing enzymes. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.
Grease, oil, tar (butter, fats,
salad dressing, cooking oils,
car grease, motor oils)
Scrape residue from fabric. Pretreat. Wash using hottest water safe for fabric. For heavy stains and tar, apply
nonflammable dry cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace towels under stain frequently. Rinse thoroughly. Wash using
hottest water safe for fabric.
Ink
Some inks may be impossible to remove. Washing may set some inks. Use prewash stain remover, denatured alcohol
or nonflammable dry cleaning fluid.
Mildew, scorch
Wash with chlorine bleach if safe for fabric. Or, soak in oxygen bleach and hot water before washing. Badly mildewed
fabrics may be permanently damaged.
Mud
Brush off dry mud. Pretreat or soak with product containing enzymes.
Mustard, tomato
Pretreat with prewash stain remover. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.
Nail polish
May be impossible to remove. Place stain face down on paper towels. Apply nail polish remover to back of stain. Repeat,
replacing paper towels frequently. Do not use on acetate fabrics.
Paint, varnish
WATER BASED: Rinse fabric in cool water while stain is wet. Wash. Once paint is dry, it cannot be removed. OIL BASED
AND VARNISH: Use solvent recommended on can label. Rinse thoroughly before washing.
Perspiration
Use prewash stain remover or rub with bar soap. Rinse. Wash using nonchlorine bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.
Rust, brown or yellow discoloration For spots, use rust remover safe for fabric. For discoloration of an entire load, use phosphate detergent and nonchlorine
bleach. Do not use chlorine bleach because it may intensify discoloration.
Shoe polish
LIQUID: Pretreat with a paste of granular detergent and water. PASTE: Scrape residue from fabric. Pretreat with
prewash stain remover or nonflammable dry cleaning fluid. Rinse. Rub detergent into dampened area. Wash using bleach
safe for fabric.
Urine, vomit, mucus, feces
Pretreat or soak in product containing enzymes. Wash using bleach safe for fabric.
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Common Washing Problems
Many washing problems involve poor soil and stain removal, residues of lint and scum, and fabric damage. For satisfactory washing
results, follow these suggestions provided by The Soap and Detergent Association.
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSES
SOLUTIONS
PREVENTIVE MEASURES
Blue stains
•Detergent or liquid fabric softener
did not dissolve or disperse.
•If caused by detergent, mix 1 cup (240
ml) white vinegar with 1 quart (.95 L)
water in a plastic container. Soak item 1
hour. Rinse.
•If caused by fabric softener, rub stains
with bar soap. Wash.
•Add detergent before wash load. Then
start washer.
•Add fabric softener to dispenser (available
on some models).
•Dilute fabric softener with water.
•Not enough detergent.
•Wash water temperature too
low.
•Incorrect sorting.
•Not enough detergent.
•Undiluted liquid fabric softener
poured directly on fabric.
•Rewash with correct amount of
detergent and hottest water safe for
fabric. Add bleach safe for fabric.
•Treat with prewash stain remover or
liquid detergent.
•Increase detergent and water
temperature. Rewash.
•Rub fabric softener stains with bar soap.
•Sort items by soil level and color.
•Use correct amount of detergent, hottest
water and bleach safe for fabric
•Use correct amount of detergent and
hottest water safe for fabric.
•Do not pour liquid fabric softener
directly on fabric. See package directions
or Washing Procedures for proper
diluting.
•Incorrect use of chlorine bleach.
•Unfastened zippers, hooks,
buckles.
•Rips, tears and broken threads.
•Overloading the washer.
•Degradation of fabric.
•May be irreversible if rips, tears and
seams cannot be mended.
•Never pour chlorine bleach directly on
fabric.
•Check condition of items before washing.
See Washing Procedures for preparing
and loading the wash load.
•Incorrect sorting.
•Tissues left in pocket.
•Overloading the washer.
•Not enough detergent.
•Undissolved detergent has left
residue.
•Static cling is attracting lint.
•Load washed too long
•Reduce load size. Rewash using correct
water temperature, water level, and
amount of detergent.
•Add nonprecipitating water conditioner
to wash water.
•Add liquid fabric softener to final rinse.
•Dry load in dryer.
•Remove lint with lint brush or roller.
•See Washing Procedures for sorting and
preparing the wash load.
•Do not overload washer.
•Use correct amount of detergent, water
temperature and water level.
