GE DVLR223ET0WW Electric Dryer Owner's Manual

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Important Safety Information

Operating Instructions

The Controls on Your Dryer

Helpful Information

Specialized Fabric Guide

Loading Suggestions

Care of Product

If SomethingGoes

Before You Call ForService



the Dryer

GE Service Numbers

Warranty, Back Cover


GEAnswer Center_






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Owner's Manual

Welcome to the GE family.

We're proud Of our quality products and

we believe in dependable service.

You'll see it: in this easy-to-use manual and you'll hear it in the friendly voices of our customer servic e department.


Best of all, you'll experience

, these values ,each time yc, u do

Z the laundry.


important, because your new dryer will be



part of your family for a long time.

Staple your receipt to the inside back cover of this manual

Write down the model ,and'serial

numbers hore.

They are on the label on the fi'ont of the duer behind the door.

Before using your dryer

Model number

Serial numbe r

Date of purchase

Hgl_9 lzs help you

800. 626. 2000

Before you call for service, tlaere are a few filings you can do to help us serve you better.

Read this manual

It contains instructions maintain to help you use your dryer properly.


Save time and money.

Check the section titled "If Something

Wrong" befbre calling.


Goes section was designed problems you might to solve common encounter.


If you do need service, you can relax knovdng help is only a phone call away. A list of toll-free customer service numbers is included on the inside back cover. Or call the

GE Answer: Center at 800.626.2000,

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Para obtener la versi6n, en

espakol de este manual, llame a


GE Answer (,enter


, servicio de informaci6n para el consumidor, tel_fono 800626.2000.

Read,all safety information before using




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 no(store or use: gasoline or other flammable vapors




1 Do not try to light any appliance.

"' _ and liquids in the vicinity of

this or any other appliance.


" 2 Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use an), phone in your building.

Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier.


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.

California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic EnforcementAct


_ This _act requires the governor of California to publish'a list of substances known to the state to cause cancer, ,birth defects or other reproducti,¢e harm and requires businesses to warn customers of potential exposure

Gas appliances can cause minor exposure to four of these substances, namely benzene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and soot, caused primarilyby the incomplete combustion ot7 natural gas or LP fuels.


Properly adjusted dryers will minimize incomplete combustion,

Exposure to these substances


be minimized further by properly venting the dryer to the outdoors.


Read all safety information before using

To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury

to persons

when using


appliance, follow


precautions, including

the following


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Use this appliance only for its intended purpose as described in this Owner's Manual.

This dryer must be properly installed and located in accordance with the Installation

Instructions before it is used.

If you did not receive an

Installation Instructions sheet with your dryer, you can obtain one by calling, toll free, the GE

Answer Center ®, 800.626.2000.

Properly ground to conform with all governing codes and ordinances.

Follow details in

Installation Instructions.

-- Install or store where the temperature is above 50°F. (10°C.). Do not instali the dryer where it will be exposed to the weather.

- Connect to a properly rated, protected and sized power supply circuit to avoid electrical overload,

Gas drye:rs MUST be exhausted to the outside.

CarefiJlly follow the Exhausting details in the

Installation Instructions.

Exhausting electric dryers to the outside is STRONGLY

RECOMMENDED to prevent large amounts of moisture and lint from being blown into the room.

Carefully follow the

Exhausting details in the

Installation Instructions.

• Do not repair or replace any part of the appliance or attempt any servicing unless specifically recommer_ded in this

Owner's Manual or in published user-repair instruction, s that you understand and have the skills to carry out.

• When disconnecting this appliance pull by the plug rather than the cord to aw)id damage to the cord o:cjunction of cord and plug. Make sure that the cord is located so that it,s_ill not be stepped on, tripped over or otherwise subjected to damage or stress.

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Exhaust Duct-See Installation

Instructions, Use only rigid metal or flexible metal 4" diameter ductwork inside the dryer cabinet or for exhausting


OR outside.











Do not dry articles containing rubber, plastic, or similar materials (such as padded bras, tennis shoes, galoshes, bath mats, rugs, bibs, baby pants, plastic bags, pillows, etc.)as these materials may melt or burn.

Also, some rubber materials, when heated, can under certain circumstances produce fire by spontaneous combustion.

• Do not store items that may burn or melt (such as clothing, paper material, plastics or plastic containers, etc.) on top of the dryer during operation.

• Garments labeled "Dry Away from Heat" or "Do not Tumble

Dry" (such a s life jackets containing Kapok) must not be put in your dryer.