Discoloration,
graying
Greasy, oily stains
Holes, tears, or
snags
Lint
Pilling
(Fibers break off,
ball up and cling to
fabric)
•Pilling is normal with synthetic and
permanent press fabrics. This is
due to abrasion from normal
wear.
•Use a lint brush or shaver to remove
pills.
•Use fabric softener in the washer to
lubricate fibers.
•When ironing, use spray starch or fabric
finish on collars and cuffs.
•Turn items inside out to reduce abrasion.
•Undissolved detergent.
•Some nonphosphate granular
detergents can combine with
hard water minerals to form a
residue.
•Reduce load size.
•Add dissolved detergent to tub . Rewash
load.
•Mix 1 cup (240 ml) white vinegar to 1
gallon (3.8 L) warm water in plastic
container. Soak item. Rinse and rewash.
•Increase water temperature using hottest
water safe for fabric.
•Do not overload washer.
•Use liquid detergent or use
nonprecipitating water conditioner with
nonphosphate granular detergent.
•Overloading the washer.
•Reduce load size.
•Rinse in cold water with liquid fabric
softener.
•Do not overload washer.
•Remove items from washer as soon as
cycle is completed.
•Use liquid fabric softener.
Yellow buildup of
body soil on
synthetic fabrics
•Agitation time too short.
•Wash water temperature too
low.
•Not enough detergent.
•Soak in detergent booster or product
containing enzymes.
•Wash in hot water using full permanent
press cycle. Increase detergent.
•Add bleach safe for fabric or, treat with
color remover.
•Wash synthetics frequently hot water
and correct water level.
Yellow or brown
rust stains
•Iron or manganese in water
supply, water pipes, or water
heater.
•To restore discolored load of whites, use
rust remover safe for fabric.
Do not use chlorine bleach to remove
rust stains. It may intensify
discoloration.
•Use nonprecipitating water softener.
•Before washing, run hot water for a few
minutes to clear lines.
•Drain water heater occasionally.
•For an ongoing problem, install an iron
filter in your water supply system.
Residue or powder
on dark items;
Stiff, harsh fabrics.
Wrinkling
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Drying Procedures
• Follow the guidelines below for preparing the load for drying.
• Read the Dryer Operating Instructions for operating your specific
model.
• Always read and follow fabric care labels and laundry product
labels.
To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock, or serious injury to
persons or property, comply with the basic warnings listed in Important
Safety Instructions and those listed below.
Follow fabric care label instructions.
1. Prepare items for drying.
• Dry items of similar fabric, weight and construction in the same
load.
• Separate dark items from light-colored items. Separate items that
shed lint from those that attract lint. If an item sheds lint, turn it
inside out.
• Be sure buckles, buttons and trim are heatproof and won't damage
the drum finish. Close zippers, fasten hooks and Velcro®-like
fasteners. Tie strings and sashes to prevent snagging and tangling.
• If possible, turn pockets inside out for even drying.
• Check for stains which may not have been removed in washing.
Dryer heat may permanently set some stains. Repeat stain removal
process before drying.
• Place small items in a mesh bag to prevent tangling and for easy
removal.
2. Check that lint screen is clean and in place.
Place small items in a mesh bag.
3. Load the dryer.
• The average load will fill the drum 1/3 to 1/2 full. Items need room
to tumble freely for even drying and less wrinkling. Do not
overload dryer.
• When drying large items, dry only 2 or 3 at a time. Fill out the load
with small and medium sized items.
• For delicate or very small loads, add 2 lint-free towels for better
drying, less wrinkling, and to prevent grease stains caused by fabric
softener sheets.
• Do not overdry items. Overdrying can cause wrinkling, shrinkage,
harshness, and a build-up of static electricity, which can produce
more lint.
• If desired, add a dryer fabric softener sheet.
4. Close the dryer door and set dryer controls (some models).
See Dryer Operating Instructions card for your specific model
controls.
5. Select cycle and settings according to type of load, level of
dryness and/or options desired.
Fill dryer drum 1/3 to 1/2 full.
6. Start the dryer.
• Turn Start control clockwise to ON. Hold for 1-2 seconds and
release.
• To add or remove items when the dryer is running, open the door.
The dryer will always stop when the door is opened.
• Allow the drum to come to a complete stop before reaching inside.
7. When the cycle ends, remove items immediately and hang or
fold. If load is removed before the cycle ends, turn cycle selector to
OFF.
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Cycle Signal Control (some models)
When the Cycle Signal Control is ON, a signal will sound at the end of each
cycle and during the Press Saver setting (some models). The volume is
adjustable on some models.
Features
Drum Light (some models)
A drum light will come on whenever the door is opened to illuminate the dryer
drum during loading and unloading. Closing the door turns off the light.
Drying Rack (some models)
Use the drying rack to dry items which should not be tumble dried.
1. Open the dryer door and remove the lint screen.
2. Insert drying rack into the dryer drum. Place the front bar under the lip
of the lint screen opening.
3. Place items to be dried on top of rack. Weight should not exceed 10 lbs.
Leave space between items, but do not let items hang over the sides or
through the grids. Do not tumble other items when using the drying rack.
Use the drying rack to dry items which
should not be tumbled.
4. Select a timed dry setting best suited for items being dried. Use only the
Air Fluff (no heat) temperature setting for items containing plastic, foam
rubber, rubber-like materials, feathers or down.
5. When items are dry, remove the rack and replace the lint screen. If lint
screen is not in place, tumbling items could enter the exhaust system and
cause damage to the dryer.
Common Drying
Problems
Many drying problems involve poor cleaning results, poor soil and stain removal, residues of lint and scum, and fabric damage. For
satisfactory drying results, follow these suggestions provided by The Soap and Detergent Association.
PREVENTIVE MEASURES
PROBLEM
POSSIBLE CAUSES
SOLUTIONS
Greasy, oily
stains
•Fabric softener sheet.
•Rub fabric softener stains with bar
soap.
Rinse and rewash.
•Add a few bath towels to small loads for proper
tumbling.
•Some "silk-like" fabrics should be air dried.
•Use proper drying temperature.
•Place fabric softener sheet on top of load before
starting the dryer.
Lint
• Overloading.
• Overdrying causes static
electricity.
•Lint screen not clean when
cycle began.
•Lint is attached to "pills."
•Reduce load size and rewash using
liquid fabric softener in the final rinse.
•Or, add a fabric softener sheet and
tumble without heat.
•Use lint brush or roller to remove lint.
•Do not overload dryer.
•Use fabric softener in washer or dryer to reduce
static electricity.
•Remove items when they are slightly damp to
avoid overdrying.
•Check that lint screen is clean and in place.
Pilling
(Fibers break off,
ball up and cling
to fabric.)
•Pilling is normal with
synthetic and permanent
press fabrics. This is due to
abrasion from normal
wear.
•Use a lint brush or shaver to remove
pills.
•Use fabric softener to lubricate fibers.
•When ironing, use spray starch or fabric finish on
collars and cuffs.
•Turn items inside out to reduce abrasion.
Shrinking
•Overdrying.
•Irreversible condition.
•Follow fabric care label directions.
•If shrinking is a concern, check load often.
•Remove items while slightly damp.
•Block knits into shape.
•Lay flat to complete drying.
Wrinkling
•Overloading.
•Leaving items in dryer after
cycle ends.
•Reduce load size and tumble at
medium or low heat for 5-10 minutes.
•Remove items immediately. Hang or
fold.
•Do not overload dryer.
•Remove items as soon as cycle ends.
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Care and Cleaning
To reduce risk of fire or serious injury to persons or property,
comply with the basic warnings listed in Important Safety Instructions and
those listed below.
•
•
Clean lint screen after every load.
Wash lint screen occasionally.
Use care with laundry
products. They can damage finish on
the laundry center.
Before cleaning the washer or dryer interior, unplug the electrical power
cord to avoid electrical shock hazards.
Do not use any type spray cleanser when cleaning dryer interior. Hazardous
fumes or electrical shock could occur.
Inside the Washer
• Remove items from the washer as soon as the cycle ends. Excess wrinkling,
color transfer, and odors may develop in items left in the washer.
• Dry the washer top, the area around the lid opening, and the underside of
the lid. These areas should always be dry before the lid is closed.
• Before cleaning the washer interior, unplug the electrical power cord to
avoid electrical shock hazards.
• When extremely soiled items have been washed, a dirty residue may remain
on the tub. Remove this by wiping the tub with a nonabrasive household
cleanser. Rinse thoroughly with water.
• The agitator or tub may become stained from fabric dye. Clean these parts
with a nonabrasive household cleanser. This prevents dye transfer to future
loads.
Inside the Dryer
• Clean the dryer lint screen after every load. Lint build-up in the screen
restricts air flow, which causes longer drying times. The screen is located at
the bottom of the door opening. Remove by pulling straight up. Remove the
lint and replace the screen.