Do not wash or dry articles that have been cleaned in, washed in, soaked in, or spotted with combustible o1 explosive substances (such as wax, paint, oil, gasoline, degreaser;s, drycleaning sob/ents, kerosene, etc.) which may ignite or explode.

Do not add these substances t,o the wash water.

Do not use these substances around your washer and/or dryer ,:luring oper:ation.


Any article on whichyou have used a cleanirLg solven_t, or which contai_.s

flammable materials (such as cleaning cloths, mops, towels u,;ed in beauty salons, restaurant,,;, or barber shops, etc.) must not be placed in or near the dryer until al_ttraces o![ these flammable liquids or solids and their fumes have been removed.

There are many highly flammable items used in homes s.uch as acetone, denatured alcohol, gasoline, kerosene, some household cleaners, s.orae spot removers, turpentines, waxes, wax removers and product s containing petroleum distillates.




all ,safety information

before using

Clean the lint filter before each load to prevent lint accumulation inside the dryer or in the room.





Keep the area around and underneath your appliances free from the accumulation of combustible materials, such as lint, paper, rags, chemicals, etc.

The interior of the machine and the exhaust duct connection inside the dryer should be cleaned periodically by a qualified individual.

Never reach into the dryer while the drum is moving.

Before loading, unloading or adding clothes, wait until the drum has completely stopped.

Do not dr}, fiberglass articles in your dryer.

Skin irritation could


from the remaining glass particles that may be picked up by clothing during subsequent dryer uses.

The laundry process can reduce the flame retardancy of fabrics.

To avoid such a result, the garment manufacturer's care instructions should be followed very carefully.

• Close supervision :is necessary if thfs appliance is used by or near children.

Do not: allow children 1:oplay inside, on, or with this appliance or any discarded appliance.

Dispose of discarded appliances and shipping or packing materials properly.

Before discarding a dryer, or removing from service, remove tim door of the dryer compartment.

• Keep all laundry aids (such as deter:gents, bleaches, fabric softeners, etc.) out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Observe all warnings on container labels to avoid personal injury.

• Keep tile :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 or disconnect the dryer at the household distribu tion panel by removing the fuse or switching off the circuit breaker 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 disconnec:: the appliance from the power supply.



• Do not tamper with the controls.

• 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 dryer top.

• If yours is a gas dryer, it is equipped with an automatic electric ignition and does not have a pilot light. DO NOT


A MATCH. Burns may result from having your hand in the vicinity of the burner when the automatic: ignition may turn on.

You mav vdsh to soften your laundered fabrics or reduce the static electricity in them by using dryer-applie d fabric softeners or an anti-static conditioner.

We recommend you use either a fabric softener in the wash cycle, according to the manufacturer's insuuctions for those products, or try a dryer-added product for which the manufacturer gives 'written assurance on the package that their product can be safely used in your dryer.

Service or performance problems caused by the use of these products are the responsibility of the manufacturers of those products and are not covered under the warranty of this appliance.



The controls




Clean the Lint Filter

Clean the lint filter each time you use the dryer.


Do not operate the dryer without the lint filter in place,


selecting Drying Cycle

Select the automatic or timed cycle.

See the above Cycle Descriptions.



I.ycle Descnptlons '
















Starting Dryer

• Close the dryer door.

• Select START.

Opening the door during the operation ,a4ll stop the dryer.

To restart the dryer, close the door and select START to complete the cycle.



drying times will vary according


the type of heat used (Electric,


or LP gas),

size of load, types of fabrics,

wetnes:¢ of clothes and condition of exhaust ducts.


Always follow Fabric Manufacturer's Care Label or instructions when laundering.


use the information below as a general guide.


Extra Large Items


comforters, blankets and mattress pads.)

Mend any holes or weak seams where fimther or filling could escape. Dry only one pillow at a time. Stop dryer occasionally and shake pillow, redistributing filling for even drying. Check pillow at the end of drying time. If it is not completely dry, reset dryer for more drying time.

Dry on medium heat only.


foam rubber.

Tumble dry only if recommended.

Dry only

one extra large item

at a time.

Set dryer for 20 minutes.



is up, check

and redistribute



tiimer and check at 3 minute


Check after each

5 minutes to ,ensure articles

do not fill dryer drum.


wet articles should


ample room in the dryer, but as they

dry and fluffup

they may

not have

room to tumble.

could result in scorched items.