• Occasionally a waxy build-up may form on the lint screen from using dryeradded fabric softener sheets. To remove this build-up, wash the lint screen
in warm, soapy water. Dry thoroughly and replace. Do not operate the dryer
without the lint screen in place.
• If the dryer drum becomes stained from noncolorfast fabrics, clean the drum
with a damp cloth and a mild liquid household cleanser. Remove cleanser
residue before drying the next load.
• Every 18 months a Sears or other qualified service dealer should clean the
dryer cabinet interior and exhaust duct. These areas can collect lint and dust
over time. An excessive amount of lint build-up could result in inefficient
drying
and possible fire hazard.
Outside
• When laundering is completed, wipe cabinet with a damp cloth. Turn water
faucets off to prevent pressure build-up in the hoses.
• Clean the cabinet with mild soap and water. Never use harsh, gritty or
abrasive cleansers. If the cabinet becomes stained, clean with diluted
chlorine bleach [1/2 cup (120 ml) in 1 quart (.95 L) water]. Rinse several times
with clear water.
• Remove glue residue from tape or labels with a mixture of warm water and
mild detergent. Or, touch residue with the sticky side of the tape or label.
• Before moving the laundry center, place a strip of cardboard or thin
fiberboard under the front leveling legs to prevent floor damage.
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Winterizing Instructions
If the laundry center is stored in an area where freezing can occur or moved in
freezing temperatures, follow these winterizing instructions to prevent damage
to the laundry center:
Follow Winterizing
Instructions for cold
weather care.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Turn off water supply faucets.
Disconnect hoses from water supply and drain water from hoses.
Plug electrical cord into a properly grounded electrical outlet.
Add 1 gallon nontoxic recreational vehicle (RV) antifreeze to empty wash tub.
Close lid.
Set cycle selector knob at a spin setting. Pull out knob and let washer spin for
1 minute to drain out all water. Not all of the RV antifreeze will be expelled.
Push in knob, unplug electrical power cord, dry tub interior, and close lid.
Store washer in an upright position.
To remove antifreeze from washer after storage, run empty washer through
a complete cycle using detergent. Do not add wash load.
Avoid Service Checklist
Before calling for service, review this list. It may save both time and expense. The list includes common concerns that are not the
result of defective workmanship or materials in this laundry center.
OCCURRENCE
SOLUTION
POSSIBLE CAUSE
WASHER - NOISE
"Clunking" or gear sounds. A certain amount of "clunking" or gear
sounds are normal in a heavy-duty
washer.
Rattling and clanking noise. Foreign objects such as coins or safety
pins may be in tub or pump.
Belt buckles and metal fasteners are
hitting wash tub.
This is normal.
Stop washer and check tub. If noise continues after
washer is restarted, objects may be in pump. Call Sears
or other qualified service dealer.
To prevent unnecessary noise and damage to tub,
fasten fasteners and turn items inside out.
Squealing sound or hot Washer is overloaded.
rubber odor.
Do not overload washer. Stop washer and reduce load.
Thumping sound.
Heavy wash loads may produce a
thumping sound.
This is usually normal. If sound continues, washer is
probably out of balance. Stop washer and redistribute
wash load.
Vibrating noise.
Laundry center is not resting on a solid,
firm floor.
Move laundry center so it rests firmly on solid floor.
Additional floor bracing may be needed. Adjust leveling
legs. See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for details.
Shipping bolt and block have not been
removed during installation.
See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for removing
shipping bolt and block.
Wash load unevenly distributed in tub.
Stop washer and rearrange wash load.
Washer lid is open
Close washer lid
Electrical power cord may not be plugged
in or connection may be loose.
Make sure plug fits tightly in wall outlet.
House fuse blown, circuit breaker tripped,
or a power outage has occurred.
Reset circuit breaker or replace fuse. Do not increase
fuse capacity. If problem is a circuit overload, have it
corrected by a qualified electrician. If problem is a
power outage, call local electric company.
Water supply faucets are not turned on.
Turn on water supply faucets.
WASHER - OPERATING
Washer does not start.
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OCCURRENCE
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SOLUTION
WASHER - OPERATING (continued)
Cycle selector is not in correct position.
Move indicator clockwise slightly. Pull out knob.
Motor is overheated.
Washer motor will stop if it becomes overheated. It will
automatically restart after a cool down period of up to 30
minutes (if washer has not been manually turned off).
Washer won't spin.
Lid is not completely closed.