As a general rule, if clothes are sorted properly for the washer, they are sorted properly for the dryer.

Sort by color


colorfast from non-colorfast fabrics*)

• Whites

• Lights

• Darks

Separate by fabric type

• Cottons and linens

• Permanent press cottons and blends

• Synthetic and poly knits

• Delicates



producers from lint coUectors

• Lint producers: terry cloth and chenille

• Lint collectors: velveteen and corduroy

Sort by weight

• Heavy Items

• Light Items


* Non-colorfastfatrrics individual o31or may bleed orJhde.

Sort by

• Avoid drying very small loads.

• Sort clothes by weight so you won't have to run an extra cycle for one or two heavier, slower drying items.

• Do not add fabric softener sheets once the load has become warm.

This may cause fabric softener stains.

• Do not overload.

This causes inefficient operation and unnecessary wrinkling.

Clothes need to tumble freely.

• Do not dry the following items:

• Fiberglass items

• Woolens

• Rubber coated items

• Plastics

• Items wit:h plastic trim

• Foam4illed items





The drum is rust-resistant and requires no special care.

Wipe off any spills or washing compounds.

Wipe or dust with a damp cloth.

Try not to strike the surface with sharp objects.

Dryer control panel and finishes may be damaged by some laundry pretreatment soil and stain remover products if such products are sprayed on or have direct contact with the dryer.

Apply these pretreatment products away from the dryer.

The fabric may then be washed and dried normally.

Damage to your dryer caused by pretreatment products is not covered by your warranty.


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Before every dryer use, clean file lint filter.

Moisten your fingers and reach into the filter opening.

Run your fingers across the filter.

To keep your dryer operating at peak performance, be sure to have a technician vacuum the lint from the machine every three years.

To store your dryer fi)r a short period of time, disconnect the power supply and clean •the lint filter.


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Inspect and clean the dryer exhaust ducting at least once a year to prevent clogging.

A partially clogged exhaust can lengthen the drying time.

To clean the exhaust duct follow these steps:

I Turn off electrical supply by disconnec ring the plug from the wall socket.

2 Disconnect exhaust duct from the dryer.

3 Vacuura the exhaust duct with the hose attachment.

4 Reconnect the exhaust duct to the dryer.

* Make sure the inside flaps of the exhaust hood move freely (you may want to check with a mirror).

• Make sure inside flaps are fully open when dryer is operating.

• Make sure there is not wild life

(birds, insects, etc.) nesting inside the exhaust duct or hood.

Check the inside of the exhaust hood with a mirror to rid of debris



Possible Causes

Dryer is unplugged

Fuse is blown/circuit breaker

is tripped

What to Do

• Make sure the dryer plug is pushed completely into the outlet.

• Check the house fllse/circuit breaker

•box and replace fuse or reset breaker.

NOTE:Most electric dryers use two breakers.

Fuse is blown/circuit breaker is tripped, the dryer may tumble but not heat

Gas service is off

• Check the house filse/circuit breaker


and replace fuse or reset breaker.

• Make sure gas shuloff at dryer and main shutoff are fully open.

Some shaking/noise

is normal.

Dryer may be sitting unevenly

• Move dryer to an even floor :space, or adjust as necessaD/until even.

Improper use of fabric softener

Drying dirty items with clean ones

Clothes were not completely clean

• Follow directions on fabric softener package.

Use your dryer to d::y only clean items. Dirty

items can stain clean items and the dryer.

• Sometimes stains which cannot be seen when the clothes are wet "appear" after drying. Use proper washing procedures before drying.

Lint filter is full • Clean lint screen before each load.

Improper sorting • Sort lint producers (like chenille) from lint collectors (like corduroy).


Static electridty can attract lint


• See suggestions

• Separate in this section under STATIC.

large loads into smaller ones.

Paper, tissue, etc. left in pockets • Empty all pockelxs before laundering clothes.




Possible Causes


No fabric softener was used

Synthetics, permanent press and blends can cause static

What to Do

• Try a £_bric softener.

• Adjust controls for less drying.

* Try a fabric softener.

• Try a fabric softener.

Improper sorting

Large loads of heavy items

(like beach towels)

Controls improperly set

Lint f'llter is full

Improper or obstructed


Blown fuses or tripped circuit breakers

Overloading/ combining



• Separate heavy items from lightweight items

(generally, a we]il-sorted washer load is a

well-sorted dryer load).

• Large, heavy loads contain more moisture and take longer to dry. Separate large, hea D, items into smaller loads to speed drying time.

• Match control settings to the load you are drying.

• Clean lint filter heft)re every load.

• Check installation instructions for proper ducting/venting.

• Make sure ducting is clean, free of kinks and unobstructed.

• Check to see if outside wall. damper operates easily.

• See the Venting the Dryer section.

• Replace fuses or reset circuit breakers. Since most dryers use '2 fllses/breakers, make sure both are operating

• Do not put more tl_an one washer load in the dryer at a time.

• If you are dr)qng ordy one or two items, add a flew items to ensure proper tUmbling.



Possible Causes


What to Do

Select a shorter drying time.

• Remove items while they still hold a slight amount of moisture.

• Remove items w]_en cycle encls and fold or hang immediately.

Letting items sit in dryer after cycle ends


fabrics will naturally

shrink when



can be safely washed,

but will

shrink in the dryer.

• To avoid shrinkage, follow garment care labels exactly:

• Some items may be pressed back into shape after drying.

• If you are concerned about slhrinkage in a particular item, do not machine wash or tumble dry it.


For the best drying performance the dryer needs to be properlY vented.

Carefully follow

the details on Exhausting in the Installation


• Use only rigid metal or flexible metal 4" diameter ductwork inside the dryer cabinet or for exhausting to the outside.

• Do not use plastic or other combustible ductwork.

• Use the shortest length possible.

• Do not crush or collapse.


• Avoid resting the duct on sharp objects.

Venting must conform to local

4 building codes.

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Whatever your question about an)'

GE major appliance, GE Answer

Center ®information service is available to help. Your call-and your question-will be answered promptly and courteously.

And you can call any time.


Answer Cer_ter ® service is open

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



A GE consumer service 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. weekdays,

9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays).

Our factory-trained technicians know your appliance inside and out-so most repairs cart be handled in just one visit.


Upon request, GE will provide

Braille controls for a variety of

GE appliances, and a brochure to assist in planning a barrier-free kitchen for persons with limited mobility.

To obtain these items, free of charge, call 800.626.2000.

Consumers with impaired hearing or speech who have :acoess to a

TDD or a conventional teletypewriter may ,-_all800qTDD-GEAC

(800-8334322) to request information or service.


Para obtener la versi6n en espafiol de este manual, llame a

GE Answer Center ®, servicio de informaci6n para el consumidor, tel6fono 800.626.2000.




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 multiple-year contract, you're assured of future service at today's prices.

Individuals qualified to service their own appliances can have parts or accessories sent directly to their home. The GE parts system provides access to over 47,000 parts...and

all GE Genuine Renewal

Parts are fully warranted.


MasterCard and Discover cards are accepted.

(:are and cleaning

instructions contained

in this manual

cover procedures

to be performed by any user.


servicing generally should be referred

to qualified service


Caution must

be ,exercised,

since improper servicing may cause unsafe operation.

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.


contact the people who ser-

,viced 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


ifyortr problem is still not resolved, write:

Major Appliance Consumer

Action Program

20 North Wacker Drive

Chicago, IL ,50606


Staple sales slip or cancelled

check here. Proof of orignnal purchase,

date is needed to obtain service under 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 ttw dryer that fails because of a manufacturing defect.

This, warran_ 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 service technician's trm,el costs to your home.

All warranty sepAce will be provided by our Factory Service Centers o,r by our authorized Customer Care ® servicers during normal working hours.

Should your appliance need :service, during warranty period or beyond, call

800-GE-CARES (800-432-2737).

• Service trips to your home to teach you how to use the product.

Read your Owner's Manual.

If you the_ 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 Center ®


consumer information service

• Improper installation.

If you have an installation problem, contact your dealer or installer.

You are responsible for providing adequate electrical, exhausting and other connecting facil.ities.

• Replacement of house fuses or resetting of circuit breakers.

• Failure of the product if it is misused, or used for otlher than the intended purpose or used commercially.

• Damage to product caused by accident, fire, floods or acts of God.


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, _tnc[ you may also have other ri{.*hts which vary _bm state to state.

To kn3w what youl- legal rights are in you{ state, consult your local or state consumer affairs office or your state s Attorney Genend.

Warrantor: General Electric Company If further help

is needed

concerning this ,__rranty, write:

Manager---Consumer Affairs, GE Appliances, Louisville, KY 40225

Part No. 175D1807P078

Pub. No. 49-9845

7-95 CG


Printed in Louisville. KY



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