Close lid completely. Safety lid lock must not be broken.
Residue left in tub.
Heavily soiled items.
Wipe tub with a nonabrasive household cleanser, then
rinse. Shake or brush excess dirt and sand from items
before washing.
Washer is overloaded.
Do not overload washer. See Washing Procedures.
Load is out of balance.
Rearrange load to allow proper spinning.
Drain hose is kinked.
Straighten drain hose.
Lid is not completely closed.
Close lid completely. Washer will not fill with water when
the lid is open.
Water supply is not adequate in area.
Check another faucet in the house. Wait until water
supply and pressure increase.
Washer does not start
(continued).
WASHER - WATER
Wash load too wet after
spin.
Water does not enter
washer or it enters slowly.
Water supply faucets are not completely open. Fully open hot and cold faucets.
Water is being used elsewhere in the house. Water pressure must be at least 30 psi (260 kPa). Avoid
running water elsewhere while washer is filling.
Water inlet hoses are kinked.
Straighten hoses.
Water level does not cover
load.
Washer is overloaded.
Do not overload washer. When control is set at highest
fill level, dry load level should not be higher than top row
of circular holes in wash tub.
Warm or hot water is not
hot enough.
Hot water heater is set too low or is a
distance from laundry center.
Measure hot water temperature at nearby faucet with
candy or meat thermometer. Water temperature should
be at least 120°F (49°C). Adjust water heater as necessary.
Hot water is being used elsewhere in
the house.
Avoid using hot water elsewhere before or during washer
use. There may not be enough hot water available for
proper cleaning. If problem persists, your hot water
system may be unable to support more than 1 use at a
time.
To conserve energy, the temperature of
the hot wash is regulated.
See Operating Instructions for your washer
Water in washer does not
drain or drains slowly.
Drain hose is kinked or clogged.
Clean and straighten the drain hose.
Water leaks.
Loose fill hose connection at faucet or
washer.
Check and tighten hose connections. Install rubber sealing
washers provided.
House drain pipes are clogged.
Unclog drain pipes. Contact plumber if necessary.
Oversudsing.
Use less detergent.
Incorrect wash and rinse
temperatures.
Hot and cold water hoses are connected
to wrong supply faucets.
Connect hot water hose to hot water faucet and cold
water hose to cold water faucet.
Water is entering washer
but tub does not fill.
Drain hose standpipe is incorrect height.
Standpipe must be a minimum of 33" (83.82 cm) high to
prevent siphoning. See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.
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OCCURRENCE
POSSIBLE CAUSE
SOLUTION
Electrical power cord is not securely
plugged in or plug may be loose.
Make sure the plug fits tightly in wall outlet.
House fuse blown or circuit breaker
tripped.
Reset circuit breaker or replace fuse.
DRYER
Dryer does not start.
Make sure electrical line is not overloaded and the dryer
is on a separate circuit.
Dryer runs but won't
heat.
Drying cycle takes too
long, outside of the dryer
feels too hot or smells
hot.
Thermal limiter tripped.
Call a qualified service dealer for replacement.
There are 2 house fuses in the dryer
circuit. If 1 of the 2 fuses is blown, the
drum may turn but the heater will not
operate.
Replace fuse.
Gas supply valve is not open (gas models).
Check to make sure supply valve is open. See
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS for procedure.
Dryer does not have enough air supply to
support the burner flame (gas models).
See INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.
LP gas supply tank is empty or there has
been a utility interruption of natural gas
(gas models).
Refill or replace tank.
Lint screen is clogged with lint.
Make sure all lint has been removed from the dryer lint
screen before starting each cycle.
Exhaust duct requirements have not been
met.
Exhaust duct must be at least 4 inches in diameter and
made of rigid or flexible metal.
Dryer should heat when utility service is restored.
When in place, the duct must have no more than two
90° bends and must not exceed length listed in
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS.
Electric dryer is connected to a 208 volt
circuit.
Drying time will be 20% longer than drying on a 240 volt
circuit.
Drying procedures have not been
followed.
See Drying Procedures.
Outside exhaust hood or exhaust duct
may be clogged or restricted.
Clean out any obstruction.
High humidity.
Use a dehumidifier near the dryer.
Dryer is overloaded.
Do not overload. See Drying Procedures.
Items left in dryer too long.
Remove items as soon as cycle ends.
Insufficient sorting of items.
See Drying Procedures.
Drying temperature too high.
Follow fabric care label instructions.
Excessive wrinkling.
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